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]
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 are attacked or take poison damage, they may cause other silverfish within a 21×11×21 area to break out of their monster eggs (unless they are killed in one shot).
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History[edit | edit source]
|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.|
|1.3.1||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.|
|Upcoming Pocket Edition|
|0.12.1||build 12||No longer makes sounds while moving.|
Issues[edit | edit source]
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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.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Silverfish spawner room in a stronghold.