Flint and Steel

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Flint and Steel
Flint and Steel.png
Found naturally:No

Flint and steel is a tool used for setting blocks on fire.


To craft flint and steel, you will need some flint and an iron ingot.

Iron Ingot Invisible-sprite Invisible-sprite Flint Flint and Steel


The flint and steel can be used to set blocks on fire, by shift-clicking. Mobs and other entities can also be set on fire in the same way, which is useful for slaying them, and also will cook their meat if they drop any.

Lighting Nether portals

The flint and steel is required to activate a nether portal. Activating it will allow the player to travel through it into the Nether.

Spawning the flaming chicken

The flint and steel can be used on a chicken to spawn the flaming chicken.


Version Date Changes
1.6 Jul 20, 2011
  • Added the flint and steel


Flint and steel is one of the best ways to kill mobs while not wanting to engage combat against hostile/neutral mobs. The fire lasts long enough to slay an enderman, which means you can kill every overworld mob with one use of a flint and steel. It also cooks raw food when passive mobs die. Doing this alone won't drop any experience, but if you punch the mob at least once, it will drop experience. This won't work on nether mobs, since they are immune to fire damage.



See also