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|[Java Edition only][upcoming: BE 1.10]|
Lanterns can be placed on the top or hanging under most solid blocks, although some will require sneaking.
|hanging||If the lantern is hanging from a block.|
|October 6, 2010||Notch 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, 2011||Lanterns were originally planned to be added in the Halloween Update, but were delayed due to lack of time.|
|January 13, 2011||Notch says that lanterns were "postponed".|
|January 20, 2011||Notch says he's "not sure" when lanterns will be implemented.|
|November 18, 2011||Notch 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, 2012||Notch 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, 2018||LadyAgnes tweets an image of a lantern, implying that they are once again in development.|
|Upcoming Java Edition|
|18w49a||Lanterns can now spawn naturally in snowy tundra villages.|
|19w05a||Lanterns now have a unique sound for being placed and broken.|
|1.9||beta 184.108.40.206||Added lanterns, which can currently only be obtained from the creative inventory.|
|Upcoming Bedrock Edition|
|1.10||beta 220.127.116.11||Lanterns are now craftable.|
|Lantern now generate in snowy tundra villages.|
- 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.
- "Minecraft Snapshot 18w46a" – Minecraft.net, November 15, 2018
- “Decorating a village with Lanterns makes me feel all cozy and warm inside” – @JasperBoerstra, November 15, 2018