Lanterns are powerful sources of light that can be installed above or below solid blocks. Apart from being a charming way to decorate your home in Minecraft, they also exude very high amounts of illumination, making them very useful at night. This comprehensive guide will tell you everything you need to know about how to make a lantern in Minecraft.
Collecting the Required Materials
You will need these items before you can begin crafting a lantern:
- Iron nuggets
- Soul torch (optional)
How to Make a Lantern in Minecraft – Step-by-Step
Step 1: Secure a furnace and a crafting table
Furnaces can be found in almost every igloo in the Overworld, You can also craft furnaces by combining blackstones and cobblestones in any ratio after selecting the crafting table. In the 3×3 crafting grid, leave the center square empty, and fill the remaining eight squares with any ratio of cobblestone and blackstone blocks. You can fill the eight squares entirely with cobblestone or entirely with blackstone as well. If you don’t yet have a crafting table, you can make one using any four blocks of wood. Simply open your crafting menu, add four blocks of wood, and drag the resulting crafting table into your inventory. Crafting tables can also be found in witch huts and igloo basements.
Step 2: Find iron nuggets
Iron nuggets are common items in Minecraft that can be obtained by smelting iron-based materials, such as iron armor, weapons, and other tools. Select the furnace in your inventory and place any iron item in the top square. Add a log, coal, or any other fuel to the lower square. An iron ingot will be generated next to the arrow that points to the right. Drag and drop the nugget into your inventory. Alternatively, you can also find iron nuggets while wandering around in the Overworld. Look for them in treasure chests nestled within shipwrecks or taiga house chests in villages. If you have an iron ingot, you can place it in the center of the 3×3 crafting grid to obtain nine nuggets of iron.
Step 3: Look for a torch
Torches are non-solid blocks that can easily be discovered in strongholds, woodland mansions, abandoned mineshafts, and even chests. You can craft your own torches by combining a stick with a single unit of coal or charcoal. Adding soul sand to the mix will result in the creation of a soul torch. Sticks can be crafted using any two planks of wood, and soul sand can be found in the soul sand valley biome. Coal will naturally generate in dungeons, mineshafts, igloos, and shipwrecks. Coal ore can be mined using a pickaxe and smelted into usable coal.
Step 4: Craft your lantern
To craft a lantern, you will have to select the crafting table and place all the ingredients in a particular formation. Place the torch or soul torch in the center of the 3×3 grid. Fill all the other squares with iron nuggets. This will generate a single lantern or soul lantern on the right. Drag and drop this newly crafted item into your inventory.
At times, you will be able to find naturally generated lanterns on certain buildings in snowy tundra villages or bastion remnants. You can also buy lanterns from apprentice-level librarian villagers by offering them an emerald.
Amongst all the luminous items in Minecraft, the lantern is a particularly powerful light source that has a luminosity level of 15. Soul lanterns are not as powerful since their light output level is just 10. You can freely place a lantern anywhere as long as the block on which it is being placed is solid. You can also install lanterns under solid blocks or chains. In such scenarios, the lantern will appear to hang freely from the block or chain above. Lanterns work well with trapdoors and glass blocks. You can make a wooden encasing on any of your home walls, place a lantern inside the hollow space, and enclose it with a trapdoor or a glass block. This is a unique and aesthetically pleasing setup that can fit snugly inside any home that you build.
Soul lanterns do not look the same as normal lanterns. Apart from providing lesser luminosity, they also appear turquoise. Soul lanterns can be used to ward off annoying Piglins in Minecraft.