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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 ingredients to make the firework rocket and is required to make Firework Stars .
In Indev , mob drops were randomized, so when a pig was killed it could drop gunpowder instead of a Raw Porkchop . This was the same with all other mobs that left behind an item when killed.
In Beta 1.0, Gunpowder was renamed Sulfur , but reverted to its original term in Beta 1.3.
In Beta 1.9 pre-release 4, gunpowder was made usable in brewing to create Splash Potions .
Gunpowder was added to the Pocket Edition in 0.4.0.