Lantern

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Lantern
Lantern.gif
Hanging Lantern.gif
Transparent

?

Luminance

15

Blast resistance

?

Tool

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Drops

Itself

Name

lantern

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Lanterns are blocks that emit light.

Obtaining[edit]

Lanterns can only be obtained in the creative inventory.[until BE 1.10]

Natural generation[edit]

Lanterns can generate as lamp posts or lamp posts above farms and on some buildings in snowy tundra villages.‌[Java Edition only][upcoming: BE 1.10]

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Iron Nugget +
Torch

[Java Edition only][upcoming: BE 1.10]

Usage[edit]

Lanterns can be placed on the top or hanging under most solid blocks, although some will require sneaking.

Light[edit]

Lanterns give off a light level of 15, which is slightly more than torches.

Data values[edit]

Block states[edit]

Name Value Description
hangingfalse
true
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 will 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 towards 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, 2018LadyAgnes tweets an image of a lantern, implying that they are once again in development.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.14 18w46a Added lanterns.
18w49a Lanterns can now spawn naturally in snowy tundra villages.
19w05a Lanterns now have a unique sound for being placed and broken.
Bedrock Edition
1.9 beta 1.9.0.2 Added lanterns, which can currently only be obtained from the creative inventory.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.10 beta 1.10.0.3 Lanterns are now craftable.
Lantern now generate in snowy tundra villages.

Issues[edit]

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

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Lanterns were likely to be a "replacement" version of the torch if they were added in the 2010 Halloween Update.
  • Lanterns give off a light level of 15, one point higher than the torch.
  • Lanterns are the fifth animated light-source in the game, the others being magma blocks, sea lanterns, fire and lava.
  • When gravity affected blocks, such as sand, are dropped on lanterns, they will break, similarly to if they are dropped onto torches.

References[edit]