Nether Wastes

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The Nether Wastes is the most common biome found in the Nether.


The Nether Wastes is a barren biome composed of mostly netherrack. It has extensive lava seas with glowstone blobs hanging from the ceiling. Veins of nether quartz and nether gold ore generate in the wastes (where most ore is the most visible) with the rarer Ancient Debris found unexposed within the terrain. Gravel and soul sand are found among its coastlines.

Most of the Nether’s residents are found throughout the maroon-tinted wasteland including Ghasts, zombified piglins, magma cubes, striders, piglins and the occasional enderman. Nether fortresses and bastion remnants can be found here.

In Java Edition:

MobSpawn chanceGroup size
Hostile category
Ghast[note 1]501684
Zombified Piglin1001684
Magma Cube21684
Passive category
  1. Only 5% of spawn attempts succeed.

In Bedrock Edition:

MobSpawn chanceGroup size
Hostile category
Zombified Piglin1001712–4
Magma Cube101711–4
Passive category



These music tracks play while the player is in the Nether Wastes.

in Minecraft
Gameplay Soundtrack Title Soundtrack Track preview
nether1.ogg The Nether "Concrete Halls" Minecraft - Volume Beta No. 7
nether2.ogg The Nether "Dead Voxel" Minecraft - Volume Beta No. 3
nether3.ogg The Nether "Warmth" Minecraft - Volume Beta No. 11
nether4.ogg The Nether "Ballad of the Cats" Minecraft - Volume Beta No. 15
rubedo.ogg Nether Wastes "Rubedo" Minecraft: Nether Update (Original Game Soundtrack) No. 2


Nether ambience plays while the player is in the Nether.

Name Sound Group
Nether Wastes Ambience Loop
Nether Wastes Addition 1 Loop Additions
Nether Wastes Addition 2
Nether Wastes Addition 3
Nether Wastes Addition 4
Nether Wastes Addition 5
Nether Wastes Addition 6
Nether Wastes Addition 7
Nether Wastes Addition 8
Nether Wastes Dark 1
Nether Wastes Dark 2
Nether Wastes Ground 1
Nether Wastes Ground 2
Nether Wastes Ground 3
Nether Wastes Ground 4
Nether Wastes Mood 1 Mood
Nether Wastes Mood 2
Nether Wastes Mood 3
Nether Wastes Mood 4
Nether Wastes Mood 5

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Nether Wastesnether_wastes 8biome.minecraft.nether_wastes

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID
[No displayed name]hell 8


Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0previewAdded the biome "Hell" as the Nether's only biome.
This biome is added along with the Nether itself as well as the ghasts, zombie pigmen, netherrack, soul sand, and glowstone that it contains.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 PrereleaseAdded nether fortresses, which generate in the Nether, along with the blazes that spawn in them.
Added magma cubes, which spawn in the Nether.
1.915w31aThe Nether biome fog has now been removed.
15w31cThe Nether biome fog has now been re-added.
1.1016w20aPatches of magma blocks now generate in the Nether.
1.1318w19aThe biome "Hell" has now been renamed to "Nether".
pre5The biome ID hell has now been changed to nether.
1.1620w06aTo distinguish it from other Nether biomes, the biome "Nether" has now been renamed to "Nether Wastes".
20w07aAdded piglins, which can spawn in Nether wastes.
20w13aAdded striders, which can spawn in Nether wastes.
20w19aPatches of blackstone now generate in nether wastes at level of lava ocean. Whether gravel also generates like this is unknown.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.1build 1Added the Nether biome, known as "Hell".
Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta biome "Nether" has now been renamed to "Nether Wastes".
Added piglins, which can spawn in the Nether Wastes.
beta striders, which can spawn in lava sea the Nether Wastes.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Added the Nether.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Added the Nether.


Issues relating to "Nether biome" or "Nether Wastes" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • In Bedrock Edition, if the Nether Wastes is used as the biome for Overworld generation, although the terrain is entirely netherrack, no ore is generated (including nether quartz, nether gold ore, ancient debris, etc.). Caverns and lakes (with red-colored water) still generate. The player is still able to place water in an Overworld Nether Wastes biome, but trying to sleep in a bed still causes an explosion.