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

No

Luminance

0

Blast resistance

4

Tool

Renewable

Sandstone : Yes‌[BE & JE only][until BE 1.12]
Red Sandstone : Yes‌[BE & JE only]

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Drops

Itself

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

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, commonly found in deserts and beaches.

Obtaining[edit]

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

Block Sandstone
Red Sandstone
Hardness 0.8
Tool
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. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

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, cut sandstone, and smooth sandstone, and desert pyramids made of normal, cut and chiseled sandstone. Also, warm 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.

Crafting[edit]

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

Stonecutting[edit]

Name Ingredients Stonecutting recipe
Cut Sandstone or
Cut Red Sandstone
Sandstone or
Red Sandstone
Chiseled Sandstone or
Chiseled Red Sandstone
Sandstone or
Red Sandstone

Smelting[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Smooth Sandstone Sandstone +
Any fuel


Smooth Red Sandstone Red Sandstone +
Any fuel


Trading[edit]

Wandering traders sell 4 red sandstone for one emerald.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Usage[edit]

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
Cut Sandstone Slab or
Cut Red Sandstone Slab
Cut Sandstone or
Cut Red Sandstone
Red Sandstone Slab Red Sandstone
Red Sandstone Stairs Red Sandstone
Sandstone Slab Sandstone
Sandstone Stairs Sandstone
Sandstone Wall or
Red Sandstone Wall
Sandstone or
Red Sandstone
Smooth Red Sandstone Stairs Smooth Red Sandstone
Smooth Sandstone Slab or
Smooth Red Sandstone Slab
Smooth Sandstone or
Smooth Red Sandstone
Smooth Sandstone Stairs Smooth Sandstone

Stonecutting[edit]

Name Ingredients Stonecutting recipe
Sandstone Slab or
Sandstone Stairs or
Sandstone Wall or
Cut Sandstone or
Cut Sandstone Slab or
Chiseled Sandstone
Sandstone
Cut Sandstone Slab Cut Sandstone
Smooth Sandstone Slab or
Smooth Sandstone Stairs
Smooth Sandstone
Red Sandstone Slab or
Red Sandstone Stairs or
Red Sandstone Wall or
Cut Red Sandstone or
Cut Red Sandstone Slab or
Chiseled Red Sandstone
Red Sandstone
Cut Red Sandstone Slab Cut Red Sandstone
Smooth Red Sandstone Slab or
Smooth Red Sandstone Stairs
Smooth Red Sandstone

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

Block Namespaced ID
Sandstone sandstone
Cut Sandstone cut_sandstone
Chiseled Sandstone chiseled_sandstone
Smooth Sandstone smooth_sandstone
Red Sandstone red_sandstone
Cut Red Sandstone cut_red_sandstone
Chiseled Red Sandstone chiseled_red_sandstone
Smooth Red Sandstone smooth_red_sandstone

Bedrock Edition:

Block Namespaced ID Numeric ID
Sandstone sandstone 24
Red Sandstone red_sandstone 179

Block data[edit]

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

Sandstone
DV Description
0 Sandstone
1 Chiseled Sandstone
2 Cut Sandstone
3 Smooth Sandstone
Red Sandstone
DV Description
0 Red Sandstone
1 Chiseled Red Sandstone
2 Cut Red Sandstone
3 Smooth Red Sandstone

History[edit]

Java Edition Beta
1.2Sandstone Revision 1.png Added sandstone.
1.3Sandstone 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.
1.8.1The issue from Beta 1.8 has now been resolved, allowing sandstone to now naturally occur in generated chunks.
Java Edition
1.2.1releaseSandstoneGlyphs-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.
1.2.4Cut Sandstone Revision 1.pngChiseled Sandstone Revision 1.png The textures added in 1.2.1 is changed, and added sandstone with these textures,[2] using the same in-game name as regular sandstone.
Sandstone Revision 2.png The normal sandstone's texture has now been changed.
1.3.112w19aDistinct 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.
12w21aAdded desert temples, which use all three variants of sandstone as building materials.
Added sandstone stairs.
12w21bAdded crafting recipe for sandstone stairs.
12w22aInventory sprites for blocks have now been flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.814w20aSandstone will now generate at the entrances of caves.
14w29aSmooth sandstone can now no longer be crafted into itself.[3]
August 5, 2014Dinnerbone tweets a screenshot containing red sandstone.
14w32aRed Sandstone Revision 1.pngCut Red Sandstone Revision 1.pngChiseled Red Sandstone Revision 1.png Added red sandstone.
Red sandstone will now generate in mesa caves, instead of sandstone.
1.1016w20aSandstone 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.
1.1317w47aThe 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.
Smooth Sandstone.png Added item form for the smooth double slab sandstone.
Prior to The Flattening, these blocks' numeral IDs were 24, 43, 179 and 180.[verify]
18w09aSandstone will now generate in underwater ruins.
1.1418w43aSmooth and smooth red sandstone can now be obtained by smelting sandstone and red sandstone, respectively.
Sandstone (18w43a through 18w43c).pngCut Sandstone (18w43a through 18w43c).pngChiseled Sandstone (18w43a through 18w43c).png All sandstone textures have now been changed.
Red Sandstone (18w43a through 18w46a).pngCut Red Sandstone (18w43a through 18w46a).pngChiseled Red Sandstone (18w43a through 18w46a).png All red sandstone textures have now been changed.
18w44aSandstone TextureUpdate Revision 2.pngCut Sandstone TextureUpdate Revision 2.pngChiseled Sandstone TextureUpdate Revision 2.png All sandstone's textures have been changed, once again.
18w47aSandstone TextureUpdate Revision 3.pngCut Sandstone TextureUpdate Revision 3.pngChiseled Sandstone TextureUpdate Revision 3.png Changed the top textures of all sandstone blocks.
Red Sandstone TextureUpdate Revision 2.pngCut Red Sandstone TextureUpdate Revision 2.pngChiseled Red Sandstone TextureUpdate Revision 2.png All red sandstone textures have been changed, once again.
18w50aSandstone TextureUpdate.pngCut Sandstone TextureUpdate.pngChiseled Sandstone TextureUpdate.png Changed the top textures of all sandstone blocks, once again.
Red Sandstone TextureUpdate.pngCut Red Sandstone TextureUpdate.pngChiseled Red Sandstone TextureUpdate.png Changed the top textures of all red sandstone blocks.
Pocket Edition Alpha
Pre-releaseSandstone Revision 2.png Added regular sandstone.
0.6.0Cut Sandstone Revision 1.pngChiseled Sandstone Revision 1.png Added chiseled and smooth sandstone.
Sandstone is now crafted in the stonecutter.
0.7.3Sandstone stairs were made craftable.
0.9.0?Sandstone and cut sandstone will now generate in desert villages.
?Sandstone will now generate in desert wells.
0.13.0build 1Sandstone is now no longer crafted in the stonecutter.
Sandstone, cut sandstone and chiseled sandstone will now generate in desert temples.
0.14.0build 1Red Sandstone Revision 1.pngCut Red Sandstone Revision 1.pngChiseled Red Sandstone Revision 1.png Added red sandstone.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta 1.2.20.1Sandstone, cut sandstone and chiseled sandstone will now generate in warm underwater ruins.
1.9.0beta 1.9.0.0"Smooth Sandstone" and "Smooth Red Sandstone" have now been renamed to "Cut Sandstone" and "Cut Red Sandstone".
Sandstone and red sandstone can now be used to craft sandstone and red sandstone walls.
Cut sandstone and cut red sandstone can now be used to craft cut sandstone and cut red sandstone slabs.
Smooth sandstone has now been made obtainable by smelting regular sandstone, which can be used to craft smooth sandstone slabs and stairs.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Smooth sandstone now does the generate in new desert villages.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.4The Red Sandstone which is sold by wandering trader.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Sandstone Revision 1.png[verify] Added sandstone.
Cut Sandstone Revision 1.pngChiseled Sandstone Revision 1.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 Revision 1.pngCut Red Sandstone Revision 1.pngChiseled Red Sandstone Revision 1.png Added red sandstone and its variants.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Added Sandstone.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • 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]
  • Cut sandstone and cut red sandstone are two of the three blocks with a slab equivalent, but not a stair equivalent.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]