How To Make A Crossbow In Minecraft

In this tutorial you will learn how to make a crossbow in Minecraft.

A Minecraft crossbow is a weapon that can shoot arrows or fireworks.

Available Platforms

Edition Platform Available
Java Edition Windows, Mac & Linux PC’s Yes
Bedrock Edition Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, Fire OS, Windows 10 PC’s Yes
Education Edition Mac, iOs 12, Windows 10 PC’s Yes
PlayStation Edition PlayStation 3 & 4 Yes

Materials Needed To Create A Crossbow

Steps To Make A Crossbow

1. Open Your Crafting Table

First, let’s open your artboard in Minecraft. You should see the same grid as in the image below.

How To Make A Crossbow In Minecraft

2. Add The Items To The Menu

With the craft menu open, add the 3 sticks, 2 ropes, 1 iron bar and the tripwire hook to the rack.

You need to add the items to the grid exactly as shown in the image below.

In the first row, place 1 bar in the first box, 1 iron bar in the second box, and 1 bar in the third box. In the second row, place 1 rope in the first box, 1 tripwire hook in the second box, and 1 rope in the third box. In the 3rd row, place 1 dc in the middle square. This is the Minecraft crossbow recipe.

How To Make A Crossbow In Minecraft

Now that you’ve added the materials to the grid as described above, you’ll see a crossbow in the box on the right.

3. Move The Crossbow To Your Inventory

Just drag the bow to your inventory so you can use it in the game.

How To Make A Crossbow In Minecraft

That is! You now have a crossbow. A Minecraft crossbow is a weapon that can shoot arrows or fireworks.

How To Make A Crossbow In Minecraft

Minecraft Crossbow Command

You can also use command to make crossbows in Minecraft. The Crossbow Command is available in the following editions:

  • Java edition
  • Pocket edition
  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Windows 10 Edition
  • Educational Edition

To run the crossbow command in Minecraft, open your chat window and enter the command below depending on the version you have.

Java Edition 1.13 and higher crossbow command

/give @p crossbow 1

PE, Xbox One, Switch, Win 10, Education Edition

/give @p crossbow 1 0


1. Is a bow or crossbow better in Minecraft?

In terms of power, crossbows are more powerful than bows. They deal between 6 and 11 attack damage, compared to bows which deal 1–10 attack damage. In terms of recharge time, bows are better. They take less time to recharge than crossbows.

2. Can you put infinity on a crossbow?

No, you cannot put the Infinite Enchantment on a crossbow.

3. What enchantment can you put on a crossbow?

You can enchant a crossbow in Minecraft with Unbreaking, Mending, Curse of Vanishing, Piercing, Multi-shot and Quick Charge.

4. Where do you get a crossbow in Minecraft?

pillager outpost chests
Crossbows can now be found in pillager outpost chests. Unenchanted and enchanted crossbows can now be bought from fletcher villagers. Journeyman-level fletcher villagers now have 100% chance to sell unenchanted crossbow, rather than 50% chance.

5. Can you craft crossbows?

To make a crossbow, place 3 sticks, 2 string, 1 iron ingot and 1 tripwire hook in the 3×3 crafting grid.This is the Minecraft crafting recipe for a crossbow. Now that you have filled the crafting area with the correct pattern, the crossbow will appear in the box to the right.

6. Can crossbows have infinity?

The crossbow is specifically incompatible with Infinity and has less durability for the exact reason that it’s meant to be a sniper weapon! It was made to be slower, use less arrows, but do more damage.

7. How do you start a crossbow in Minecraft?

To load a crossbow, the player must have arrows in their inventory or firework rockets in their offhand. Firing is done in two steps: Charging then firing. The player right-clicks to load the crossbow. It is fully loaded when its drawstring appears taut.

8. Can crossbows have power?

the cross bow is just an advanced bow so it dosent make sense why it can not use enchants like flame or power, with out these enchants, the crossbow does alot less then the bow, while it may reload a millisecond faster with quickdraw 3 and have better crow control with mutlishot/pierce, most of the time when not .

9. Is crossbow good Minecraft?

Both the bow and the crossbow are good weapons for a player to have in Minecraft. Both of these weapons will allow players to attack mobs from further away, causing them to not take melee damage from the mob. Having a bow or crossbow is very useful when fighting specific mobs in Minecraft.

10. How many shots does a crossbow last Minecraft?

Since a crossbow has a durability of 326, you need the pillager to use its crossbow 326 times to break it! So add 5 shields to your hotbar (we added 6, just in case) and possibly some food.

11. Are tridents better than bows?

Though it can do both melee and ranged attacks, it is beaten out by dedicated melee weapons and dedicated ranged weapons. Trident Vs Bow: The trident’s main advantage over the bow is in its underwater performance, giving players a powerful ranged option for fighting guardians or drowned underwater.

12. How do you keep a crossbow loaded in Minecraft?

The first step is to load it with either an arrow or a firework. Players need to hold down the use button or trigger to load it. The player has the option to then let go and keep the crossbow loaded. The crossbow will stay loaded even if the player is not using it at the moment.

How To Make A Crossbow In Minecraft Video Tutorial

Watch in this video how we show you how to make a crossbow using the recipe! Plus, we’ll show you how to shoot it, how it compares to a Minecraft bow, and reveal some of our favorite crossbow enchantments.

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