# How do I use the /particle command in Vanilla Minecraft?

The command instructions say

``````/particle <name> <x> <y> <z> <xd> <yd> <zd> <speed> [count] [mode]
``````

but how do I use those? I understand the `<x>`, `<y>` and `<z>`, but first of all, what are `<xd>`, `<yd>`, and `<zd>`? Also, what does the speed do, and how much does any given number change it? What do count and mode do?

I basically just want to know what all the positional and optional arguments in the `/particle` command do, and how I can effectively use them.

• I believe that the xyz-d co-ords specify the are around which the particles will spawn. Apr 5, 2015 at 8:26

`/particle <name> <x> <y> <z> <xd> <yd> <zd> <speed> [count = 1] [mode = normal]`

I'll explain all arguments:

• `name`: Which particle you want to spawn. Here's a list.
• `x y z`: Coordinates of the particle you want to spawn. (Enter `~` for current position, add a number after the `~` for an offset. Example: `~3` = current position target dimension + 3)
• `xd yd zd`: Is the area radius you want to spawn the particle in. You can see it as a square: `/particle ... 0 0 0 5 5 5 ...` spawns somewhere randomly between `-5, -5, -5` and `5, 5, 5`. Leave 0 for exact position.
• `speed`: Specifies the speed in a random direction of the particle. Leave 0 for stationary.
• `count`(optional): How many particles you want to spawn, or in other words: how many times the command should be executed.
• `mode`(optional): `normal` or `force`. This specifies if the everyone should be forced to see the particle. People with the option `particles` on `minimum` can't see particles that are more then 16 blocks away, but with `force` specified it forces the client to display the particle so they can see it no matter what distance.

Example: `/particle explode ~ ~ ~ 5 5 5 0.1 100` will generate 100 smoke particles around the player within a radius of 5 at a slightly increased speed of `0.1`.

• @Spyfriend You messed up `xd yd zd`. Remember the particle will be spawned within a box with a xradius of xd, yradius of yd, zradius of zd with the center as x, y, z. `/particle hugeexplosion 10 10 10 5 5 5 1 10` is a good command. Apr 8, 2015 at 9:09