- To make fireworks in Minecraft, all you need is paper and gunpowder.
- You can also add a “firework star,” a unique item that gives your fireworks their distinctive explosions.
- Fireworks are great for setting off colorful explosions, but you can also use them to fly around your Minecraft world.
Whether you’re in the real world or Minecraft, setting off fireworks is always fun. But Minecraft’s fireworks come with some advantages: Not only are they easier to make, but you can fly with them too.
How to make fireworks in Minecraft
There are two different ways to make fireworks in Minecraft, depending on whether you want the firework to have an explosion or not — or in other words, whether you want it to act like a real firework or not.
If you want a firework that doesn’t explode, all you need is one unit of paper and one to three units of gunpowder. You can make paper by combining three units of sugar cane, and you can find gunpowder by killing Creepers, Witches, and Ghasts.
But if you’re looking to put on a real fireworks show, you’ll need a firework that explodes. To make this, you’ll still need that paper and gunpowder, but you’ll also have to add one “firework star.”
Firework stars can be crafted by combining one unit of gunpowder with any color dye. The dye you use decides what color the explosion will be.
Once you’ve got all your ingredients, throw them onto your crafting table grid in any position. For every unit of each ingredient you use, you’ll get three fireworks.
You can use other items to add special effects to your fireworks. When you’re crafting your firework star, add one of these items to the crafting table to get the matching special effect:
What you can use fireworks for in Minecraft
You can use fireworks for three things in Minecraft.
First, you can set them off. Placing a firework on any non-air block will light it, causing it to fly straight up and (if you added a firework star) explode. You can also shoot them off from dispensers and crossbows. If you’re looking to stage your own fireworks show, this is what you’re interested in.
Second, you can use them to fly. If you have a pair of Elytra wings, you probably know that they only let you glide — you can’t fly freely with them. But if you set off a firework while using your Elytra, you’ll get a massive speed boost in the direction that you’re facing. If you have enough fireworks and you don’t crash, you can fly for miles.
Finally, you can use fireworks as ammunition for your crossbows. You can use either exploding or non-exploding fireworks here, but only the exploding ones will do damage.
If you’re playing Minecraft: Java Edition, the fireworks will explode as soon as they hit an enemy. But in Bedrock Edition, they’ll pass through enemies and only explode once they hit the ground or their time limit, so you’ll need to aim more carefully.