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Type:Item, Entity
Physics:Projectile if fired
Found naturally:Only dropped by skeletons
Item ID:arrow

The arrow is an item fired out of a bow.



Skeletons drop 0-2 arrows upon death. This makes them renewable.


Four arrows can be crafted with a piece of flint, a stick, and a feather.

Flint Empty Empty
Stick Empty Empty
Feather Empty Empty


Arrows shot by the player with a bow can be retrieved. This excludes arrows shot with a bow enchanted with infinity, as using an infinity bow does not us up arrows from the inventory.(Currently can be picked up, due to a bug)


See also: Bow

If the player has at least one arrow in their inventory, when they shift left-click with a bow, it fires. This removes the arrow from the player's inventory, unless the bow is enchanted with infinity. Arrows are also shot by skeletons.

When the arrow hits an entity, it deals 1.5 hearts of damage, and sticks to it. It stops moving if it comes into contact with blocks, though, due to a bug, can pass through them if travelling at extremely high speeds. If it stuck to a block, it can still be picked up by the player if shot by the player's bow. If the block to which it is attached is destroyed, it falls downwards, potentially causing damage to entities again. After a while, immobile arrows in blocks and entities disappear.

If an arrow is shot from a bow enchanted with flame or if it is shot through lava, it is on fire. This causes it to set any entity it hits on fire.

Redstone Circuits

Arrows can activate wooden pressure plates, causing them to give redstone power. (Currently doesn't work, due to a bug)

Arrows can be placed in a dispenser, and can be shot if it is powered. They do 1.5 hearts of damage, like if shot with a bow. Arrows shot from a dispenser are not retrievable (could be a bug).


# Task Objective
34 Fire a Bow. Use a bow to shot an arrow.
Bow.png Arrow.png


Version Date Changes
1.15 Sep 01, 2011
  • Added the arrow
1.22 Jun 29, 2012
  • Arrows are shot by skeletons
1.23 Oct 31, 2012
  • Skeleton’s arrows are slower
1.25 May 11, 2013
  • Fixed arrows in blocks locking the left and right arrow keys
1.27 Nov 13, 2015
  • Shooting an arrow with a bow has a sound effect
  • Skeleton arrows disappear after a shorter time
  • Fixed some skeletons' arrows not alerting the shot mob to attack


  • Spears are just like arrows, however they do not require a bow to be fired.
  • Arrows getting stuck in entities other than the player is exclusive to Mine Blocks.
  • Although arrows can deal damage entities such as to balloons and mobs, they do not do damage to minecarts and rafts.


  • 1.28: Arrows shot from infinity bows can be collected, allowing the player to obtain an unlimited number of arrows. TheTopazRobot (talk) 17:28, 26 December 2018 (CST)
  • 1.28: Arrows do not activate the wooden pressure plate. TheTopazRobot (talk) 17:28, 26 December 2018 (CST)
  • 1.28: Arrows travelling at extremely high speeds can pass through blocks. TheTopazRobot (talk) 17:28, 26 December 2018 (CST)
  • 1.28: Arrows pass through rafts, minecarts and tnt minecarts, and flame arrows do not ignite tnt minecarts. TheTopazRobot (talk) 17:28, 26 December 2018 (CST)
  • 1.28: Arrows shot from dispensers cannot be picked up (could be intentional?). TheTopazRobot (talk) 17:28, 26 December 2018 (CST)


See Also