How to Make a Torch in Minecraft 

In Short
  • Minecraft torch recipe yields four torches at least and it requires one stick and one coal or charcoal.
  • Place the stick in the bottom slot of the 2x2 crafting grid and add coal or charcoal on top.
  • Torches provide a light level of 14 and are used in crafting recipes for the jack o' lantern and lantern.

As you probably know, there are various monsters in Minecraft that appear when it’s dark. To combat that, players make and place different light source blocks. The most basic and iconic block out of all of them is our trusty little torch. Everyone uses it, and for a good reason. So if you’re someone suffering from the dark, learn how to make a torch in Minecraft right here.

Prerequisites to Make Torches in Minecraft

Unfortunately, you cannot make a singular torch, as the recipe allows you to make four at a time. This is great, as you’ll probably need a bunch. To make a torch in Minecraft, you will need the following:

  • 1 Coal or charcoal
  • 1 Stick

Yes, that’s it. Sticks are items you get by combining two planks or bamboo vertically in the crafting grid. The coal is an item you can get by mining naturally generated coal ore.

Check out our Minecraft ore distribution guide to find out where those ores can be. Charcoal is an easily renewable version of coal, which can be obtained by smelting logs in a furnace.

How to Make Torches in Minecraft

Torch recipe is so simple you don’t even need a Minecraft crafting table. All that’s needed is two vertically adjacent slots. So, follow the steps below to make torches in Minecraft:

  • Open your inventory using the E key.
  • Now, pick one of the two upper slots of the 2×2 crafting grid and place the coal or charcoal there.
  • Place the stick directly below it.
  • After that, you’ll see the torch icon appearing on the right. Click on it to craft them.
Crafting recipe for a torch
  • You can place the maximum number of coal/charcoal and sticks if you want, which is 64 and by combining them you’ll get four stacks of torches.
  • You may even automate this process by learning how to make a crafter in Minecraft.

How to Find Torches in Minecraft

Beside crafting torches, you may also find them in several different places. First of all, they naturally generate in some structures that include:

Torches also generate inside chests of villages and mineshafts.

How to Use a Torch in Minecraft

To use a torch in Minecraft, you’ll need to place it down. You can place it on top of a solid block or attached to a solid block’s side. Then, it’ll start emitting light level of 14.

Area affected by a single torch

This means that an area around the torch will be spawn-proofed, up to 14 blocks in each cardinal direction. So, even one torch can be very useful, especially in lighting up a small cave. Apart from the light properties, torches are also part of two crafting recipes. Those are:

  • Lantern crafting recipe
  • Jack o' lantern crafting recipe

And with that, you now know how to make torches in Minecraft! If this was a helpful guide, don’t forget to share it with your friends. Until next time, happy mining and crafting!

How many Minecraft torches to stop a spawner?

One torch directly on top of the spawner is enough to stop it from summoning hostile mobs.

Do torches keep mobs away?

Torches only stop mobs from spawning. They cannot freeze nor repel mobs.

Do torches burn out?

No, torches will never burn out and will emit light indefinitely.

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