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Mine with:Hand
Found naturally:No

TNT is a explosive block and can be set off by fire or redstone circuitry.


When broken, TNT drops itself.


TNT is crafted with five units of gun powder and four blocks of sand.

Gun powder Sand Gun powder
Sand Gun powder Sand
Gun powder Sand Gun powder



When TNT is primed by either fire (for example with the flint and steel) or redstone circuitry, it begins an irreversible ignition process. This process lasts 5 seconds, during which the TNT becomes an entity and falls if not supported by a block below it. Towards the end it starts to grow in size slightly, and after this it explodes. It causes an explosion with a radius of 3 blocks from the TNT block. This explosion causes damage to blocks within the radius, the degree of damage depending on how resistant the block is to explosions. It also causes damage to mobs and entities within the radius.

Smelting Ingredient

When TNT is placed inside a furnace, the smelting process begins like it does with normal items. However, when it finishes, the furnace blows up as if it were a normal TNT block.

Crafting Ingredient

TNT is required in the crafting recipe for the TNT minecart.

TNT Empty
Minecart Empty
TNT minecart


Version Date Changes
Prior to 1.4.34 Day 17
  • Added TNT
Prior to 1.4.34 Day 18
  • TNT saves it's state
  • TNT destroys more blocks
1.22 Jun 29, 2012
  • Updated the texture of TNT
  • Updated TNT igniting animation
  • TNT needs to be lit on fire to explode
  • Removed countdown
  • Shorter time
  • TNT slightly grows in size before it explodes
1.23 Oct 31, 2012
  • Fixed the centre of TNT explosions to be on the block instead of off by one block on both axes
1.25 May 11, 2013
  • Fixed TNT booming crazily
  • Shortened "trinitrotoluene" to "TNT"
1.26.4 May 31, 2014
  • TNT becomes an entity when it falls
1.26.5 Jul 03, 2014
  • TNT can be placed in a furnace
1.28 Oct 08, 2016
  • Fixed broken TNT and explosions
    • Fixed dispensed TNT


  • If you place a lot of TNT, the character will appear to be stuck in mid-air.
  • 1.28: TNT explosions can destroy all stair or slab blocks, even Bedrock stairs and slabs.
  • 1.28: TNT explosions can destroy ender portal frames, allowing the player to move the portal and rebuild it somewhere else. TheTopazRobot (talk) 11:01, 10 August 2019 (UTC)


  • Before 1.22, TNT was ignited by punching it, and it had a countdown animation, in which it would display a five second countdown on the block, beeping every second, and beeping multiple times at the last second. This could be stopped by breaking the TNT block.
  • Before its name was shortened in 1.25, the item name of TNT was "trinitrotoluene".
  • TNT explosions break portal frames however, they are always dropped as items. This effectively means that the player is able to pick up the blocks, and rebuild the ender portal somewhere else.

See Also