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The void as shown beneath the Overworld.

The void is the name given to the empty space below the world in any dimension.

Effects[edit]

Java Edition[edit]

Falling into the void past Y=-64 causes the health of any mob (except the ender dragon) to be depleted by about 4♥♥ every half second, leading to the player's death in 2 12 seconds. Armor, totem of undying, resistance effect and the Protection enchantment does not protect the player from dying in the void, and death occurs at Y=-199.10. Other status effects can alter the death level slightly. After this, if no buttons are pressed, the player usually falls to death at somewhere below Y=-256, with this number varying on each death. It is possible to survive in the void if the player constantly eats enchanted golden apples. However, the only way to have enough of them is to have a command block constantly giving them to the player. The player can also survive in the void by having Regeneration of a sufficient level (achievable only by commands). If commands are used to make the player invincible or bestow infinite health, the player falls until Minecraft crashes. A player who falls into the void on a server with anti-flying measures is kicked out regardless of having a flying mod. Riding a vehicle into the void results in the player being stuck in the vehicle until death.

Liquids, such as water, cannot flow into the void.

The Void is red in the Nether, black in the overworld, and purple in the End.

Other entities may also fall through the void and receive the same damage as the player, with the exception of the wither, which appears to take tremendous damage. The ender dragon is completely immune to the void damage. All entities disappear at Y=-64. Any entity between layer Y=-319 and Y=-64 appears as black. In the Overworld and in the Nether, a barrier layer of bedrock prevents the player from accessing the void. In the End, however, the void is easily accessible due to the large gaps between the islands.

Bedrock and Education editions[edit]

In Bedrock and Education editions, the player's health is depleted by 4♥♥ every half second at any negative height. Y=-40 an invisible barrier is created, preventing the player from falling further. This barrier can be bypassed by using commands such as /tp, after which the player falls indefinitely. In Creative mode, one does not die, giving free access to flying under the void. A player who falls in the void in Creative eventually lands on an invisible barrier at Y=-40. However, if the player goes to any coordinates beyond negative or positive X or Z of 8,388,608 blocks, the invisible barrier disappears due to blocks of any kind no longer being solid to the player. A similar phenomenon can occur due to MCPE-39299.

There is daylight according to the current time in the void of Bedrock Edition.

Elytra also can't be boosted here using fireworks, making it a fatal death if the player do not have enough speed to return to a positive height.

A wither summoned in the void dies after the 10 seconds of wither protection.

All entities except ender dragons and NPCs are damaged by the void.

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Java Edition pre-Classic
rd-132211When players walk off the world, they find themselves in a "Sky-Void."
Java Edition Indev
0.31January 30, 2010The void acts and provides damage as an invisible lava sea, and making the lava visible only when entering the void.
Java Edition Infdev
June 18, 2010The player is now killed when falling off of the bottom of the map.
June 29, 2010The player is no longer killed when falling off of the bottom of the map and instead glitches in place.
June 30, 2010The player is now killed when falling off of the bottom of the map.
Java Edition Beta
1.6Test Build 3Prior to this update, things that fall into the void would become black because there is no lighting there.
1.8Pre-releaseAdded void fog. If the player is within 16 blocks of the void, the particle effect is visible, along with limited visibility, as if the player were on render distance tiny.
If using an X-Ray mod, the player can see the color of the void change from blue to black while descending. This can also be seen by a player in an ocean biome. Just before the player's head goes under the water, the horizon is seen to turn black, and as the player rises it changes back to blue.
Entities are now lit in the void.
The player can now reach the void through Creative mode.
Previously, it was possible to find holes in the bedrock that lead into the void. This was fixed.
Previously, if one was to pass the 32 million block limit (called the Far Lands), the player would no longer clip (the blocks become non-solid) and fall through to the void, resulting in the player's eventual death. As of 1.8, at the 32 million block limit world generation becomes simpler and block physics fails. Also, exceeding the 32 million block limit causes the game to crash.
Java Edition
1.111w48aBefore this update, the void fog was in all game modes. Now, it is present only in Survival and Adventure modes. Also, mobs that fall into the void now receive the same damage as the player (2 hearts per second) and items that fall into the void now disappear when they reach Y=-64.
1.2.1?In maps generated prior to 1.2, it was still possible to find holes in the bedrock leading to the void under low-level lava pools. This was fixed, and holes in bedrock no longer exist.
1.814w34cRemoved void fog and particles. Bottom of bedrock is also not black anymore.
1.915w37a"The Void" is now also the name of a biome, used to generate a new superflat preset also called "The Void". The void biome still contains a proper void beneath it.
1.13?New death messages are added for void damage and /kill.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.11.0build 11Players in Creative mode no longer take void damage upon entering the void. Before this, all players were instantly killed when entering the void, even in Creative.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1The void is present in the first release of the Console Edition.
TU5Removed the void by making it impossible to break the bottom/top layer of bedrock.
TU6Void fog can be toggled on and off. Fog is disabled by default. Void fog is dependent on the game host's settings.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Void fog and its particle were completely removed.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • When viewed on a map, the void is seen as the pattern used for an unexplored area.
    • This is because there are no blocks recorded in the void's area, just the same as if the player has not explored or recorded normal areas.
  • When falling below Y=0, the second to last line of the debug screen disappears entirely, and is replaced by "Outside of world..."
    • This also occurs when a player reaches above Y=256.
  • The player can survive in the void with the Regeneration effect of level 6 or higher.
  • In Bedrock Edition, the Void is the same color as the sky in the overworld.
  • Since there is no light in the void, it can produce cave ambience.

Gallery[edit]