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Minecraft Crossbows

Crossbows are yet another ranged weapon in Minecraft which can be obtained by either crafting, natural generation, trading from villagers, or from drops after killing pillagers and piglins. To craft crossbows, open the crafting table and place a tripwire hook in the center of the 3x3 grid. Place strings on either side of the tripwire hook. Then place two sticks on either side of the first row and an iron ingot between them. Finally, place a stick in the middlebox of the last row. It requires arrows as ammunition, and holding right-click will load your arrows.

There are so many different tools in Minecraft. Some tools are used for resource gatherings, such as pickaxes and shovels. There are some tools that are used for combat. There are two types of combat, melee and ranged. Melee combat is encompassed by using a sword or an ax in battle. Ranged combat comprises of three tools in Minecraft. The first is a bow that allows you to manually shoot arrows at your enemies. The second is a trident, which you can either use as a melee weapon, or you can use as a ranged by throwing it at other mobs. The third item that you can use is a crossbow. In this guide, you will learn how to get crossbows, use them, and everything there is to know about them.

How to Get a Crossbow?

  1. Crafting
  2. Pillagers
  3. Piglins
  4. Natural generation
  5. Trading

How to Use a Crossbow?

  1. Weapons
  2. Fireworks

How to Get a Crossbow in Minecraft

In Minecraft, there are currently five ways of obtaining a crossbow. The first way to get a crossbow is by crafting it. Here are the materials that you will need to craft a crossbow.

  1. 3 Sticks
  2. 2 string
  3. 1 iron ingot
  4. 1 tripwire hook

Although it looks like a lot, getting each item is very easy. The first item you need to get is the two pieces of string. Obtaining string is very easy. There are two ways to do it. The first way is to kill a spider. Spiders are mobs that only spawn at night.

Minecraft spider

The other way to obtain a piece of string is to craft a sword and break a cobweb with it. Cobwebs normally spawn in abandoned mineshafts or dungeons. Breaking a cobweb with a sword will drop one piece of string.

Spider web in Minecraft

Once you get your two pieces of string, you now want to get three sticks. To get sticks, you need some wooden plays. It is really easy to get wooden planks. To get wooden planks, all you need to do is punch a tree and get oak wood. You can then turn one piece of oak wood into four wooden planks in your crafting table.

Crafting wooden plank

Now that you have gotten your wooden planks, you can place them in the crafting table. Make sure to stack them on top of each other like in the pattern below. This will enable you to craft sticks.

Crafting a wooden stick

Now that you have your sticks, we can move onto the iron ingot. To get an iron ingot, you need a wooden pickaxe. To get a wooden pickaxe, all you need to do is get two sticks and three wooden planks. Take these items to your crafting table and follow the crafting recipe below.

Crafting a wooden pickaxe

The next pickaxe in line is the stone pickaxe. To make a stone pickaxe, you actually have to use a wooden pickaxe. You only need three pieces of cobblestone and to get that, you have to mine three pieces of stone in a cave. Caves are lined with stone so it shouldn’t be difficult at all to get stone. The stone in a cave will be any of the gray blocks that you see below.

Minecraft Cave

Once you have obtained three cobblestones, and of course two sticks, you can head back to your crafting table. Each pickaxe has the same recipe but you just have to switch the crafting material. In this case, instead of wooden planks, you are using cobblestone blocks. You can use the recipe below to craft a stone pickaxe.

Crafting a stone pickaxe

Now that you have your stone pickaxe, you need to go back into your cave and what you are looking for is one block of iron ore. Iron ore can only be mined by a stone pickaxe or any pick above a stone pickaxe. Once you have mined your iron ore, you need to smelt it into an iron ingot. To do this, you need to place it in a furnace.

If you need any help crafting or using a furnace, you can use this link.

Iron smelts in a 1:1 ratio, so one iron ore will output one iron ingot.

Now that you have all of your basic items for crafting a crossbow, you need to get a tripwire hook. Tripwire hooks can be made with the materials you have already collected. To craft a tripwire hook, you can follow the recipe below in your crafting table.

Crafting menu

Now that you have your tripwire hook, your iron ingot, your three sticks, and your two pieces of string, you can go back into your crafting table and craft your crossbow. You can follow

Crafting crossbow

The second and third ways to get a crossbow are from pillagers and piglins. Getting a crossbow this way is very simple. There is a chance that pillagers and piglins will drop a crossbow when they are killed. A pillager or piglin will only drop a crossbow if they are holding one when you kill them.

The fourth way to get a crossbow is from the natural generation. There are currently two naturally generated areas that have a chance of having crossbows. The first is a bastion remnant. Bastion remnants are large structures that spawn in the Nether. They normally look like castles. The second is from pillager outposts. Pillager outposts normally spawn in the overworld in many different biomes like plains, deserts, taigas, and savannahs.

The fifth way to get a crossbow is from trading. There are two ways in each version of Minecraft to get a crossbow from trading. The first way to obtain a crossbow from trading is available in both Java and Bedrock editions. If you find a fletcher villager, they have the chance to sell an unenchanted crossbow in exchange for three emeralds. In bedrock edition, a master-level fletcher villager has a chance of selling an enchanted crossbow for eight emeralds. In Java Edition, master-level fletcher villagers have a chance of selling an enchanted crossbow for anywhere between seven to 22 emeralds.

How to Use a Crossbow?

Now that you have learned the different ways of getting a crossbow, let’s learn how to use it. Crossbows are really easy to use. There are three different ways of using a crossbow. The first is as a weapon. Crossbows require arrows as ammunition though, so make sure you have enough arrows in your inventory. Holding right-click will load your crossbow with an arrow. Remember that every time you shoot an arrow out of your crossbow, you will have to reload it.

The second way to use a crossbow is with fireworks. To do this, all you have to do is have fireworks in your offhand. If fireworks are in your offhand, when you load your crossbow it will load the firework.

How to Repair a crossbow?

Now that you can use your crossbow, it will lose durability. Repairing a crossbow is very easy. There are two ways that you can repair a crossbow. The first is by placing two crossbows in a grindstone. This will add the two crossbows’ durabilities together. You can also simply place the two crossbows together on a crafting table. Doing this will have the same effect as the grindstone. The second way to repair a crossbow is with the mending enchantment.

What enchantments can a crossbow get?

In Minecraft, there are currently six enchantments that you can put on a crossbow. The first is quick charge. The quick charge enchantment decreases the reload time of the crossbow. The second enchantment is multishot. This makes it so that the crossbow fires a spread of three projectiles at once. The third is piercing, which makes arrows shot from the crossbow pierce multiple entities. The fourth, fifth, and sixth enchantments can be applied to any tool. Unbreaking makes it so that the crossbow has more durability. Mending allows for the crossbow to repair itself whenever you gain experience. The last enchantment that a crossbow can get is the curse of vanishing. The curse of vanishing enchantment causes the crossbow to disappear instead of dropping on the ground when the player dies.


Q. Is the crossbow better than the bow in Minecraft?

In terms of power, crossbows are more powerful than bows, but in terms of speed, bows can fire arrows faster.

Q. Can you put infinity on a crossbow?

No, you cannot put infinity on a crossbow. Infinity only works on regular bows.

Q. Can you put power on a crossbow?

No, you cannot put power on a crossbow. Power is a regular bow enchantment.

Q. Can you put multishot and piercing on a crossbow?

Yes, you can put multishot and piercing on a crossbow.


Now that you have successfully learned how to craft a use a crossbow, it might be a good idea to get one in your world. They can deal a lot of damage from afar, giving you more of a chance to survive. Just make sure you have enough arrows and that you don’t run out!

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