How to Make Jack o’Lantern in Minecraft

Jack O’lanterns were first introduced in a Halloween update in 2010 and started off only as a decorative piece. During the Halloween period every year, zombies, pigmen, and skeletons roam across the Minecraft world wearing a Jack o’Lantern.

This guide will help you learn how to make Jack o’Lantern in Minecraft and use it effectively!

How to Make Jack o’Lantern in Minecraft

What is a Jack o’Lantern in Minecraft

A Jack O’Lantern is a solid block in Minecraft that also behaves as a source of light. It can also be used to craft useful entities known as Golems, that help protect and defend you, or distract hostile mobs that are attacking you.

Required Items

In addition to a Crafting Table, you require the following items to make a Jack o’Lantern

How to Make Jack o’Lantern in Minecraft

Step 1 – Gather Ingredients

You require a Torch and a Carved Pumpkin to make a Jack o’Lantern. You can either craft a torch from scratch or loot it in the game. You can use a Stick and one Coal or Charcoal to craft a Torch. To obtain a Carved Pumpkin you must use Shears on a Pumpkin that you have found in the game.

Step 2 – Crafting the Jack o’Lantern

Select the Crafting Table to open the 3×3 Crafting Grid. The items must be placed in a specific pattern to craft the Jack o’Lantern. In the top row, place the Carved Pumpkin in the second slot, and leave the other two slots empty. In the middle row, place the Torch in the second slot and leave the other two slots empty. The bottom row is left completely empty.

Step 3 – Move to Inventory

If you have correctly placed all the items in the grid, the Jack o’Lantern will appear on the right side of the Crafting Menu. Select and move it to your inventory.

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In addition to being a great decorative piece, Jack o’Lanterns can be used to make useful entities in Minecraft.

Light Source

The light radius of a Jack o’Lantern is more than that of a Torch. They work underwater as well, just like Sea Lanterns and Glowstones, and are incredibly useful during underwater exploration.

Iron Golem

Iron Golems are a type of powerful utilitarian mob that are used to defend villages as well as players. To build an Iron Golem, you require 4 Blocks of Iron, and either 1 Carved Pumpkin or a Jack o’Lantern. You can make an Iron Block by placing 9 Iron Ingots in a Crafting Grid. Place 2 Iron Blocks, one on top of the other, to make the body. Then place an Iron Block on either side of the top block to create the arms. Finally, place the Craved Pumpkin or Jack o’Lantern on the top. Note that the Jack o’Lantern must be the last item to be placed for the Iron Golem to spawn. The Iron Golem will now come to life and begin to move.

Snow Golem

Snow Golems, or Snowmen, are a special type of passive mob in Minecraft that can be created by the player. To craft a Snow Golem, you need 2 Snow Blocks and either a Carved Pumpkin or Jack o’Lantern. You can make a Snow Block using 4 Snowballs. Place one Snow Block on the ground. Place the second Snow Block on top of the first one.

Finally, place the Carved Pumpkin or Jack o’Lantern on top of the second block of Snow. The Snow Golem will now come to life and begin to move. You can see a trail of snow in the path that the Snow Golem has moved. The Snow Golem will move around aimlessly until it encounters a hostile mob in the area. Then it will throw snowballs at the mob to catch their attention but does not deal any damage to the enemies.

Snowball Farm

It is possible to build a Snowball Farm in Minecraft, that gives you access to an unlimited supply of snowballs. The first thing you must understand about a Snowball Farm is that it cannot be built in any area. They can only be built in biomes that are cool enough. The Extreme Hills, Forest, Plains, and Taiga biomes are regions where building a Snowball Farm is possible. The Jungle, Savanna, Mesa, and Desert biomes are too hot for Snow Golems and Snowball Farms. You require 1 Cobblestone, 8 Snow Blocks, and ingredients for a Snow Golem in order to create a Snowball Farm.

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