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Torch
Torch.png
Torch
Type

Nonsolid Block

Physics

No

Transparency

Yes

Luminance

Yes, 14

Blast resistance

0

Hardness

0

Tool

Any tool

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

First appearance

Indev (December 23, 2009)

Drops

Itself

Data value

dec: 50 hex: 32 bin: 110010

Name

torch

Torches are blocks that emit light.

Obtaining[edit]

A torch will break instantly and drop itself when broken using any tool, or no tool at all. The tool will not take any damage when breaking the torch.

Torches will also be broken if flowing water runs over its location.

Natural generation[edit]

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.

The ender dragon drops the exit portal upon death, which contains four torches on the sides.

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe

Stick +
Coal or
Charcoal




Grid layout Arrow (small).png Torch4

CoalCharcoal

Stick

Usage[edit]

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. 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]

Torches give off a light level of 14. Torches also melt snow layers and ice within a radius of 2 blocks.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Jack o'Lantern

Pumpkin +
Torch




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

Pumpkin

Torch

Placement[edit]

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
Snow Only on top when 8 layers thick
Farmland No
Soul Sand Yes
Ice No
Packed Ice Yes
Glowstone No
Leaves No
TNT No
Piston No
Monster Spawner Yes
End Portal (block) Yes

Data values[edit]

Block data[edit]

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]

Name Value Description

 facing
up
north
east
south
west
The direction the top of the torch is facing.

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Classic
May 18, 2009 Torches suggested on the TIGSource forums.
Indev
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.
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]
Alpha
1.1.0 Torches can no longer be placed on tree leaves, but only in fancy mode.
Beta
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 and redstone 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 12w38a New block-placing sound for torches.
12w42b Falling sand now properly “pops” when falling on torches.
1.5 13w06a Fixed floating torches on village lamp posts.
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.
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 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]

  • 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]

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

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

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