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Lantern

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Lanterns are blocks that emit light.

Obtaining[edit]

Natural generation[edit]

Lanterns can generate as lamps or lamp posts above farms and on some buildings in snowy tundra villages.

Trading[edit]

Apprentice-level Librarian villagers have a 50%‌[Bedrock Edition only] or 23[Java Edition only] chance of selling a lantern for an emerald as part of their trades.

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Iron Nugget +
Torch

Usage[edit]

Lanterns can be placed on the top or hanging under most solid blocks, although some will require sneaking. More information can be found at Opacity/Placement.

Light[edit]

Lanterns give off a light level of 15, which is one level higher than torches. They also melt snow layers within 2 blocks and ice within 3 blocks.

Data values[edit]

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
hangingfalsefalse
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.
Java Edition
1.1418w46aAdded 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.
Bedrock Edition
1.9.0beta 1.9.0.2Added lanterns, which can currently only be obtained from the creative inventory with Experimental Gameplay enabled.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Lanterns are now craftable.
Lanterns now generate in snowy tundra villages.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Added lantern sounds.
beta 1.11.0.4Lanterns can now be bought from librarian villagers.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Added lanterns.

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 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.

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