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How to Make Fireworks in Minecraft – Minecraft Wiki Guide

Just like in real life, Minecraft Fireworks is a wonderful way to put together a beautiful display, especially if you’re looking to celebrate a certain milestone in your game, but what you might not know is that the fireworks can serve a functional purpose when you reach the later parts of the game.

Here’s how to create and use Fireworks in Minecraft, including all Firework variants and what they do.


How to make fireworks

There are tons of variations of fireworks, but the basic version is made with paper and gunpowder. You can add up to 2 more Gunpowder to increase the duration of the fireworks flight before exploding, so a fair amount of flexibility is available.

You can add additional effects/colors using a firework star. To craft a firework star, place gunpowder and any dye into a crafting menu. The more colors you add, the more they will be incorporated into the explosion.

To add additional effects to the detonation, check out the list below:

firework star
Ingredient Effect
Feather The explosion rises upwards
Gold nugget The explosion bursts in the form of a star
fire charge The explosion is in a big ball, with a booming sound.
Any Mob Leader When the firework explodes, it takes the shape of a Creeper’s face.
diamond After the explosion, a trail effect is added.
Luminous Stone Dust After the explosion, the particles sparkle and emit a crackle.
Luminous stone dust and diamond There are both flickering and trailing effects after the explosion


How to use fireworks

To launch a firework, select it from your hotbar and place it on any solid surface. The firework will immediately shoot up into the sky and, depending on the specifics of the firework you are making, will explode at some point, with or without additional effects.

There are a few additional uses though: Fireworks are particularly useful when using Elytra. If you use an in-flight firework with elytra, you’ll get an extra boost in the direction you’re facing at the time of use. The duration of the boost depends only on the flight duration of the fireworks. Do not use fireworks that you have crafted using a firework star, as these will explode properly upon use and damage you.

Another use of fireworks is as ammunition. Using a crossbow, you can fire them at your opponents and inflict damage. To increase range, increase flight time. To increase damage, add more firework stars. It is important to note, however, that the projectile will only inflict damage if an explosion effect has been applied, i.e. fire charge, gold nugget, etc. With that in mind, it’s relatively inefficient to use fireworks as ammo, so best to save them for pageantry and traversal alone.

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