dec: 50 hex: 32 bin: 110010
See Data values
|— Duncan Geere|
A torch will break instantly and drop itself when broken using anything. If a tool is used, said tool will not take any damage when breaking the torch.
A torch will also be broken if flowing water runs over its location, or if it, or the block it is attached to is pushed by a piston.
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 and in woodland mansions. 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 gets respawned, these torches will be generated as well. Torch generate in pillager outposts.
Torches can be placed on the top or the sides of most solid blocks, although some will require sneaking (see placement for exceptions). Being non-solid, torches have no collision box.
|Blue Torch or
Red Torch or
Purple Torch or
|Cerium Chloride or
Mercuric Chloride or
Potassium Chloride or
Tungsten Chloride +
|Cerium Chloride: Blue|
Mercuric Chloride: Red
Potassium Chloride: Purple
Tungsten Chloride: Green
[Bedrock and Education editions only]
|Jack o'Lantern||Carved Pumpkin +
|Lantern||Iron Nugget +
|Underwater Torch||Magnesium +
|[Bedrock and Education editions only]|
In general, torches can only be placed on solid, opaque, full blocks; exceptions are listed below.
|Block name||Torch placeable|
|Stairs||Top of upside-down stairs|
Full-block sides of stairs[Java and Legacy Console editions only]
|Slab||Top of top-half slabs|
|Cobblestone Wall||Top only|
|Glass||Top only[Legacy Console Edition only], all sides[Bedrock Edition only]|
|Stained Glass||Top only[Legacy Console Edition only], all sides[Bedrock Edition only]|
|Snow||Top of 8-layer thick snow|
|Piston||Yes[Bedrock Edition only]|
|Block||Name ID||Item form|
|Block||Name ID||Numeric ID|
In Bedrock Edition, torches use the following data values:
|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)|
|Name||Default value||Allowed values||Description|
|facing||The direction the top of the torch is facing.|
|Java Edition Classic|
|May 18, 2009||Torches are suggested on the TIGSource forums.|
|Java Edition Indev|
|0.31||December 23, 2009, 2||Torches have been added.|
|Torches can be placed in the air without any block supporting them and do not have a top texture.|
|Torches will now have a different icon in the inventory.|
|?||The top red section from the torch has now been removed. However, torches still do not have a top texture.|
|Torches have now become shorter.|
|January 9, 2010||Torches are now slightly dimmer.|
|January 25, 2010, 1||Now have particle effects.|
|January 29, 2010||Torches have now been made craftable.|
|?||In an early version of the game, when removing a block, the torch moved to another available block.|
|?||The torch's top texture has now been changed.|
|Java Edition Alpha|
|v1.1.0||Torches 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|
|1.6.6||Torches can now be placed on glowstone.|
|1.7||Torches 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.|
|1.8||Pre-release||Torches will now generate in mineshafts.|
|1.2.1||12w08a||Torches can now be placed on top of glass blocks.|
|1.3.1||12w19a||Torches will now spawn around bonus chests if each side has a block at the same height around it.|
|12w25a||Torches can now be placed on top of upside down slabs and stairs.|
|1.4.2||12w42b||Falling sand will now properly "pops" when falling on torches.|
|1.8||14w07a||Torches placed on walls are now simply rotated versions of upright torches, rather than having their own block model.|
|14w18a||Torches can now be placed on stained glass.|
|?||Torches, as part of the exit portal, will now generate incorrectly and fall into the portal as items (MC-53897).|
|1.9||15w43a||Torches can now generate within igloo basements.|
|15w44a||Torches can now be found inside minecart with chests in abandoned mineshafts.|
|1.11||16w39a||Torches will now generate in woodland mansions.|
|1.13||17w47a||The non-up facing block states for the |
|Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 50.|
|1.14||18w46a||Torches can now be used to craft lanterns.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.8.0||build 2||Torches are now used to craft jack o'lanterns.|
|0.9.0||build 1||Torches will now spawn naturally in villages, abandoned mineshafts and strongholds.|
|build 2||Torches can now be placed on spawners.|
|build 5||The torch's placing speed has now been improved.|
|build 6||Lighting from torches is brighter and more PC-like.|
|0.14.0||build 1||Torches can now be found inside minecart with chests in abandoned mineshafts.|
|1.0.0||alpha 0.17.0.1||Torches will now generate within igloo basements.|
|Four torches will now generate as part of the exit portal after the ender dragon dies.|
|1.1.0||alpha 126.96.36.199||Torches will now generate in mansions.|
|1.2.0||beta 188.8.131.52||Up to four torches can now generate in bonus chests.|
|1.4.0||beta 184.108.40.206||Torches can now be used to craft underwater torches and colored torches.|
|1.10.0||beta 220.127.116.11||Torches now generate in pillager outposts.|
|Torches can now be used to craft lanterns.|
|1.11.0||beta 18.104.22.168||Torches can now be found in savanna village house chests.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Patch 1||Added torches.|
|TU54||CU44||1.52||Patch 24||Patch 4||Torches can now be placed on the full-block side of stairs.|
- Notch originally planned for torches to become temporary light sources that would eventually burn out.
- Torches would then need to be relit with flint and steel.
- This feature is briefly reintroduced on the April Fools’ hoax version 2.0, but the feature is not kept in later versions.
- All torches placed before the planned feature would become lanterns, due to the change of the data value.
- This was originally planned to take effect on October 31, 2010 with the Halloween Update, but it did not happen.
- The Lantern, however, was later introduced into the game in 1.14.
- Torches would then need to be relit with flint and steel.
- www.thinkgeek.com released a real physical torch that could be purchased for $24.99, and was able to be placed on walls.