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Sandstone.pngCut Sandstone.pngChiseled Sandstone.png
Red Sandstone.pngCut Red Sandstone.pngChiseled 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 stained clay 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, NPC villages made of normal and smooth sandstone, and desert temples made of normal, smooth and chiseled sandstone. Also, underwater ruins contain sandstone and its variants.[upcoming 1.13] 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

Smooth Sandstone or
Smooth Red Sandstone
Sandstone or
Red Sandstone
Chiseled Sandstone or
Chiseled Red Sandstone
Sandstone Slab or
Red Sandstone Slab


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
Red Sandstone Slab Any Red Sandstone
Red Sandstone Stairs Any Red Sandstone
Sandstone Slab Any Sandstone
Sandstone Stairs Any Sandstone

Data values[edit]


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 or block state.[until 1.13]

Name ID name Block ID

Sandstone (normal, chiseled, and smooth)
sandstone[until 1.13] 24[until 1.13]

Red Sandstone (normal, chiseled, and smooth)
red_sandstone[until 1.13] 179[until 1.13]

sandstone[upcoming 1.13]

Chiseled Sandstone
chiseled_sandstone[upcoming 1.13]

Cut Sandstone
cut_sandstone[upcoming 1.13]

Red Sandstone
red_sandstone[upcoming 1.13]

Chiseled Red Sandstone
chiseled_red_sandstone[upcoming 1.13]

Cut Red Sandstone
cut_red_sandstone[upcoming 1.13]

Block data[edit]

See also: Data values
Block 24[until 1.13]
DV Description

0 Sandstone

1 Chiseled sandstone

2 Smooth sandstone
Block 179[until 1.13]
DV Description

0 Red Sandstone

1 Chiseled Red Sandstone

2 Smooth Red Sandstone

Block state[edit]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description

 type[until 1.13]
Chiseled Sandstone
Smooth Sandstone
Name Value Description

 type[until 1.13]
Red Sandstone
Smooth Red Sandstone
Chiseled Red Sandstone



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 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 ? SandstoneGlyphs-Unused.png SandstoneFace-Unused.png Two textures 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 Cut Sandstone.pngChiseled Sandstone.png The textures added in 1.2 were changed, and the blocks which use them were actually implemented,[2] 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.
12w22a Inventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing
1.5 ? Sandstone.png Texture changed.
1.8 14w20a Sandstone now generates at the entrances of caves.
14w29a Smooth sandstone can no longer be crafted into itself.[3]
August 5, 2014 Dinnerbone tweets a screenshot containing red sandstone.
14w32a Red Sandstone.pngCut Red Sandstone.pngChiseled Red Sandstone.png Added red sandstone.
Red sandstone now generates at mesa caves instead of sandstone.
1.10 16w20a Sandstone no longer generates at the entrances of caves; the sand is now left unsupported in these locations.
Red sandstone now no longer generates naturally, as it only ever generated at the entrances of caves.
Upcoming Java Edition
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 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 now generates in underwater ruins.
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.
0.13.0 build 1 Sandstone is no longer crafted in the stonecutter.
0.14.0 build 1 Red Sandstone.pngCut Red Sandstone.pngChiseled Red Sandstone.png Added red sandstone.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Sandstone.png[verify] Added sandstone.
Cut Sandstone.pngChiseled Sandstone.png Added the variants of sandstone. They would drop the original sandstone upon breaking.
TU14 1.04 Added crafting recipes for smooth & chiseled sandstone.
Smooth and chiseled sandstone now drop themselves.
TU31 CU19 1.22 Patch 3 Red 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]



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