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Health points

8 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

Attack strength

1 (Half Heart.svg)


After mining monster eggs or from spawners in strongholds.

First appearances

See History





Sounds Idle
Network ID


Savegame ID


Silverfish are small, bug-like hostile mobs.

Drops[edit | edit source]

Silverfish have no drops other than 5 experience when killed by a player or tamed wolf.

Spawning[edit | edit source]

Monster egg blocks[edit | edit source]

Silverfish spawn from broken monster eggs, which generate in strongholds and extreme hills biomes.

Monster spawners[edit | edit source]

When spawning from monster spawners, they can only spawn in light level 11 or lower, except on top of stone and its variants, where they can spawn at any light level. They also cannot spawn within a 5 block distance of any player.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Silverfish are the second smallest mobs in Minecraft, after the endermite; their height is less than that of a slab. Because of this, they take suffocation damage from standing on soul sand or end portal frames.

Silverfish have the ability to "call" other silverfish in the area upon being hit. These silverfish have the ability to see through walls, and will pathfind until they reach the player.

When idle, silverfish will enter a nearby stone block, transforming it into a monster egg.

When they suffer poison damage or damage inflicted by the player, and survive, they may cause other silverfish within a 21×11×21 area to break out of their monster eggs. You can therefore prevent other silverfish from appearing by killing them in one shot.

Data values[edit | edit source]

See also: Chunk format

Silverfish have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob. Their entity ID is Silverfish.

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

1.7 The texture (silverfish.png) was added, though the mob itself was not yet present.
1.8 1.8-pre1 Added silverfish.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre3 Reduced silverfish health from 20 (Heart.svg × 10) to 8 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg).
Silverfish monster spawners are now found in End portal rooms in strongholds.
1.0.0-RC1 Added sounds for silverfish. Before the update, silverfish used spider sounds.
1.3.1 12w26a Silverfish will now summon silverfish from nearby monster eggs whenever they take Poison damage.
1.7.2 Silverfish can rarely spawn inside cobblestone or stone brick blocks.
1.8 14w06a Silverfish will now pathfind, alert other silverfish of the player when hit, and stop occasionally before moving again (similar to most other mobs).
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.9.0 build 1 Added silverfish.
0.12.1 build 12 No longer makes sounds while moving.
Console Edition
TU5 Added silverfish.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Silverfish” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In real life, silverfish are small, relatively harmless, wingless arthropods that are often found in dark areas in buildings and the wooden pilings of seaside piers and trees. They are infamous for damaging paper-based products. During cold temperatures they are known to enter a sort of "hibernation" by expelling most of the water in their body. During this state they greatly resemble small stones or gravel, likely inspiring their Minecraft counterparts.
  • Although they can enter cracked, mossy and chiseled stone bricks, which are data values of the original stone brick block, they cannot enter granite, diorite, andesite, or their polished variants even though these are also data values of a block they can enter.

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See also[edit | edit source]