Jack o'Lantern

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Jack o'Lantern



Yes (64)


Blast resistance





Yes (15)


Partial (blocks light)



Catches fire from lava


A jack o'lantern is a solid block that provides light.



Jack o'lanterns can be mined with any tool, or without a tool, but axes are the quickest.

Block Jack o'Lantern
Hardness 1
Breaking time[FN 1]
Default 1.5
Wooden 0.75
Stone 0.4
Iron 0.25
Diamond 0.2
Netherite 0.2
Golden 0.15
Sword 1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

A jack o'lantern also removes and drops itself as an item if a piston tries to push it (trying to pull it does nothing) or moves a block into its space.

Natural generation

Jack o’lanterns can spawn within taiga and snowy taiga villages in the piles of pumpkins which also generate there.

Mob loot

In Java Edition, zombies, zombie villagers, husks, skeletons, strays, wither skeletons, and zombified piglins have a chance of wearing a jack o'lantern if they spawn during Halloween. If a mob wearing a jack o'lantern is killed using a tool enchanted with Looting, there is a chance equivalent to the level of Looting used to drop the jack o'lantern, up to a maximum of a 3% chance of a drop. The jack o'lantern does not emit light while being worn.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Carved Pumpkin +


Light source

File:Underwater Jack o'Lanterns.png
Jack o'lanterns can be used as light sources underwater.

Jack o'lanterns have a luminance of 15 and the ability to provide light while submerged under water. Like most light sources, they melt snow and ice.

Building golems

Jack o'lanterns can be used to build snow golems and iron golems as shown below. Snow golems require snow blocks for their bodies, while iron golems require iron blocks. The jack o'lantern must be placed last or the golem cannot spawn.

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Jack o'lanterns can be placed without a block under them. When placed, jack-o'lanterns automatically face the player. Jack o'lanterns can be placed on a transparent block.

Jack o'lanterns are transparent in their rendering only; otherwise they share the attributes of all opaque solid blocks. For example, mobs can spawn on them, they can suffocate mobs, and blocks attached to another block (such as torches and rails) can be placed on top of them or on their sides.


Jack o'Lanterns can be enchanted with curses using an anvil.‌[Java Edition only]


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
File:Wood dig1.oggFile:Wood dig2.oggFile:Wood dig3.oggFile:Wood dig4.oggBlock brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.wood.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
File:Wood hit1.oggFile:Wood hit2.oggFile:Wood hit3.oggFile:Wood hit4.oggFile:Wood hit5.oggFile:Wood hit6.oggNone[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.wood.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
File:Wood hit1.oggFile:Wood hit2.oggFile:Wood hit3.oggFile:Wood hit4.oggFile:Wood hit5.oggFile:Wood hit6.oggBlock breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.wood.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
File:Wood dig1.oggFile:Wood dig2.oggFile:Wood dig3.oggFile:Wood dig4.oggBlock placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.wood.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
File:Wood hit1.oggFile:Wood hit2.oggFile:Wood hit3.oggFile:Wood hit4.oggFile:Wood hit5.oggFile:Wood hit6.oggFootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.wood.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
?BlocksOnce the block has brokendig.wood1.00.8
?BlocksFalling on the block with fall damagefall.wood0.41.0
?BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.wood0.230.5
?BlocksJumping from the blockjump.wood0.121.0
?BlocksFalling on the block without fall damageland.wood0.181.0
?BlocksWalking on the blockstep.wood0.31.0
?BlocksWhen the block is placeduse.wood1.00.8

Data values


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDFormTranslation key
Jack o'Lanternjack_o_lanternBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.jack_o_lantern

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Jack o'Lanternlit_pumpkin91Block & Itemtile.lit_pumpkin.name


See also: Data values

In Bedrock Edition, jack o'lanterns use the following data values:


Block states

See also: Block states








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Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.032px 32px 32px 32px Added jack o'lanterns.
v1.2.0_02All jack o'lanterns on worlds have now been converted back into pumpkins in name only.
Java Edition Beta
1.1_02Jack o'lanterns are now labeled as "pumpkin"s when moused over in the inventory screen.
1.2Jack o'lanterns previously had the same icon and name in the inventory as pumpkins, making it impossible to tell which is which just by looking at them. However, it wasn't possible to stack jack o'lanterns with pumpkins.
1.5_01Jack o'lanterns that already exist in-game now all appear facing the opposite way they were placed before the update. A jack o'lantern is also placed facing away from the player, as opposed to facing in the player’s direction, as was the case before the update.
1.8Pre-releaseWith the introduction of pumpkin farming, jack o'lanterns are now a renewable resource, because the player can make their torches from charcoal.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 PrereleaseSnow golems can now be made by using jack o'lanterns.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6Jack o'lanterns are now broken faster using an axe.
1.2.112w08aIron golems can now be made by using jack o'lanterns.
1.6.113w26aJack 'o' Lantern has now been renamed to Jack o'Lantern.
1.814w25a32px 32px 32px 32px The top and bottom of jack o'lanterns now rotates according to the direction the block faces.
14w26cJack o'lanterns can no longer be used to build golems.
1.8.1pre1Jack o'lanterns can now be used to build golems again.
1.1116w39aJack o'lanterns can now receive curse enchantments, but only through an anvil.
1.1317w47aThe ID of jack o'lanterns has now been changed from lit_pumpkin to jack_o_lantern.
Jack o'lanterns can no longer receive curse enchantments through an anvil.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 91.
1.1418w43a32px 32px 32px 32px The textures of jack o'lanterns have been changed.
18w44a32px 32px 32px 32px The front texture of jack o'lanterns has been changed.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1721w11a32px 32px 32px 32px Changed a pixel on the top texture.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.8.0build 232px 32px 32px 32px Added jack o'lanterns.
v0.9.0build 1Smooth lighting has now been removed from jack o'lanterns.
v0.12.1build 1Jack o'lanterns can now spawn golems.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 32px 32px 32px The textures of jack o'lanterns have been changed.
Jack o'lanterns now generate in taiga and snowy taiga villages.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 132px 32px 32px 32px Added jack o'lanterns.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.9032px 32px 32px 32px The textures of jack o'lanterns have been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.032px 32px 32px 32px Added jack o'lanterns.


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


Halloween Mobs

See also


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