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





Blast resistance






Yes (64)





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

See Data values

Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png Sandstone is pretty easy to find in Minecraft. Find a desert and start digging. The upper layers of the ground will be regular sand, but below that the weight has compressed the sand into tougher sandstone blocks that hold their shape and won't fall. If all that digging sounds like hard work, then track down a desert village, well or temple instead - all of which are made of different kinds of sandstone. Or - for the very laziest amongst you - just combine four sand in a crafting grid.
Duncan Geere[1]

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


Any sandstone can be mined with any pickaxe. If mined without a pickaxe, the block will drop nothing.


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]

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. Red sandstone will not generate beneath red sand, as orange terracotta does this instead.

Naturally-generated structures will also comprise normal sandstone if generated in a desert. The desert wells will be made of normal sandstone, villages made of normal and cut sandstone, and desert temples made of normal, cut and chiseled sandstone. Also, underwater ruins contain sandstone and its variants. All of these will also be made partially of sandstone slabs and stairs. No naturally generated structures are made of red sandstone.


Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Sandstone or
Red Sandstone
Sand or
Red Sand

Cut Sandstone or
Cut Red Sandstone
Sandstone or
Red Sandstone
Chiseled Sandstone or
Chiseled Red Sandstone
Sandstone Slab or
Red Sandstone Slab


Ingredients Smelting recipe
Sandstone +
Any fuel

Ingredients Smelting recipe
Red Sandstone +
Any fuel


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

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Cut Red Sandstone Slab
(Bedrock Edition 1.9)
Cut Red Sandstone
Cut Sandstone Slab
(Bedrock Edition 1.9)
Cut Sandstone
Red Sandstone Slab
(Bedrock Edition 1.9)
Red Sandstone
Red Sandstone Slab Any Red Sandstone [until 1.9]
Red Sandstone Stairs Any Red Sandstone
Red Sandstone Stairs
(Bedrock Edition 1.9)
Red Sandstone
Sandstone Slab Any Sandstone [until 1.9]
Sandstone Slab
(Bedrock Edition 1.9)
Sandstone Stairs Any Sandstone
Sandstone Stairs
(Bedrock Edition 1.9)
Sandstone Wall or
Red Sandstone Wall
Sandstone or
Red Sandstone
Smooth Red Sandstone Slab
Smooth Red Sandstone
Smooth Red Sandstone Stairs
Smooth Red Sandstone
Smooth Sandstone Slab
Smooth Sandstone
Smooth Sandstone Stairs
Smooth Sandstone

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Block ID Name


Cut Sandstone

Chiseled Sandstone

Smooth Sandstone

Red Sandstone

Cut Red Sandstone

Chiseled Red Sandstone

Smooth Red Sandstone

Bedrock Edition:

Block ID Name Numeral ID

sandstone 24

Red Sandstone
red_sandstone 179

Block data[edit]

See also: Data values

In Bedrock Edition, sandstone and red sandstone uses the following data values:

DV Description

0 Sandstone

1 Chiseled Sandstone

2 Smooth Sandstone[until 1.9]
Cut Sandstone[upcoming 1.9]

3 Smooth Sandstone[upcoming 1.9]
Red Sandstone
DV Description

0 Red Sandstone

1 Chiseled Red Sandstone

2 Smooth Red Sandstone[until 1.9]
Cut Red Sandstone[upcoming 1.9]

3 Smooth Red Sandstone[upcoming 1.9]



Java Edition Beta
1.2 Sandstone Revision 1.png 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 will now no longer occur naturally in chunks generated.
1.8.1 The issue from Beta 1.8 has now been resolved, allowing sandstone to now naturally occur in generated chunks.
Java Edition
1.2.1 ?SandstoneGlyphs-Unused.png SandstoneFace-Unused.png Two textures have now been added to the terrain.png and might be used as decorative sandstone variants. However, these textures do not appear in the game, at the moment.
1.2.4 Cut Sandstone.pngChiseled Sandstone.png The textures added in 1.2 have now been changed, and the blocks which use them have now been actually implemented,[2] using the same in-game name as regular sandstone.
Sandstone.png The normal sandstone's texture has now been changed changed.
1.3.1 12w19a Distinct names (chiseled sandstone and smooth sandstone) have now been 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.
12w22a Inventory sprites for blocks have now been flipped from left to right, changing
1.8 14w20a Sandstone will now generate at the entrances of caves.
14w29a Smooth sandstone can now no longer be crafted into itself.[3]
August 5, 2014Dinnerbone tweets a screenshot containing red sandstone.
14w32a Red Sandstone.pngCut Red Sandstone.pngChiseled Red Sandstone.png Added red sandstone.
Red sandstone will now generate in mesa caves, instead of sandstone.
1.10 16w20a Sandstone will now no longer generate at the entrances of caves; the sand is now left unsupported in these locations.
Red sandstone will now no longer generate naturally, as it only ever generated at the entrances of caves.
1.13 17w47a The different type block states for both the sandstone and red_sandstone IDs have been split up into their own IDs.
Smooth (red) sandstone has now been renamed to cut (red) sandstone.
Added item form for the smooth double slab sandstone.
Prior to The Flattening, these blocks' numeral IDs were 24 and 179.
18w09a Sandstone will now generate in underwater ruins.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.14 18w43a Smooth and smooth red sandstone can now be obtained by smelting sandstone and red sandstone, respectively.
Sandstone TextureUpdate Revision 1.png Sandstone's texture has now been changed.
18w44a Sandstone TextureUpdate.png Sandstone's texture has now been changed, once again.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Sandstone.png[verify] Added regular sandstone.
0.6.0 Cut Sandstone.pngChiseled Sandstone.png Added chiseled and smooth sandstone.
Sandstone is now crafted in the stonecutter.
0.7.3 Sandstone stairs were made craftable.
0.9.0 ?Sandstone and cut sandstone will now generate in desert villages.
?Sandstone will now generate in desert wells.
0.13.0 build 1 Sandstone is now no longer crafted in the stonecutter.
Sandstone, cut sandstone and chiseled sandstone will now generate in desert temples.
0.14.0 build 1 Red Sandstone.pngCut Red Sandstone.pngChiseled Red Sandstone.png Added red sandstone.
Bedrock Edition
1.4 beta Sandstone, cut sandstone and chiseled sandstone will now generate in warm underwater ruins.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.9 beta Renamed smooth sandstone and smooth red sandstone to cut sandstone and cut red sandstone.
Sandstone and Red Sandstone can be used to craft Sandstone Wall and Red sandstone wall.
Cut Sandstone and Cut Red Sandstone can be used to craft Cut Sandstone Slab and Cut Red Sandstone Slab.
Smooth Sandstone now obtainable by smelting regular sandstone, which can be used to craft Smooth sandstone Slab and Stairs.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Sandstone.png[verify] Added sandstone.
Cut Sandstone.pngChiseled Sandstone.png Added the variants of sandstone. They will drop the original sandstone upon breaking.
TU141.04Added crafting recipes for smooth and chiseled sandstone.
Smooth and chiseled sandstone will now drop themselves.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Red Sandstone.pngCut Red Sandstone.pngChiseled Red Sandstone.png Added red sandstone and its variants.


Issues relating to "Sandstone" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Chiseled sandstone has the image of a creeper on it, while chiseled red sandstone has the image of a wither on it.
    • The idea of the wither appearing on chiseled red sandstone was suggested by Reddit user ULiopleurodon.[4]