Minecraft Torch

Torches are basic lightning devices that are practically necessary for building and exploring in survival mode or single-player games. They provide infinitely lasting light for use in structures, caves and outside at night. Torches must be attached to other blocks when they are placed. If the block they are attached to is removed, the torch will drop as a resource. Torches can be placed on the sides or top, but not the bottom, of most solid blocks. Torches are made with either coal or charcoal, so it is possible to craft torches with only wood and a furnace. They are easily obtained 32 torches can be crafted from 1 log and 8 pieces of charcoal/coal. They can occur naturally in NPC Villages, Strongholds and in Abandoned Mine Shafts. They look very similar to Redstone Torches.


Type: Non-solid Block
Physics: No
Transparency: Yes
Luminance: Yes, 14
Blast Resistance: 0
Tool: None
Renewable: Yes
Stackable: Yes (64)
Data Value- Dec: 50, Hex: 32

Minecraft Torch


Even though they are attached to other blocks, torches occupy an entire block space just like signs and redstone devices. Water and torches cannot occupy the same block, so torches will be knocked out of position upon contact with water. Sand and gravel don’t fall through blocks occupied by torches. Players and mobs can occupy the same block space as a torch, so you can place them at your feet or walk through a 1×2 hallway that has torches along the walls. Torches are a source of heat, so they can melt snow and ice blocks that are within 2 block spaces of them.

Torches Placed in Various Positions on Blocks

Torch Placement

Crafting Torches

Crafting Torches: Combine 1 coal and 1 stick to create 4 torches.
Jack-O-Lantern: Combine 1 pumpkin and 1 torch to create a jack-o-lantern.

Name Ingredients Input >> Output
Torches Stick and Coal or Charcoal Crafting Torches from Stick and Coal

Torches create light. They also have the ability to melt ice and snow.
Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin and Torch Crafting Jack-O-Lantern

Acts as a torch, but emits more light. Melts snow and ice. Can stay lit underwater.


While torches have been the “go-to” permanent light source for many players, there’s a possibility that they will be changed in future updates. The game’s developers have mentioned plans to make torches a temporary light source that must be lit periodically to maintain luminance. Lanterns will be added to replace torches as a permanent light fixture.

Torches Light up Area

Interesting Facts

  • If you are on the ocean floor, you can place a torch at your feet to get a breath of fresh air. The torch will create a pocket of air for a moment before being destroyed by the surrounding water.
  • It would take more than 10,000,000,000,000 torches to light up an entire Minecraft map.
  • Torches placed within 12 blocks from one another provide sufficient light to prevent most hostile mob spawns. This is only true if there are no opaque blocks between them.
  • You can “turn off” a monster spawner by putting a torch on top of the block. Removing the torch, and other forms of light in the area, will let mobs spawn again.

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