Sea Lantern

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Sea Lantern
Sea Lantern JE1 BE1.gif
Sea Lantern



Yes (64)


Any tool

Blast resistance





Yes (15)





Catches fire from lava


Sea lanterns are underwater light sources that appear in ocean monuments and underwater ruins.



A sea lantern can be obtained only when mined with a tool enchanted with Silk Touch. When broken using anything other than a Silk Touch enchanted tool, it drops 2–3 prismarine crystals. The Fortune enchantment increases the number of prismarine crystals dropped. This method of obtaining sea lanterns is wasteful though; the 4 prismarine shards and up to 3 of the prismarine crystals used to craft it are non-retrievable.

Block Sea Lantern
Hardness 0.3
Breaking time
Default 0.45

Each level of Fortune increases the maximum number of prismarine crystals dropped. The amount is capped at 5, so Fortune III simply increases the chance of getting 5 crystals.

Natural generation[edit]

Sea lanterns generate throughout ocean monuments, as well as in some ocean ruins.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Prismarine Shard +
Prismarine Crystals

Sea Lantern


Light source[edit]

Sea lanterns emit a light level of 15, the brightest possible light level in the game. They produce the same amount of light as glowstone, redstone lamps, jack o'lanterns, lanterns, beacons, conduits, and shroomlights.

Conduit power[edit]

Main article: Conduit

Sea lanterns can be used to activate a conduit by building a structure around it. By doing this, the conduit emits the Conduit Power effect in a certain radius, depending on how many blocks are used to power it. Prismarine, dark prismarine, and prismarine bricks can also be used for this purpose.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the
Block placedBlocksPlacing the
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition: [needs in-game testing]

SoundSource[upcoming: BE 1.16.200]DescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
??Breaking the
??Falling on the block with fall
??Mining the
??Jumping from the
??Falling on the block without fall
??Walking on the
??Placing the

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Sea Lanternsea_lantern block.minecraft.sea_lantern

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Sea LanternseaLantern


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
Moskstraumen.pngMoskstraumenActivate a ConduitPlace a conduit in a valid prismarine/sea lantern structure to activate it.50GGold


Java Edition
1.8May 17, 2014The first images of the sea lantern are previewed by Jeb on his Instagram page. The texture is different and has a more noticeable animation.
May 29, 2014Jeb names the new block "sea lantern".
June 11, 2014Jeb releases the new texture of the new sea lantern.
14w25aSea Lantern JE1 BE1.gif Added sea lanterns.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 169.
18w09aSea lanterns now generate in underwater ruins.
18w15aSea lanterns are now used to activate a conduit.
?Mobs now suffocate inside of sea lanterns.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.16.0build 1Sea Lantern JE1 BE1.gif Added sea lanterns.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta lanterns now generate in underwater ruins.
1.5.0beta lanterns are now used to activate a conduit.
Legacy Console Edition
TU31CU19 1.22 Patch 31.0.1Sea Lantern JE1 BE1.gif Added sea lanterns.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.3.12Sea Lantern JE1 BE1.gif Added sea lanterns.


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


  • The animation shows a very faint 'rippling' effect.