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Gunpowder is a volatile powder that is highly flammable and potentially explosive depending on the variant.


There are 2 main variants of this material, one that explodes and one that only burns, but they are called the same thing when mouse-overed in the game. Generally speaking, the variant that spawns naturally is always the one that explodes, whereas the non-exploding variant comes from the Gunpowder Trail modifier.

Like most explosives, exploding gunpowder can set creatures on fire.

All variants of gunpowder can be dissolved with the Dissolve Powders perk.


Explosive Variant

  • Found in large piles in various biomes.

TNT Variant

Inert Variant

Unstable Variant

Unstable Big Variant

This variant is produced by the Liquid Detonation spell.


The explosive variant of gunpowder will explode when it performs burning reactions.

Reaction Rate Reagents Products
8 [lava] + Gunpowder (Inert) [lava] + Fire
8 [lava] + Gunpowder [lava] + Fire
80 Purifying Powder + [regenerative] Gunpowder (Unstable) + Gunpowder (Unstable)
100 Purifying Powder + Lava Gunpowder (Unstable) + Gunpowder (Unstable)
50 [acid] + Gunpowder [acid] + Flammable Gas
100 Corrupted Rock + Gunpowder Corrupted Rock + Corrupted Rock
100 Draught of Midas + Gunpowder Draught of Midas + Gold
8 Lava + Gunpowder (Unstable) Lava + Fire
8 Lava + Gunpowder (Unstable Big) Lava + Fire


The exploding variant is sometimes known as Firecrackers, just like the spell.


  • Oct 23 2019: The minimum explosion radius of gunpowder_unstable was increased from 5 to 8.
  • Oct 11 2019: Reactions involving Purifying Powder were added.


Pile of Gunpowder found in the Coal Pits.