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Soul Sand
Soul Sand
First Appearance Alpha 1.2.0
Type of Block Solid Block
Tool Used Shovelgraphic
Data Values Hex: 58
Dec:
88
Stackable
Yes
64
Obeys Physics
No
Luminosity
No
Transparency
No

Soul Sand is a brown-grey dirt-type block with sad, pixelated faces on it.

Mechanics

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.

Uses

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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Wither Skeleton Head
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Wither Skeleton Head
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Trivia

  • 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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