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For other uses, see Lantern (disambiguation).
Lantern JE1 BE1.gifSoul Lantern JE2 BE1.gif
Hanging Lantern JE1 BE1.gifHanging Soul Lantern JE2 BE1.gif



Yes (64)


Blast resistance





Lanterns: Yes (15)
Soul lanterns: Yes (10)





Catches fire from lava


Lanterns are blocks that emit light.

Soul lanterns are turquoise variants crafted from soul torches.


Natural generation[edit]

Regular lanterns can generate as lamps or lamp posts above farms and on some buildings in snowy tundra villages and in bastion remnants.


When broken with a pickaxe, a lantern drops itself. When broken without a pickaxe, it drops nothing. A lantern always drops if its supporting block is removed.

Block Lantern
Soul Lantern
Hardness 3.5
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 17.5
Wooden 2.65
Stone 1.35
Iron 0.9
Diamond 0.7
Netherite 0.6
Golden 0.45
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.


Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Lantern Iron Nugget +

Soul Lantern Iron Nugget +
Soul Torch


Apprentice-level librarian villagers have a 50%‌[Bedrock Edition only] or 66.7%‌[Java Edition only] chance of selling a regular lantern for an emerald as part of their trades.


The lantern is among the most luminous of light sources, emitting a light level of 15, while the soul lantern emits a light level of 10.

Lanterns can be placed above or below most solid blocks, although some require sneaking. More information can be found at Opacity/Placement.

When placed below a block the lantern appears to hang. They connect to chains seamlessly. it also melts snow slowly.


Soul lanterns repel piglins.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.lantern.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.lantern.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.lantern.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.8816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.lantern.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.lantern.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
  1. a b MC-177082

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)Item tags (JE)Translation key
Lanternlantern NoneNoneblock.minecraft.lantern
Soul Lanternsoul_lantern piglin_repellentspiglin_repellentsblock.minecraft.soul_lantern

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Soul Lanternsoul_lantern

Block states[edit]

See also: Block states

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
If the lantern is hanging from a block.

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
If the lantern is hanging from a block.


October 6, 2010Notch says that with the addition of the lantern, torches would flicker out and need to be re-lit with flint and steel. The lantern would serve as a permanent source of light.
January 5, 2011Lanterns were originally planned to be added in the Halloween Update, but were delayed due to lack of time.
January 13, 2011Notch says that lanterns were "postponed".
January 20, 2011Notch says he's "not sure" when lanterns can be implemented.
November 18, 2011Notch announces at the Mojang Panel at MineCon 2011 that lanterns would not be added due to large negative community response toward the effects the new item would have had on torches.
April 4, 2012Notch tweets that the team decided to not implement lanterns and instead other types of lighting were added, such as redstone lamps and glowstone.
November 9, 2018Lantern pre.png Hanging lantern pre.png LadyAgnes tweets an image of a lantern, implying that they are once again in development.
Java Edition
1.1418w46aLantern JE1 BE1.gif Hanging Lantern JE1 BE1.gif
Lantern (item) JE1 BE2.png Added lanterns.
18w49aLanterns can now spawn naturally in snowy tundra villages.
19w05aLanterns now have a unique sound for being placed and broken.
1.14.3pre3Lanterns can now be placed and hung on iron bars and glass panes.
1.1620w06aSoul Lantern JE1.png Hanging Soul Lantern JE1.png
Soul Lantern (item) JE1.png Added soul fire lanterns.
20w07aSoul Lantern JE2 BE1.gif Hanging Soul Lantern JE2 BE1.gif
The textures of soul fire lanterns have been changed. The wood colors from the textures have been removed. They are also now animated.[1]
20w16aLanterns now generate as part of bastion remnants.
20w17a"Soul Fire Lantern" has been renamed to "Soul Lantern".
The ID of soul lanterns has changed from soul_fire_lantern to soul_lantern.
1.16.220w30aLanterns and soul lanterns can now be waterlogged.
Bedrock Edition
1.9.0beta JE1 BE1.gif Hanging Lantern JE1 BE1.gif
Lantern (item) BE1.png Added lanterns.
Lanterns can currently be obtained only from the creative inventory and with Experimental Gameplay enabled.
1.10.0beta are now craftable.
Lanterns now generate in snowy tundra villages.
1.11.0beta sounds have been added.
beta can now be bought from librarian villagers.
1.16.0beta (item) JE1 BE2.png The item texture of lanterns has been changed.
Soul Lantern JE2 BE1.gif Hanging Soul Lantern JE2 BE1.gif
Added soul lanterns.
beta"Soul Fire Lantern" has been renamed to "Soul Lantern".
Regular lanterns now generate in bastion remnants.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.100beta and soul lanterns can now be waterlogged.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Lantern JE1 BE1.gif Hanging Lantern JE1 BE1.gif
Lantern (item) BE1.pngAdded lanterns.


Issues relating to "Lantern" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


See also[edit]


  • Regular lanterns were likely to be a "replacement" version of the torch if they were added in the 2010 Halloween Update.
  • Lanterns are the fifth animated light-source in the game, the others being magma blocks, sea lanterns, fire and lava.
  • Turtle eggs can support lanterns placed both above and below them, despite the fact that this causes the lanterns to visually float.[4]