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Red Sandstone.pngChiseled Red Sandstone.pngSmooth Red Sandstone.png


Solid Block







Blast resistance





A wooden pickaxe or better is required to mine this block




Yes (64)



First appearances

See History



Data values
dec: 24 hex: 18 bin: 11000
Red Sandstone
dec: 179 hex: B3 bin: 10110011
Red Sandstone 

Sandstone and red sandstone are solid blocks, with sandstone commonly found in deserts, and red sandstone found in mesas.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Any sandstone can be mined with any pickaxe. If mined without a pickaxe, the block will be lost.


Red Sandstone
Hardness 0.8
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 4
Wooden 0.65
Stone 0.35
Iron 0.2
Diamond 0.2
Golden 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Sandstone and red sandstone generate at the lips of cave entrances in desert and mesa biomes, respectively. The amount of sandstone generated here varies highly; some cave entrances may generate a lot of sandstone, where others may not generate any sandstone at all. Sometimes, random patches of sandstone can be found randomly on desert/mesa floors, which is actually a sign of a cave one block below.

Regular sandstone will generate in deserts and beaches, compressed below a few meters of sand blocks. This protects sand from falling into natural caves and ravines, however pools of water will erode through the sandstone, resulting in random floating sand patches which will fall if touched. Red sandstone will not generate beneath red sand, as orange stained clay does this instead.

Naturally generated structures will also be comprised of sandstone if generated in a desert. The desert wells will be made of normal sandstone, NPC villages made of normal and smooth sandstone, and desert temples made of normal, smooth and chiseled sandstone. All of these will also be made partially of sandstone slabs and stairs. No naturally generated structures are currently made of red sandstone.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Sandstone or
Red Sandstone

Sand or
Red Sand

Smooth Sandstone or
Smooth Red Sandstone

Sandstone or
Red Sandstone

Chiseled Sandstone or
Chiseled Red Sandstone

Sandstone Slab or
Red Sandstone Slab

Usage[edit | edit source]

Unlike sand, sandstone is not affected by gravity, and it will not fall if placed without a supporting block underneath it.

Crafting ingredient[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Sandstone Stairs

Any Sandstone

Red Sandstone Stairs

Any Red Sandstone

Sandstone Slab

Any Sandstone

Red Sandstone Slab

Any Red Sandstone

Data values[edit | edit source]

Sandstone has the ID name minecraft:sandstone, while red sandstone has the ID name of minecraft:red_sandstone. Both types of sandstone are further defined by its block data. They also have a block state which is expected to replace the functionality of block data in a future version.

Block data[edit | edit source]

See also: Data values
Block 24
DV Description

0 Sandstone

1 Chiseled sandstone

2 Smooth sandstone
Block 179
DV Description

0 Red Sandstone

1 Chiseled Red Sandstone

2 Smooth Red Sandstone

Block state[edit | edit source]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description

Chiseled Sandstone
Smooth Sandstone
Name Value Description

Red Sandstone
Smooth Red Sandstone
Chiseled Red Sandstone

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

1.2 Added sandstone.
1.3 Sandstone is now found below three blocks of naturally generated sand.
Added the ability to craft sandstone slabs from sandstone.
1.8 Sandstone does not occur naturally in chunks generated in this version.
1.8.1 Resolved the issue from Beta 1.8.
Official release
1.2.1 Two new textures, SandstoneGlyphs-Unused.png and SandstoneFace-Unused.png, were added to the terrain.png and were to be/would have been used as decorative sandstone variants; however, these textures did not appear in the game at the time.
1.2.4 The textures added in 1.2 were changed, and the blocks which use them were actually implemented,[1] using the same in-game name as regular sandstone.
1.3.1 12w19a Distinct names (chiseled sandstone and smooth sandstone) were given to the variants of sandstone. Before this update, chiseled sandstone was often referred to as hieroglyphic sandstone or decorative sandstone.
12w21a Added desert temples, which use all three variants of sandstone as building materials.
Added sandstone stairs.
12w21b Added crafting recipe for sandstone stairs.
1.8 14w20a Sandstone now generates at the entrances of caves.
14w29a Smooth sandstone can no longer be crafted into itself.[2]
August 5, 2014 Dinnerbone tweets a screenshot containing red sandstone.
14w32a Added red sandstone.
Red sandstone now generates at mesa caves instead of sandstone.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added regular sandstone.
0.6.0 Added chiseled and smooth sandstone.
0.7.3 Sandstone stairs were made craftable.
Console Edition
TU1 Added sandstone.
TU14 New crafting recipes for smooth & chiseled sandstone. In updates preceding this version, block transmutation glitches coul be used to obtain smooth and chiseled sandstone, however they would drop the original variant upon breaking.
Pi Edition
0.1.1 Added sandstone.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Sandstone” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The idea of the wither appearing on chiseled red sandstone was suggested by Reddit user ULiopleurodon.[3]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Issue tracker: MC-506