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, 2012 at 18:47
  • yep, I am... i figured out the problem now. Thanks. May 5, 2012 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. May 8, 2012 at 6:46
  • Are you sure? I would swear I remember seeing my flame-bow set grass on fire.
    – Konerak
    May 8, 2012 at 6:53
  • Do you mean by shooting arrows or hittng with the actual bow.
    – user24376
    May 13, 2012 at 18:40

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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...

  • Thanks guys, I thought my minecraft game wasn't working or something, so that's good to hear. :D May 5, 2012 at 18:39
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    @HusseinHorack, you should consider accepting an answer if it solved your doubt =)
    – Solem
    Nov 21, 2012 at 12:09
  • @HusseinHorack click in the gray check mark if this answers the question. The arrow should be green.
    – Jim Jones
    Dec 13, 2015 at 18:49

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

  • While the mentioned methods do set the arrow on fire, they do not set the entity that the arrow lands on on fire.
    – Nathan
    Nov 10, 2012 at 5:22
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    @kuyan Um, actually they both do...
    – Timtech
    Jul 29, 2013 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. :)
    – Nathan
    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:11
  • @kuyan ok, great
    – Timtech
    Jul 30, 2013 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, 2015 at 18:50

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