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Redstone Torch

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Redstone Torch
Unlit Redstone Torch JE2.pngUnlit Redstone Wall Torch JE3.pngRedstone Torch JE2.pngRedstone Wall Torch JE3.png
Unlit Redstone Torch BE2.pngUnlit Redstone Wall Torch BE2.pngRedstone Torch BE3.pngRedstone Wall Torch BE3.png
Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Any tool

Blast resistance

0

Hardness

0

Luminant

Yes (7) (when lit)

Transparent

Yes

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

A redstone torch is a non-solid block that can be used as a toggleable redstone power source, as well as a signal inverter.

Obtaining[edit]

In Java Edition, the inactive redstone torch cannot be obtained as an item. In Bedrock Edition, it can be obtained via inventory editing.

Breaking[edit]

Redstone torches can be broken instantly using anything, and drop themselves as an item.

A redstone torch is removed and drops itself as an item if:

  • its attachment block is moved, removed, or destroyed
  • water or lava flows into its space
  • a piston pushes it or moves a block into its space

Natural generation[edit]

Redstone torches can be found in igloos.

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Redstone Dust +
Stick

Usage[edit]

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Redstone torches can be used to craft activator rails, redstone comparators, and redstone repeaters.

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Activator Rail Iron Ingot +
Stick +
Redstone Torch
Redstone Comparator Redstone Torch +
Nether Quartz +
Stone

Redstone Repeater Redstone Torch +
Redstone Dust +
Stone

Redstone component[edit]

Redstone torches can be used to power blocks and transmission components such as redstone dust, activate mechanism components such as pistons, or invert redstone signals like a NOT Gate.

Placement
Examples of redstone torch placement and behavior.
To place a redstone torch, use the Place Block control while aiming at the surface to which the redstone torch should be attached.
A redstone torch can be attached to:
Redstone torches cannot be attached to the bottoms of any blocks.
Attempting to attach a redstone torch to an invalid surface can cause it to "snap" to a valid surface adjacent to the same space. For example, if a fence is on the ground, attempting to attach a redstone torch to the side of the fence causes the redstone torch to be attached to the top of the ground next to the fence instead.
Activation
A redstone torch is active unless the block it is attached to is powered. Effectively, a redstone torch inverts the signal applied to its attachment block: power level 0 is changed to 15 and power levels 1 to 15 are changed to 0 (for an alternative that produces a greater range of output power levels, consider a redstone comparator in subtraction mode).
Walls, fences, glass, slabs, hoppers, and stairs cannot be powered so redstone torches attached to them cannot be deactivated.
A redstone torch takes 1 redstone tick (2 game ticks, or 0.1 seconds barring lag) to change state and usually does not respond to 1-tick fluctuations of power.
Behavior
While active, a redstone torch:
A redstone torch never affects the block it is attached to, even if it is a mechanism component. For example, a redstone torch attached to a redstone lamp does not activate the lamp.
A redstone torch experiences "burn-out" when it is forced to change state (by powering and de-powering the block it is attached to) more than eight times in 60 game ticks (three seconds, barring lag). After burning out, a redstone torch produces a "smoke" particle and a hiss similar to an extinguished fire, deactivates, and then ignores attempts to change its state until the number of state changes in the last 60 game ticks drops to fewer than eight—after that it re-activates when it receives a block update (an adjacent block changing its state) or a redstone update that would not normally deactivate the redstone torch. There is no limit on how often a single redstone torch can burn out.

Sounds[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.wood.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
None[1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.wood.fallNone0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.wood.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.wood.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.wood.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
Torch fizzesBlocksFlickering torchblock.redstone_torch.burnoutsubtitles.block.redstone_torch.burnout? ? 16

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDItem form?Translation key
Redstone Torchredstone_torch Yesblock.minecraft.redstone_torch
Redstone Wall Torchredstone_wall_torch Noblock.minecraft.redstone_wall_torch

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Redstone Torchredstone_torch 76tile.redstone_torch.name
Unlit Redstone Torchunlit_redstone_torch 75tile.unlit_redstone_torch.name

Block data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, a redstone torch's block data specifies its orientation.

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]

Java Edition:
Floor

Name Default value Allowed values Description
littruefalse
true
If the torch is lit.

Wall

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

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.

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.1Redstone Torch JE1 BE1.png Redstone Wall Torch (N) JE1 BE1.png Redstone Wall Torch (E) JE1 BE1.png Redstone Wall Torch (S) JE1 BE1.png Redstone Wall Torch (W) JE1 BE1.png
Unlit Redstone Torch JE1 BE1.png Unlit Redstone Wall Torch (N) JE1 BE1.png Unlit Redstone Wall Torch (E) JE1 BE1.png Unlit Redstone Wall Torch (S) JE1 BE1.png Unlit Redstone Wall Torch (W) JE1 BE1.png Added redstone torches.
Redstone torches currently make flame particles.
v1.0.2_01Redstone torches, NOT gates, now signal into blocks only above or beside them.
v1.1.0Redstone torches can no longer be placed on tree leaves, but only in fancy mode.
v1.2.0_02Redstone torches no longer duplicate in multiplayer.
Java Edition Beta
1.2_01Redstone torches acting proper weird when placed has now been fixed.
1.3Redstone torches are now used to craft redstone repeaters.
1.6.6Redstone torches can now be placed on glowstone.
1.7.3A redstone torch duplication bug when using pistons has now been corrected.
Java Edition
1.2.1?'Burn-out' time of redstone torches has now been reduced from 100 ticks to 60 ticks.
12w07aRedstone torches can now be placed on the top of glass.
1.3.1?Redstone torches can now be placed on upside-down slabs and stairs.
1.4.2?Redstone torches are now destroyed when an anvil falls on them.
1.513w01aRedstone torches can now be used to craft redstone comparators and activator rails.
1.7.213w37aThe item form of block ID 75 (inactive redstone torch) has now been removed from the game. It can no longer exist in inventories, only as a block in the world.
1.814w07aRedstone Wall Torch (N) JE2.png Redstone Wall Torch (E) JE2.png Redstone Wall Torch (S) JE2.png Redstone Wall Torch (W) JE2.png
Unlit Redstone Wall Torch (N) JE2.png Unlit Redstone Wall Torch (E) JE2.png Unlit Redstone Wall Torch (S) JE2.png Unlit Redstone Wall Torch (W) JE2.png Redstone torches attached to the wall are now simply rotated versions of upright redstone torches, rather than having their own block model.
14w25aBurnt-out redstone torches no longer randomly fix themselves.
Redstone Torch 14w25a.png Redstone Wall Torch (N) 14w25a.png Redstone Wall Torch (E) 14w25a.png Redstone Wall Torch (S) 14w25a.png Redstone Wall Torch (W) 14w25a.png
Unlit Redstone Torch 14w25a.png Unlit Redstone Wall Torch (N) 14w25a.png Unlit Redstone Wall Torch (E) 14w25a.png Unlit Redstone Wall Torch (S) 14w25a.png Unlit Redstone Wall Torch (W) 14w25a.png Redstone torches are now incorrectly affected by ambient occlusion.
14w33cRedstone torches are no longer affected by ambient occlusion.
1.915w43aA redstone torch now generates as part of igloos.
1.12?Redstone torches can now be placed on the side of jack o'lanterns.
1.1317w47aThe different block IDs have been split up and merged into redstone_torch for on the ground, and redstone_wall_torch for on a wall.
A lit block state has been added for redstone torches.
Prior to The Flattening, these blocks' numeral IDs were 75 and 76.
17w48aRedstone torches can now be placed on the top of jack o'lanterns.
1.1418w43aRedstone Torch JE2.png Redstone Wall Torch JE3.png Unlit Redstone Torch JE2.png Unlit Redstone Wall Torch JE3.png The texture of redstone torches has now been changed.
19w12bRedstone torches can now be placed on ice, glowstone and sea lanterns.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.13.0build 1Redstone Torch JE1 BE1.png Redstone Wall Torch (S) JE1 BE1.png Unlit Redstone Torch JE1 BE1.png Unlit Redstone Wall Torch (S) JE1 BE1.png Added redstone torches.
0.15.0?Redstone Torch BE2.png Redstone Wall Torch BE2.png The back faces of redstone torches now render.[needs testing]
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha 0.17.0.1A redstone torch now generates as part of igloos.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Redstone Torch BE3.png Redstone Wall Torch BE3.png Unlit Redstone Torch BE2.png Unlit Redstone Wall Torch BE2.png The texture of redstone torches has now been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 11.0.1Redstone Torch JE1 BE1.png Redstone Wall Torch (S) JE1 BE1.png Unlit Redstone Torch JE1 BE1.png Unlit Redstone Wall Torch (S) JE1 BE1.png Added redstone torches.
TU43CU331.36Patch 13A redstone torch now generates as part of igloos.
1.90Redstone Torch JE2.png Redstone Wall Torch LCE.png The texture of redstone torches has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Redstone Torch JE1 BE1.png Redstone Wall Torch (S) JE1 BE1.png Unlit Redstone Torch JE1 BE1.png Unlit Redstone Wall Torch (S) JE1 BE1.png Added redstone torches.

Issues[edit]

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