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A torch will break instantly and drop itself when broken using anything. The tool will not take any damage when breaking the torch.
Torches will also be broken if flowing water runs over its location, or if pushed by a piston.
Torches can be found randomly among the supports in an abandoned mineshaft's corridors, various rooms of strongholds, 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.
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.
(Bedrock Edition 1.2.20)
|Matching Chloride +
|Cerium Chloride: Blue
Mercuric Chloride: Red
Potassium Chloride: Purple
Tungsten Chloride: Green
[Bedrock and Education editions only]
|Jack o'Lantern||Carved Pumpkin +
(Bedrock Edition 1.2.20)
|[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[Java and Legacy Console editions only], all sides[Bedrock Edition only]|
|Stained Glass||Top only[Java and Legacy Console editions only], all sides[Bedrock Edition only]|
|Snow||Top of 8-layer thick snow|
|Piston||Yes[Bedrock Edition only]|
- See also: 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)|
- See also: Block states
||The direction the top of the torch is facing.|
|May 18, 2009||Torches suggested on the TIGSource forums.|
|0.31 (December 23, 2009, 2)||Torches added. They could be placed in the air with no block supporting it and had no top texture.|
They had a different icon in the inventory.
|0.31||0.31 (January 9, 2010)||Torches are now slightly dimmer.|
|0.31 (January 29, 2010)||Torches made craftable.|
|?||In an early version of the game, when removing a block the torch moved to another available block.|
|v1.1.0||Torches can no longer be placed on tree leaves (only on fancy graphics).|
|v1.2.0||Torches are now used to craft jack o'lanterns.|
|1.6.6||Torches can now be placed on glowstone.|
|1.7||Torches can 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||1.8 Pre-release||Torches generate in the new abandoned mineshafts.|
|1.2.1||12w08a||Torches can now be placed on top of glass blocks.|
|1.3.1||12w19a||Torches 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 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 generate incorrectly and fall into the portal as items (MC-53897).|
|1.9||15w43a||Torches now generate within igloo basements.|
|15w44a||Torches can now be found in abandoned mineshaft chest minecarts.|
|1.11||16w39a||Torches now generate in woodland mansions.|
|Upcoming Java Edition|
|1.13||17w47a||The non-up facing block states for the
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.8.0||build 2||Torches are now used to craft jack o'lanterns.|
|0.9.0||build 1||Torches now spawn naturally in villages, abandoned mineshafts and strongholds.|
|build 2||Torches can now be placed on monster spawners.|
|build 5||Improved torch placing speed.|
|build 6||Lighting from torches is brighter and more PC-like.|
|0.14.0||build 1||Torch can be found inside chest minecart in abandoned mineshaft.|
|1.0||build 1||Torches now generate within igloo basements.|
|4 Torch generate in exit portal after enderdragon death.|
|1.1||build 1||Torches now generate in woodland mansions.|
|1.2||build 1||up to 4 torch can generate in bonus chest.|
|Upcoming Bedrock Edition|
|1.2.20||build 1||Torch now can be used to craft Underwater Torch and Colored Torch.|
|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.
- www.thinkgeek.com released a real physical torch that could be purchased for $24.99, and was able to be placed on walls.