Lantern

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Lantern
Lantern JE1 BE1.gifSoul Lantern JE2 BE1.gif
Hanging Lantern JE1 BE1.gifHanging Soul Lantern JE2 BE1.gif
Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

3.5

Hardness

3.5

Luminant

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

Transparent

Yes

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Lanterns are blocks that emit light.

Soul lanterns are turquoise variants crafted from soul torches.‌[upcoming: JE 1.16 & BE 1.16.0]

Obtaining[edit]

Natural generation[edit]

Regular lanterns can generate as lamps or lamp posts above farms and on some buildings in snowy tundra villages. ‌In Java Edition 1.16 and Bedrock Edition 1.16.0[upcoming], they can also be found in bastion remnants.

Breaking[edit]

When broken with a pickaxe, lanterns will drop themselves. When broken without a pickaxe, they drop nothing. Lanterns can also be broken by removing their supporting block; they will always drop if this is done.

Block Lantern
Soul Lantern
Hardness 3.5
Tool
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 in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

Crafting[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Lantern Iron Nugget +
Torch

Soul Lantern Iron Nugget +
Soul Torch

[upcoming: JE 1.16 & BE 1.16]

Trading[edit]

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.

Usage[edit]

The lantern is a very luminous light source, putting out a light level of 15, while the soul lantern puts out 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.

Piglins[edit]

Soul lanterns‌[upcoming: JE 1.16 & BE 1.16.0] repel piglins.

Sounds[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
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

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Lanternlantern block.minecraft.lantern
Soul Lanternsoul_lantern block.minecraft.soul_lantern

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Lanternlantern 461tile.lantern.name
Soul Lanternsoul_lantern ?tile.soul_lantern.name

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

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

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
hanging00
1
If the lantern is hanging from a block.

History[edit]

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.
Upcoming Java Edition
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 soul lantern's ID has changed from soul_fire_lantern to soul_lantern.
Bedrock Edition
1.9.0beta 1.9.0.2Lantern 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 1.10.0.3Lanterns are now craftable.
Lanterns now generate in snowy tundra villages.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Lantern sounds have been added.
beta 1.11.0.4Lanterns can now be bought from librarian villagers.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.51Lantern (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 1.16.0.57"Soul Fire Lantern" has been renamed to "Soul Lantern".
Regular lanterns now generate in bastion remnants.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Lantern JE1 BE1.gif Hanging Lantern JE1 BE1.gif
Lantern (Item) BE1.png[verify] Added lanterns.

Issues[edit]

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

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Trivia[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]

References[edit]