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Not to be confused with Soul Sand.

Soul soil is a block found abundantly in soul sand valleys. Unlike soul sand it does not slow down players or mobs that walk on it.



Soul soil drops as an item when broken with any tool or by hand, but a shovel is the fastest way to break it.

A soul campfire, when broken without using a Silk Touch tool, drops a block of soul soil. Since soul campfires can be crafted with renewable soul sand, this makes soul soil renewable as well.

Block Soul Soil
Hardness 0.5
Breaking time[A]
Default 0.75
Wooden 0.4
Stone 0.2
Iron 0.15
Diamond 0.1
Netherite 0.1
Golden 0.1
  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[]

Soul soil generates naturally in the soul sand valley biome.


Unlike soul sand, soul soil does not slow mobs down, does not create bubble columns and does not allow items to fall through into a hopper.


Fire lit on soul soil becomes soul fire.


The wither build configuration (with soul soil).

4 blocks of soul soil (or soul sand) are used in the construction of a wither.


Lava on top of soul soil and directly adjacent to blue ice turns into basalt. Re-producing basalt this way can comprise a "basalt generator."

Basalt generator

A simple basalt generator.

Crafting ingredient[]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Soul Campfire Stick +
Soul Soil +
Any Log or Stem or
Any Stripped Log or Stem or
Any Wood or Hyphae or
Any Stripped Wood or Hyphae

Soul Torch Coal +
Stick +
Soul Soil


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.soul_soil.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break0.80.816
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.soul_soil.placesubtitles.block.generic.place0.80.816
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.soul_soil.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.1650.516
None[sound 1]Entity-DependentFalling on the block with fall damageblock.soul_soil.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
FootstepsEntity-DependentWalking on the blockblock.soul_soil.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokendig.soul_soil1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhen the block is placeddig.soul_soil1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.soul_soil0.170.5
PlayersFalling on the block with fall damagefall.soul_soil0.41.0
PlayersWalking on the blockstep.soul_soil0.161.0
PlayersJumping from the blockjump.soul_soil0.121.0
PlayersFalling on the block without fall damageland.soul_soil0.141.0

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormBlock tagsItem tagsTranslation key
Soul Soilsoul_soilBlock & Itemsoul_fire_base_blocks

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Item tags (JE)Translation key
Soul Soilsoul_soil491Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]minecraft:soul_fire_base_blockstile.soul_soil.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.


Java Edition
September 28, 2019Soul Soil JE1 BE1 Soul soil shown unnamed as part of soul sand valley biome at Minecon 2019.
1.1620w06aSoul Soil JE1 BE1 Added soul soil.
Soul soil appears in the soul sand valley biome.
20w07aSoul soil can now be used to create a wither.
20w09aSoul soil can now be broken quickly using shovels.[1]
20w13aLava poured over soul soil next to blue ice can now generate basalt.
20w15aSoul soil now drops when breaking soul campfires, making it renewable.
1.19Deep Dark Experimental Snapshot 1Soul soil now generate as part of ancient city.
22w13aSoul soil no longer generates as part of ancient city.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta Soil JE1 BE1 Added soul soil.
beta poured over soul soil next to blue ice can now generate basalt.
beta soil can now be broken quickly using shovels.[2]
1.16.100beta soil now drops when breaking soul campfires.[3]


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