Minecraft: How to Craft a Soul Lantern

Minecraft update 1.16 adds Soul items and in this guide, we'll show you how to make a Soul Lantern.

Minecraft Java Edition 1.16 adds a slew of new things to do, one of which is the ability to craft Soul items. These are items that resemble their traditional counterparts, but with slightly altered features, such as their distinctive blue flame. Aside from the Soul Campfire and the Soul Torch, the Soul Lantern is one such item.

In this guide, we'll walk you through how to craft a Soul Lantern, what it does, and where to find the materials to make it. 

Minecraft: How to Craft a Soul Lantern

What Does a Soul Lantern Do? 

Nine Soul Lanterns on the ground in Minecraft.

It's important to know what a Soul Lantern does before crafting it. At first glance, its only apparent difference is that it burns blue. But it does feature a few key differences in terms of its attributes when compared to the regular Lantern.

Besides its blue flame, the other noticeable difference is that traditional Lanterns burn a lot brighter than Soul Lanterns. In fact, Soul Lanterns burn at a light level of 10, while the basic Lantern burns at 15.

Much like Minecraft's other Soul items, the Soul Lantern is designed to keep Piglins away. These are neutral enemies that can be bribed to stay away if they become hostile, but using a Soul Lantern is a much more effective method (unless you actually want to trade with a Piglin).

Soul Lanterns also don't melt ice or snow, so keep that in mind when creating large, frozen structures. 

How to Craft a Soul Lantern

Soul Lantern recipe.

Now that you've decided to craft a Soul Lantern, you'll need to visit The Nether to gather one of the materials needed to make it. If you've been following our Soul item guides (linked at the end of this guide), you might already have what you need to make a Soul Lantern.

To get to The Nether, you'll need to craft a portal using the following ingredients:

  • 14 Obsidian
  • 1 Flint and Steel
  • 1 Fire Charge

Enter the portal and you'll end up in The Nether, where you need to get your hands on a Soul Torch. You'll have to craft one by using the following materials:

  • 1 Stick
  • 1 Soul Sand
  • 1 Charcoal

The item you need to look out for is Soul Sand, which is found below Y=65 in Nether Wastes, below four-block-deep layers. Soul Sand is only located in The Nether. 

If you're having trouble locating Soul Sand, you might want to look for it in Nether Wart Rooms inside Fortresses, where it'll spawn naturally. 

Soul Sand looks like this:

Soul Sand block

Once you finally have the Soul Torch, you can combine the items needed to create a Soul Lantern. The materials are:

  • 1 Soul Torch
  • 8 Iron Nuggets

When crafting the Soul Lantern, you should be aware of where to place the materials within the crafting table. As shown by the crafting image above, you'll need the Soul Torch in the middle square, surrounded by the 8 Iron Nuggets. 

At this point, you're free to place Soul Lanterns where you please, just like regular Lanterns. 

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That covers all you'll need to know about crafting a Soul Lantern in Minecraft. For more on Minecraft, check out the links above, or visit the game's guide hub for even more. 


Joseph loves Nintendo and horror games. When he's not writing about video games he can usually be found petting his cats and listening to some Progressive Metal. He thinks Meshuggah is tight. Twitter: @JosephYaden

Published Jun. 26th 2020

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