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Nonsolid Block






Yes, 14

Blast resistance





Any tool




Yes (64)



First appearance

Indev (December 23, 2009)



Data value

dec: 50 hex: 32 bin: 110010



Torches are blocks that emit light. When placed on a suitable surface, it adjusts its model in relation to how it is placed on a block, so that it can be made to attach to any side of a block except the bottom side.

From just one block of wood and eight pieces of coal or charcoal, 32 torches can be made, making them an easily obtainable item. Since the Adventure Update, torches have warmer light when placed. They can also be found naturally in Abandoned Mine Shafts, Strongholds and NPC Villages.

Note that, if you have an excess of wood, manufacturing torches from charcoal is much more efficient than from coal. Because one piece of coal can be used to smelt eight pieces of wood into charcoal, you can theoretically make eight times as many torches from charcoal as from coal, if you have plenty of wood at your disposal.


[edit] Properties

Torches in various positions on Chiseled Stone Bricks.

Torches act as a full block, for the purpose of placing other objects or torches in the same area. Being treated as a block by sand and gravel this prevents them from falling down past a block with a torch on it. Instead, sand and gravel break when they fall on a torch. If they are placed directly above a torch they act as if they were on any other solid material, allowing them to be used as environmental triggers, such as airlocks. To the player, torches act as non-solid blocks, allowing players to pass through torches and place them whilst clipping into the torch. Torches also melt nearby snow and ice, making them useful to keep skylights from being snowed over and lakes from freezing in snow biomes. The torches will however only melt snow and ice from a radius of 2 blocks from the torch. The smoke from a torch extends up 2½ blocks.

When a torch is placed in water, it will be detached, as if you had destroyed it. The block it was placed in will have no water in it afterwards, unless two adjacent water sources cause a third to be created. This can also be used to regain air while underwater.

[edit] Torch placement

In general, torches can only be placed on solid, opaque, full blocks; exceptions are listed below. Torches can be placed on interactable blocks (such as crafting tables and jukeboxes) by sneaking while placing the torch.

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 No (top only as of 14w18a)
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 (block) Yes

[edit] Crafting

Ingredients Crafting recipe

Stick +
Coal or

Grid layout Arrow (small).png Torch4



[edit] As a crafting ingredient

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Jack o'Lantern

Pumpkin +

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



[edit] Video

[edit] History

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.
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, but only in fancy mode.
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.

[edit] Trivia

  • Notch announced that torches would become temporary light sources that would eventually go out.[2] They would need to be relit with flint and steel. The permanent torch would be replaced with lanterns, and all torches that exist already in saved games whether placed, stored or in inventory would become lanterns. This was supposed to take effect on October, 31st 2010 with the Halloween Update, but it does not appear this will be the case anymore.[3] This was, however, one thing that was added in the April Fools' joke Minecraft 2.0.
  • If you jump on a placed torch, you will hear a sound of stepping on a wooden block. This is only the sound effect however, so you will not actually stand on it. You must also be moving in a horizontal direction as well, so running and jumping on them is the way to check it.
  • It would take 1.26018466 × 1014 torches to light the entire surface of a Minecraft map. It would take approximately double that number to cover everything in a Minecraft map, caves and all, counting the 12 million blocks at the edge of the map.
  • If a block falls onto a torch (sand, gravel, red sand or EnderEgg), it breaks the block and gives the player the resource, but the gravel will not drop flint. However, if the torch is placed quickly enough after removing the base of a stack of falling blocks, the stack remains in place.
  • Because torches emit a light level of 14 and hostile mobs require a light level of 7 or less to spawn, separating them by up to 12 blocks (i.e., 11 empty blocks between torches) will prevent hostile mobs from spawning. Light does not travel diagonally (see: Taxicab Geometry), so a torch at point (0,0,0) will supply a light level of 8 to point (3,2,1).
  • Torches, interestingly, are created when the Ender Dragon is defeated.
  • Breaking a torch with any tool does not decrease its Item durability.
  • A glitch involving a floating torch would sometimes occur in a mineshaft, due to a missing wooden support(see Gallery).
  • Using "/setblock" to create a torch with data value 6 or higher will result in a "Missing Texture" texture appearing. This block will still emit particles and can be walked through.
  • released a real physical torch that could be purchased for $24.99, and was able to be placed on walls.

[edit] Gallery

[edit] See also

[edit] References