Gunpowder can be crafted into TNT, requiring five of them, and Fire Charges. Gunpowder is essential in order to create splash potions, which is usually applied to potions with negative effects. Fire Charges were added in Minecraft snapshot 12w04a. These have the same properties as Flint and Steel, except they can be launched from a Dispenser. Gunpowder is one of the ingredients used to make the Firework Rocket, and is required to make Firework Stars.
In Beta 1.0, Gunpowder was renamed to Sulfur, but it was reverted to its original term in Beta 1.3.
Gunpowder was added to the Pocket Edition in 0.4.0.
- Texture-wise, it looks almost identical to the redstone dust texture, but with a desaturated color.