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This article is about the block created by sculk catalysts. For other sculk-related blocks and mobs, see sculk family.

Sculk is a block found abundantly in the deep dark or converted from other blocks by a sculk catalyst. Like most of the rest of the sculk family it drops experience when broken by a tool that is not enchanted with Silk Touch.


Chest loot[]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Sculk Ancient City Chest 4–10 23.2%
Bedrock Edition
Sculk Ancient City Chest 4–10 23.2%


Sculk blocks can be mined with any tool, but hoes are the quickest. It always drops 1 experience if mined without Silk Touch.

Block Sculk
Hardness 0.2
Breaking time[A]
Default 0.3
Wooden 0.15
Stone 0.1
Iron 0.05
Diamond 0.05
Netherite 0.05
Golden 0.05
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Natural generation[]

Sculk are naturally generated in patch formations within the deep dark biome.


Sculk blocks generate when a mob dies within 8 blocks of a sculk catalyst, replacing blocks in the area with the sculk_replaceable tag, which includes the surface materials of most biomes in all three dimensions.


Sculk blocks are primarily used for decoration. They have an animated texture that consists of glowing spots, but they do not illuminate the surroundings. It has a similar texture of an end portal viewed from above.

Sculk blocks near sculk catalyst are also used for sculk growth (click link for more details), which can produce more sculk blocks, sculk sensors and sculk shriekers.



Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.sculk.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.sculk.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.sculk.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
None[sound 1]Entity-DependentFalling on the block with fall damageblock.sculk.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
FootstepsEntity-DependentWalking on the blockblock.sculk.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokenbreak.sculk1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhen the block is placedbreak.sculk1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.sculk0.350.5
Friendly CreaturesFalling on the block with fall damagestep.sculk0.41.0
Friendly CreaturesWalking on the blockstep.sculk0.171.0
Friendly CreaturesJumping from the blockstep.sculk0.121.0
Friendly CreaturesFalling on the block without fall damagestep.sculk0.141.0


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Sculk bubblesBlocksWhile a sculk charge is movingblock.sculk.chargesubtitles.block.sculk.charge0.15-??16
Sculk spreadsBlocksWhen a sculk charge spreads to a blockblock.sculk.spreadsubtitles.block.sculk.spread1.00.916

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
Friendly CreaturesWhile a sculk charge is movingcharge.sculk1.01.0
Friendly CreaturesWhen a sculk charge spreads to a blockspread.sculk1.00.9

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormTranslation key
SculksculkBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.sculk

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Sculksculk713Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.sculk.name
  1. ID of block's direct item form, which is used in savegame files and addons.
  2. Available with /give command.
  3. The block's direct item form has the same id as the block.


October 3, 2020Sculk (pre-release) Sculk blocks are shown at Minecraft Live 2020.
November 13, 2020Sculk BE1 In a tweet, Brandon Pearce revealed that sculk had gotten a new texture.
April 26, 2021Kingbdogz stated in another tweet that sculk features aren't coming in 1.17.
October 16, 2021Sculk blocks are shown again at Minecraft Live 2021.
Sculk features were delayed to 1.19.
Java Edition
1.19Deep Dark Experimental Snapshot 1Sculk BE1 Added sculk.
Sculk is now a member of the skip_occlude_vibration_when_above block tag.
22w11aSculk no longer prevents vibration occlusion from wool being placed on their top side.
Sculk is no longer a member of the skip_occlude_vibration_when_above block tag.
22w17aLowered blast resistance of sculk from 0.6 to 0.2.
Bedrock Edition
1.17.30beta"Sculk" was mentioned in Bedrock Beta documentation.
beta (texture) BE1The texture of sculk was shown in internal Caves & Cliffs textures.
Vanilla Experiments
beta BE1Added sculk blocks behind the "Vanilla Experiments" toggle.
Wild Update
beta sculk blocks to the "Wild Update" experimental toggle.
1.19.0beta are now available without enabling experimental gameplay.


Issues relating to "Sculk" or "Sculk Block" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • "Sculk" is derived from the word "skulk," meaning "keep out of sight, typically with a sinister or cowardly motive".[1]
  • During the prototype phase, sculk was much easier to trigger; simply stepping on in would make a lot of noise and attract the Warden. This ended up being deemed unfair, resulting in the creation of the Sculk Sensor.[2]
  • The old trypophobia shrieker was a combination of the modern day shrieker and scrapped sculk jaw as it would both scream and show teeth[3]



Development images[]

Images are sorted by their approximate creation date.

See also[]