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Non-solid Block







Blast resistance





Any tool




Yes (64)



First appearances

See History



Data value

dec: 50 hex: 32 bin: 110010



Torches are non-solid blocks that emit light.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

A torch will break instantly and drop itself when broken using anything. The tool will not take any damage when breaking the torch.

Torches will also be broken if flowing water runs over its location, or if pushed by a piston.

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Torches can be found randomly among the supports in an abandoned mine shaft's corridors. Torches can also be found in various rooms of strongholds, and as a part of village lamp posts. Torches generate around bonus chests if each side has a block at the same height around it.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe

Stick +
Coal or


Usage[edit | edit source]

Torches in various positions on chiseled stone bricks.

Torches can be placed on the top or the sides of most solid blocks, although some will require sneaking (see placement for exceptions). Being non-solid, torches have no collision box.

Gravity affected blocks like sand and gravel will not fall if the block below them has a torch on it, and will break if they fall onto a torch.

Light[edit | edit source]

Torches give off a light level of 14. Torches also melt snow layers and ice within 2 blocks (taxicab distance).

Crafting ingredient[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Jack o'Lantern

Pumpkin +

Placement[edit | edit source]

In general, torches can only be placed on solid, opaque, full blocks; exceptions are listed below.

Block name Torch placeable
Stairs Only on top of upside-down stairs
Slab Only on top of half slabs placed on top half of blocks
Fence Top only
Cobblestone Wall Top only
Glass Top only
Stained Glass Top only
Hopper Top only
Snow Only on top when 8 layers thick
Farmland No
Soul Sand Yes
Ice No
Packed Ice Yes
Glowstone No
Leaves No
Piston No
Monster Spawner Yes
End Portal Frame Yes

Data values[edit | edit source]

Block data[edit | edit source]

See also: Data values
DV Description

0 (unused)

1 Facing east (attached to a block to its west)

2 Facing west (attached to a block to its east)

3 Facing south (attached to a block to its north)

4 Facing north (attached to a block to its south)

5 Facing up (attached to a block beneath it)

Block state[edit | edit source]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description

The direction the top of the torch is facing.

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

May 18, 2009 Torches suggested on the TIGSource forums.
December 23, 2009 Torches added. They had a different icon in the inventory, appearing much shorter: Minecraftindevtorch.png. But actually, they were one pixel taller: TorchIndev.png
They could be placed in the air with no block supporting it.
0.31 January 9, 2010 Torches are now slightly dimmer.
January 29, 2010 Torches made craftable.
? In an early version of the game, when removing a block the torch moved to another available block.[1]
1.1.0 Torches can no longer be placed on tree leaves (only on fancy graphics).
1.6.6 Torches can now be placed on glowstone.
1.7 Torches can no longer be placed on leaves, whether they are found naturally on a tree or placed after being trimmed with shears.
Torches and redstone torches can now be placed on top of fences.
Official release
1.2.1 12w08a Torches can now be placed on top of glass blocks.
1.3.1 12w19a Torches now spawn around bonus chests if each side has a block at the same height around it.
12w25a Torches can now be placed on top of upside down slabs and stairs.
1.4.2 12w42b Falling sand now properly "pops" when falling on torches.
1.8 14w07a Torches placed on walls are now simply rotated versions of upright torches, rather than having their own block model.
14w18a Torches can now be placed on stained glass.
? Torches as part of the exit portal generate incorrectly and fall into the portal as items (MC-53897).
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added torches.
0.9.0 build 1 Torches now spawn naturally in villages, abandoned mine shafts and strongholds.
build 2 Torches can now be placed on monster spawners.
build 5 Improved torch placing speed.
build 6 Lighting from torches is brighter and more PC-like.
Console Edition
TU1 Added torches.
Pi Edition
0.1.1 Added torches.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Notch originally planned for torches to become temporary light sources that would eventually burn out.[2]
    • Torches would then need to be relit with flint and steel.
    • All torches placed before the planned feature would become lanterns, due to changing the data value.
    • This was originally planned to take effect on October, 31st, 2010 with the Halloween Update, but it did not happen.[3]

Publicity[edit | edit source]

  • released a real physical torch that could be purchased for $24.99, and was able to be placed on walls.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]