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Silverfish
Silverfish.png
Health points

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

Attack strength

1 (Half Heart.svg)

Spawn

After mining Monster Eggs or from Spawners in strongholds.

First appearance

Beta 1.8 (Beta 1.8-pre1)

Drops

None

Experience

5

Sounds Idle
Hurt
Death
Network ID

60

Savegame ID

Silverfish

Silverfish are small, bug-like hostile mobs.

Spawning[edit]

Natural generation[edit]

Silverfish spawn from broken monster eggs, which appear in strongholds and Extreme Hills biomes.

Monster spawners[edit]

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.

Behavior[edit]

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.

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History[edit]

Beta
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 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.
Console Edition
TU5 Added silverfish.

Trivia[edit]

  • 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.

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