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Blast resistance



Any tool




Yes (64)





Data value

dec: 50 hex: 32 bin: 110010


See Data values

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.


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.

Natural generation[edit]

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 found in 65.7% of chest minecarts in abandoned mineshafts in stacks of 1–16.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Coal or
Charcoal +



Torches in various positions on chiseled stone bricks.

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.

Gravity affected blocks like sand and gravel will not fall if the block below them has a torch on it, and will break if they fall onto a torch.


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

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Colored Torch Matching Chloride +

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

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
Fence Top only
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]
Hopper Top only
Snow Top of 8-layer thick snow
Soul Sand Yes
Piston Yes[Bedrock Edition only]
Monster Spawner Yes

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Block ID Name


Wall Torch

Bedrock Edition:

Block ID Name Numeral ID

torch 50

Block data[edit]

See also: Data values

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 state[edit]

See also: Block states
Wall torch
Name Value Description

The direction the top of the torch is facing.



May 18, 2009 Torches suggested on the TIGSource forums.
0.31 (December 23, 2009, 2) Torch Revision 1.pngWall Torch Revision 1.png 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.
? Torch Revision 2.pngWall Torch Revision 2.png Removed the top red section from the torch. They still didn't have a top texture and it became shorter.
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.[2]
? Torch.pngWall Torch Revision 3.png Torches got a top texture.
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 Pre-release Torches generate in the new abandoned mineshafts.
Java Edition
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 Wall Torch.pngTorches 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.
1.13 17w47a The non-up facing block states for the torch ID have been split up into wall_torch.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 50.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added torches.
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 Torches can now be found inside chest minecarts in abandoned mineshaft.
Pocket Edition
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.
Bedrock Edition
1.4 beta up to 4 torch can generate in bonus chest.
beta 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.[3]
    • Torches would then need to be relit with flint and steel.
    • All torches placed before the planned feature would become lanterns, due to changing the data value.
    • This was originally planned to take effect on October 31, 2010 with the Halloween Update, but it did not happen.[4]


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


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