Minecraft: Steps to Make a Crossbow in Survival Mode

Crossbows are ranged weapons in Minecraft. They were introduced in the Village & Pillage update (Java Edition 1.14) and the Bedrock Edition 1.9. Crossbows offer a unique alternative to bows and arrows, and they have some distinct features.

Here are some key points about crossbows in Minecraft:

  1. Crafting: You can craft a crossbow using a crafting table. The recipe typically involves sticks, string, and a tripwire hook.
  2. Loading and Aiming: Unlike bows, crossbows must be loaded before they can be fired. You can load a crossbow by right-clicking (Java Edition) or using the appropriate button (Bedrock Edition). Once loaded, you can hold the loaded crossbow to aim.
  3. Multishot: Crossbows can be enchanted with the “Multishot” enchantment, allowing them to shoot multiple arrows at once in a spread pattern. This can be useful for hitting multiple targets or covering a wider area.
  4. Quick Charge: The “Quick Charge” enchantment allows you to decrease the time it takes to load the crossbow. This can be particularly useful in combat situations where you need to fire quickly.
  5. Piercing: The “Piercing” enchantment enables arrows fired from a crossbow to pass through multiple entities, potentially hitting more than one target.
  6. Firework Boost: Crossbows can be used to launch fireworks if loaded with a firework rocket. This can be a fun and decorative feature.

Embark on a new adventure in Minecraft with the formidable crossbow, a potent weapon introduced in the Village & Pillage Update (Java Edition 1.14). Learn the art of crafting this powerful tool with our step-by-step guide.

Required Materials:

Ensure you have the following materials before diving into the crafting process:

  • 1 Iron Ingot
  • 3 Sticks
  • 2 Strings
  • 1 Tripwire Hook

How to Craft a Crossbow in Survival Mode:

Step 1: Open the Crafting Menu:

Begin by accessing your crafting table, unveiling the 3×3 crafting grid.

Open the Crafting Menu

Step 2: Add Items to Make a Crossbow:

  • In the crafting menu, arrange the materials in a specific pattern within the 3×3 grid:
  • Crafting Pattern: | Stick | Iron Ingot | Stick | | String | Tripwire Hook | String | | Stick | - | Stick |
  • Detailed breakdown:
    • First row: Stick, Iron Ingot, Stick
    • Second row: String, Tripwire Hook, String
    • Third row: Stick (centered)
  • Ensure the items are placed precisely as indicated to form the crossbow.
  • As you correctly arrange the items, a crossbow will materialize in the crafting result box.
Add Items to make a Crossbow

Step 3: Move the Crossbow to Inventory:

Once crafted, drag the newly minted crossbow into your inventory. Congratulations! You now wield the power of a crossbow in Minecraft.

Move the Crossbow to Inventory

Command for Crossbow:

For those who prefer commands, you can use the following to spawn a crossbow:

  • Java Edition (PC/Mac):
  /give @p crossbow 1
  • Pocket Edition (PE), Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Windows 10, and Education Edition:
  /give @p crossbow 1 0

Supported Platforms:

The crossbow is a versatile weapon available across various Minecraft platforms, including:

  • Java Edition (PC/Mac)
  • Pocket Edition (PE)
  • Xbox 360
  • Xbox One
  • PS3
  • Wii U
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Windows 10 Edition
  • Education Edition

Attack Damage

Attack Damage refers to the amount of damage a weapon deals when used to attack entities in the game. Each weapon in Minecraft has a specific attack damage value, and this value determines how much health or damage points are subtracted from the target when the weapon is used.

NameAttack Damage
Wooden Sword4
Golden Sword4
Stone Sword5
Iron Sword6
Diamond Sword7
Netherite Sword8

The above table shows the attack damage in ascending order.


Durability is a characteristic associated with tools, weapons, and armor. It represents the item’s overall strength and how much use it can withstand before it becomes unusable and eventually breaks. As you use tools, weapons, or armor in the game, their durability decreases.

Golden Sword32
Wooden Sword59
Stone Sword131
Iron Sword250
Diamond Sword1561
Netherite Sword2031

The above table shows the durability in ascending order.

Prepare to unleash a barrage of arrows with your newly crafted crossbow. Face the challenges of Minecraft with enhanced firepower and conquer the blocky world!

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