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This article is about the light-emitting torch underwater. For the traditional torch that emits light above water, see Torch. For the blocks that generate naturally underwater, see Sea Pickle.
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This feature is available only in Minecraft Education or when enabling the "Education" option in Bedrock Edition.
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An underwater torch is a non-solid block that emits light underwater.



Unlike a normal torch, an underwater torch does not break if water occupies its space.

Like normal torches, an underwater torch breaks instantly and drops itself when broken using anything. Tools do not lose durability when breaking an underwater torch.

Underwater torches are also broken if pushed by a piston.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Magnesium +

As with any torch, an underwater torch can be crafted using coal or charcoal. The player can also use a torch from the Creative inventory.[verify]


An underwater torch can be used exactly like a normal torch, only it can be underwater.

  • Underwater torches can be placed on the top or the sides of most solid blocks, although some require sneaking (see placement for exceptions). Being non-solid, an underwater torch has no collision box.
  • Gravity-affected blocks like sand and gravel do not fall if the block below them has an underwater torch on it, and they break if they fall onto an underwater torch.


In general, underwater torches can be placed only on solid, opaque, and full blocks; exceptions are listed below.

Block name Underwater torch placeable
Slab Top of top-half slabs
Fence Top only
Cobblestone Wall Top only
Glass Yes
Stained Glass Yes
Hopper Top only
Snow Top of 8-layer thick snow
Soul Sand Yes
Piston Yes
Monster Spawner Yes


Underwater torches emit a light level of 14. Underwater torches also melt snow layers and ice within 2 blocks (taxicab distance).


SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokendig.wood1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhen the block is placeddig.wood1.00.8
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.wood0.230.5
PlayersFalling on the block with fall damagefall.wood0.41.0
PlayersWalking on the blockstep.wood0.31.0
PlayersJumping from the blockjump.wood0.121.0
PlayersFalling on the block without fall damageland.wood0.181.0

Data values[]


NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Underwater Torchunderwater_torch239Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.underwater_torch.name
  1. ID of block's direct item form, which is used in savegame files and addons.
  2. Available with /give command.
  3. The block's direct item form has the same id as the block.

Block states[]

See also: Block states
NameMetadata Bits Default value Allowed valuesValues for
Metadata Bits
west west
The face of the block that the torch is attached to. If the torch is a wall torch, the top of the torch faces opposite to this direction.[1]


Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta Torch BE1 Underwater Wall Torch (N) BE1 Underwater Wall Torch (E) BE1 Underwater Wall Torch (S) BE1 Underwater Wall Torch (W) BE1
Underwater Torch (texture) EE1 Added underwater torches.
beta Torch Item TextureUnderwater torches display this texture when obtained in a world without the "Education Edition" feature enabled.
Education Edition
1.0.27Underwater Torch BE1 Underwater Wall Torch (N) BE1 Underwater Wall Torch (E) BE1 Underwater Wall Torch (S) BE1 Underwater Wall Torch (W) BE1
Underwater Torch (texture) EE1 Added underwater torches.


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



  • The crafting recipe refers to the fact that magnesium metal can burn in pure water vapor. Magnesium has a similar reaction with hot water, but it is slower and does not look like burning.
  • If magnesium catches fire, water cannot be used to extinguish it. This is because magnesium reacts with hot water (and water vapor) to form explosive hydrogen gas.

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