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Minecart with TNT
Minecart with TNT JE2 BE2.png
Rarity color







Height: 0.7 Blocks
Width: 0.98 Blocks

Network ID

JE: 10

If not exploded
1 Minecart
Health points


A minecart with TNT is a block of TNT inside a minecart.



Ingredients Crafting recipe

Minecarts with TNT cannot be directly retrieved by attacking them, as they just drop a minecart and a TNT; however the two items can be crafted back together.


When the TNT minecart passes over the powered activator rail, it explodes after four seconds.

Placing two TNT minecarts on the rail and powering it (here, by flicking the lever) creates an instant explosion.

Destroying the gold block causes the TNT minecart to fall down and instantly explode.

A minecart with TNT detonates after a delay on these conditions:

  • It moves over a powered activator rail.
  • It is destroyed while in motion (except by a player in Creative mode).
  • It is destroyed by fire, lava, or an explosion.
  • In Java Edition, it is hit by a fire charge.

The delay is 4 seconds (80 game ticks) for an activator rail, like the TNT block. For other causes there is a random delay between 0 and 1.9 seconds, but more likely to be close to 1.

It detonates instantly on these conditions:

  • It hits the ground with a downward velocity of it falling more than three blocks, unless landing on any form of rail.
  • It turns on a curved track too fast, with a solid block or entity located beside the track (in the previous movement direction).
  • It is hit by a flaming arrow.
  • It is pressed into a block or entity and has velocity.

Upon detonation it acts as normal TNT, exploding and damaging nearby blocks, players, and entities. Upon detonation after activating on activator rail, it does not destroy its rails and the blocks the rail is on, however other nearby carts can.‌[Java Edition only] More than one minecart can be placed on the same rail block, allowing many of them to fit into a single block. They explode when touched, dealing large amounts of damage.

The explosion has a base power of 4, the same as regular TNT, but the game also adds a random bonus value up to 1.5 times velocity, but no higher than 7.5. This means that with a speed of 5 or higher the power will be a random value between 4 and 11.5. When triggered by an activator rail or by damage, the bonus value is calculated using the horizontal velocity of the minecart. When hit by a flaming arrow the velocity of the arrow is used instead. When triggered by fall damage, the fall distance divided by 10 is used.

Minecarts with TNT bounce off of other minecarts and cannot be linked to minecarts with furnaces.


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SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
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Data values[]


Java Edition:

ItemResource locationFormTranslation key
Minecart with TNTtnt_minecartItemitem.minecraft.tnt_minecart
EntityResource locationTranslation key
Minecart with TNTtnt_minecartentity.minecraft.tnt_minecart

Bedrock Edition:

ItemResource locationNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Minecart with TNTtnt_minecart407Itemitem.tnt_minecart.name
EntityResource locationNumeric ID Translation key
Minecart with TNTtnt_minecart97entity.tnt_minecart.name

Entity data[]

Minecarts with TNT have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the entity.

Java Edition:

Main article: Entity format
  • Entity data
    • Tags common to all entities
    • Tags common to all minecarts
    •  TNTFuse: Time until explosion or -1 if deactivated.

Bedrock Edition:

See Bedrock Edition level format/Entity format.



Java Edition
1.513w02aMinecart with TNT JE1 BE1.png Minecart with TNT (item) JE1 BE1.png Added minecart with TNT.
13w03aMinecart with TNT no longer destroys nearby rails and rail supports during explosion.[2]
1.814w11aMinecart with TNT explosions no longer stack.
14w26aMinecart with TNT can now be detonated using arrows on fire.
1.1116w32aThe entity ID for minecart with TNT has been changed from MinecartTNT to tnt_minecart.
1.121.12-pre6No longer instantly explode when hit with fire charges; instead, they explode as if primed by an activator rail.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 407.
1.1418w43aMinecart with TNT JE2 BE2.png Minecart with TNT (item) JE2 BE2.png The textures of minecart with TNT have been updated.
19w11aMinecart with TNT explosions now have a 100% drop rate.
1.1519w38aMinecart with Furnace 19w38a.png The TNT now appear dark, same as suffocating mobs.
19w39aThe TNT texture now colored correctly.
Pre-release 1Minecart with TNT JE3.png The model of minecart with TNT has been changed.[3]
Pre-release 3Minecart with TNT JE2 BE2.png The model of minecart with TNT has been changed back to the 18w43a model.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.14.0build 1Minecart with TNT JE1 BE1.png Minecart with TNT (item) JE1 BE1.png Added minecart with TNT.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha entity ID has been changed from minecarttnt to tnt_minecart.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta with TNT JE2 BE2.png Minecart with TNT (item) JE2 BE2.png The textures of minecart with TNT have been updated.
Legacy Console Edition
TU19CU7 1.12 Patch 11.0.1Minecart with TNT JE1 BE1.png Minecart with TNT (item) JE1 BE1.png Added minecart with TNT.
1.90 Minecart with TNT JE2 BE2.png Minecart with TNT (item) JE2 BE2.png The textures of minecart with TNT have been updated.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Minecart with TNT JE1 BE1.png Minecart with TNT (item) JE1 BE1.png Added minecart with TNT.
Minecart with TNT emits smoke particles when destroyed.


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  • A direct hit from three merged minecarts with TNT can reduce a fully diamond armored player to half a heart.[4] However, if the TNT minecarts explode, they do not destroy any rails.