Sea Lantern

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Sea Lantern
Sea Lantern JE1 BE1.gif
Sea Lantern



Yes (15)

Blast resistance



Any tool




Yes (64)



Catches fire from lava?


Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png

It's dark at the bottom of the ocean. Black, cold, and full of unseen dangers. But a handful of Minecrafters, those brave enough to delve deep below the waves, have reported seeing lights in that darkness. Just before they're attacked by spined monsters with a single, enormous eye. Aargh!

Duncan Geere[1]

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


Natural generation[edit]

Sea lanterns generate naturally in ocean monuments and underwater ruins as their light source.


Sea lantern itself can only be obtained 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


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Prismarine Shard +
Prismarine Crystals

Sea Lantern



Namespaced IDSourceDefaultFortune IFortune IIFortune IIISilk Touch
blocks/sea_lanternSea Lantern[2 (50%) or
3 (50%)]
[2 (25%) or
3 (50%) or
4 (25%)]
[2 (16.7%) or
3 (33.3%) or
4 (33.3%) or
5 (16.7%)]
[2 (12.5%) or
3 (25%) or
4 (25%) or
5 (37.5%)]
1 (100%)

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, and conduits.

Conduit power[edit]

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 IDSubtitle keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the subtitles.block.generic.break 1.00.816
NoneBlocksFalling on the block with fall None 0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the subtitles.block.generic.hit 0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the 1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the subtitles.block.generic.footsteps 0.151.016

Bedrock Edition:

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
?Breaking the ? 0.8
?Falling on the block with fall ? ?
?Mining the ? 0.5
?Jumping from the ? ?
?Falling on the block without fall ? ?
?Walking on the ? ?
?Placing the ? 0.8

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Sea Lanternsea_lantern block.minecraft.sea_lantern

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric IDTranslation key
Sea Lanternsealantern


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
MoskstraumenActivate 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.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.16.0build 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
TU31CU191.22Patch 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.



  1. "Block of the Week: Sea Lantern" –, September 22, 2017