Any type of sandstone can be mined with any pickaxe.
Regular sandstone generates a few meters below natural sand deposits, protecting the sand from falling into natural caves and ravines. Red sandstone will not generate beneath red sand, as orange terracotta does this instead.
Generated Structures will also comprise normal sandstone if generated in a desert. Desert Wells will comprise of normal sandstone; Villages in the desert will comprise of cut, smooth, and normal sandstone; and Desert Temples will comprise of normal, cut, and chiseled sandstone. Warm Underwater Ruins will contain sandstone and its variants. All of these structures will also contain some sandstone slabs and stairs. No naturally generated structures are made of red sandstone.
Both regular and red sandstone can be crafted using four sand or red sand in the 2×2 crafting area. Cut Sandstone of both variants can be crafted as well using 4 Sandstone of either variant. Chiseled Sandstone can be crafted using sandstone slabs of either variant.
Both smooth sandstone variants can be smelted into their respective sand variants.
Wandering Traders sell four red sandstone for one emerald.
Unlike sand, sandstone is unaffected by gravity.
Using a stonecutter, sandstone can be turned into 2 sandstone slabs, sandstone stairs, sandstone walls, cut sandstone, cut sandstone slabs, chiseled sandstone; cut sandstone can be turned into 2 cut sandstone slabs; smooth sandstone can be turned into 2 smooth sandstone slabs or smooth sandstone stairs. The same procedures and results apply for red sandstone and its variants.
|Sandstone||Sandstone Slab x6|
|Cut Sandstone x 4||Chiseled Sandstone|
Sandstone requires a pickaxe to harvest, otherwise it will drop nothing.
|Breaking time[note 1]|
- ↑ Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.
Sandstone was first introduced in Beta 1.2. Two textures were added in release 1.2.1 in the
terrain.png file and were not used for a few versions.
Desert temples were added in release 1.3.1, and use all three variants of sandstone. Sandstone stairs were also added in this release.
Red sandstone was added in release 1.8.
Regular Sandstone was available since the Pocket Edition pre-release, and in 0.6.0 chiseled and smooth sandstone was added, and could be crafted in the stonecutter. In 0.14.0, red sandstone was added.
Legacy Console Edition
Sandstone was available since the Xbox 360 TU1, Xbox One CU1, and PlayStation 3 v1.0, and Wii U Patch 1 updates. Red Sandstone and its variants were added in the Xbox 360 TU31, Xbox One CU19, PlayStation 3 v1.22, and Wii U Patch 3 updates.