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Can someone tell me how to make bows set things on fire? I tried enchanting, but it doesn't make them set things on fire.

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From what I understand enchanting is how you do that. Are you sure you enchanting correctly? – TheAce May 4 '12 at 18:47
yep, I am... i figured out the problem now. Thanks. – Hussein Horack May 5 '12 at 18:39
Just in case you're unaware: A flaming arrow (you can also make an arrow a flaming arrow by firing it through lava flow) will not set anything on fire except creatures. – Fnord Prefect May 8 '12 at 6:46
Are you sure? I would swear I remember seeing my flame-bow set grass on fire. – Konerak May 8 '12 at 6:53
Do you mean by shooting arrows or hittng with the actual bow. – MrMC May 13 '12 at 18:40

You need a specific bow enchantment to set things on fire: The Flame enchantment.

The enchantment you get on an item is going to be randomly chosen, so you'll just have to keep trying until you get a bow that has one. It should be noted that the probability of getting the Flame enchantment on a bow is fairly low, and if the modified enchantment level is less than 19 it is impossible to get.

If you are in creative, you can look up the enchanted book with the Flame enchantment, and with a normal bow, combine them in an anvil, and you get the flaming bow...

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Thanks guys, I thought my minecraft game wasn't working or something, so that's good to hear. :D – Hussein Horack May 5 '12 at 18:39
@HusseinHorack, you should consider accepting an answer if it solved your doubt =) – Solem Nov 21 '12 at 12:09
@HusseinHorack click in the gray check mark if this answers the question. The arrow should be green. – Jim Jones Dec 13 '15 at 18:49

To set arrows on fire you can shoot them through running lava or use an enchantment.

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While the mentioned methods do set the arrow on fire, they do not set the entity that the arrow lands on on fire. – kuyan Nov 10 '12 at 5:22
@kuyan Um, actually they both do... – Timtech Jul 29 '13 at 11:52
@Timtech - This may have changed since the posting of my comment on November 12, 2012. I haven't played Minecraft in a while, so I don't know - I'll take your word for it. :) – kuyan Jul 30 '13 at 2:11
@kuyan ok, great – Timtech Jul 30 '13 at 11:42
@kuyan they do go on fire! I tried it myself on the latest patch and the mobs were burning! – Jim Jones Dec 13 '15 at 18:50

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