Soul Sand


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

Soul Sand
Hardness 0.5
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Hand 0.75
Wooden 0.4
Stone 0.2
Iron 0.15
Diamond 0.1
Golden 0.1
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  • When it was first released, sneaking onto a Soul Sand block would not prevent the player from falling off the block. This bug was fixed in the 1.2.1 Alpha patch.
  • Putting an ice block or Cobweb under Soul Sand will dramatically slow down the player even more than the Soul Sand alone already would have.
  • Because of the fact that entities sink in Soul Sand, anything on the edge of it while they are next to Lava will be set on fire.
  • The slowest speed achievable while still moving can be done by sneaking and blocking with a shield while walking on Soul Sand with ice underneath it through cobwebs and still lava while moving backwards and while under the effect of a Potion of Slowness II. In addition, if the player is under these conditions and they are moving at a steep angle against an adjacent block, they can move at almost infinitesimal speeds while moving only 0.00001 m at a time.
  • Soul Sand can be found in patches inside of Nether Fortresses₠with₠Nether Warts growing on it. This is the only place where Nether Wart can be found.
  • When placed in the Overworld, Soul Sand will not destroy boats that are "piloted" into it (vs sand blocks, dirt, etc. that can cause damage/death).
  • Once stepped on in the Overworld, the sky will get dark. This is because the player`s feet are technically inside of the block, and as such the skylight level is 0.
  • Silverfish and Endermites will suffocate if they step on Soul Sand. This is caused by the fact that they are so small that the sinking effect covers a large part of their body.


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Soul sand is a block only naturally found in the Nether A view of the Nether. The Nether is a hell-like dimension, filled with fire, lava, and dangerous mobs. Contents 1 Accessing 2 Environment 2.1 Mobs 3 Generation 3.1 Naturally generated 3.2 Naturally created 3.3 Structures minecraft .



  • 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 will set you on fire.
  • If a water current is pushing you diagonally against a wall and Soul Sand is the block adjacent to your head when the current ends, it will cause you to jump.
  • If snow or carpet is over soul sand, the effects of it being a partial block are avoided, as you will be walking on the cover block, not the soul sand.
  • Due to the ability to reset the Nether in the console edition, soul sand is renewable in that edition. Although you can reset the Nether in the PC edition by deleting the DIM-1 folder in a Minecraft world file, some may consider this cheating. Also, explored nether fortresses will disappear if you do not delete data/Fortress.dat that stores data of nether fortresses.
  • Walking on soul sand will visibly darken the sky in the Overworld; this effect is less noticeable during the night.
    • This is because of its partial-block nature in combination with the fact that the color of the sky reflects the light level the player is standing in. Be that as it may, because soul sand is opaque, the player is considered to be in absolute darkness. This may also occur with slabs and other partially-solid blocks that the game considers opaque.
  • Soul sand has two little circles on one half of the top, and that half always points toward the west, allowing for easy direction finding in the Nether without using the debug screen.

Natural generation

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 Nether Fortress Biome The Nether Consists of See Structure First appearances See history Nether fortresses are structures that are naturally generated in the Nether. Contents 1 Generation 1.1 Mobs 2 Structure 2.1 Blocks 3 Loot minecraft .


Soul sand slows the movement of any mob or player, and causes them to sink 2 pixels Comparison of the solid stone and liquid water blocks Solid blocks are a category of block. Contents 1 Properties 2 List of solid blocks 2.1 List of non-solid blocks 3 Height 4 Video 5 History minecraft into the block while walking on it. Its slowing effect is increased when placed in water Water Transparency Partial (-2 to light) Luminance No Blast resistance 500 (Flowing) 500 (Still) Tool Renewable Yes Stackable N/A Flammable No Drops None Data values Flowing Water dec: 08 hex: 8 bin: 1000 Still Water dec: 09 hex: 9 bin: 1001 minecraft , or above ice Ice Transparency PC: Partial (-2 to light) PE: No Luminance No Blast resistance 2.5 Tool Renewable Yes Stackable Yes (64) Flammable No Drops None Data value dec: 79 hex: 4F bin: 1001111 Name ice See minecraft , packed ice Packed Ice Transparency No Luminance No Blast resistance 2.5 Tool Renewable No Stackable Yes (64) Flammable No Drops None Data value dec: 174 hex: AE bin: 10101110 Name packed_ice See the block found in the minecraft , or slime blocks Slime Block Transparency Partial (does not block light, mob spawning possible) Luminance No Blast resistance 0 Tool Any tool Renewable Yes Stackable Yes (64) Flammable No Availability Survival, but not on Peaceful Drops Itself Data minecraft . It can also suffocate mobs which are smaller than a slab, namely silverfish and endermite Endermite Health points 8 () Attack strength Easy: 2 () Normal: 2 () Hard: 3 () Size Height: 0.3 Blocks Width: 0.4 Blocks Spawn Occasionally when an ender pearl lands First appearances See history Drops minecraft .

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.


The wither build configuration.

4 blocks of soul sand are used in the construction of a wither Wither Health points 300 ( × 150) 600 ( × 300) Pocket edition only] Armor points 4 () Attack strength Easy: 5 () Normal: 8 () Hard: 12 () Size Height: 3.5 Blocks Width: 0.9 Blocks Spawn minecraft .



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1.2.0 Alpha 1.2.0 Official name Halloween Update Server version 0.2.2 Release date Oct. 30, 2010 Download Client Server ◄◄ Alpha 1.1.0 ◄ Alpha 1.1.2_01 Alpha 1.2.0_01 ► Beta 1.0 ►► See the computer minecraft Added soul sand, which generates in the newly added Nether dimension.
Beta Beta Starting version Beta 1.0 (Dec. 20, 2010) Latest version Beta 1.9-pre6 (Nov. 13, 2011) Paid Yes These versions are available to play in the launcher. Be that as it may, please note that these versions contain bugs. You ll minecraft
1.6.6 Beta 1.6.6 Release date May 31, 2011 Download Client Server ◄◄ Beta 1.6 ◄ Beta 1.6.5 Beta 1.7 ►► See the computer edition. For other editions, see Version history (disambiguation). Beta 1.6.6 minecraft One can get out of soul sand to another block while sneaking.
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1.0.0 1.0.0 Type Release Release date Nov. 18, 2011 Development versions View all Pre-releases Beta 1.9-pre1 Beta 1.9-pre2 Beta 1.9-pre3 Beta 1.9-pre4 Beta 1.9-pre5 Beta 1.9-pre6 Release candidates 1.0.0-RC1 1.0.0-RC2 Download Client (.json) Server Other editions minecraft Beta 1.9-pre1 Added nether warts Nether Wart Transparency Yes Luminance No Blast resistance 0 Tool Any tool Renewable Yes Stackable Yes (64) Flammable No Drops Nether Wart (1) (premature) Nether Wart (2–4) (fully grown) Data values Block dec: 115 hex: 73 bin: 1110011 minecraft , which can be grown on soul sand.
Beta 1.9-pre6 Shovels now mine soul sand faster.
1.4.2 1.4.2 Official name Pretty Scary Update Release date Oct. 25, 2012 1] Development versions View all Snapshots 12w32a 12w34a 12w34b 12w36a 12w37a 12w38a 12w38b 12w39a 12w39b 12w40a 12w40b 12w41a 12w41b 12w42a 12w42b Pre-releases 1.4-pre 1.4.1-pre minecraft 12w36a 12w36a Type Snapshot Release date Sep. 6, 2012 1] Snapshot for 1.4.2 Download Client Server .exe ◄◄ 1.3.2 ◄ 12w34b 12w37a ► 1.4.4 ►► See the computer edition. For other editions, see minecraft Wither skeleton skulls can be placed on a formation of soul sand to create a wither.
12w38a 12w38a Type Snapshot Release date Sep. 20, 2012 1] Snapshot for 1.4.2 Download Client Server .exe ◄◄ 1.3.2 ◄ 12w37a 12w38b ► 1.4.4 ►► See the computer edition. For other editions, see minecraft Soul sand has new sounds when being walked on.
1.5 1.5 Official name Redstone Update Release date Mar. 13, 2013 1] Development versions View all Snapshots 13w01a 13w01b 13w02a 13w02b 13w03a 13w04a 13w05a 13w05b 13w06a 13w07a 13w09a 13w09b 13w09c 13w10a 13w10b Pre-releases 1.5-pre Download Client minecraft 13w02a 13w02a Type Snapshot Release date Jan. 10, 2013 1] Snapshot for 1.5 Download Client Server .exe ◄◄ 1.4.7 ◄ 13w01b 13w02b ► 1.5.1 ►► See the computer edition. For other editions, see minecraft In texture packs, soul sand now uses /textures/blocks/hellsand.png
1.8 1.8 Official name Bountiful Update Type Release Release date Sep. 2, 2014 1] Development versions View all Snapshots 14w02a 14w02b 14w02c 14w03a 14w03b 14w04a 14w04b 14w05a 14w05b 14w06a 14w06b 14w07a 14w08a 14w10a 14w10b 14w10c 14w11a minecraft 14w17a 14w17a Type Snapshot Release date Apr. 24, 2014 Snapshot for 1.8 Download Client (.json) Server ◄◄ 1.7.10 ◄ 14w11b 14w18a ► 1.8.1 ►► See the computer edition. For other editions, see Version minecraft Silverfish Silverfish Health points 8 () Attack strength 1 () Size Height: 0.3 Blocks Width: 0.4 Blocks Spawn After mining monster eggs or from spawners in strongholds. First appearances See History Drops None Experience 5 Sounds minecraft and endermites take damage if they are walking on soul sand.
14w32b One-way doorways can no longer be made with soul sand.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.1 build 1 Added soul sand.
0.16.0 build 4 Can now be used to spawn the wither Wither Health points 300 ( × 150) 600 ( × 300) Pocket edition only] Armor points 4 () Attack strength Easy: 5 () Normal: 8 () Hard: 12 () Size Height: 3.5 Blocks Width: 0.9 Blocks Spawn minecraft .
Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Added soul sand.
TU19 CU7 1.12 Soul sand can be used to build the wither.



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    Soul Sand is found naturally only in The Nether, usually near large bodies of lava in deposits similar to gravel deposits. It looks similar to a dirt block, but it has some unique features. It slows the movement of any player or mob that is on its surface, and players will sink slightly into the block while they are walking on it. Soul Sand has a height of 15/16 which makes it slightly shorter than a normal block. This means that the player cannot walk onto a Slab while they are on Soul Sand without jumping first. This also means that the player can not get off of Soul Sand while they are holding down the sneak key unless the player jumps.


    Soul Sand is used for planting Nether Wart since Nether Wart will only grow on Soul Sand. A Nether Wart farm is very useful to the player since Nether Wart is needed to brew potions. Nether Wart can be farmed in any dimension as long as it is planted on Soul Sand. Soul Sand can also be used as a trap to slow down hostile mobs or enemy players which gives the player enough time to pull out a weapon. Thirdly, Soul Sand can be used to create the Wither boss by making a T shape out of Soul Sand and putting 3 Wither Skeleton Heads on top.

    Creating the Wither

    • Note that this is not in the Crafting Table. It has to be built in the same fashion as an Iron Golem or Snow Golem just make sure that a Wither Skeleton Head is the last block placed.
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