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Sculk Sensor
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Sculk Sensor



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The sculk sensor is a block that detects vibrations caused by actions and events, and emits a redstone signal.


Sculk sensors can currently be obtained only from the creative inventory[Bedrock Edition only] or commands.


Sculk sensors can be mined with any tool, but hoes are the quickest.

Block Sculk Sensor
Hardness 1.5
Breaking time[A]
Default 2.25
Wooden 1.15
Stone 0.6
Iron 0.4
Diamond 0.3
Netherite 0.25
Golden 0.2
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.



A sculk sensor has a light level of 1. However, when active, it changes to a lighter block state without a change to the light level.

Vibration detection[]

The sculk sensor vibration particle.

Sculk sensors can detect vibrations in a 9 block radius around it. A vibration is caused by many noisy events, such as a player gliding with elytra, a piston extending or a wet wolf shaking itself off. While sneaking, a player is not detected when walking, falling, or shooting a projectile.

When a vibration is made within the range of a sculk sensor, a signal travels from the vibration source to the sensor at a speed of one block per game tick (20 blocks per second). When the signal arrives, the sensor is activated for 40 game ticks (2 seconds). The sensor cannot detect any other vibrations while a signal is traveling to it, nor while activated.

Sculk sensors have a cooldown period of 1 tick after being placed or after deactivating. During this short cooldown period, they cannot detect vibrations. This prevents them from activating when a contraption it is powering is being unpowered.

Sculk sensors don't detect vibrations from other sculk sources.

Wool has a special interaction with sculk sensors. If a wool block is between a sensor and a vibration source, then that sensor is not able to detect the vibration. Sculk sensors are not able to detect footsteps on wool blocks, nor can they detect when wool block items are dropped.‌[Java Edition only]

Redstone emission[]

Sculk sensors emit a redstone signal when they are activated. The strength of the redstone signal is inversely proportional to the distance the vibration signal traveled – the closer the vibration is to the sculk sensor, the stronger the redstone signal is, so it reaches the maximum redstone signal strength when the vibration is directly on top of the sensor.

Vibration amplitudes[]

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Instructions: Bedrock Edition values

Sculk sensors have a unique interaction with comparators. Each vibration in the game falls under a certain amplitude value. This value can be measured with a comparator as redstone output. With the right contraption, the player could detect if a certain action has occurred or is occurring nearby.

Output Vibration type Game event Description
1 Step minecraft:step An entity walks on the ground or a minecart rolls[note 1]
2 Flap minecraft:flap A flying entity (e.g. a bat) flaps its wings
3 Swim minecraft:swim Entity swimming[note 1]
4 Elytra Free Fall minecraft:elytra_free_fall Glides with elytra
5 Hit Ground minecraft:hit_ground An entity falls from enough height to take fall damage[note 1]
6 Block Change minecraft:block_change A book is placed on a lectern, an item is added to or removed from a flower pot, a campfire is put out,[note 2] a candle is placed on a cake, a big dripleaf is tilted, or a candle is put out
Minecart Moving minecraft:minecart_moving Does not function currently[1]
Ring Bell minecraft:ring_bell A bell is rung
Splash minecraft:splash An entity splashes in water, a boat is above a bubble column, or a boat paddles[note 3]
Wolf Shaking minecraft:wolf_shaking A wolf shakes off water after getting wet
7 Drinking Finish minecraft:drinking_finish A potion is finished drinking.[note 4]
Prime Fuse minecraft:prime_fuse TNT or a creeper begins exploding
Projectile Shoot minecraft:projectile_shoot A projectile is fired[note 1]
8 Mob Interact minecraft:mob_interact Giving a golden apple to a zombie villager with Weakness, healing a tamed wolf, healing an iron golem, a panda is given a food item, or most instances of successfully feeding an animal.
Projectile Land minecraft:projectile_land A projectile hits something
Eat minecraft:eat A slice of cake is eaten, a horse eats,[3] a panda eats, an animal eats grass, or a player eats food.[note 5]
Entity Damaged minecraft:entity_damaged An entity is damaged or any entity except an armor stand is killed
9 Equip minecraft:equip An item is put on an armor stand or armor is equipped through the use button.
Shear minecraft:shear Use shears to disarm a tripwire, carve a pumpkin, harvest honeycomb,[note 2] remove a snow golem's pumpkin,[note 2] remove wool from a sheep[note 2], or convert a mooshroom into a cow[note 2]
Ravager Roar minecraft:ravager_roar A ravager roars
10 Block Close minecraft:block_close A door, trapdoor, or fence gate closes
Block Unswitch minecraft:block_unswitch A lever is turned off
Block Unpress minecraft:block_unpress A button, tripwire, or pressure plate reverts to its unpressed state
Block Detach minecraft:block_detach A tripwire is detached
Dispense Fail minecraft:dispense_fail A dispenser fails to dispense an item. Does not work with droppers.
11 Block Open minecraft:block_open A door, trapdoor, or fence gate opens
Block Switch minecraft:block_switch A lever is turned on
Block Press minecraft:block_press A button, tripwire, or pressure plate is activated
Block Attach minecraft:block_attach A tripwire is set
12 Block Place minecraft:block_place A block is placed; flint and steel or a fire charge is used to light a candle, cake, or campfire; or powder snow is placed on the ground[note 6]
Entity Place minecraft:entity_place An entity is spawned with an item, for example, a painting or a spawn egg[note 2]
Fluid Place minecraft:fluid_place Increasing the fluid level in a cauldron, including through weather and stalactites;[note 2] placing a fluid using a bucket, not including powder snow[4][note 2][note 7][note 8]
13 Block Destroy minecraft:block_destroy A block is destroyed[note 2] or an enderman picks up a block[note 9]
Entity Killed minecraft:entity_killed An armor stand is killed[6]
Fluid Pickup minecraft:fluid_pickup Honey is harvested with a bottle, a fluid is picked up in a bucket,[note 2] powder snow is picked up in a bucket,[note 2] a glass bottle is filled with water or dragon's breath,[note 2] or a fluid is removed from a cauldron[note 2]
14 Fishing Rod Reel-In minecraft:fishing_rod_reel_in A player reels in a fishing rod
Container Close minecraft:container_close A chest, trapped chest, ender chest, barrel, or shulker box closes[note 10]
Piston Contract minecraft:piston_contract A piston contracts
Shulker Close minecraft:shulker_close Currently does not function[7]
15 Fishing Rod Cast minecraft:fishing_rod_cast A player casts a fishing rod
Container Open minecraft:container_open A chest, trapped chest, ender chest, barrel, shulker box, a minecart with a chest or hopper opens
Explode minecraft:explode TNT, a creeper, or a firework rocket explodes
Lightning Strike minecraft:lightning_strike Lightning strikes
Piston Extend minecraft:piston_extend A piston extends
Shulker Open minecraft:shulker_open A shulker opens its shell
  1. a b c d Is ignored when sneaking.
  2. a b c d e f g h i j k l m Also works with dispensers.
  3. Despite being an occurrence of splashing, sculk sensors do not detect fishing bobbers hooking a fish; this has been confirmed by Mojang to be intentional.[2]
  4. Milk does not trigger any vibration, and honey and stews trigger the eating event. See MC-213937
  5. Honey bottles and stews count as food for this case.
  6. This includes placing fire with flint and steel or a fire charge, and blocks placed by a dispenser or enderman
  7. Using fish buckets to breed axolotls does not cause this vibration. This inconsistency is intentional.[5]
  8. Replacing an existing fluid, in and out of a cauldron, does not trigger the event. See MC-213965.
  9. This does not include blocks broken by flowing water (MC-207410), nor redstone dust, redstone repeaters, redstone comparators or any type of rail being broken due to its supporting block being removed (MC-207411), nor the last slice of cake being eaten (MC-213968).
  10. Closing a minecart with a chest or with a hopper does not trigger this event. See MC-210707.


A sculk sensor is silent if waterlogged. It can still detect vibration, but does not produce sounds itself.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.sculk_sensor.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break???
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.sculk_sensor.fallNone[sound 1]???
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.sculk_sensor.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit???
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.sculk_sensor.placesubtitles.block.generic.place???
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.sculk_sensor.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps???
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:[more information needed]


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Sculk Sensor starts clickingBlocksPlays when sculk sensor is activatedblock.sculk_sensor.clickingsubtitles.block.sculk_sensor.clicking???
Sculk Sensor stops clickingBlocksPlays when sculk sensor is deactivatedblock.sculk_sensor.clicking_stopsubtitles.block.sculk_sensor.clicking_stop???

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameResource locationFormTranslation key
Sculk Sensorsculk_sensorBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.sculk_sensor

Bedrock Edition:

NameResource locationNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Sculk Sensorsculk_sensor562Block & Itemtile.sculk_sensor.name

Block states[]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
The sculk sensor's current power level.
Whether or not the sculk sensor is active.
Whether or not there's water in the same place as this sculk sensor.

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
Whether or not the sculk sensor is emitting power.


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The specific instructions are: Skulk sensor with all 4 tendrils when placed as a block
This section is missing information about 21w05a fixes. 
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October 3, 2020Sculk Sensor (pre-release 1).gifThe sculk sensor is shown off at Minecraft Live 2020.
Sculk Sensor (pre-release item).png Item model was without tendrils since they were an entity, similar situation to the book on the enchanting table.
November 13, 2020Sculk Sensor (pre-release 2).gif The sculk sensor has a new texture and clicking animation in a tweet from Brandon Pearce.
Tendrils no longer entity and merged to block model.
November 23, 2020Sculk Sensor (pre-release 3).gif The sculk sensor has a new clicking animation in a tweet from Brandon Pearce.
November 27, 2020Inactive Sculk Sensor JE1.png The sculk sensor has a new final texture in a tweet from Brandon Pearce.
Java Edition
1.1720w49aSculk Sensor JE1 BE2.gif Inactive Sculk Sensor JE1.gif Active Sculk Sensor JE1.gif Added sculk sensor with a new inactive and clicking animation.
20w51aEating Start has been removed as an event.
Entity Hit's frequency value has changed from 9 to 8.
Container Close's frequency value has changed from 10 to 14.
Container Open's frequency value has changed from 11 to 15.
Walking on wool no longer causes vibrations.
Throwing wool as an item onto the ground no longer causes vibrations.
Sculk sensors are now silent while waterlogged.
21w05aAdded the following game events:
21w13aThe two unused textures of the calibrated sculk sensor top and side has removed.
21w19aSculk Sensors are now only accessible through commands.
1.18Experimental Snapshot 1Sculk sensors are now available in the creative inventory.
21w37aSculk sensors are once again accessible only through commands.
Bedrock Edition
Caves & Cliffs (experimental)beta Sensor BE1.gif Added the sculk sensor. It uses a different texture from the one in Java Edition.
sculk_sensor_redstone_signal particles are also different from the ones in Java Edition.
beta Sensor JE1 BE2.gif Texture changed to match Java Edition.
1.17.10releaseSculk sensor are now available outside the beta versions, behind experimental gameplay toggle.
1.18.0beta sensor are now available outside experimental gameplay.
beta sensors have been moved behind the "Vanilla Experiments" experimental gameplay toggle.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.18.10beta sensors have been moved behind the "Wild Update" experimental gameplay toggle.



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  • "Sculk" is derived from "skulk," meaning "keep out of sight, typically with a sinister or cowardly motive".[8]