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Flint and Steel
Rarity color

Common

Durability

64

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

No

A flint and steel is a tool used to light fires.

Obtaining

Crafting

Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Iron Ingot +
Flint


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Damaged Flint and Steel


Chest loot

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Flint and Steel Nether fortress Chest 1 19%
Ruined portal Chest 1 46.4%
Bedrock Edition
Flint and Steel Nether fortress Chest 1 19%
Ruined portal Chest 1 46.4%

Trading

Farmer villagers before Java Edition 1.8 would trade flint and steel for emeralds. If a world was created before this version, such a villager can be brought forward to current versions and still traded with as a renewable source of flint and steel.

Usage

Igniting

When used on top of a solid, fully opaque block or on the sides of a flammable block, the flint and steel set a fire on the surface on which it was used. Flint and steel have 64 uses. If used on a transparent block (such as glass) or an underwater block, it does not start a fire but still consumes durability. Durability is also consumed if it is used on an already existing fire.

It is commonly used to light nether portals, as any fire existing within an appropriate obsidian frame will create nether portal blocks within the frame.

In both Survival and Creative, using flint and steel on TNT ignites it. The explosion damage dealt by a TNT ignited with flint and steel counts as the player's attack.

Flint and steel can be used to detonate creepers. Explosions initiated in this way cannot be cancelled.

Flint and Steel can be used to light unlit campfires, candles and cakes with candles.

When powered, a dispenser containing flint and steel can set fires, ignite TNT blocks, or light candles and unlit campfires.

Enchantments

A flint and steel can receive the following enchantments:

Name Max Level Method
Unbreaking III
Mending I
Curse of Vanishing I

Sounds

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Flint and Steel click?When successfully useditem.flintandsteel.use[1]subtitles.item.flintandsteel.use[1]??16
Item breaks?When durability is exhaustedentity.item.breaksubtitles.entity.item.break1.00.916

Data values

ID

Java Edition:

NameResource locationFormTranslation key
Flint and Steelflint_and_steelItemitem.minecraft.flint_and_steel

Bedrock Edition:

NameResource locationNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Flint and Steelflint_and_steel259Itemitem.flint_and_steel.name

Achievements

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS4)
PS4 Other platforms
Into The NetherConstruct a Nether Portal.Light a nether portal.30GBronze

Advancements

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Advancement-plain-raw.png
We Need to Go Deeper
Build, light and enter a Nether Portal Ice Bucket ChallengeEnter the Nether dimension.story/enter_the_nether

Video

History

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The specific instructions are: There is within the possible realm a different use sound from 2015-era Pocket Edition, can this be uploaded?
Java Edition Indev
0.3120100110 Flint and Steel JE1.png Added flint and steel.
Flint and steel can be used to set fire.
20100129 Flint and Steel JE2.png The steel part of the texture has been brightened.
Flint and steel can be used alongside lava to smelt ores and cook food.[2]
20100201-2Flint and steel can now sometimes be dropped as loot from killing mobs.
20100219 Flint and Steel JE3 BE1.png The texture of flint and steel has been changed, due to its new crafting recipe.
Flint and steel can no longer drop from mobs.
Flint and steel can now be crafted from an iron ingot and the newly added flint.[more information needed]
Furnaces have been added to replace the cooking and smelting function of flint and steel.
Java Edition Beta
1.7Flint and steel, along with fire itself, explosions and redstone are now the only ways to activate TNT.[3]
Java Edition
1.3.112w21aThe player can now buy 1 flint and steel from farmer villagers for 3 emeralds.
1.4.212w38aThe sound when using flint and steel has been changed.
1.513w04aDispensers are now able to use flint and steel on the block in front of them.
1.6.113w18aFlint and steel can now be found in the new chests in nether fortresses.
13w25aFlint and steel now loses durability when igniting TNT.
1.7.213w36aFlint and steel now has a shapeless crafting recipe.
Using flint and steel on a creeper now causes it to explode.
1.814w02aVillagers no longer sell flint and steel, making it no longer renewable.
1.915w43aThe average yield of flint and steel in nether fortress chests has been slightly reduced.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 259.
1.1418w43a Flint and Steel JE4 BE2.png The texture of flint and steel has been changed.
1.1620w07aGravel now can be given by the piglins when bartering, making flint and steel renewable again.
20w16aFlint and steel can now be found inside ruined portal chests.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.4.0 Flint and Steel JE3 BE1.png Added flint and steel.
v0.7.0Flint and steel can now be used to set fire.
v0.7.4Using flint and steel on a creeper now causes it to explode.
v0.8.0build 2Added flint and steel to the creative inventory.
v0.12.1build 1Flint and steel can now be used to activate a nether portal.
Flint and steel can now be found in nether fortresses.
Flint and steel can now be enchanted in anvils.
v0.14.0build 1Flint and steel can now be used inside dispensers when powered.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3 Flint and Steel JE4 BE2.png The texture of flint and steel has been changed.
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.51Flint and steel can now be obtained by bartering with piglins.
Flint and steel can now be enchanted with Curse of Vanishing through an anvil.
beta 1.16.0.57Flint and steel are no longer obtainable from bartering.
Flint and steel can now be found inside ruined portal chests.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1 Flint and Steel JE3 BE1.png Added flint and steel.
TU3Flint and steel, along with fire itself, explosions and redstone are now the only ways to activate TNT.
TU31CU19 1.22 Patch 3Flint and steel now makes sounds when igniting blocks.
1.90 Flint and Steel JE4 BE2.png The texture of flint and steel has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Flint and Steel JE3 BE1.png Added flint and steel.

Historical sounds:

Sound From to Pitch
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Issues

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Trivia

  • In Adventure mode, flint and steel cannot light fires, nor can it ignite nether portals (unless it has the tag CanPlaceOn:obsidian). However, it can still ignite TNT and creepers.
  • The name "Flint and Steel" is inaccurate considering there is no steel in the game and it's made with iron instead.
  • Flint and Steel cannot light end portals.

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