|Catches fire from lava||
dec: 88 hex: 58 bin: 1011000
|— Marsh Davies|
Soul sand is found below Y=65 in the Nether, generally in four-block-deep layers. It is also found naturally in nether wart rooms of nether fortresses.
Soul sand can be mined with any tool, or without a tool, but shovels are the quickest.
|Breaking time[note 1]|
- Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.
Soul sand slows the movement of any mob or player, and causes them to sink 2 pixels into the block while walking on it. Its slowing effect is increased when placed above ice, packed ice, or slime blocks.[Java and Legacy Console editions only] It can also suffocate mobs that are smaller than a slab, namely silverfish, endermites, and baby turtles. In addition, zombies and skeletons will not burn in sunlight if standing on soul sand.
Growing nether wart
Soul sand is used for growing nether wart, a primary base ingredient for many varieties of potions. Nether wart is planted on soul sand (like seeds on farmland), and at full maturity produces multiple nether wart when harvested.
4 blocks of soul sand are used in the construction of a wither.
Placing soul sand under source water blocks creates a lifting bubble column, which causes items, players, and mobs inside the column to rise to the surface.[Java and Bedrock editions only] The bubble column extends upward through any number of empty water source blocks (not waterlogged blocks).
|Sound||Subtitle||Namespaced ID||Subtitle ID||Source||Pitch||Volume||Attenuation distance|
||(Plays when fallen on from a height)||Blocks||0.75||0.5||16|
|Java Edition Alpha|
|October 8, 2010||Soul sand first appears on Notch's blog.|
|v1.2.0||preview||Added soul sand, which generates in the newly added Nether dimension.|
|v1.2.0_01||Gravel now generates where Soul Sand should generate. Existing soul sand remains.|
|v1.2.0_02||Soul sand generates again.|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.6.6||The player can now get out of soul sand to another block while sneaking.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease||Added nether warts, which can be grown on soul sand.|
|Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6||Shovels now mine soul sand faster.|
|1.3.1||12w22a||Inventory sprites for blocks have flipped from left to right, changing to .|
|1.4.2||12w36a||Wither skeleton skulls can be placed on a formation of soul sand to create a wither.|
|12w38a||Soul sand now has new sounds when being walked on.|
|1.5||13w02a||In texture packs, soul sand now uses /textures/blocks/hellsand.png.|
|1.8||14w17a||Silverfish and endermites now take damage if they walk on soul sand.|
|14w32b||One-way doorways can now no longer be made with soul sand.|
|1.13||17w47a||Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 88.|
|18w07a||Soul sand now produces upward bubble columns when under water.|
|1.14||18w43a||The texture of soul sand has now been changed.|
|19w09a||Soul sand can now be used to play the cowbell, if they are under note blocks.|
|Upcoming Java Edition|
|1.15||pre3||Soul sand no longer suffocates silverfish.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.12.1||build 1||Added soul sand.|
|0.16.0||build 4||Soul sand can now be used to spawn the wither.|
|1.5.0||beta 126.96.36.199||Soul sand now produces upward bubble columns when under water.|
|1.10.0||beta 188.8.131.52||The texture of soul sand has now been changed.|
|1.13.0||beta 184.108.40.206||Soul sand can now be used to play the cowbell, if they are under note blocks.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added soul sand.|
|TU19||CU7||1.12||Soul sand can now be used to build the wither.|
|TU69||1.76||Patch 38||Soul sand now produces upward bubble columns when under water.|
|PlayStation 4 Edition|
|1.90||The texture of soul sand has now been changed.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
|0.1.0||Added soul sand.|
- Soul sand can generate on the floor of caverns and lava pools below Y=60 only if it generated in that same column at Y=60 or above.
- Because soul sand is not as high as a full block, standing near lava while on soul sand sets the player on fire.
- If a water current is pushing the player diagonally against a wall and soul sand is the block adjacent to the player's head when the current ends, it causes the player to jump.
- If snow or carpet is over soul sand, the effects of it being a partial block are avoided because the player walks on the cover block, not the soul sand.
- Due to the ability to reset the Nether in the Legacy Console Edition, soul sand is renewable in that edition. Although a player can reset the Nether in Java Edition by deleting the DIM-1 folder in a Minecraft world file, some may consider this cheating. Also, explored nether fortresses disappear if the player does not delete data/Fortress.dat that stores data of nether fortresses.
- When heads are broken, the resulting particles have the soul sand texture.
- Despite soul sand being a type of sand, it does not fall the same way sand and gravel do.