How do I make TNT?
Where do I get the things I need to make TNT?
How do I get the things I need to make TNT?
I can't find any pitching other than the sand needed to make TNT.

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TNT requires 4 Sand and 5 Gunpowder, arranged in this pattern:

Recipe for TNT

Sand can be found and dug up like any other block, especially in Desert biomes or along beaches.

Gunpowder you can get from a few different places:

  1. Creepers
  • Probably the easiest method. You have to actually kill them, not allow them to blow up by themselves
  • They have a chance of dropping up to 2 pieces of gunpowder upon death
  1. Ghasts (Nether)
  • They have a chance of dropping up to 2 pieces of gunpowder upon death.
  1. Chests
  • Gunpowder has a 1 in 12 chance of spawning in a dungeon chest, where it will appear in stacks of 1 to 4
  1. Witches
  • Witches were introduced in Minecraft Release v1.4.2
  • they have a 1 in 8 chance of dropping up to 6 pieces of gunpowder upon death

###Source - Minecraft Wiki:

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    adding onto this answer, Sand can be found and dug up, gunpowder you have to kill Creapers, you have to kill them and not just hit them and let them explode
    – Memor-X
    Oct 24, 2013 at 23:11
  • You don't have to kill creepers, although they are the most plentiful and renewable source of it. Ghasts also drop gunpowder (When they don't drop it into a sea of lava), and it can be obtained in small quantities from dungeon chests. Oct 24, 2013 at 23:16
  • @Memor-X feel free to add that to my answer!
    – Qwertie
    Oct 25, 2013 at 0:31
  • Updated answer with some new info :)
    – Robotnik
    Jun 6, 2015 at 14:22

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