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Lantern.gifSoul Fire Lantern.gif
Hanging Lantern.gifHanging Soul Fire Lantern.gif



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

Blast resistance




Lanterns: Yes
Soul fire lanterns: No


Yes (64)



Catches fire from lava


Lanterns are blocks that emit light.

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


Natural generation[edit]

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



From block loot[edit]

A lantern can be mined by hand or by any tool. Breaking time depends on the tool's material.

Namespaced IDSourceDefault
blocks/lanternLantern1 (100%)
blocks/soul_fire_lanternSoul Fire Lantern1 (100%)


From crafting[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Lantern Iron Nugget +

Soul Fire Lantern Iron Nugget +
Soul Fire Torch

[upcoming: JE 1.16 & BE 1.16]

From 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.



A lantern produces block light 15.

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.

Turtle eggs are intentionally programmed to be able to support both lanterns despite the fact this causes them to visually float.[1]


A lantern can be mined by hand or by any tool. Breaking time depends on the tool's material.

Block Lantern
Hardness 3.5
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 5.25
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.

Block loot[edit]


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


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Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Block breaking block.lantern.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit Blocks 0.5 0.25 16
Block broken block.lantern.break subtitles.block.generic.break Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Block placed Blocks 0.88 1.0 16
Footsteps block.lantern.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps Blocks 1.0 0.15 16
No subtitle block.lantern.fall (Played when fallen on from a height) Blocks 0.75 0.5 16

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Lanternlantern block.minecraft.lantern
Soul Fire Lanternsoul_fire_lantern block.minecraft.soul_fire_lantern

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric IDTranslation key

Block states[edit]

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, 2018LadyAgnes tweets an image of a lantern, implying that they are once again in development.
Java Edition
1.1418w46aLantern.gif Hanging Lantern.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 Fire Lantern JE1.png Hanging Soul Fire Lantern JE1.png
Soul Fire Lantern (item) JE1.png Added soul fire lanterns.
20w07aSoul Fire Lantern.png Hanging Soul Fire Lantern.png
The textures of soul fire lanterns have been changed. The wood colors from the textures have been removed.
Soul Fire Lantern.gif Hanging Soul Fire Lantern.gif Soul fire lanterns now have animation.[2]
Bedrock Edition
1.9.0beta Hanging Lantern.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.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta (Item) JE1 BE2.png The item texture of lanterns has been changed.
Soul Fire Lantern.gif Hanging Soul Fire Lantern.gif
Added soul fire lanterns.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Lantern.gif Hanging Lantern.gif
Lantern (Item) BE1.png[verify] Added lanterns.


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See also[edit]