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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.


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


Monster egg blocks[edit]

Silverfish spawn from broken monster eggs, which generate 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.


Silverfish are one of the smallest mobs in Minecraft; their height is less than that of a slab. Because of this, they take suffocation damage from standing on soul sand.

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).



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 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.


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  • 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.
  • Due to their tiny hitboxes, silverfish will suffocate on top of soul sand and end portal frames.


See also[edit]