Overlooked Light Sources in Minecraft


Overlooked Light Sources in Minecraft

Keeping creepers out is a big part of security in Minecraft. Since the 1.18 update, aggressive mobs cannot spawn on any blocks with a light level higher than zero, making the whole process of protecting your base against zombies much less resource intensive. The exception to this rule is spawners, which can spawn new enemies at any light level up to 11.

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However, this is not 2009; there are plenty of blocks and items that will keep an area above zero indefinitely, without resorting to torches littering your beautiful builds.


10 soul lantern

Lanterns are a popular and aesthetic way to spruce up a space once you get a little richer, while also finding new uses for torches once you outgrow them.

Less commonly seen are Soul Lanterns, which require the same Iron Nuggets but a Soul Torch instead. These are slightly more difficult to craft than a normal lantern, as Soul Torches require a Soul Sand or Soul Soil block to build.

However, bringing a shovel to Soul Valley will net you enough blocks to light up an entire cave system, and the eerie blue light the Soul Lanterns emit can turn a cozy path through the forest into an eerie path to a ghostly end.

9 campfires

Like lanterns, campfires have normal and soul variants, both of which emit between ten and 15 lights, along with cool smoke effects. Not only can you create your own private camping spot with these items, but by placing them on your roof you can produce smoke just like a chimney. For advanced players, a grand walkway deserves to be lit by pillars of Nether Quartz supporting the blazing blue flames of a Soul Campfire.

Campfires can be lit with flint and steel, a flaming arrow, or dispensed fire charges, and are put out with water or a shovel. They can be used like a real campfire would, cooking food placed on them, pacifying bees, and burning any fools who step on them. Placing a hay bale on top of a campfire extends the range of smoke particles up to 24 blocks vertically.

8 frog lights

The Wild update brought with it frogs and their magical power to turn baby magma cubes into inert Froglights. Their fungal texture and organic sound effects might lead you to wonder what exactly they’re made of, but they can light up the night very effectively nonetheless. They emit the highest level of light any block can produce out of fifteen, and they come in three pastel colors. What color you end up with depends on the type of frog that did the digestion.

Getting the frogs into the Nether is a tricky ordeal, but the cute lights they can get for you make the hassle of keeping them alive worth it. Just make sure you cut the magma cubes to the proper size first.

7 end rod

As you make your way through End City, you’ll be forgiven if you go straight past End Rods, as their light isn’t much use there. They are awkward half blocks, allowing players to take up some of their space before being levitated into the Void thanks to an annoying Shulker.

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While you can make End Rods out of Blaze Rod and Popped Chorus Fruit, the end product is worth less than the sum of its ingredients. Collecting them around a city is much easier and cheaper. They emit white particle effects like frost and emit a radius of fourteen levels of light that cannot be sniffed. Hide them under the rug for a mystical light effect.

6 shroomlight

The Nether was a bleak place, apart from the abundant lava lakes, before the introduction of the crimson and warped trees. If you’ve never looked up while cutting one, you may not be aware of Shroomlights.

These are another organic and fungal light source, and are generated within Nether Trees as they grow. This ensures that, even in the Overworld, mobs don’t spawn on top of the teal and red blocks that make up tree leaves.

Its texture is that of a packet of soft orange spores, each illuminated from within, emitting fifteen levels of light. Breaking them is not as simple as using the same tool for wood; using a hoe is the fastest way to collect these bright but clumpy light sources.

5 luminous berry

A surprisingly good place to find beautiful lights is deep underground in Lush Caves and mineshaft chests. Glow Berries grow on hanging vines from mossy ceilings, and Berries found in chests can be right-clicked on blocks above you to plant a new cave vine. As they spread downward, there is a one in nine chance that the Glowberries will ripen and emit a light level of fourteen. Using Bonemeal on a Cave Vine will spawn a new berry, guaranteed.

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Vines grow to a maximum of 26 blocks as long as there is a block of clean air below them, and can be stopped by using scissors on the end of the vine. Place these Glowberries on any ceiling to create a warm, natural ambiance. This is one of the few light sources that can also be used as an emergency snack, restoring two hunger points. If you are very patient and gentle, you can give them to Foxes to raise a puppy that will be tame.

4 Jack O’ Lantern

An often sleeping block is the Jack O’ Lantern. These creepy vegetables can appear randomly among piles of pumpkins in Taiga or snowy towns, and during Halloween, mobs that appear can wear one as armor.

Creating them is very easy: just use Scissors on a placed Pumpkin, then combine it with a Torch. It will shine brighter than the torch that was used to make it, and Jack O’ Lanterns can also be placed underwater.

If you decide to change your decoration, you can use your lights to create an army of snow and iron golems to defend your land. Jack O’ Lanterns are also the only source of light that can be cursed on an Enchantment Table.

3 sea ​​lantern

A beautiful soft light, the sea lanterns that spawn inside Ocean Monuments and Underwater Ruins can only be mined with a Silk Touch Pickaxe, or else they will break. This might cause them more trouble than they’re worth at first, but once you’ve made it through a couple of Ocean Monuments, mining the Sea Lanterns is easy.

If you’re dedicated enough, the entire Monument can be turned into a Guardian Farm, which drops the ingredients needed to make Endless Sea Lanterns.

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They emit the highest level of light out of fifteen and can be used to create the activation shell of a conduit. If placed under a note block, it will produce the “Clicks and Sticks” sound, which can be used to frustrate and confuse other players on a server.

two sea ​​brine

Speaking of being under the sea, Sea Pickles are another organic source of light, and they only grow in Warm Oceans. They can be placed by right-clicking on a block, and they farm further when Bonemeal is added. Some desert villagers have managed to harvest them and use Sea Pickles as decorations around their homes. Wandering Traders might be able to sell them for two emeralds if you’re struggling to find any naturally.

They are most abundant on top of living coral blocks and only produce light when in the water. A single Pickle emits six levels, and each Pickle added to a block provides an additional four, up to a maximum of fifteen. If you have too many on your hands, you can melt them into Lime Dye.

1 Wash

Arguably the most abundant source of light in the world of Minecraft is lava, which is spawned in vast lakes both in the Nether and in underground caves. Using Lava is trickier than other lights due to its flammable nature, but once the surrounding areas have been made fireproof, Lava adds a sense of grandeur and malevolence to a build.

Whether rivers of lava break up the landscape, bursting and moving between stalactite protrusions, or languidly sliding down walls like a vicious waterfall, Lava can be an ingenious way to add light to a fortress or compound.


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