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How to make TNT in Minecraft?

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Minecraft is an adventure-survival sandbox type game that places great importance on mining and crafting items that the player uses for survival. You can craft hundreds of items in-game by mining for different materials.

In this article, we’re talking about how to make TNT blocks in Minecraft.

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What are TNT blocks?

TNT blocks in Minecraft are much like their real-life counterparts. It’s an explosive block type that can destroy the environment around itself.

However, a TNT block has to be activated before it can explode. You can activate a TNT block in the following ways:

  • Using flint and steel or a fire charge.
  • Using any item enchanted with fire.
  • A powered Redstone current.
  • After being shot by a flaming projectile.
  • Coming into contact with fire or lava.
  • Being in the blast radius of another explosion. 
  • Being hit by a lightning bolt. 

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Crafting a TNT block

There are two ways you can craft a TNT block in Minecraft

  • Using Gunpowder and sand.
  • Using Gunpowder and red sand.

Gunpowder can be acquired by killing creepers, and sand or red sand can be mined by digging up beaches or anywhere you might see a sand block. Since the crafting recipe for a TNT block requires a 3×3 grid, you need a crafting table to make one. Follow these steps to make a TNT block. 

Step 1: Walk up to your crafting table, open it by right-clicking and arrange the ingredients in the order shown below.

How to make TNT in Minecraft?

Alternatively, you can use red sand instead of normal sand by using the arrangement shown below.

How to make TNT in Minecraft?

Step 2: Once you’ve crafted the TNT block, you can move it to your inventory and use it in construction or blow up nearby blocks. 

How to make TNT in Minecraft?

The stack size for TNT blocks is similar to that of other blocks used in construction. You can stack up to 64 TNT blocks in one inventory slot. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

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