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"Soul Lantern" redirects here. For the artifact in Minecraft Dungeons, see MCD:Soul Lantern.





Yes (64)


Blast resistance





Lanterns: Yes (15)
Soul lanterns: Yes (10)





Catches fire from lava


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.


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[FN 1]
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 above or below 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. Lanterns, like torches, melt snow slowly.


Soul lanterns repel piglins.


Template:Sound table/Block/Lantern

Data values


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)Item tags (JE)FormTranslation key
LanternlanternNoneNoneBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.lantern
Soul Lanternsoul_lanternpiglin_repellentspiglin_repellentsBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.soul_lantern

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Lanternlantern461Block &
Soul Lanternsoul_lantern524Block &


See also: Data values

In Bedrock Edition, lanterns use the following data values:


Block states

See also: Block states



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, 201832px 32px LadyAgnes tweets an image of a lantern, implying that they are once again in development.
Java Edition
1.1418w46a32px 32px
32px Added lanterns.
18w49aLanterns can now spawn naturally in snowy tundra villages.
19w05aLanterns now have a unique sound for being placed and broken.
1.14.3pre3Lanterns can now be placed and hung on iron bars and glass panes.
1.1620w06a32px 32px
32px Added soul fire lanterns.
20w07a32px 32px
32px 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.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1721w13aThe model of the hanging lanterns has now been tweaked that the backside textures of the chains are mirrored.
Bedrock Edition
1.9.0beta 32px
32px Added lanterns.
Lanterns can currently be obtained only from the creative inventory and with Experimental Gameplay enabled.
1.10.0beta 32px 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 The item texture of lanterns has been changed.
32px 32px
32px 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
1.9032px 32px
32pxAdded lanterns.


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


  • Regular lanterns were likely to be a "replacement" version of the torch if they were added in the 2010 Halloween Update.
  • Lanterns are the fifth animated light-source in the game, the others being magma blocks, sea lanterns, fire and lava.
  • Turtle eggs can support lanterns placed both above and below them, despite the fact that this causes the lanterns to visually float.[2]


See also


cs:Lucerna de:Laterne fr:Lanterne ja:ランタン ko:랜턴 pl:Latarenka pt:Lampião ru:Фонарь th:โคมไฟ zh:灯笼