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Blast resistance



Any tool




Yes (64)





Data value

dec: 50 hex: 32 bin: 110010

Namespaced ID

See Data values

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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 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.

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.

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.


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 blocks require sneaking (see Placement § Notes 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.


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
Blue Torch or
Red Torch or
Purple Torch or
Green Torch
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 be placed only on solid, opaque, full blocks; exceptions are listed below.

More information can be found at Opacity/Placement.

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, all sides of double slabs
Fence Top only
Cobblestone Wall Top only
Glass Top only‌[Legacy Console Edition only], all sides‌[Bedrock and Java editions only]
Stained Glass Top only‌[Legacy Console Edition only], all sides‌[Bedrock and Java editions only]
Piston Yes‌[Bedrock Edition only]
Spawner Yes

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Block Namespaced ID Item form
Floor torch Yes
Wall wall_torch No

Bedrock Edition:

Block Namespaced ID Numeric ID
Torch torch 50

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:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
The direction the top of the torch is facing.


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.pngWall Torch Revision 1.png Torches have been added.
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.pngWall Torch Revision 2.png 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.
20100109Torches are now slightly dimmer.
20100125-1Now 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.pngWall Torch Revision 3.png The torch's top texture has now been changed.
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.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 (MC-53897).
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 been split up into wall_torch.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 50.
1.1418w46aTorches can now be used to craft lanterns.
1.14.3pre3Torchs can now be placed on iron bars and glass panes.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Added 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 torch's placing speed has now been improved.
build 6Lighting from torches is 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 now generate within igloo basements.
Four torches now generate as part of the exit portal after the ender dragon dies.
1.1.0alpha now generate in mansions.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta to four torches can now generate in bonus chests.
1.4.0beta can now be used to craft underwater torches and colored torches.
1.10.0beta now generate in pillager outposts.
Torches can now be used to craft lanterns.
1.11.0beta can now be found in savanna village house chests.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Patch 1Added torches.
TU54CU441.52Patch 24Patch 4Torches 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] 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.[4] The Lantern, however, was later introduced into the game in 1.14.


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


See also[edit]