Silverfish are small, bug-like hostile mobs.
When spawning from monster spawners, they can only spawn in light level 11 or lower, except on top of stone, where they can spawn at any light level. They also cannot spawn within a 5 block distance of any player.
Silverfish are one of the smallest mobs; their size is less than a slab.
When attacked (or on each poison damage tick), silverfish may awaken other silverfish (turn monster eggs into silverfish) within a 21x11x21 area, except if attacked non-directly or killed in one shot.
If left alone, silverfish will enter a nearby block, transforming it into a monster egg.
|1.7||The texture (silverfish.png) was added, though the mob itself was not yet present.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9-pre3||Reduced silverfish health from 20 ( × 10) to 8 ().|
|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||12w26a||Silverfish under the poison effect will spawn silverfish from nearby monster eggs more quickly.|
|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.|
- 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.
Silverfish spawner room in a Stronghold.