Jack o'Lantern

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Jack o'Lantern
Jack o'Lantern.png

Partial (blocks light)


Yes, 15

Blast resistance






Yes (64)





Data value

dec: 91 hex: 5B bin: 1011011


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.


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.

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.

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 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.

Natural generation[edit]

Jack o’lanterns can spawn within taiga villages in the piles of pumpkins which also spawn there. ‌[upcoming 1.14]


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 will 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 will not spawn.

Iron golem build configuration
Snow golem build configuration


A jack o'lantern cannot be placed without a block under it, but once placed, it will remain if the block underneath is mined away. A jack o'lantern faces the player when first placed. Jack o'lanterns cannot 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, 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.

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Block ID Name
Jack o'Lantern jack_o_lantern

Bedrock Edition:

Block ID Name Numeral ID
Jack o'Lantern lit_pumpkin ?

Block data[edit]

See also: Data values

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]

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.


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) Internal ID
Advancement-oval-raw.pngHired HelpSummon an Iron Golem to help defend a villageWhat a Deal!Summon an iron golem.minecraft:adventure/summon_iron_golem



Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0 Added jack o'lanterns.
v1.2.0_02 All Jack o'lanterns on worlds were converted back into pumpkins in name only.
Java Edition Beta
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 the player, as opposed to facing in the player’s direction, as was the case before the update.
1.8 Pre-release With the introduction of pumpkin farming, jack o'lanterns are now a renewable resource, because the player can make their torches from charcoal.
Java Edition
1.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease 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.
1.3.1 12w22a Inventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing to .
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 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 The 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.
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.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added Jack o'Lanterns.


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