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Type Solid Block
Physics Only after activation
Transparency Partial (blocks light)
Luminance No
Blast Resistance 0
Tool Grid Any Tool
Renewable No
Stackable TNT64
Flammable Yes
Drops Grid TNT TNT
Appears in Minecraft
First Appearance Classic 0.26 Survival Test (October 24th 2009)
Block Data Information
Decimal Data Value 46
Hexadecimal Data Value 2E
Binary Data Value 00101110
Further EE2-related information
EMC 964

Trinitrotoluene, more specifically 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (but often abbreviated to TNT) is an organic nitrate commonly used as an explosive. TNT has the chemical formula C6H2(NO2)3CH3 and has a structure identical to trimethylbenzene with the hydroxide groups replaced with nitro (NO2-) groups. The explosive, when detonated, has a VoD of almost 7000 m/s.


TNT was originally synthesized by nitration of methylbenzene with a mixture of Sulfuric acid and Nitric acid, usually in an ice bath to regulate temperature. This reaction initially produces mononitrotoluene (MNT), a less nitrated form of TNT where only one hydroxyl group replaced with a nitrate. This compound is then re-nitrated to form dinitrotoluene (DNT) and in the final step the DNT is nitrated in an anhydrous mixture of fuming Nitric acid and oleum. However, nitration steps were rendered unnecessary in the production of TNT, when organic chemist Prof. Markus Persson discovered in 2009 it could be synthesized by merely mixing Silicon dioxide, sulfur, charcoal and Potassium nitrate until homogeneous, as shown by the table below:

IngredientsCrafting Recipe
Gunpowder +
Gunpowder Sand Gunpowder Grid layout Arrow (small) TNT
Sand Gunpowder Sand
Gunpowder Sand Gunpowder