How to Make Fireworks in Minecraft

Deyan G.
Deyan G.

Updated · May 10, 2022

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Looking for something new to do in Minecraft? 

Maybe you’ve slain the Ender Dragon and want a new challenge. Maybe you just finished that massive build you planned and now you’re getting bored. 

Or maybe you just like watching stuff explode. Hey, no judgment! 

Either way, let me show you how to make fireworks in Minecraft. 

Also known as Firework Rockets, they’re items used for bright decorative explosions. If you want to set up a multi-colored festive display in your world, they’re exactly what you need.

Spoiler alert: You can do more fun stuff with fireworks. You can use them as crossbow bolts and blow up some mobs, or even make your own jetpack. 

But we'll get to that later. First things first. 

How to Make Fireworks in Minecraft?

It’s worth mentioning you can get a basic Firework Rocket in Creative mode. It’s one of the items available in your inventory.

But that’s a very barebones option with no visual effects. If you want a more spectacular performance – or if you’re playing Survival mode – here’s what you need to do:

Your pyrotechnics journey starts at the crafting table. You also need two key ingredients: 

  • 1(at least) gunpowder
  • 1(at least) paper 

To acquire gunpowder, grab your trusty weapon, head out and find a Creeper

Then kill it. 

Killing a Creeper is easier than it sounds. Remember, they explode when near you. Just hit it once and quickly back away. Boom, done. 

Now you need paper. Find and mine three sugar canes, then go to your crafting table. Arrange the three canes like this:

crafting paper

There - you have your second ingredient for the firework recipe

Combine the gunpowder and paper as shown below for a basic Firework Rocket. 

crafting firework rocket

Notice how this one says “Flight Duration 1”. When crafting a rocket in Minecraft, you can add more gunpowder to make it stronger. The maximum is three pieces of gunpowder for a Flight Duration of 3. They need to be arranged separately – putting a stack of three in one square won’t work. 

crafting firework rocket flight duration 3

Right now, you have a Firework Rocket. Don’t start celebrating yet, though. You’ll notice it’s not exploding in the sky.

That’s because you need a Firework Star. That’s a second item you craft to give your show the pizazz it needs. 

Before we delve deeper, here’s an idea of what I’m talking about. The simplest Minecraft Firework Star you can make goes like this: 

crafting firework star

One piece of gunpowder plus one piece of any dye gets you a Star of that color. In the picture, I’m making a red one. 

Once you have a Star, combine it with paper and gunpowder for a rocket that explodes in a small ball of color. 

crafting firework rocket small ball red

Again, this is a basic model. A Minecraft Firework Star is responsible for the color, shape, and additional effects of your pyrotechnic display. Each of those aspects is determined by the components you use for your Star.

Now that you know the basics, let’s cover some of the types of fireworks you can make:

Color

This one’s self-explanatory. Add a dye of your choice and you get a Star that’ll change your firework colors. You can add more than one for a fancier multi-color show. 

Shape effects

In addition, you can add an ingredient to your crafting table that’ll change the shape of your Firework Star explosion. Here’s a list of possible shapes: 

  • Small Ball Explosion – Default. Don’t add a Shape effect ingredient.
  • Large Ball Explosion - Add a fire charge to the firework crafting recipe.
  • Star-Shaped Explosion - My personal favorite. Throw a gold nugget on the table.
  • Creeper-Face Еxplosion - If you want a big exploding Creeper in the sky, add random one head to the crafting table.
  • Burst Explosion - Use one feather while making the Star.

Additional Effects

Once you’ve picked your desired color and shape, you can add some more firework effects. Here are your options: 

  • None – Default. 
  • Twinkle – Add Glowstone Dust to the recipe for a crackle effect after the explosion. 
  • Trail – A diamond will add a trail effect to your display. 
  • Both – unlike the Shape characteristic, you can pick more than one additional effect. Add Glowstone Dust and a diamond to get the best of both worlds. 

As with everything in Minecraft, you have a huge amount of freedom to experiment. Between the different colors, shapes and effects, there are 2,1 trillion firework variants in the game. 

Yes, trillion. Go nuts. 

Now.

Here’s what a more complex Firework Star recipe looks like: 

complex Firework Star recipe

As you can see, I’ve added a diamond and Glowstone Dust for both effects. I have a gold nugget for a Star-Shaped explosion. And I’ve filled the rest of the slots with some dyes. 

And here’s the result: 

Firework Star
Now you know how to make fireworks in Minecraft.

But do you know how to use them? 

Like I said in the beginning, there are a lot of things you can do. You can set them off manually or build a repeater for a larger-scale show. YouTuber Vivtorsing goes into detail on making a repeater dispenser here.

You can also shoot fireworks from your crossbow. 

Here are the steps:

  • Equip your crossbow
  • In the Inventory screen, put a firework in the off-hand slot

shoot fireworks from your crossbow

  • Simply take aim and fire. 

Don’t forget to hold right-click – cocking the crossbow takes a second or two. 

How to Use Fireworks With Elytra?

Minecraft worlds are massive. Walking around in Survival can quickly become a chore. Especially if you have multiple bases to travel between. 

What if I told you that you can fly around instead? 

Elytra are very rare wings you can only find in the End Cities. Their official description says they’re the “only source of flight in Survival mode”. In truth, on their own, they’re your best source of...gliding. 

If you want to soar in the skies, you need to tweak things a bit. Here’s the drill:

  • Obtain and equip a set of Elytra wings. 
  • Craft some Firework Rockets. You don’t really need Stars for this part – they're purely visual.
  • Put the Rockets on your hotbar. 
  • Find a high spot and jump off.
  • Mid-air, press Space again. You’ll start gliding.
  • As you’re gliding, right-click and use your Rocket. It’ll propel you in the direction you’re looking in.

Congratulations! You now have a jetpack. 

Careful with your landings. Descend slowly and hit the ground at an angle. If you go straight down, you’ll take fall damage.

Bonus tip: Remember when we talked about adding more gunpowder to the firework crafting recipe

You might be tempted to do that now and get more flight time per rocket. 

Don’t. You’re better off using the Level 1s. They cost one gunpowder and give you a one-second boost. 

By comparison, Flight Duration 3 costs three pieces of gunpowder and only boosts you for three seconds. It’s a poor use of your resources. 

Wrap Up

Mojang’s game is one of the greatest sandboxes of our time. There are so many things you can craft, and even more ways to use them. 

Unleash your creativity! Experiment with the near limitless combinations available. Weaponize rockets or set up a massive pyromancy show. Soar like a bird or use them as distress flares when you get separated from your friends. 

The sky’s the limit. Literally. 

FAQ.


How to make colored fireworks in Minecraft?

 Add color to your Minecraft fireworks by crafting a Firework Star with a dye of your choice. Then add the Star to the original recipe for a colorful firework. 

How to get gunpowder in Minecraft?

In Minecraft, gunpowder is obtained by killing a Creeper. The easiest way is to get in close, then quickly back away as it explodes on its own. 

How do you make a strong firework in Minecraft?

The standard Minecraft firework recipe calls for one gunpowder. Add up to two more to increase the Flight Duration stat.

Important: They need to be added in separate Crafting Table squares. 

Now you know how to make fireworks in Minecraft. Go wild!

 

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Deyan G.

Deyan G.

Techjury.net's manager. Deyan has been fascinated by technology his whole life. From the first Tetris game all the way to Falcon Heavy. Working for TechJury is like a dream come true, combining both his passions – writing and technology. In his free time (which is pretty scarce, thanks to his three kids), Deyan enjoys traveling and exploring new places. Always with a few chargers and a couple of gadgets in the backpack. He makes mean dizzying Island Paradise cocktails too.

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