Soul Sand Valley

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The soul sand valley is a dry biome located in the Nether. It is a large ghostly cavern with nether fossils and different blocks, mainly including soul sand and soul soil.


The soul sand valley is mostly composed of soul sand and soul soil, with gravel found on its coastlines. Soul fire is scattered throughout the valley and nether fossils poke out of the terrain. It lacks a diverse set of plants, with the only native vegetation being crimson roots and mushrooms, although fungi, nether sprouts, various roots and huge fungi may spawn where the valley borders a crimson forest or warped forest. Its fog is cyan and the air particles are gray as the sounds of winds and the voices of ghosts fill the air. Giant columns of basalt called basalt pillars can be found stretching from the floor to the ceiling. Caverns, fortresses and even bastions can also be found in the soul sand valley.

Skeletons, ghasts, endermen, and striders reside in the valley.

In Java Edition:

MobSpawn chanceGroup size
Hostile category
Ghast[note 1]50714
Passive category
  1. Only 5% of spawn attempts succeed.

In Bedrock Edition:

MobSpawn chanceGroup size
Hostile category
Passive category



These music tracks play while the player is in the Soul Sand Valley.

in Minecraft
Gameplay Soundtrack Title Soundtrack Track preview
nether1.ogg The Nether "Concrete Halls" Minecraft - Volume Beta No. 7
nether2.ogg The Nether "Dead Voxel" Minecraft - Volume Beta No. 3
nether3.ogg The Nether "Warmth" Minecraft - Volume Beta No. 11
nether4.ogg The Nether "Ballad of the Cats" Minecraft - Volume Beta No. 15
so_below.ogg Soul Sand Valley and Basalt Deltas "So Below" Minecraft: Nether Update (Original Game Soundtrack) No. 3


Nether ambience plays while the player is in the Nether.

Name Sound Group
Soulsand Valley Ambience Loop
Soulsand Valley Sand 1 Loop Additions
Soulsand Valley Sand 2
Soulsand Valley Sand 3
Soulsand Valley Voices 1
Soulsand Valley Voices 2
Soulsand Valley Voices 3
Soulsand Valley Voices 4
Soulsand Valley Voices 5
Soulsand Valley Whisper 1
Soulsand Valley Whisper 2
Soulsand Valley Whisper 3
Soulsand Valley Whisper 4
Soulsand Valley Whisper 5
Soulsand Valley Whisper 6
Soulsand Valley Whisper 7
Soulsand Valley Whisper 8
Soulsand Valley Wind 1
Soulsand Valley Wind 2
Soulsand Valley Wind 3
Soulsand Valley Wind 4
Soulsand Valley With 1
Soulsand Valley Mood 1 Mood
Soulsand Valley Mood 2
Soulsand Valley Mood 3
Soulsand Valley Mood 4

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Soul Sand Valleysoul_sand_valley 170biome.minecraft.soul_sand_valley

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID
[No displayed name]soulsand_valley 178


September 28, 2019The soul sand valley is announced at MINECON Live 2019.
Java Edition
1.1620w06aAdded the soul sand valley.
20w10aAdded ambience.
20w15aAdded music.
20w18aMobs in soul sand valleys no longer spawn near other mobs in soul sand valleys
20w19aPatches of blackstone, gravel and soul sand now generate in soul sand valleys at level of the lava ocean.
Pre-release 4The spawning weight of skeletons was changed from 2 to 10.
Increased the overall amount of hostile mob spawns. Each mob's chance was changed from 0.08 to 0.15
Pre-release 7The spawning weight of skeletons was changed from 10 to 20.
The biome's total spawning energy was changed from 1.0 to 0.07
Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta the soul sand valley.
beta ambience.
Added music.
Added Nether Fossils in the soul sand valley.
Soul sand now generate below lava level in soulsand valley.


Issues relating to "Soul Sand Valley" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Despite its name, the soul sand valley isn’t actually a valley due to its cave-like generation.
  • In the official artwork of the Nether Update, a wither skeleton can be seen in the soul sand valley instead of normal skeletons, despite wither skeletons not naturally spawning there.