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Jack o'Lantern

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Jack o'Lantern
Jack o'Lantern Revision 3.png

Partial (blocks light)


Yes (15)

Blast resistance






Yes (64)



Catches fire from lava




Data value

dec: 91 hex: 5B bin: 1011011

Namespaced ID

See § Data values

Alex Wiltshire Mojang avatar.png

Jack-o'-lanterns: great looks, super powers.

Alex Wiltshire[1]

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

Natural generation[edit]

Jack o’lanterns can spawn within taiga and snowy taiga villages in the piles of pumpkins which also generate there.


Jack o'lanterns can be mined with any tool, or without a tool, but axes are the quickest.

Block Jack o'Lantern
Hardness 1
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 1.5
Wooden 0.75
Stone 0.4
Iron 0.25
Diamond 0.2
Golden 0.15
Sword 1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

A jack o'lantern also removes and drops itself as an item if a piston tries to push it (trying to pull it does nothing) or moves a block into its space.

To craft a jack o'lantern, the player must first place a pumpkin and use shears on it to turn it into a carved pumpkin.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Carved Pumpkin +


Zombies, zombie villagers, husks, skeletons, strays, wither skeletons, and zombie pigmen have a chance of wearing a jack o'lantern if they spawn during Halloween. If a mob wearing a jack o'lantern is killed using a tool enchanted with Looting, there is a chance equivalent to the level of Looting used to drop the jack o'lantern, up to a maximum of a 3% chance of a drop. The jack o'lantern does not emit light while being worn.


Light source[edit]

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

Jack o'lanterns have a luminance of 15 and the ability to provide light while submerged under water. Like most light sources, they melt snow and ice.

Building golems[edit]

Jack o'lanterns can be used to build snow golems and iron golems as shown below. Snow golems require snow blocks for their bodies, while iron golems require iron blocks. The jack o'lantern must be placed last or the golem cannot spawn.

Iron golem build configuration
Snow golem build configuration


Jack o'lanterns can be placed without a block under them. When placed, jack-o'lanterns automatically face the player. Jack o'lanterns can be placed on a transparent block.

Jack o'lanterns are transparent in their rendering only; otherwise they share the attributes of all opaque solid blocks. For example, mobs can spawn on them, they can suffocate mobs, and blocks attached to another block (such as torches and rails) can be placed on top of them or on their sides.


Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Block breaking block.wood.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit Blocks 0.5 0.25 16
Block broken block.wood.break subtitles.block.generic.break Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Block placed block.wood.place subtitles.block.generic.place Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Footsteps block.wood.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps Blocks 1.0 0.15 16
No subtitle block.wood.fall (Plays when fallen on from a height) Blocks 0.75 0.5 16

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Block Namespaced ID
Jack o'Lantern jack_o_lantern

Bedrock Edition:

Block Namespaced ID Numeric ID
Jack o'Lantern lit_pumpkin 91

Block data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, jack o'lanterns use the following data values:

Lowest two bits value Facing
0 Jack o'lantern facing south
1 Jack o'lantern facing west
2 Jack o'lantern facing north
3 Jack o'lantern facing east

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
The direction the jack o'lantern's carved face is facing.
The opposite from the direction the player faces while placing the jack o'lantern.

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
The direction the jack o' lantern is facing.


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
Body GuardCreate an Iron Golem.YesYesYesYes20GBronze


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID
Advancement-oval-raw.png Hired HelpSummon an Iron Golem to help defend a villageWhat a Deal!Summon an iron golem.adventure/summon_iron_golem



Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0Jack o'Lantern Revision 1.png Added jack o'lanterns.
v1.2.0_02All Jack o'lanterns on worlds were converted back into pumpkins in name only.
Java Edition Beta
1.1_02Jack o'lanterns are labeled pumpkins when moused over in the inventory screen.
1.2Jack 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 wasn't possible to stack jack o'lanterns with pumpkins.
1.5_01Jack o'lanterns that already exist in-game now all appear facing the opposite way they were placed before the update. A Jack o'lantern is also placed facing away from the player, as opposed to facing in the player’s direction, as was the case before the update.
1.8Pre-releaseWith the introduction of pumpkin farming, jack o'lanterns are now a renewable resource, because the player can make their torches from charcoal.
Java Edition
1.0Beta 1.9 PrereleaseSnow golems can now be made by using Jack o'Lanterns.
1.2.112w08aIron golems can now be made by using Jack o'Lanterns.
1.3.112w22aInventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing to Jack o'Lantern Revision 1.png.
1.4.212w39bPreviously, 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.[2] (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.
12w40aThe previous change was reverted until the new lighting system could be optimized.
1.6.113w26aRenamed Jack 'o' Lantern to Jack o'Lantern.
1.814w26cJack o'lanterns can no longer be used to build golems.
1.8.1pre1Jack o'lanterns can be used to build golems again.
1.1116w39aJack o'lanterns can receive curse enchantments, but only through an anvil.
1.1317w47aThe ID has been changed from lit_pumpkin to jack_o_lantern.
Jack o'lanterns can no longer receive curse enchantments through an anvil.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 91.
1.1418w43aJack o'Lantern Revision 2.png Changed the texture of jack o'lanterns.
18w44aJack o'Lantern Revision 3.png Changed the front texture slightly.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.8.0build 2Jack o'Lantern Revision 1.png Added jack o'lanterns.
0.9.0build 1Smooth lighting removed from jack o'lanterns.
0.12.1build 1Jack o'lanterns can now spawn golems.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta o'lanterns now generate in taiga and snowy taiga villages.
Jack o'Lantern Revision 3.png Changed the texture of jack o'lanterns.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Jack o'Lantern Revision 1.png Added jack o'lanterns.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Jack o'Lantern Revision 3.png Changed the texture of jack o'lanterns.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Jack o'Lantern Revision 1.png Added jack o'lanterns.


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Halloween Mobs[edit]

See also[edit]