Jack o'Lantern

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Jack o'Lantern
Jack o'Lantern.png


Partial (blocks light)


Yes, 15

Blast resistance



This block can be broken with any tool, but an axe is the quickest




Yes (64)





Data value

dec: 91 hex: 5B bin: 1011011



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.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

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

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.

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

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Pumpkin +

Mobs[edit | edit source]

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 will be 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.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Light source[edit | edit source]

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 will melt snow and ice.

Building golems[edit | edit source]

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 will not spawn.

Iron golem build configuration

Snow golem build configuration

Placement[edit | edit source]

Jack o'lanterns cannot be placed without a block under them, but once placed, will remain even if the block underneath is mined away. When placed, jack o'lanterns automatically face the player. Jack o'lanterns cannot be placed on a transparent block.

Jack o'lanterns are transparent in their rendering only, which means that they have the attributes that all opaque solid blocks have. For example, 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.

Enchantments[edit | edit source]

Jack o'lanterns can receive the following enchantments, but only through an anvil.

Data values[edit | edit source]

Jack o'lanterns have the ID name minecraft:lit_pumpkin, and a data value of 91.

Block data[edit | edit source]

See also: Data values
Bits Values
0x0 Jack o'lantern facing south
0x1 Jack o'lantern facing west
0x2 Jack o'lantern facing north
0x3 Jack o'lantern facing east
0x4 (bit flag) Jack o'lantern without face

Block state[edit | edit source]

See also: Block states
Name Value 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.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

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

Advancements[edit | edit source]

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

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

1.2.0 Added jack o'lanterns.
1.2.0_02 All Jack o'lanterns on worlds were converted back into pumpkins in name only.
1.1_02 Jack o'lanterns are labeled pumpkins when moused over in the inventory screen.
1.2 Jack 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_01 Jack o'lanterns that already exist in-game now all appear facing the opposite way they were placed before the update. Placing a Jack o'lantern will also have it placed facing away from you, as opposed to facing in your direction, as was the case before the update.
1.8 1.8-pre1 With the introduction of pumpkin farming, jack o'lanterns are now a renewable resource, because the player can make their torches from charcoal.
Official release
1.0 Beta 1.9-pre1 Snow golems can now be made by using Jack o'Lanterns.
1.2.1 12w08a Iron golems can now be made by using Jack o'Lanterns.
1.4.2 12w39b Previously, 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.
12w40a The previous change was reverted until the new lighting system could be optimized.
1.6.1 13w26a Renamed Jack 'o' Lantern to Jack o'Lantern.
1.8 14w26c Jack o'lanterns can no longer be used to build golems.
1.8.1 1.8.1-pre1 Jack o'lanterns can be used to build golems again.
1.11 16w39a Jack o'lanterns can receive curse enchantments, but only through an anvil.
1.13 17w47a Jack o'lanterns can no longer receive curse enchantments through an anvil.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.8.0 build 2 Added jack o'lanterns.
0.9.0 build 1 Smooth lighting removed from jack o'lanterns.
0.12.1 build 1 Jack o'lanterns can now spawn golems.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added jack o'lanterns.

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