How to get gunpowder in Minecraft

How to get gunpowder in Minecraft 2022 (Step-by-step)

In Minecraft, there are many things that you can do with gunpowder. But if you don’t have gunpowder with you, how can u even use them for different purposes.

So the point is you will have to gather gunpowder and that’s why today I am going to tell you all the ways you can get gunpowder in Minecraft or you can say that today I will cover this topic “How to get gunpowder in Minecraft”.

You will also get to know a lot of new essential things about gunpowder including its uses. Basically, with the help of gunpowder, you can easily create various types of explosions, and with the help of these you can make traps, you can easily clear any block area, etc.

How to get gunpowder in Minecraft

In a Nutshell: 

The simplest way to get gunpowder in Minecraft is by killing creepers. Creepers are basically explosion mobs so by killing them you will get 0 to 2 gunpowder, and this is a very decent amount for beginners. Using fire or sword you can easily kill creepers without any explosions so make sure that you have one of these with you.

However, there are many different ways are available and if you wanna know all then keep reading.

The creators of Minecraft introduce this item to us in the index version 0.31. But do you know when it was first launched, this was only used to craft TNT only. But day by day after many updates gunpowder can now be used to create many types of explosive items.

The reason creators added this item to the game is because they all understood that people love explosions. No matter the explosions are big or small, colorful or not.

That’s why they added many items like this such as firework rockets, fire charges, and, most players’ favorite infamous TNT.

The most common thing of all these creations is that they all need gunpowder to be made.

Okay so without further ado let me tell you exactly…

What is gunpowder in Minecraft?

How to get gunpowder in Minecraft

Gunpowder, yeah another item that you can also find in real life, and the uses of gunpowder are the same as real life.

Gunpowder is also one of many references that creators take from real life including its ability and uses. So overall here in the game the uses of gunpowder are the same as in real life. (Such as making explosions and firing a gun).

Available Platforms

Edition PlatformAvailable
Java EditionWindows, Mac & Linux PC’sYES
Bedrock EditionXbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, Fire OS, Windows 10 PC’sYES
Education EditionMac, iOs 12, Windows 10 PC’sYES
Playstation EditionPlayStation 3 & 4YES

Best ways to get gunpowder in Minecraft

There are many ways to get gunpowder and here I will discuss all of them with points 🙂

1. Killing Creeper:

How to get gunpowder in Minecraft

As I said earlier the best way to get gunpowder in Minecraft is by killing Creepers. Because Creepers are also kind of explosion mobs, and when you kill them, they will drop around 0 to 2 gunpowder which is really a good amount.

But killing a creeper is not easy work to do because when you will come closer to a creeper it will blast at the spot. So you also have to be careful.

In case you don’t know how to kill them without any explosion then you should continue reading because now I am gonna tell you some easiest ways to kill creepers without losing your health.

Here are the ways to kill a creeper…

  • By using fire:

How to get gunpowder in Minecraft

Fire is one of the most useful things that can help you to kill most of the ground mobs, and in the case of creeper, we all know that creeper is also a ground mob.

So all you have to do is always equip flint and steel, and when the creeper will chase after you on the grassy ground, or on planks, or other flammable grounds. Then you just have to fire the path of creeper’s but make sure that you also step back to avoid the fire.

After that, the creeper will catch the fire and then the creeper will die so easily, and you can easily collect the gunpowder.

  • By fighting with Creeper underwater:

How to get gunpowder in Minecraft

Do you know if you go under the water and if an explosion happened just beside you then you won’t be hurt by the explosion?

Hope you catch the point if not let me explain…Creeper is the kind of mob that explodes right? and if you go under the water while the creeper is chasing then the explosion won’t affect you. So that you can kill the creeper without any fear.


There’s one thing that you have to keep in mind and that is you have to kill the creeper by using a sword before it explodes. Otherwise, you won’t get gunpowder.

  • By placing cactus in the creeper’s path:

How to get gunpowder in Minecraft

This is one of the easiest ways to kill creepers because here you don’t have to carry any kind of weapon with you. All you have to do is place a cactus in the creeper’s path when it will chase you.

Basically, the cactus will damage the creeper when it will touch the cactus. You can also do this faster if you have a sword with you and hit them after they got damaged from the cactus.

    • If a creeper hits the cactus more than 15 times then the creeper will die automatically.
    • But if the creeper hits 12times then a single hit of an iron sword will kill the creeper.


A cactus hits a creeper more than once so that’s also a good point of cactus.

Each time a creeper hits a cactus you can hear a different sound, so you can now also count how much time the creeper hits the cactus.

  • By using bow and Arrow:

How to get gunpowder in Minecraft

This is one of the easiest ways to kill creeper. Here all you have to do is shoot the creeper with an arrow by using a bow and after some hits, the creeper will die.

Here’s how you can get Bow and arrow: 

By killing skeletons you can get arrows from them because whenever a skeleton dies it drops 0 to 2 arrows. And if you put three sticks, and three strings inside your crafting table then you will get your Bow.

You can easily get strings by killing spiders or breaking cobwebs with a sword.

  • By taming:

How to get gunpowder in Minecraft

In Minecraft, you can see some cat-like animals called Ocelots that spawn in Jungles. Ocelots can be found in every version of Minecraft.

But why I am telling you this? it’s all because creepers are afraid of Ocelots, and if you tame an ocelot then it will be much easier for you to get gunpowder from creepers.

Here’s how you can tame them:

This is so easy work because all you have to do is gather fish as much as you can, and you can easily do it by fishing obviously.

Now all you have to do is approach the ocelot, whenever you see an ocelot. make sure that you are holding fish in your hand.

When you will hold a fish in your hand then you will see that the ocelot will come closer to you, now just feed the ocelot, and then you will see hearts are appearing and the ocelot turns into a cat. It means the ocelot or the cat is now tamed by you.

The next points can be a little dangerous but if you are a little careful then nothing bad will happen. so here are your next two points…

  • Hand to hand combat:

How to get gunpowder in Minecraft

As I said it can be a little hard but you can I know you can. Just follow one thing and then you can attack successfully…

When you will find a creeper make sure that you are holding a good sword such as a diamond sword or iron sword. Ok, so now you are ready to attack. Now all you have to do is hit the creeper once and then step back a little.

If you will do this then it will cancel the explosion countdown. repeat this many times until the creeper is dead.

2. Killing Witches:

How to get gunpowder in Minecraft

By killing witches you can also get gunpowder but the chances of getting gunpowder by killing them are too low. There is a 12.6% chance of a witch dropping gunpowder after dying.

Basically, a witch drops around 0 to 6 gunpowder at a time after died but if you use a looting three sword then you can increase the drop rates up to 15 items per witch.

To find witches you can go to the swamp biomes and there you will see witch huts where basically witches spawn. All you have to do is kill them by using your sword or with a bow & arrow or whatever you have.

How to get gunpowder in Minecraft

But still, you know finding a witch is a lot difficult than any other thing but there’s another way to get a lot of gunpowders by witches and that is you have to create a farm of witches. You can simply watch this video to create a witch farm…

Also Read: How to make glass bottle in Minecraft

By killing Ghasts:

In the Minecraft world, Ghats are one of the toughest enemies of players and by throwing fireballs, they can attack any player from sixteen blocks away. However, they drop exactly the same amount of gunpowder as creeper drops.

But players still go for Ghsts, because of an additional useful item they drop with gunpowder. Which is also called Ghast tears, a special item used in potion brewing.

Now all you have to do is prepare yourself with diamond armors, sword, arrows, and bow. 


Ideally, enchant your equipment to make it even better. Fire resistance will come in handy.

If you don’t have any enchantments then it will be better to go with a diamond sword and diamond armors.

Now just enter into the nether world by entering through a nether portal. After that, you will notice a big white block flying and making scary sounds. you can also look at the pictures that I gave below.

So After finding a ghasts all you have to do is Shoot them with your bow and arrow. 

how to get gunpowder in minecraft


A Ghasts dies from about three arrows, depending on how far you draw back the bow.


Try to fight with the ghasts in the free area and strictly ignore lava while fighting with ghasts. If you will take a fight on lava then you may not get any of the items.

Additional methods of acquiring gunpowder in Minecraft

  • Looting chests:

How to get gunpowder in Minecraft

Sometimes if you are lucky then you will also find gunpowder from the villager’s chests. If you find some biomes and places like dungeons, desert temples, shipwrecks, and woodland mansions, then you will find gunpowder quickly.

  • By using Commands:

If you want to run the gunpowder command in Minecraft then all you have to do is open your chat window and type the command that I am going to share with you below…

For Java Edition 1.13 or Higher: /give @p gunpowder 1

For PE, Windows 10, Switch, Education Edition, Xbox One, : /give @p gunpowder 1 0

Uses of Gunpowder

As I said you can use gunpowder for only explosion purposes but there are many different kinds of explosions you should know, and only by using gunpowder you can make. So here I am gonna explain all the explosions and their uses…

  • TNT

How to get gunpowder in Minecraft

TNT is one of the most lovable items of every player in Minecraft. Because it can easily explode a good amount of blocks so easily and with the help of that you can clear any area.

There are also some players who use TNT for fun, but you can also use it for mining purposes too.

  • Basic Fireworks:

How to get gunpowder in Minecraft

You can craft a normal basic firework by using gunpowder in Minecraft.

How it works: Basically if you shoot the basic fireworks into the sky then it will not blast but instead of that, it will create a small amount of smoke and dust in the sky.

Sometimes it can disappoint you because of the small amount of dust and smoke but yeah however you can create such kind of thing so I had to tell you about it. But the fireworks star will not disappoint you.

  • Fireworks Star: 

How to get gunpowder in Minecraft

Unlike a basic firework, the fireworks star is so freeing good when you will shoot this into the sky. Because it’s so beautiful than the basic fireworks.

How it works: Basically it also works the same way the basic fireworks do into the sky just the difference is, it is a lot better and more colorful than basic fireworks.

If you want to craft fireworks stars then you can easily do it by using various materials such as diamonds, Glow-stone, and even you can use mob heads. The more materials you will use the more chances you will get to see the different effects of the firework.

With the help of Redstone and dispensers, you can even create your own fireworks show.

  • Splash Potion:

How to get gunpowder in Minecraft

Splash potion is one of the most useful potions for every player because with the help of that you can regain some health while fighting with mobs.

Basically, most players use it when the player is in a pinch, so when they are in a pinch they usually through a Splash Potion of Regeneration on the ground and gain some health back.

  • Crafting Fire Charges

how to get gunpowder in minecraft

Fire Charges are a great way to set enemies on fire from a distance. To craft three Fire Charges, you need one gunpowder, one blaze powder, and one coal or charcoal.

FAQS about how to get gunpowder in Minecraft

—> Can you craft gunpowder in Minecraft?

Gunpowder is not the kind of thing that is craftable because you can find or get gunpowder by killing Creepers, witches, etc.

—> How do I get gunpowder fast?

Killing Creepers is the fastest way to get gunpowder fast.

—> How do you make a gunpowder farm in Minecraft?

—> Where do you get gunpowder in Minecraft?

You can obtain gunpowder from Desert Temples, Dungeons, or Village Chests. But as I said killing Creepers is the fastest way to obtain gunpowder.

—> Does any villager give gunpowder?

It’s impossible to get gunpowder by trading with villagers.

—> Can I find gunpowder in village chests?

You can, but not always.

—> How do you kill a creeper without it blowing up?

I already told you how you can kill Creepers without blowing up but if you still didn’t understand then you can watch this video…

—> Where do creepers spawn most?

Basically, Creepers spawn on the Overworld on top of solid blocks with light levels of 7 or less with at least 2 blocks of open space.


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