Sea Lantern

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Sea Lantern
Sea Lantern.gif
Sea Lantern




Blast resistance



Any tool




Yes (64)



Data value

dec: 169 hex: A9 bin: 10101001


JE: sea_lantern
BE: sealantern

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.

Obtaining[edit | edit 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 amount 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.

Sea Lantern
Hardness 0.3
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 0.45
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

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

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Prismarine Shard +
Prismarine Crystals

Sea Lantern

Usage[edit | edit source]

Light source[edit | edit source]

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, and beacons.

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Official release
1.8 May 17, 2014The first images of the sea lantern are previewed by Jeb on his Instagram page. The texture is different and has a more noticable animation.
May 29, 2014Jeb names the new block "sea lantern".
June 11, 2014Jeb releases the new texture of the new sea lantern.
14w25a Sea lanterns added.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.16.0 build 1 Added sea lanterns.
Legacy Console Edition
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Added sea lanterns.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.3.12 Added sea lanterns.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Sea Lantern” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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