Bat Grenades

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Bat Grenades
Bat grenades.png
Module TypeStand Alone
Created bySparks
Compatible MC Versions1.13

This module causes bats to explode when a player gets too close.


If a player approaches a bat, the bat will squeak loudly and consistently as a warning. If the player moves closer, the bat explodes, breaking blocks, hurting the player, and killing the bat. When killed, bats will drop 1-3 gunpowder, and has a chance to drop bat leather and bat droppings.

Technical Summary

The bat will start squeaking when a player is within a seven-block radius. The explosion created by the bat triggers when a player is within a three-block radius, and is around 1/3 as powerful as a creeper. Minimal damage is caused to blocks and players. The chance for a bat to drop bat leather is 1/6. The chance for a bat to drop bat droppings is 1/8, if killed by a player.


Advancement Description Requirement
Batboozled Get blown up by a Bat Grenade Get killed by an exploding bat

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Version Date Change
1.8 21 Feb 2014 Released Bat Grenades
28 Mar 2015 Fixed death message to say "...was killed by exploding bat" instead of "...was killed by creeper"
1.9-1.10 13 Jan 2016 Updated for 1.9 command format
Bats no longer explode for players in creative or spectator
Players now have to be closer to the bat to cause an explosion (3 blocks instead of 5)
13 Jan 2016 Playsound format updated due to a change in MC Snapshot 16w02a
17 Jan 2016 Fixed issue with squeak playsound in SMP worlds
04 Jun 2016 Added "Batboozled" achievement
Fixed playsound so it originates from the bat not the player
Win 0.16.1[note 1] 25 Oct 2016 Created module for Win 10 Beta
1.11 10 Jun 2017 Updated for 1.11 command format
1.12 10 Jun 2017 Updated for 1.12 command format
1.13 19 Nov 2018 Updated for 1.13 data packs
Added loot table for bat

Previous Versions

MC 1.8 Version

In the MC 1.8 version, bat grenades will explode at a radius of 5 blocks of the player rather than 3 blocks. Additionally, bats would explode when near players in creative or spectator mode as well. This version of the module did not have achievements. Additionally, killed bats would not drop any items in this version.

MC 1.9-1.12 Versions

In the MC 1.9-1.12 versions, the advancements were actually a simulated achievement, using tellraw to show the message. This has been transferred to advancements upon the release of the 1.13 version. Additionally, killed bats would not drop any items in this version.

Windows 10 Beta 0.16.1 Version

Using behaviour packs, Bat Grenades has been remade for Windows 10/Pocket Edition platforms. Bats behave about the same as in the Java edition except they do not explode if there is a wall between them and the player, and they drop gunpowder using a Creeper loot table (0-3 gunpowder without looting).


  1. Not a Java Edition module. The module was recreated for Windows 10 Edition Beta 0.16.1.