|Catches fire from lava||
|— Duncan Geere|
Sand is a block affected by gravity.
- 1 Obtaining
- 2 Usage
- 3 Sounds
- 4 Data values
- 5 History
- 6 Issues
- 7 Trivia
- 8 Gallery
- 9 See also
- 10 References
|Breaking time[note 1]|
- Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.
Sand generates naturally in many biomes of the Overworld near lakes or pond, notably deserts, beaches, and rivers, generally in four-block-deep layers supported by stone and sandstone. Sand also generates as the ocean floor of lukewarm oceans, warm oceans, and their respective deep variants.
Sand is also used to cover up buried treasure chests depending on where the chest generates in. (In this case, sand is used to cover up buried treasure chests that generate in beaches and ocean floors that are composed of sand, but in some cases stone or sandstone might be used instead).
Sand also generate as part of warm ocean ruins and some desert village houses.
Red sand generates naturally in badlands biomes and variants.
Both types of sand can spawn floating in the air. The floating cluster of sand falls when one of the sand blocks receives an update (when a block is placed near it or when a block near it is broken).
Sand can be found in 59.0% of desert temple chests in stacks of 1–8.
Wandering traders also sell 8 sand for one emerald.[Java Edition only]
If the block below either type of sand is air, it falls until it lands on the next available block. While sand is falling, it exhibits a smooth falling animation.
If falling sand lands and covers the head of a mob or the player, the mob or player buried in it continuously receives suffocation damage. If falling sand lands in the space occupied by a non-solid block (such as torches, slabs, rails, or redstone), it drops and turn into an item. If it falls onto a cobweb, it falls slowly until it has gone through completely; if it touches the ground while still inside the cobweb, it becomes an item.
|Red Sand||1 (100%)|
|Concrete Powder||Matching Dye +
|White Concrete Powder or
Blue Concrete Powder or
Brown Concrete Powder or
Black Concrete Powder
|Bone Meal or
Lapis Lazuli or
Cocoa Beans or
Ink Sac +
|[Bedrock and Education editions only]|
Red Sand +
|Sound||Subtitle||Source||Description||Namespaced ID||Subtitle key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation distance|
|Block broken||Blocks||Breaking the block||1.0||0.8||16|
|None||Blocks||Falling on the block with fall damage||0.5||0.75||16|
|Block breaking||Blocks||Mining the block||0.25||0.5||16|
|Block placed||Blocks||Placing the block||1.0||0.8||16|
|Footsteps||Blocks||Walking on the block||0.15||1.0||16|
|?||Breaking the block||?||0.8|
|?||Falling on the block with fall damage||?||?|
|?||Mining the block||?||0.5|
|?||Jumping from the block||?||?|
|?||Falling on the block without fall damage||?||?|
|?||Walking on the block||?||?|
|?||Placing the block||?||0.8|
|Name||Namespaced ID||Translation key|
|Name||Namespaced ID||Numeric ID||Translation key|
In Bedrock Edition, sand uses the following data values:
In Bedrock Edition, sand uses the following block states:
|Name||Default value||Allowed values||Description|
Falling block entity
Height: 0.98 Blocks
- Dynamic block entity data
- Tags common to all entities see Template:Nbt inherit/entity/template
- TileEntityData: Optional. The tags of the block entity for this block.
- BlockState: The falling block represented by this entity.
- Time: The number of ticks the entity has existed. If set to 0, the moment it ticks to 1, it vanishes if the block at its location has a different ID than the entity's
TileID. If the block at its location has the same ID as its
Timeticks from 0 to 1, the block is deleted, and the entity continues to fall, having overwritten it. When Time goes above 600, or above 100 while the block is below Y=0, the entity is deleted.
- DropItem: 1 or 0 (true/false) – true if the block should drop as an item when it breaks. Any block that does not have an item form with the same ID as the block does not drop even if this is set.
- HurtEntities: 1 or 0 (true/false) – true if the block should hurt entities it falls on.
- FallHurtMax: The maximum hit points of damage to inflict on entities that intersect this
falling_block. For vanilla falling_block, always 40 × 20.
- FallHurtAmount: Multiplied by the
FallDistanceto calculate the amount of damage to inflict. By default this value is always 2.
|This history section is missing a pre-1.3 flipped inventory sprite.|
|Java Edition Classic|
|May 21, 2009||Notch shows interest in adding sand.|
|May 23, 2009||Notch says he accomplished adding sand.|
|Sand behaves similarly to gravel, which was also added during this update.|
|Sand blocks appear naturally only in one block-thick beaches (usually by water or in the middle of a landscape). These beaches are always at and below ocean level.|
|Rather than falling by turning into a falling block entity, sand instantly appears at the lowest point it can go when placed above an air block, without any sort of falling animation. This behavior lasted until the Seecret Friday 1 update, in Infdev.|
|A glitch occurring at this time allows players to raise the height of a fluid block by placing sand over it. The sand stays suspended in mid-air until it is broken. When broken, a fluid block corresponding to the type below the sand appears where the block was. The suspended fluid block remains immobile until a block was placed next to it, causing a flood.|
|Map editors can be used to create floating sand, crashing the server if the sand was affected from its state.|
|0.0.15a||The texture of sand has now been changed.|
|0.0.19a||Sand has now been removed from the inventory (hotbar) because of a lack of space.|
|0.0.20a||Sand has now been re-added to the inventory.|
|Java Edition Indev|
|0.31||20100111-1||Islands now have more sand.|
|20100129||Sand is now used to craft TNT.|
|Java Edition Infdev|
|Infdev||2010-02-27||Sand has now been removed during map tests.|
|2010-04-13||Sand has now been re-added.|
|2010-06-18||Sand now falls realistically.|
|Sand can now be destroyed by falling onto a non-solid object, not dropping as item. This was fixed in a later update.|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.2||FallingSand entities now behaves better in multiplayer.|
|Sand can now be used to craft sandstone.|
|1.3||Sand now generates with sandstone under it.|
|1.8||?||Due to changes in the terrain generator, sand no longer appears in beaches.|
|Sand now generates anywhere that water does in large, circular patterns, noticeably larger than the similar patterns of clay. These can occur anywhere water does, including in village farms.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6||The texture of sand has now been slightly changed.|
|1.1||12w01a||Sand now appears in beaches again, which have been re-added as a biome, rather than a generated structure.|
|1.3.1||12w22a||Inventory sprites for blocks have now been flipped from left to right, changing to .|
|1.4.2||12w38a||Sand now has new sounds when being walked on.|
|1.7.2||13w39a||Added red sand.|
|1.8||14w27b||Sand and red sand's textures now rotate randomly, making beaches and deserts look less uniform.|
|1.9||15w44a||Sand can now be found in desert temple chests.|
|1.10||16w20a||Falling dust particles for unsupported sand has now been added.|
|1.12||17w06a||Sand can now be used to craft concrete powder.|
|1.13||17w47a||The different block states for the |
|Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 12.|
|18w08b||Sand now generates on the floors of warm and lukewarm ocean biomes.|
|18w09a||Sand can now generate in underwater ruins.|
|1.14||18w43a||The textures of sand and red sand have now been changed.|
|18w44a||The texture of sand has now been changed, once again.|
|18w47a||The texture of red sand has now been changed, once again.|
|?||Sand is now sold by wandering traders.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.3.0||Sand can now be used to craft sandstone.|
|0.4.0||Sand can now be used to craft TNT.|
|0.6.0||Sand is now affected by gravity.|
|0.8.0||build 8||Falling sand now drops a resource when landing on a non-solid block.|
|0.9.0||build 1||Added red sand.|
|0.10.0||build 1||Falling dust particles for unsupported sand have now been added.|
|0.14.0||build 1||Red sand can now be used to craft red sandstone.|
|1.0.0||alpha 0.17.0.1||Sand can now be found inside desert temple chests.|
|1.1.0||alpha 126.96.36.199||Sand can now be used to craft concrete powder.|
|1.4.0||beta 188.8.131.52||Sand now generates on the floors of warm and lukewarm ocean biomes.|
|Sand now sometimes generates on top of buried treasure chests in beaches.|
|beta 184.108.40.206||Sand can now generate in some warm underwater ruins.|
|1.10.0||beta 220.127.116.11||The textures of sand and red sand have now been changed.|
|1.11.0||beta 18.104.22.168||Sand and red sand can now be bought from wandering traders.|
|1.12.0||beta 22.214.171.124||Wandering traders no longer sell regular sand.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added sand.|
|TU14||1.04||The sound made when mining sand has now been changed.|
|TU31||CU19||1.22||Patch 3||Added red sand.|
|1.90||The textures of sand and red sand have now been changed.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
- If a block of sand has snow on it and is made to fall, the snow is destroyed[Java Edition only] and does not drop snowballs.
- Since falling sand is considered an entity, it can be launched in a TNT cannon, similar to an ignited piece of TNT.
- Sand falls at the same rate when submerged in water, or lava, or air.
- If a player is standing on a stack of sand or gravel, and the stack falls onto a non-solid block, the player can fall fast enough to take damage or even die.
- Sand falls through torches without breaking, if there is air below the torch.
- Sand and gravel take about 0.45 seconds to fall one meter.
- The sand texture is rotated if a block of sand turns into a FallingSand entity, similar to ignited TNT blocks. This is not the case with gravel.
falling_blockis considered an entity, blocks of sand without supports may disappear for a split second and a
falling_blockentity is summoned. This is also the case when it's landing, but the entity (not the block) disappears instead before a block is placed.
- Sand or gravel placed on top of a 2-block-high plant floats in the air until receiving a block update. This glitch was removed and later restored intentionally.