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Magma cubes are hostile mobs whose skin is dark red and black with red, orange, and yellow eyes. They are found in big, small, and tiny sizes, exclusively in the Nether. They are the Nether equivalent of slimes, with similar behavior.
They are found in some Nether places at all light levels. The space they spawn in must be clear of solid obstructions and liquids.
Big magma cubes require a 3×2½×3 space to spawn, small magma cubes require a 3×2×3 space, and tiny magma cubes require a 1×2×1 space (or 1×1×1 if the upper block is not opaque).
Magma cubes' size is affected by regional difficulty: chances range from 33% for each size at the low difficulty to 16% small, 33% medium, and 50% big with higher difficulty.
Magma cubes spawn uncommonly in nether wastes in groups of 1 to 4.
Magma cubes spawn commonly in fortresses in groups of 4.
Magma cubes spawn commonly in basalt deltas groups of 2 to 5.
- Large magma cube: 0–1 magma cream and 4 experience
- Small magma cube: 0–1 magma cream (0.25 average) and 2 experience
- Tiny magma cube: 1 experience
A magma cube moves by hopping at intervals of 40 to 120 ticks (2 to 6 seconds).
A magma cube seeks out any player or an iron golem within a 16 blocks spherical distance. If it finds no enemy, it waits for 40 to 120 ticks (2 to 6 seconds), then changes direction by a random amount up to 57.30° (1 radian) left or right, jumps, and repeat the process. If it finds a target, the delay before jumping is 1⁄3 as long (13 to 40 ticks) and the magma cube changes direction directly toward the target before jumping.
Magma cubes cannot be hurt by fall damage or burning, and are not slowed down by lava. They can swim upward in lava and leap above its surface.
They avoid water, can swim, and don't drown.
Their jump height depends on their size. Their forward speed is twice that of most other mobs. They always make a distinct sound upon jumping up and landing, but no idle sounds.
When a magma cube is killed, it splits into 2-4 smaller magma cubes. Tiny magma cubes disappear when killed, like other mobs.
Unlike most mobs, magma cubes have no pathfinding ability, meaning that they do not avoid falling off cliffs and cannot go around walls, even when chasing a player.
Magma cubes attack by jumping and attempting to land on the player, and cause damage when touched anywhere. As their jump rate is random, magma cubes can be hard to fight.
The health of a magma cube is its size squared; the attack strength is its size + 2, and the armor points are its size tripled.
A magma cube jumps a distance of approximately its length times 1.5 and a height equivalent to its size in blocks. This means that a large magma cube jumps 4 blocks in height and moves significantly quicker than a small magma cube, which jumps 2 blocks in height; while a tiny magma cube moves slowly and jumps 1 block in height.
Magma cubes have an attack speed twice as fast as most mobs. Mobs like zombies attack once per second, while magma cubes attack twice per second. This means that a large magma cube deals 12 × 6 of damage per second on normal difficulty.
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|Sound||Subtitle||Namespaced ID||Subtitle ID||Source||Pitch||Volume||Attenuation distance|
|Magma Cube dies||
|Magma Cube dies||
|Magma Cube hurts||
|Magma Cube hurts||
|Magma Cube squishes||
|Magma Cube squishes||
|Magma Cube squishes||
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Magma cubes have entity data associated with them that contains various properties.
- Entity data
- Tags common to all entities see Template:Nbt inherit/entity/template
- Tags common to all mobs see Template:Nbt inherit/mob/template
- Size: The size of the magma cube. Note that this value is zero-based, so 0 is the smallest magma cube, 1 is the next larger, etc. The sizes that spawn naturally are 0, 1, and 3.
- wasOnGround: 1 or 0 (true/false) - true if the magma cube is touching the ground.
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Actual requirements (if different)||Gamerscore earned||Trophy type (PS)|
|Monster Hunter||Attack and destroy a monster.||Kill a hostile mob or one of the following neutral mobs: enderman, zombified piglin, spider, cave spider.||15G||Bronze|
|Icon||Advancement||In-game description||Parent||Actual requirements (if different)||Namespaced ID|
|Adventure||Adventure, exploration, and combat||—||Kill any entity, or be killed by any entity.|
|Monster Hunter||Kill any hostile monster||Adventure||Kill one of these 33 mobs. In Java Edition 1.16.2[upcoming], piglin brutes can also be killed for this advancement. Other mobs, if any, may be killed, but are ignored for this advancement.|
|Monsters Hunted||Kill one of every hostile monster||Monster Hunter||Kill each of these 33 mobs. In Java Edition 1.16.2[upcoming], piglin brutes are also required for this advancement. Other mobs, if any, may be killed, but are ignored for this advancement.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease||Added magma cubes.|
|“It started out as a retexturing of the Slime for the Nether - it was just going to be a Lava Slime. But then when I named it that, I felt it was a bit lazy to retexture a mob. I wanted to make it more unique. I can’t really remember how I came up with the idea to have a layered block, but it’s one of my favourite mobs now. It really intrigues me. It doesn’t stand out in any particular way - I just really like it! You can use Magma Cream [an item Magma cubes drop] to brew Fire Resistance potions.” -Jeb|
|Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2||Magma cubes have been made quite rare.|
|RC1||Magma cubes have been given sounds.|
|1.1||?||Large and small magma cubes now drop magma cream.|
|1.3.1||12w18a||Magma cubes no longer show their animation in singleplayer, due to singleplayer being a local server.|
|12w23a||Magma cubes now show their animation in multiplayer.|
|1.8||14w06b||Magma cubes can now swim as a result of the update to the new AI.|
|Magma cubes now randomly change direction every so often, reducing the chance of them getting stuck at walls or corners.|
|Magma cubes now randomly despawn over time if no player is within a 32 meter range.|
|The jumping mechanics of magma cubes have been changed. How far they jump now corresponds to the length of their size; they jump approximately 1.5 times their current length. For example, a tiny size 1 magma cube jumps slowly, while a large size 4 magma cube jumps farther. Also, when attacking, magma cubes turn their whole body to face the player.|
|1.10||16w20a||Magma cubes now spawn about twice as often in the general Nether (rate is now 2⁄153, was 1⁄151).|
|1.11||16w32a||The entity ID has been changed from |
|1.13||?||They cannot drown while underwater anymore.|
|1.14||18w43a||The textures of magma cubes have been changed.|
|18w44a||The texture of magma cubes have now slightly tweaked. The color channel of transparent pixels are now filled to black.|
|1.16||20w06a||Small cubes now have moving sounds again.|
|20w15a||Magma cubes now spawn in Basalt Deltas.|
|20w16a||Magma cube spawners now generate in bastion remnants.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.11.0||build 1||Added magma cubes.|
|Magma cubes are currently unobtainable in-game without hacking.|
|build 8||Magma cubes can now be spawned using spawn eggs.|
|0.12.1||build 1||Magma cubes now spawn naturally.|
|Magma cubes now split into smaller cubes when killed.|
|0.14.0||build 1||Magma cube cores now glow from to .|
|1.1.0||alpha 220.127.116.11||The entity ID has been changed from |
|1.10.0||beta 18.104.22.168||The textures of magma cubes have been changed.|
|1.16.0||beta 22.214.171.124||Magma cubes now spawn in basalt deltas.|
|beta 126.96.36.199||Magma cube spawners now generate in bastion remnants.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU7||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added magma cubes.|
|1.90||The textures of magma cubes have been changed.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
|0.1.0||Added magma cubes.|
- When a larger magma cube that has a name dies, the smaller magma cubes it spawns also have the same name, just like slimes.
- Unlike slimes, tiny magma cubes can do damage.