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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.
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.
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.
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|
|Cobblestone Wall||Top only|
|Stained Glass||Top only|
|Snow||Only on top when 8 layers thick|
|End Portal (block)||Yes|
|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)|
||The direction the top of the torch is facing.|
|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: . But actually, they were one pixel taller:|
|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.|
|1.1.0||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.|
|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.|
|1.8||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 no longer spawn as part of the exit portal.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.9.0||build 1||Torches now spawn naturally in villages, abandoned mine shafts and strongholds.|
|build 5||Improved torch placing speed.|
|0.10.0||build 1||Lighting from torches is brighter and more PC-like.|
- Notch originally planned for torches to become temporary light sources that would eventually burn out.
- www.thinkgeek.com released a real physical torch that could be purchased for $24.99, and was able to be placed on walls.