Torch

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Torch
Torch.pngWall Torch.pngTorch.pngWall Torch BE.png
Soul Fire Torch.pngSoul Fire Wall Torch.pngSoul Fire Torch BE1.pngSoul Fire Wall Torch BE1.png
Transparent

Yes

Luminant

Torches: Yes (14)
Soul fire torches: Yes (10)

Blast resistance

0

Tool

Any tool

Renewable

Torches: Yes
Soul fire torches: No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava?

No

Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png

Torches originally came to Minecraft after a suggestion from Syrion on the Tigsource forums. They were added in December 2009, and haven’t changed much since. The neatest trick with torches is that they can be used to quickly clear sand or gravel when you’re mining – when a falling sand or gravel block hits a torch, it'll pop off into a pick-uppable form, saving lots of shovelling time.

Duncan Geere[1]

Torches are non-solid blocks that emit light.

Soul fire torches are turquoise variants crafted from soul soil.‌[upcoming: JE 1.16 & BE 1.16.0]

Natural generation[edit]

Torches can be found randomly generated among the supports in an abandoned mineshaft's corridors, various rooms in strongholds, as part of village lamp posts, in the basements of igloos, in woodland mansions, and in pillager outposts. Torches generate around bonus chests if each side has a block at the same height around it. In The End, torches generate as part of the exit portal, around the second pillar block from top. Whenever the Ender Dragon dies or respawns, these torches regenerate.

Obtaining[edit]

A torch breaks instantly and drops itself when broken using anything. Tools do not lose durability when used to break torches.

A torch also breaks if flowing water runs over its location, or if a piston pushes the torch or its attached block.

Chest loot[edit]

Torches can be found in 65.7% of chest minecarts in Mineshafts in stacks of 1–16, and in 11.3% of savanna village house chests in stacks of 1–2.

Crafting[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Torch Coal or
Charcoal +
Stick

4
Soul Fire Torch Coal or
Charcoal +
Stick +
Soul Soil
[upcoming: JE 1.16 & BE 1.16.0]

Usage[edit]

Torches in various positions on chiseled stone bricks.

Torches can be placed on the top or the sides of most solid blocks, although some blocks require sneaking (see § Placement for exceptions). Being non-solid, torches have no collision box. More information about placement can be found at Opacity/Placement.

Gravity-affected blocks like sand and gravel cannot fall if the space immediately beneath is occupied by a torch. These blocks break if they fall onto a torch.

Loot[edit]

Namespaced IDSourceDefault
blocks/torchTorch
Wall Torch
1 (100%)
blocks/soul_fire_torchSoul Fire Torch
Soul Fire Wall Torch
1 (100%)

Light[edit]

Torches give off a light level of 14. Torches also melt snow layers within 2 blocks and ice within 3 blocks (taxicab distance).

Soul fire torches‌[upcoming: JE 1.16 & BE 1.16.0] give off a light level of 10. Due to their lower light level, soul fire torches do not melt snow or ice.

Piglins[edit]

Soul fire torches‌[upcoming: JE 1.16 & BE 1.16.0] will repel piglins.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Blue Torch or
Red Torch or
Purple Torch or
Green Torch
Cerium Chloride or
Mercuric Chloride or
Potassium Chloride or
Tungsten Chloride +
Torch

Cerium Chloride: Blue
Mercuric Chloride: Red
Potassium Chloride: Purple
Tungsten Chloride: Green
[Bedrock and Education editions only]
Jack o'Lantern Carved Pumpkin +
Torch

Lantern Iron Nugget +
Torch

Soul Fire Lantern Iron Nugget +
Soul Fire Torch

[upcoming: JE 1.16 & BE 1.16]
Underwater Torch Magnesium +
Torch

[Bedrock and Education editions only]

Placement[edit]

In general, torches can be placed only on solid, opaque, full blocks; exceptions are listed below.

More information can be found at Opacity/Placement.

Block name Placement on top Placement on side
Anvil Yes‌[JE only] No
No‌[BE only]
Barrier Yes Yes
Bell Yes‌[JE only] No
No‌[BE only]
Chorus Flower Yes‌[JE only] Yes‌[JE only][n 1]
No‌[BE only] No
Dragon Egg Yes‌[JE only] No
No‌[BE only]
Portal Frame (eye) Yes‌[JE only] No
No‌[BE only]
End Rod Yes‌[JE only] No
No‌[BE only]
Fences Yes No
Fence Gates Yes‌[JE only] No
No‌[BE only]
Glass Yes Yes
Glass Pane Yes‌[JE only] No
No‌[BE only]
Grindstone Yes‌[JE only] No
No‌[BE only]
Ice Yes Yes
Iron Bars Yes‌[JE only] No
No‌[BE only]
Scaffolding Yes No
Walls Yes No
  1. When the torch is placed on its side, the chorus flower may break, depending on its position.

Sounds[edit]

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

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDHas direct item form?Translation key
Torchtorch Yesblock.minecraft.torch
Soul Fire Torchsoul_fire_torch Yesblock.minecraft.soul_fire_torch
Wall Torchwall_torch Noblock.minecraft.wall_torch
Soul Fire Wall Torchsoul_fire_wall_torch Noblock.minecraft.soul_fire_wall_torch

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric IDTranslation key
Torchtorch 50tile.torch.name

Block data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, torches use the following data values:

DV Description
0 (unused)
1 Facing east (attached to a block to its west)
2 Facing west (attached to a block to its east)
3 Facing south (attached to a block to its north)
4 Facing north (attached to a block to its south)
5 Facing up (attached to a block beneath it)

Block states[edit]

Wall torch Java Edition:
Wall

Name Default value Allowed values Description
facingnortheast
north
south
west
The direction the top of the torch is facing.

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
torch_facing_directiontopeast
north
south
top
unknown
west
The direction the top of the torch is facing.

History[edit]

Java Edition pre-Classic
May 16, 2009Notch suggests adding torches, which would "light up a 3×3 tile" area.
Java Edition Indev
0.3120091223-2Torch Revision 1.png Wall Torch Revision 1.png Added torches.
Torches can be placed in the air without any block supporting them and do not have a top texture.
Torches now have a different icon in the inventory.
?Torch Revision 2.png Wall Torch Revision 2.png The top red section from the torch has now been removed. However, torches still do not have a top texture.
Torch (item) Revision 2.png Torches have now become shorter.
20100109Torches are now slightly dimmer.
20100125-1Torches now have particle effects.
20100129Torches have now been made craftable.
?In an early version of the game, when removing a block, the torch moved to another available block.[2]
?Torch Revision 3.png Wall Torch Revision 3.png Torches now have a top texture.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.1.0Torches can now no longer be placed on tree leaves (only on fancy graphics).
v1.2.0?Torches are now used to craft jack o'lanterns.
Java Edition Beta
1.6.6Torches can now be placed on glowstone.
1.7Torches can now no longer be placed on leaves, whether they are found naturally on a tree or placed after being trimmed with shears.
Torches and redstone torches can now be placed on top of fences.
1.8Pre-releaseTorches now generate in mineshafts.
Java Edition
1.2.112w08aTorches can now be placed on top of glass blocks.
1.3.112w19aTorches now spawn around bonus chests if each side has a block at the same height around it.
12w25aTorches can now be placed on top of upside down slabs and stairs.
1.4.212w42bFalling sand now properly "pops" when falling on torches.
1.814w07aWall Torch Revision 4.png Torches placed on walls are now simply rotated versions of upright torches, rather than having their own block model.
14w18aTorches can now be placed on stained glass.
?Torches, as part of the exit portal, now generate incorrectly and fall into the portal as items [3].
1.915w43aTorches can now generate within igloo basements.
15w44aTorches can now be found inside minecart with chests in abandoned mineshafts.
1.1116w39aTorches now generate in woodland mansions.
1.1317w47aThe non-up facing block states for the torch ID have now been split up into wall_torch.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 50.
1.1418w43aTorch.png Wall Torch.png
Torch (item).png The texture of torches has now been changed.
18w46aTorches can now be used to craft lanterns.
18w47aTorches now generate in pillager outposts.
1.14.3pre3Torches can now be placed on iron bars and glass panes.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1620w06aSoul Fire Torch.png Soul Fire Wall Torch.png
Soul Fire Torch (item).png Added soul fire torches.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Torch Revision 3.png Wall Torch Revision 3.png
Torch (item) Revision 2.png Added torches.
0.8.0build 2Torches are now used to craft jack o'lanterns.
0.9.0build 1Torches now spawn naturally in villages, abandoned mineshafts and strongholds.
build 2Torches can now be placed on spawners.
build 5The placing speed of torches has now been improved.
build 6The lighting from torches is now brighter and more PC-like.
0.14.0build 1Torches can now be found inside minecart with chests in abandoned mineshafts.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha 0.17.0.1Torches now generate within igloo basements.
Four torches now generate as part of the exit portal after the ender dragon dies.
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0Torches now generate in mansions.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta 1.2.0.2Up to four torches can now generate in bonus chests.
1.4.0beta 1.2.20.1Torches can now be used to craft underwater torches and colored torches.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Torch.png Wall Torch BE.png
Torch (item).png The texture of torches has now been changed.
Torches now generate in pillager outposts.
Torches can now be used to craft lanterns.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Torches can now be found in savanna village house chests.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.51Soul Fire Torch BE1.png Soul Fire Wall Torch BE1.png
Soul Fire Torch (item).png Added soul fire torches.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 11.0.1Torch Revision 3.png Wall Torch Revision 3.png
Torch (item) Revision 2.png Added torches.
TU54CU441.52Patch 241.0.4Torches can now be placed on the full-block side of stairs.
1.90Torch.png Wall Torch BE.png
Torch (item).png The texture of torches has now been changed.
Torches can now be used to craft lanterns.
1.91Torches now generate in pillager outposts.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Torch Revision 3.png Wall Torch Revision 3.png
Torch (item) Revision 2.png Added torches.

Trivia[edit]

Notch originally planned for torches to become temporary light sources that would eventually burn out[4] and require re-lighting with flint and steel. This feature was briefly reintroduced on the April Fools' hoax version 2.0, but the feature was not kept in later versions. This was originally planned to take effect on October 31, 2010 with the Halloween Update, in which all torches placed earlier would become lanterns due to the change of the data value, but it did not happen.[5] The Lantern, however, was later introduced into the game in 1.14.

Publicity[edit]

  • www.thinkgeek.com released a real physical torch that could be purchased for $24.99, and was able to be placed on walls.

Gallery[edit]

Torch animation with particles.

See also[edit]

References[edit]