TNT is a destructive block in Minecraft that can destroy the environment around it, and the easiest way to obtain is by crafting. To craft TNT you need 5 gunpowder and 4 sand blocks. Open the crafting table and alternate between sand and gunpowder, with the first box being gunpowder, for the entirety of the 3x3 grid. TNT will activate when it receives power from a lever, Redstone torch, button, pressure plate, or any other activator. It is also affected by gravity only after being activated and can fall about seventy blocks before it explodes. It does not destroy any blocks when surrounded by water or lava but deals damage to anything within the blast radius.
There is a specific kind of joy you can experience seeing an incredible Minecraft world and blowing it to smithereens. The explosion on its own is enough to blow a hole in the wall of your house, but with hundreds, you could potentially crash the world. Be careful when you use TNT, make sure you only use it where you want to use it.
The most common way to get TNT in Minecraft is to craft it yourself. TNT is made with gunpowder and sand. The easiest way to get gunpowder is to hunt down some creepers.
Creepers will drop 0-2 gunpowder when killed. When you have collected enough gunpowder, go to a crafting table and make an “X” of gunpowder, and fill in the spaces with sand.
This is the recipe for TNT and it will stack up to sixty-four.
TNT can be naturally generated in shipwreck chests. These generated structures at the bottom of oceans or ocean beaches can contain treasure chests. TNT is among the items you can potentially find in a shipwreck.
Different kinds of loot chests can spawn with different categories of items. If the shipwreck contained a chest full of potatoes, coal, and various enchanted leather armor, these are the chests that can spawn with TNT.
You can also find traps throughout your Minecraft world from world generation. The most common trap to run into would be the desert temple landmines. At the base of a desert temple, there are some colored terracotta blocks on the floor. Break the center-most colored terracotta to peer into the buried treasure room.
In every desert temple, there is a buried treasure room with a pressure plate in the middle. Go down carefully and disarm the TNT by breaking the pressure plate.
You can take this TNT for yourself by breaking it with anything.
TNT can be activated with Redstone. It will activate when it receives power from a lever, Redstone torch, button, pressure plate, or any other activator.
After you activate the TNT you will see it pop up slightly and begin to flash. After about a three-second countdown the TNT will explode.
You can also light TNT with flint and steel. Simply place the TNT and right-click on it with the flint and steel to light it.
TNT will also light if there is fire of any kind nearby. Be careful placing it near lava and do not place TNT anywhere with fire unless you are trying to light it.
The explosion of TNT can also light nearby TNT.
If any other TNT blocks are in the radius of one that explodes, the rest will light and subsequently explode.
TNT behaves much like one would expect it to. It will light when activated by Redstone currents or with fire, and the explosion will cause nearby TNT to also explode. TNT is also affected by gravity, but not when it is placed. You can place TNT above a large drop and it will not fall until you light it. It will fall about seventy blocks before it explodes.
TNT does not destroy any blocks when surrounded by water or lava, but it will still deal damage to anything unfortunate enough to be in the blast radius. The blast from TNT can kill a player if they are close enough to the center of the blast. If you need to quickly escape the blast of TNT you can place blocks between the explosion and yourself to mitigate the damage.
TNT will destroy diamonds and diamond blocks. When the diamond ore is destroyed it will drop XP like normal, but the amount of diamonds you can retrieve seems to be much lower than the number of diamonds there were. In my tests, I blew up nine diamond ores and was able to pick up anywhere from 0-4 diamonds.
If you want to quickly summon a large block of TNT to destroy the world you are in, the command to do so is “/fill ~ ~ ~ ~10 ~10 ~10 TNT”. This will create a block of 1331 TNT right before your eyes.
Being in the middle of the blast radius will do about twenty-five points of damage or twelve and a half-full hearts. The damage you take depends on the proximity to the TNT explosion, but the maximum per explosion is about twenty-five points of damage.
You can use TNT to break into the top of underwater temples. There is almost always an elder guardian in the top middle room of an underwater temple. Breaking in with mining fatigue can take a long time. Just light some TNT into the water and place sand above it so that the TNT is technically in a sand block instead of a water block. The explosion will break blocks as normal.
You can use TNT to launch TNT. You can craft a Redstone device that will launch TNT into the air in front of you. Use about three-four TNT that falls into flowing water and a TNT block at the end of the blocks on a slab. You will need to activate all the TNT that falls into the water at the same time and then the TNT you are trying to launch afterward.
The three TNT will be pushed by the water and the flowing water will prevent the blocks from breaking. The Redstone repeaters are set to max delay to ensure that the TNT that is getting launched will activate last.
Make sure to use a slab to gain more momentum from the explosion. Flick the lever to watch the TNT fly. Keep away from the device when it is about to fire. Just because it does not break blocks does not mean you do not take damage.