Soul Sand Valley

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The Soul Sand Valley is a biome located in the Nether. It consists of a large cavern with nether fossils and many different blocks, mainly including Soul Sand.


The soul sand valley, featuring a ghast, soul soils and basalt pillars.

The soul sand valley is a large grotto that cuts through the Nether's terrain. The biome is made up of soul sand and soul soil, with patches of gravel found throughout the biome. Soul fire, crimson roots, and nether fossils can be found on the surface. Its fog is cyan and the air particles are grey. Basalt pillars can be found stretching from the floor to the ceiling.

As with other nether biomes, glowstone clusters, magma blocks, and open and closed lava springs can be found here. Nether gold ore, nether quartz ore, and ancient debris will also generate. The typical nether caves will also cut through the biome. Nether fortresses and bastions can be found here as well.

Skeletons, ghasts, endermen, and striders can spawn in soul sand valleys.

The soul sand valley is similar to volcanic ash deposit in its relatively-layered deposition. Probably this biome is theoretically connected to Basalt Deltas that is also a volcanic biome like that probably produced the ash. In Java Edition :

MobSpawn chanceGroup size
Hostile category
Ghast[note 1]50534
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
So Below Soul sand valleys and basalt deltas "So Below"


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 Translation key
Soul Sand Valley? ?[verify]


September 28, 2019The soul sand valley is announced at MINECON Live 2019.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1620w06aAdded the soul sand valley.
20w10aAdded ambience.
20w15aAdded music.
20w18aMobs in soul sand valleys will 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.
Upcoming 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.


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