Jack o'Lantern

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Jack o'Lantern

Solid Block






Partial (blocks light)


Yes, 15

Blast resistance





This block can be broken with any tool, but an axe is the quickest




Yes (64)



First appearance

Alpha 1.2.0



Data value

dec: 91 hex: 5B bin: 1011011



A jack o'lantern is a solid block that provides light.


A jack o'lantern can be crafted by placing a torch inside a pumpkin.

Ingredients Crafting recipe

Pumpkin +

Grid layout Arrow (small).png Jack o'Lantern




Like a pumpkin, a jack o'lantern can only be placed on top of a solid opaque block, but the block underneath can then be removed without causing the jack o'lantern to turn into an item. A jack o'lantern cannot be placed on a transparent block.

Jack o'lanterns have a direction: one side looks like a lit carved face. When a jack o'lantern is placed, the face will be facing the player.

A jack o'lantern produces a light level of 15. Despite the appearance that the light is coming out of the face side, the light is directionless and affects all blocks around the jack o'lantern equally.

A jack o'lantern cannot be pushed by a piston — it will simply turn into an item when pushed.

Creating golems[edit]

A jack o'lantern can be used to create an iron golem or a snow golem, but golems created with jack o'lanterns have the same heads as those created with pumpkins.

Iron Golem build configuration

Snow Golem build configuration


Jack o'lanterns have a higher light level than torches (15 as opposed to 14). Because it is a block, players can replace wall or floor/ground blocks with them for aesthetically pleasing and versatile embedded light sources, which can be especially attractive for lit paths. Jack o'lanterns can be used for a slime farm to light up the room, as they are opaque blocks which mobs can spawn on.

Jack o'lanterns, unlike torches, can be used as light sources underwater.

Jack o'lanterns share many properties with sea lanterns, glowstone and beacons, with a luminance of 15 and the ability to provide light while submerged under water. Of the three, jack o'lanterns are arguably the easiest to acquire, as their constituent ingredients can be grown (pumpkins and wood) or easily collected in the Overworld (coal and wood). Like all non-sunlight light sources, they will cause nearby snow and ice to melt.

Their ability to be submerged in water allows docks or harbors to be lit from underwater for a pleasing and functional effect that is useful to players in boats that need to see where to stop. They can also be used during underwater exploration, such as in lakes and oceans, to make underwater navigation significantly easier. Jack o'lanterns can be used as light sources for growing crops at night, and can be placed under irrigation paths to provide an aesthetic ambient glow for crops.

Jack o'lanterns are useful as trails in the Nether, as unlike torches, they will stay in place even if the netherrack beneath it has been destroyed; and unless it is directly hit, it can often resist Ghast bombs, unlike glowstone. It also stands out more than glowstone, because it cannot be found naturally in The Nether



1.2.0 Added Jack o'Lanterns.
1.2.0_02 All Jack o'Lanterns on worlds were converted back into Pumpkins in name only.
1.1_02 Jack o'Lanterns are labeled Pumpkins when moused over in the inventory screen.
1.2 Jack o'Lanterns previously had the same icon and name in the inventory as pumpkins, making it impossible to tell which is which just by looking at them. However, it isn't possible to stack Jack o'Lanterns with pumpkins.
1.5_01 Jack o'Lanterns that already exist in-game now all appear facing the opposite way they were placed before the update. Placing a Jack o'Lantern will also have it placed facing away from you, as opposed to facing in your direction, as was the case before the update.
1.8 With the introduction of pumpkin farming, Jack o'Lanterns are now a renewable resource, because the player can make their torches from charcoal (or are in 1.4.2 and above and have access to the Nether to get coal from Wither Skeletons).
Official release
1.2.1 12w08a Iron Golems can now be made by using Jack o'Lanterns.
1.4.2 12w39a There is a bug where Jack o'Lanterns don't emit light or emit inconsistent light values from each of their surfaces.
12w39b Previously, Jack o'Lanterns lit up blocks all around them evenly. This snapshot changed the light values that Jack o'lanterns emitted, similar to how furnaces were changed in 12w39a.[1] (images showing difference) The light value of Jack o'lantern blocks as seen from their front and bottom surfaces remained 15, but the light value as seen from the top, both sides, and back was changed to 13.
12w40a The previous change was reverted until the new lighting system could be optimized.
1.6 13w26a Renamed "Jack 'o' Lantern" to "Jack o'Lantern".
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.8.0 build 2 Jack o'Lantern added.
0.9.0 build 1 Smooth lighting removed from jack o'lanterns.
Console Edition
TU1 Added Jack o'Lanterns.


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A zombie and a skeleton wearing a jack o'lantern and a pumpkin, respectively, on Halloween.


See also[edit]