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"Soul Lantern" redirects here. For the artifact in Minecraft Dungeons, see MCD:Soul Lantern.
For other uses, see Lantern (disambiguation).

Lanterns are blocks that emit light.

Soul lanterns are turquoise variants crafted from soul torches.


Natural generation[]

Regular lanterns can generate as lamps or lamp posts above farms and on some buildings in snowy tundra villages and in bastion remnants.

Soul lanterns can generate in ancient cities.


When broken with a pickaxe, a lantern drops itself. When broken without a pickaxe, it drops nothing. A lantern always drops if its supporting block is removed.

Block Lantern
Soul Lantern
Hardness 3.5
Breaking time[A]
Default 17.5
Wooden 2.65
Stone 1.35
Iron 0.9
Diamond 0.7
Netherite 0.6
Golden 0.45
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.


Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Lantern Iron Nugget +

Soul Lantern Iron Nugget +
Soul Torch


Apprentice-level librarian villagers have a 50%‌[Bedrock Edition only] or 66.7%‌[Java Edition only] chance of selling a regular lantern for an emerald as part of their trades.


The lantern is among the most luminous of light sources, emitting a light level of 15, while the soul lantern emits a light level of 10.

Lanterns can be placed on the top or bottom surfaces of most solid blocks, although some require sneaking. More information can be found at Opacity/Placement.

When placed below a block the lantern appears to hang. They connect to chains seamlessly.

In addition to lighting, lanterns provide these effects:

  • Like torches, lanterns melt snow slowly.
  • Soul lanterns repel piglins.

Placement mechanics[]

Both lanterns and soul lanterns can be placed (if a support platform is presented) or hanging (if a ceiling block is presented). The type of the block (solid, opaque, transparent, etc... given the block has top/bottom solid surface) does not affect the ability to hang of a lantern, similar to torches. Press use on the targeted block or a block adjacent to the air block the lantern is going to occupy to place it. If the latter is used and both the support/ceiling block is presented:

  • Press use on the upper half of the adjacent block to "hang" the lantern up.
  • Press use on the lower half of the adjacent block to "place" the lantern down.

This is only true if the eye level of the player is perpendicular to the targeted air block onto an adjacent block's surface. A solid block that is adjacent to the targeted air block generates two values, or "areas" on the solid block itself atop of each other that decide which placement position is used for the lantern based on which area the crosshair is aimed at, changing dynamically when the angle created by the block surface and the player's LoS line is deviated. This means that if the player is looking up at a block, hanging is prioritized; and looking down causes placing to be prioritized.

When the adjacent ceiling/surface of the targeted air block is blocked from view, the game will prioritize the placement position on the other visible surface/ceiling completely (e.g. the lantern is placed on the ceiling if the surface is not visible due to the player standing lower than the block). This is true only if the solid block whose ceiling/surface was mentioned is blocking the surfaces itself and does not taking into account other objects that might obstruct the placement of the lantern.

If the object the lantern is placed on receive a block update that does not support the placement of the lantern, it is removed and drop as an item (e.g. lantern on a trapdoor and the trapdoor is flipped).


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.lantern.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.lantern.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.8816
Block breakingEntity-DependentWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.lantern.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.lantern.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
FootstepsEntity-DependentWalking on the blockblock.lantern.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.lantern.break1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhen the block is placedblock.lantern.place1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.lantern.hit0.250.5
BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.lantern.fall0.41.0
BlocksWalking on the blockblock.lantern.step0.31.1
NoneNoneUndefined sound eventjump.metal0.151.0
BlocksFalling on the block without fall damageblock.lantern.fall0.21.0

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormBlock tagsItem tagsTranslation key
LanternlanternBlock & ItemNoneNoneblock.minecraft.lantern
Soul Lanternsoul_lanternBlock & Itempiglin_repellentspiglin_repellentsblock.minecraft.soul_lantern

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Lanternlantern463Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.lantern.name
Soul Lanternsoul_lantern524Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.soul_lantern.name
  1. ID of block's direct item form, which is used in savegame files and addons.
  2. a b Available with /give command.
  3. a b The block's direct item form has the same id as the block.

Block states[]

See also: Block states

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
If the lantern is hanging from a block.
Whether or not there's water in the same place as this lantern.

Bedrock Edition:

NameMetadata Bits Default value Allowed valuesValues for
Metadata Bits
If the lantern is hanging from a block.


October 6, 2010Notch says that with the addition of the lantern, torches would flicker out and need to be re-lit with flint and steel. The lantern would serve as a permanent source of light.
January 5, 2011Lanterns were originally planned to be added in the Halloween Update, but were delayed due to lack of time.
January 13, 2011Notch says that lanterns were "postponed".
January 20, 2011Notch says he's "not sure" when lanterns can be implemented.
November 18, 2011Notch announces at the Mojang Panel at MineCon 2011 that lanterns would not be added due to large negative community response toward the effects the new item would have had on torches.
April 4, 2012Notch tweets that the team decided to not implement lanterns and instead other types of lighting were added, such as redstone lamps and glowstone.
November 9, 2018Lantern pre Hanging lantern pre LadyAgnes tweets an image of a lantern, implying that they are once again in development.
Java Edition
1.1418w46aLantern JE1 BE1 Hanging Lantern JE1 BE1
Lantern (item) JE1 BE2 Added lanterns.
18w49aLanterns can now spawn naturally in snowy tundra villages.
19w05aLanterns now have a unique sound for being placed and broken.
19w11aLibrarian villagers now sell lanterns.
1.14.3pre3Lanterns can now be placed and hung on iron bars and glass panes.
1.1620w06aSoul Lantern JE1 Hanging Soul Lantern JE1
Soul Lantern (item) JE1 Added soul fire lanterns.
20w07aSoul Lantern JE2 BE1 Hanging Soul Lantern JE2 BE1
Soul Lantern (item) JE2 BE1 The textures of soul fire lanterns have been changed. The wood colors from the textures have been removed. They are also now animated.[1]
20w16aLanterns now generate as part of bastion remnants.
20w17a"Soul Fire Lantern" has been renamed to "Soul Lantern".
The ID of soul lanterns has changed from soul_fire_lantern to soul_lantern.
1.16.220w30aLanterns and soul lanterns can now be waterlogged.
1.1721w13aThe model of the hanging lanterns has now been tweaked so that the backside textures of the chains are mirrored.
1.19Deep Dark Experimental Snapshot 1Soul lantern now generate as part of ancient city.
Bedrock Edition
1.9.0beta JE1 BE1 Hanging Lantern JE1 BE1
Lantern (item) BE1 Added lanterns.
Lanterns can currently be obtained only from the creative inventory and with Experimental Gameplay enabled.
1.10.0beta JE1 BE1 Hanging Lantern JE1 BE1 Lanterns now have animated textures.
Lanterns are now craftable.
Lanterns now generate in snowy tundra villages.
1.11.0beta sounds have been added.
beta can now be bought from librarian villagers.
1.16.0beta (item) JE1 BE2 The item texture of lanterns has been changed.
Soul Lantern JE2 BE1 Hanging Soul Lantern JE2 BE1
Soul Lantern (item) JE2 BE1 Added soul fire lanterns.
beta"Soul Fire Lantern" has been renamed to "Soul Lantern".
Regular lanterns now generate in bastion remnants.
1.16.100beta and soul lanterns can now be waterlogged.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Lantern JE1 BE1 Hanging Lantern JE1 BE1
Lantern (item) BE1Added lanterns.


Issues relating to "Lantern" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Turtle eggs can support lanterns placed both above and below them, despite the fact that this causes the lanterns to appear floating.[2]
  • Before they were added to Minecraft, lanterns were already present in Minicraft.


See also[]