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Particles are a type of visual effect often encountered in Minecraft. They appear in a variety of situations, and vary in appearance.

Mechanics

Particles are typically released as part of a spell, attack, or upon activation of a Status Effect, but they can also constantly emerge from certain objects. /particle can summon any particle with a variety of parameters; naturally, however, particle effects appear in the following situations:

Water Effects

Minecraft rain

Rain particle effects.

  • Boats traveling over water create water splashes
  • Bubbles and splash effects occur around any Entity in Water
  • A Guardian's laser beam attack produces bubbles
  • Bubbles appear while Fishing
  • Wolves shake off droplets after coming out of water
  • Droplets fall from the bottom of any Blocks with water above them
  • Rain
  • Snow

Fire Effects

Mcfire

A fire particle effect.

Mob and Combat Effects

Ocelot taming

Heart particles that appear when Taming an animal.

  • Attacks that land a critical hit produce sparkles
  • Evoker spells
  • Witches
  • Explosions from a Ghast's fireball, a Wither's skull attack, or an exploding Creeper
  • When a mob dies
  • When a mob appears from a mob spawner
  • When shearing a Mooshroom
  • When a Villager is attacked
  • Trading with a villager
  • Footsteps on certain surfaces
  • A Slime hitting the ground
  • Heart particles above an animal when Taming or Breeding
  • Snowflakes appear when creating a Snow Golem
  • Some mobs have particle effects when they Spawn
  • Shulker attacks
  • The breath attack of an Ender Dragon
  • Swords "sweep" attack
  • Squids can squirt ink
  • Llamas spit
  • Smoke particles appear when taming an animal
  • Smoke flows from the wither and it's skull attack
  • Smoke flows from a ghast's fireball attack

Block and Item Effects

Tntgif

Smoke and explosion particle effects on a block of primed TNT.

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