Minecraft Dungeons guide: How to use the different power-ups, pick-up items, and consumables

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Minecraft Dungeons has a plethora of different items and equipment to use including weapons, armor, artifacts, and even unique gear. On top of all of that, we also have consumables and pick-up items you can find in the world. Here's everything you need to know about power-ups, pick-up items, and consumables in Minecraft Dungeons.

How can I use power-ups and consumables in Minecraft Dungeons?

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Using power-ups and other item drops is fairly simple in Minecraft Dungeons, usually just involving you walking over to them and pressing "A" on your controller. Some items will give you an immediate boost or have an instant effect, while others apply lingering effects. In the case of TNT, you'll need to actively use it. Most of the time, you won't need to think too hard about power-ups in Dungeons, as the game will do all the work for you.

If you've picked up some TNT, you'll notice your character actually carrying it over their head as they move around the map. You'll need to choose carefully where you put this, as TNT has a pretty big bang, but you get to choose. Once you've picked up TNT, you can face in any direction and press the attack button. Your character will chuck the TNT a decent distance, and you'll see the outline of its explosive power surrounding it. Stay outside of the circle, and you'll be set.

As far as other power-ups are concerned, all that you need to worry about is what each one does and how they're useful to you. Here are all the various power-ups, pick-up items, and consumables in Minecraft Dungeons.

What are all of the different power-ups and consumables in Minecraft Dungeons?

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In general, these various items are anything that drops on the ground and isn't part of your gear, so it doesn't go into your inventory. They're usually temporary and never last past the level that you're currently on. These consumables can be split into few categories, including food, potions, and any other supplies. There's not a ton of different pick-up items in Dungeons, but it's still wise to remember what's there and how each one can help out in a pinch.


All food items apply a temporary regenerative health bonus, and this effect is applied immediately. If you're going into or are coming out of a tough battle, and you don't want to use up a valuable and time-restricted health potion, you can kill some livestock, seek out supply chests, or (if you're very fortunate) find a piggy bank and use food to heal up beforehand. It'll also make you a little harder to kill as your health regenerates even while you're taking damage.

The food we know of in the game includes:

  • Apples.
  • Bread.
  • Pork.


Potions in Minecraft Dungeons apply instant temporary boosts similar to food, but instead, increase your stats for a little while. For example, strength potions will increase your attack damage, while swiftness potions will increase your movement speed. The shadow brew grants you invisibility and makes your next melee attack extra powerful. There may be many more potions as well, but those are the two we know of right now.

The potions we know of in the game include:

  • Potion of strength.
  • Potion of swiftness.
  • Shadow brew.

Other supplies

This category is for pick-up items and consumables that don't apply instant temporary boosts but instead require active usage. TNT is a relatively common one, as it can be dropped from random enemies who are defeated. Arrows, which are necessary for taking down enemies with a bow (and are very useful for creepers), don't follow you through levels if you go above the minimum 60 you start with.

The supplies we know of in the game include:

  • TNT.
  • Arrows.

A quick snack and a handful of TNT

Power-ups, pick-up items, and consumables can give you much-needed boosts at the apex of a battle, or help you prepare for an upcoming confrontation with a tough boss. There could be many more consumables in Minecraft Dungeons than are in this guide, so we'll be sure to update this as soon as we find them. In the meantime, keep an eye out and use these powerful items to your advantage!



Zachary Boddy
Staff Writer

Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.