|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 Edition only] 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. However, existing soul sand still remains.|
|v1.2.0_02||Soul sand now generates, once 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 now been flipped from left to right, changing to .|
|1.4.2||12w36a||Wither skeleton skulls can now 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.|
|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 188.8.131.52||Soul sand now produces upward bubble columns when under water.|
|1.10.0||beta 184.108.40.206||The texture of soul sand has now been changed.|
|1.13.0||beta 220.127.116.11||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.|
|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.
- 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.