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Magma Cube

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Magma Cube
Magma Cube.png
Magma Cube Jumping.png
Health points

Big: 16 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)
Small: 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)
Tiny: 1 (Half Heart.svg)

Armor points

Big: 12 (Armor.svgArmor.svgArmor.svgArmor.svgArmor.svgArmor.svg)
Small: 6 (Armor.svgArmor.svgArmor.svg)
Tiny: 3 (Armor.svgHalf Armor.svg)

Attack strength

Big: 6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)
Small: 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)
Tiny: 3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg)


The Nether, any light level

First appearances

See History

Common drops

Big: 4
Small: 2
Tiny: 1

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Magma cubes are hostile mobs with dark red and black skin and red, orange and yellow eyes only found around the Nether. They are considered the Nether equivalent of slimes, with similar behaviors.


Magma cubes can rarely spawn anywhere in the Nether at any light level, but their spawn rate is higher in nether fortresses.


Big and small sized magma cubes have a 25% chance to drop a single magma cream, the chances and amount can be increased with the Looting enchantment.


Magma cubes move by hopping, which they will do each 40 to 120 ticks (2 to 6 seconds).

Magma cubes will search for a player within 16 blocks (spherical) distance.

  • If no players are found, they wait 40 to 120 ticks (2 to 6 seconds). Then they will change direction, by a random amount up to 57.26° (1 radian) left or right, jump, and repeat the process.
  • If a player is found, the delay before jumping will be 13 as long (3 to 10 ticks), and the magma cube's direction will be set directly toward the nearest player before jumping.

Magma cubes cannot burn and are not slowed down or damaged by lava. Instead, it seems that they can swim upward extremely quickly in lava. They are immune to fall damage.

Magma cubes' jump height depends on their size. Their forward speed is twice that of most other mobs. They always make a distinct sound upon jumping up and landing, but no idle sounds.


See also: Tutorials/Combat#Magma_Cube

Magma cubes attack players by attempting to land on top of them, but can cause damage when the player touches them anywhere. This can make large cubes tricky to fight, as their jump rate is fairly random.

The health of a magma cube is size squared. The attack strength is size plus 2. The armor points is size tripled.

A magma cube's jump height and distance also depends on their size; a magma cube will jump a distance approximate to its length times 1.5, and a height equivalent to their size in blocks. This means that a size 4 magma cube will jump four blocks in height and move significantly quicker than a size 2 magma cube, which will jump two blocks in height, while a size 1 (tiny) will move at a very slow rate and jump one block in height.

When a magma cube is killed, it may split into 1 to 4 magma cubes of the smaller size, and will disappear like other mobs if the smallest size is killed.

Magma cubes also have an odd attack interval: their attack speed is twice that of other melee-combat mobs. Mobs like Endermen and silverfish attack at a rate of one hit per second, while magma cubes attack at a rate of two hits per second. Essentially, this means that a size 4 magma cube will deal six hearts of damage per second on normal difficulty, dealing three hearts every half-second.



Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre1 Magma cubes have been added.
Beta 1.9-pre2 Magma cubes were made quite rare.
1.0.0-RC1 Magma cubes were given sounds.
1.1 Large and small magma cubes now drop magma cream.
1.3.1 12w18a Magma cubes did not show their animation in single player, due to singleplayer being a local server.
12w23a Magma cubes now show their animation in multiplayer.
1.8 14w06b Now swim as a result of the update to the new AI.
Randomly change direction every so often, reducing the chance of them getting stuck at walls or corners.
Now randomly despawn over time if no player is within a 32 meter range.
Magma cube jumping mechanics have been changed. How far they jump now corresponds to the length of their size; they will jump approximately 1.5 times their current length. For example, a tiny size 1 magma cube will jump very slowly, while a large size 4 magma cube will jump farther. Also, when attacking, magma cubes turn their whole body to face the player.
Console Edition
TU7 Added magma cubes.


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  • Magma cubes appear to glow, as their eyes seem to stay bright at some low light levels.
  • Large magma cubes can jump 4 blocks high, the maximum height one can achieve in survival.
  • Their texture file is called "lava.png".
  • Magma cubes are a somewhat rare sight in the Nether, spawning infrequently with only one per spawn. They tend to spawn more frequently in Nether fortresses, however.
  • If you have access to slimes in the Overworld, you don't necessarily need to hunt magma cubes for magma cream, as you can craft it using one slimeball and one blaze powder. This still means you must go to the Nether, however, and it may be easier to pick up magma cream while you're there, as opposed to wasting slimeballs and blaze powder.