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Particles are a graphical effect in Minecraft. Particles always seem to face the player and will usually disappear after a short period of time. They only appear from another entity such as fire. Particles collide with solid blocks and are slowed down by cobwebs, but are unaffected by other entities. Each particle texture is 8x8 pixels.

You can reduce the amount of particles visible in the Options menu. These options range from All to Minimal. All renders all particles, decreased renders half the amount of particles, minimal only renders block breaking particles. As of 14w04b, /particle can be used to spawn particles.

Types of Particles

In Minecraft's code one can find a variety of particles. To help coders or curious players, the types of particles and their coding names in the game's code are displayed below.

Particle names in italic will always be shown, even if the "Minimal" particle setting is used.

Particle name Block/entity/event Image
hugeexplosion Explosion 300px
largeexplode Small explosion 300px
fireworksSpark Firework trail and explosion 300px
bubble Water Particle bubble.png
depthsuspend The void, underwater 300px
townaura Mycelium 300px
crit Critical hits Particle crit.png
magicCrit Enchanted sword 300px
smoke Torches, primed TNT, End portals Particle smoke.png
mobSpell Potion effects 300px
mobSpellAmbient Beacon effects 300px
spell Splash potions 300px
instantSpell Instant health/damage splash potions 300px
witchMagic Witches 300px
note Note Blocks Particle note.png
portal Nether portals, Endermen, ender pearls, eyes of ender, ender chests Particle portal.png
enchantmenttable Enchantment tables near bookshelves 300px
explode Explosion Particle explode.png
flame Torches, furnaces, Magma Cubes, monster spawners Particle flame.png
lava Lava Particle lava.png
footstep Particle footstep.png
splash Water, rain, wolves Particle splash.png
wake Fishing 300px
largesmoke Fire, Minecart with Furnace, Blazes 300px
cloud Dead mobs Particle cloud.png
reddust Redstone, Redstone Torches 300px
snowballpoof Snowballs, Eggs, creating Snow Golems or Iron Golems 300px
dripWater Water 300px
dripLava Lava 300px
snowshovel 300px
slime Slimes 300px
heart Breeding Particle heart.png
angryVillager Attacking a villager in a village 300px
happyVillager Bone Meal, trading 300px
barrier Barriers Particle barrier.png
blockcrack_(id)_(data) Breaking blocks, sprinting, ocelots 300px
iconcrack_(id)_(data) Eating, eyes of ender, breaking tools 300px


If you would like to execute this command to make particles, make sure to use this command. Keep in mind that [count] and [player;entity] are optional. /particle <name> <x> <y> <z> <xd> <yd> <zd> <speed> [count] [player;entity]


Issues relating to "Particles" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Most particle colors can be changed using resource packs, however the color of smoke particles used in redstone, portals, and Endermen can't be changed without mods.
  • The rain particles affect the rain sound.
  • Mobs spawned using a Monster Spawner emit smoke particles when spawning.
  • Particles are slowed when passing through a Cobweb.
  • Particles will appear where your face is pointing.
  • Bubble particles seem to only appear when they are in water.