How to Make TNT in Minecraft

TNT is a dangerous block in Minecraft that can blow up your entire base in a second. It’s a favorite block of Grian’s and we can see a sequence of using TNT blocks in uncontrollable ways! In today’s article we will show you how to make TNT in Minecraft!

Three steps to make TNT in Minecraft

#1 Collect 5 Gunpowder

Gunpowder is the main drop of 3 enemy mobs: Creepers, Ghasts and Witches. Creepers can be found throughout the overworld and drop 0-2 gunpowder on death. Ghasts are the terrifying creature that appears in the Nether dimension and drops the same amount of gunpowder on death as Creepers. While witches can drop up to 6 gunpowder on death. And these amounts can be increased with the Looting III enchantment.

The best way to get gunpowder in bulk is to build a creeper farm. Even if it is really difficult at the beginning, the result really pays off! Not only can you build a farm, but you can also explore dungeons, desert temples, forest mansions or shipwrecks. They contain multiple chests with 1 to 8 gunpowder per chest.

You can also trade 1 Emerald for 1 Gunpowder at the Wandering Merchant. This method is very expensive and difficult to achieve.

#2 Collect 4 Sand/Red Sand

Sang is a common renewable block in Minecraft, found pretty much all over the overworld. Besides the desert biome, which contains millions of blocks of sand, sand can also be found in rivers, on beaches, and at the bottom of every ocean biome.

Red sand is another variant of sand found only in the Badlands biomes. Just like in the desert, you can get a lot of red sand in these biomes!

You can get more sand or red sand by trading 1 emerald with the right wandering merchants. You have the option to sell either 8 blocks of sand or 4 blocks of red sand.

#3 Craft TNT

Crafting TNT in Minecraft requires a crafting table as you will need all 9 blocks. If you have one, right click on it and put 5 gunpowder in an X shape. Then fill the remaining slots with sand or red sand to craft 1 TNT block.

As you can see, TNT is quite expensive, especially when it comes to gunpowder. So use it wisely and carefully!

frequently asked Questions

What is the easiest way to get TNT in Minecraft?

The easiest way to get TNT in Minecraft is by searching shipwrecks and buried treasure. They contain 1-2 TNT blocks per chest. However, if you want to make a large amount of TNT, you should build a Creeper farm, then find a desert biome and collect some sand blocks.

How to color TNT in Minecraft?

You can’t officially color TNT in Minecraft yet! But if you really want it, this mod features several new TNT blocks with different colors and explosion effects.


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Release date:

December 17, 2015

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