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There are a few different combat methods in Minecraft. While it's possible to solely rely on your trusted sword, you should also make use of arrows. Arrows are great for killings mobs from a safe distance, as well as shooting any targets you have set up.

In addition to the normal arrow, there are a variety of other arrows that provide different effects. In this guide, we are going to go over every arrow type and where to get it. First, let's take a look at the normal arrow that is the base for every additional arrow type.

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How To Craft Normal Arrows In Minecraft

crafting screen for arrows

These are likely the arrows that you will use the most. To craft an arrow, you will need the following materials.

  • 1 Flint
  • 1 Stick
  • 1 Feather

This recipe will craft four arrows that can be used with a bow or crossbow.

Feathers, which may drop when you kill a chicken, can be hard to come across early in the game, so there are a few other methods to get arrows.

Killing a skeleton will have a chance to drop up to two arrows. If you have a weapon enchanted with Looting III, the number of arrows you can get will increase to five.

Lastly, you can buy 16 arrows from a novice-level fletcher villager for one emerald.

Spectral Arrows

player crafting a spectral arrow with glowstone dust

This is a special type of arrow that creates a glowing effect on the target for ten seconds. They do not deal increased damage but are helpful for seeing mobs (or even other players) in the dark.

Spectral arrows can be acquired in a few different ways, which you can find below.


How To Craft Spectral Arrows In MInecraft

To craft a spectral arrow, you will need the following materials. This recipe will yield two spectral arrows.

  • 4 Glowstone Dust
  • 1 Arrow

Glowstone dust can be obtained by mining glowstone, which appears in the Nether. If you mine glowstone blocks without a tool enchanted with silk touch, you will receive between two and four glowstone dust.

piglin inspecting a gold bar for bartering

Bartering For Spectral Arrows

While bartering with Piglins in the Nether, you will have about an eight percent chance to receive up to 12 spectral arrows. To barter with a Piglin, you will simply need to toss a gold bar their way. Any nearby Piglins will scramble towards the bar and inspect it. Once it has been inspected, they will toss another item back towards you.

When bartering with Piglins, be sure to have on at least one piece of gold armor. This will ensure that the Piglins do not attack you.

Tipped Arrows

crafting screen for arrow of the turtle master

Tipped arrows are any arrow that has a status effect. There are 15 different tipped arrows that can be made. To make a tipped arrow, you will need to combine eight arrows with a lingering potion of your choice.

Lingering potions can be made by brewing together Dragon's Breath and a splash potion. Dragon's Breath is only used to make lingering potions and can be gathered with an empty bottle from the Ender Dragon. Lingering potions are a bit easier to obtain. To do so, you just need to brew any potion with gunpowder.

A splash potion will become the lingering variety of the original effect once you add Dragon's Breath. With the lingering potion, you can now craft tipped arrows. Below, you can find every variety, as well as the effects associated with it.

Arrow Type Tip Color Potion Needed
Arrow of Regeneration Pink
  • Lingering Potion of Regeneration
    • Awkward Potion + Ghast Tear
Arrow of Swiftness Light Blue
  • Lingering Potion of Swiftness
    • Awkward Potion + Sugar
Arrow of Fire Resistance Yellow
  • Lingering Potion of Fire Resistance
    • Awkward Potion + Magma Cream
Arrow of Healing Red
  • Lingering Potion of Healing
    • Awkward Potion + Glistering Melon Slice
Arrow of Night Vision Dark Blue
  • Lingering Potion of Night Vision
    • Awkward Potion + Golden Carrot
Arrow of Strength Deep Red
  • Lingering Potion of Strength
    • Awkward Potion + Blaze Powder
Arrow of Leaping Lime Green
  • Lingering Potion of Leaping
    • Awkward Potion + Rabbit's Foot
Arrow of Invisibility Grey
  • Lingering Potion of Invisibility
    • Potion of Night Vision + Fermented Spider Eye
Arrow of Poison Green
  • Lingering Potion of Poison
    • Awkward Potion + Spider Eye
Arrow of Weakness Dark Grey
  • Lingering Potion of Weakness
    • Water Bottle + Fermented Spider Eye
Arrow of Slowness Blue/Grey
  • Lingering Potion of Slowness
    • Potion of Swiftness and Potion of Leaping + Fermented Spider Eye
Arrow of Harming Brown
  • Lingering Potion of Harming
    • Potion of Healing and Potion of Poison + Fermented Spider Eye
Arrow of Water Breathing Blue
  • Lingering Potion of Water Breathing
    • Awkward Potion + Pufferfish
Arrow of the Turtle Master Light Purple/Grey
  • Lingering Potion of the Turtle Master
    • Awkward Potion + Turtle Shell
Arrow of Slow Falling White
  • Lingering Potion of Slow Falling
    • Awkward Potion + Phantom Membrane

Chances are, you will not use every arrow type, but that's okay. These arrows can be used in many different ways and with tipped arrows, you will be able to apply potion effects from far away. Now, go gather Dragon's Breath from the Ender Dragon.

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