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Sculk Vein

A sculk vein is a block found in the deep dark or generated by sculk catalysts. It can generate or be placed on any side of a solid block.


Skulk veins drops itself only if it is broken with a tool enchanted with Silk Touch. Otherwise, it drops nothing.

Natural generation

Sculk veins are generated within the deep dark biome.


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

Block Sculk Vein
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.


Sculk veins generate when a mob dies within 8 blocks of a sculk catalyst.


Sculk veins can be placed on any and multiple sides of a block, similar to glow lichen.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.sculk_vein.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break0.80.8816
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.sculk_vein.placesubtitles.block.generic.place0.80.8816
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.sculk_vein.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
None[sound 1]Entity-DependentFalling on the block with fall damageblock.sculk_vein.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
FootstepsEntity-DependentWalking on the blockblock.sculk_vein.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b 177082

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokenbreak.sculk_vein1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhen the block is placedbreak.sculk_vein1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenstep.sculk_vein0.30.5
BlocksFalling on the block with fall damagestep.sculk_vein0.41.0
BlocksWalking on the blockstep.sculk_vein0.171.0
BlocksJumping from the blockstep.sculk_vein0.121.0
BlocksFalling on the block without fall damagestep.sculk_vein0.141.0

Data values


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormTranslation key
Sculk Veinsculk_veinBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.sculk_vein

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Sculk Veinsculk_vein714Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]
  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 with the block.

Block states

See also: Block state

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
When true, a sculk vein texture is displayed on the bottom.
When true, a sculk vein texture is displayed on the east.
When true, a sculk vein texture is displayed on the north.
When true, a sculk vein texture is displayed on the south.
When true, a sculk vein texture is displayed on the top.
Whether or not there's water in the same place as this sculk vein.
When true, a sculk vein texture is displayed on the west.

Bedrock Edition:

NameMetadata Bits Default value Allowed valuesValues for
Metadata Bits
00 to 630 to 63The directions the sculk vein exists. Each bit determines one direction:
  • 0x1: Down
  • 0x2: Up
  • 0x4: North
  • 0x8: South
  • 0x10: West
  • 0x20: East
0 is unused and it behaves like 63.


October 3, 2020Sculk Vein (pre-release 1).png Sculk veins are shown at Minecraft Live 2020.
November 13, 2020Sculk Vein BE1.gif The sculk veins has a new texture in a tweet from Brandon Pearce.
April 26, 2021Kingbdogz states that sculk features aren't coming in 1.17.
October 16, 2021Sculk features were delayed to 1.19.
Java Edition
1.19Deep Dark Experimental Snapshot 1Sculk Vein BE1.gif Added sculk veins.
22w11aImplemented sculk veins into normal snapshot.
22w15aCan now be placed on the top and sides of soul sand, mud and maximum height snow.
Bedrock Edition
1.17.30beta"Sculk Veins" was mentioned in Bedrock Beta documentation.
beta Vein (texture) BE1.png Sculk Veins texture was shown in internal Caves & Cliffs textures.
Vanilla Experiments
beta Vein BE1.gif Added sculk veins.
Wild Update
beta veins have been moved behind the "Wild Update" toggle.
1.19.0beta veins are now available without enabling experimental gameplay.


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