Soul Sand

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Soul Sand
Soul Sand JE2 BE2.png
Transparent

Yes

Luminant

0

Blast resistance

0.5

Tool

Renewable

No[until JE 1.16]

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava?

No

Marsh Davies Mojang avatar.png

Only in the fiery caverns of the Nether, amid columns of lava and flame-belching Ghasts, will you find this creepy material in abundance. At a quick glance, it might look like a ruddier version of cobblestone, but then you look a little closer - are those screaming faces etched into its surface? Eep!

Marsh Davies[1]

Soul sand is a block found naturally only in the Nether. Soul sand slows down the movement of mobs and players standing on it. It is also used for growing nether wart and for constructing a Wither.

Natural generation[edit]

Soul sand is found below Y=65 in the nether wastes, generally in four-block-deep layers. It is also found naturally in nether wart rooms of nether fortresses.

Soul sand also generate on soul sand valley.‌[upcoming: JE 1.16 & BE 1.16.0]

Obtaining[edit]

Soul sand can be mined with any tool, or without a tool, but shovels are the quickest.

Block Soul Sand
Hardness 0.5
Tool
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 0.75
Wooden 0.4
Stone 0.2
Iron 0.15
Diamond 0.1
Netherite 0.1
Golden 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

Bartering[edit]

Piglins may barter 4–16 soul sand when given a gold ingot.‌[upcoming: JE 1.16]

Usage[edit]

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 Edition only]

Loot[edit]

Namespaced IDSourceDefault
blocks/soul_sandSoul Sand1 (100%)

Growing nether wart[edit]

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 warts when harvested.

Withers[edit]

The wither build configuration.

4 blocks of soul sand (or soul soil) are used in the construction of a wither.

Bubble columns[edit]

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. The bubble column extends upward through any number of empty water source blocks (not waterlogged blocks).

Note blocks[edit]

Soul sand can be placed under note blocks to produce cowbell sounds.

Fire[edit]

Fire lit on soul sand becomes soul fire[upcoming: JE 1.16], which burns indefinitely.

Sounds[edit]

Java Edition:‌[upcoming: JE 1.16]

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDSubtitle keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.soul_sand.break subtitles.block.generic.break ?? 16
NoneBlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.soul_sand.fall None ?? 16
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.soul_sand.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit 0.55? 16
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.soul_sand.place subtitles.block.generic.place ?? 16
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.soul_sand.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps ?? 16

[until JE 1.16] Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDSubtitle keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.sand.break subtitles.block.generic.break 1.00.816
NoneBlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.sand.fall None 0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.sand.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit 0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.sand.place subtitles.block.generic.place 1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.sand.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps 0.151.016

Bedrock Edition:

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
?Breaking the blockdig.sand ? 0.8
?Falling on the block with fall damagefall.sand ? ?
?Mining the blockhit.sand ? 0.5
?Jumping from the blockjump.sand ? ?
?Falling on the block without fall damageland.sand ? ?
?Walking on the blockstep.sand ? ?
?Placing the blockuse.sand ? 0.8

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Soul Sandsoul_sand block.minecraft.soul_sand

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric IDTranslation key
Soul Sandsoul_sand 88tile.soul_sand.name

History[edit]

Java Edition Alpha
October 8, 2010Soul sand first appears on Notch's blog.
v1.2.0previewSoul Sand JE1 BE1.png Added soul sand.
Soul sand generates in the newly added Nether dimension.
v1.2.0_01Gravel now generates where soul sand should generate. However, existing soul sand still remains.
v1.2.0_02Soul sand now generates, once again.
Java Edition Beta
1.6.6The player can now get out of soul sand to another block while sneaking.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 PrereleaseAdded nether warts, which can be grown on soul sand.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6Shovels now mine soul sand faster.
1.3.112w22aInventory sprites for blocks have now been flipped from left to right, changing to Soul Sand JE1 BE1.png.
1.4.212w36aWither skeleton skulls can now be placed on a formation of soul sand to create a wither.
12w38aSoul sand now has new sounds when being walked on.
1.513w02aIn texture packs, soul sand now uses /textures/blocks/hellsand.png.
1.814w17aSilverfish and endermites now take damage if they walk on soul sand.
14w32bOne-way doorways can now no longer be made with soul sand.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 88.
18w07aSoul sand now produces upward bubble columns when under water.
1.1418w43aSoul Sand JE2 BE2.png The texture of soul sand has now been changed.
18w46aSoul sand has now lost the ability to support many blocks.[2]
18w47bSoul sand can now support many blocks they could not due to the above bug.
19w09aSoul sand can now be used to play the cowbell, if they are under note blocks.
19w13aSoul sand can now no longer support such blocks.[3]
1.15pre3Soul sand no longer suffocates silverfish.
Upcoming Java Edition
December 3, 2019Maria Lemón confirms that fire set on soul sand does not become soul fire.
1.1620w06aSoul sand now generates in the soul sand valley.
20w07aSoul sand now has a 10109 (~9.17%) chance of being given by the new piglins when bartering, in a stack size of 1–4, making it renewable.
20w09aSoul sand can no longer be obtained by bartering with piglins, making it no longer renewable.
20w10aSoul sand now has a 40411 (~9.74%) chance of being given by piglins when bartering, in a stack size of 4–16, making it renewable, once again.
20w11aSoul sand can now support many blocks, once again.[4][5]
20w12aFire lit on top of soul sand now becomes soul fire.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.1build 1Soul Sand JE1 BE1.png Added soul sand.
0.16.0build 4Soul sand can now be used to spawn the wither.
Bedrock Edition
1.5.0beta 1.5.0.4Soul sand now produces upward bubble columns when under water.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Soul Sand JE2 BE2.png The texture of soul sand has now been changed.
1.13.0beta 1.13.0.9Soul sand can now be used to play the cowbell, if they are under note blocks.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.51Soul sand now generates in the soul sand valley.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 11.0.1Soul Sand JE1 BE1.png Added soul sand.
TU19CU71.12Soul sand can now be used to build the wither.
TU691.76Patch 38Soul sand now produces upward bubble columns when under water.
1.90Soul Sand JE2 BE2.png The texture of soul sand has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Soul Sand JE1 BE1.png Added soul sand.

Trivia[edit]

  • 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.
  • Despite soul sand being a type of sand, it does not fall the same way sand and gravel do.
  • Falling gravel turns into an item when it falls on soul sand. This means gravel cannot fill in lava if soul sand is underneath.

Gallery[edit]

Issues[edit]

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

References[edit]