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Magma Cube
Magma Cube.png
Health points

Big: 16♥ × 8
Medium: 4♥♥
Small: 1♥

Armor points

Big: 12 ( × 6)
Medium: 6 ()
Small: 3 ()

Behavior

Hostile

Attack strength

Big: 6♥♥♥
Small: 4♥♥
Tiny: 3♥♥

Size

Big:
Height: 2.04 Blocks
Width: 2.04 Blocks
Medium:
Height: 1.02 Blocks
Width: 1.02 Blocks
Small:
Height: 0.51 Blocks
Width: 0.51 Blocks

Spawn

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.

Spawning[edit]

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).[1]

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.

Nether Wastes[edit]

Magma cubes spawn uncommonly in nether wastes in groups of 1 to 4.

Nether Fortresses[edit]

Magma cubes spawn commonly in fortresses in groups of 4.

Basalt Deltas[edit]

Magma cubes spawn commonly in basalt deltas groups of 2 to 5.

Spawners[edit]

Magma cube spawners generate in the treasure room of bastions.

Drops[edit]

  • 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

The maximum of magma cream can be increased by 1 per level of Looting, so Looting 1 averages 0.5 per kill, Looting 2 averages 0.83 per kill, and Looting 3 averages 1.25 per kill.

Behavior[edit]

Magma cube jumping.

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 13 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.

Combat[edit]

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.

Sounds[edit]

The following sounds section uses an outdated format and should be redone using {{Sound table}}.
You can help by converting the contents of this section into a sound table template.
Examples can be seen at Bee#Sounds and Ladder#Sounds.
The wikicode should be laid out neatly as in these examples for improved readability.
Remember to include a foot parameter so the table appears in the correct place. Do NOT convert the table using Visual Editor.
Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Magma Cube dies entity.magma_cube.death subtitles.entity.magma_cube.death ? ? ? 16
Magma Cube dies entity.magma_cube.death_small subtitles.entity.magma_cube.death ? ? ? 16
Magma Cube hurts entity.magma_cube.hurt subtitles.entity.magma_cube.hurt ? ? ? 16
Magma Cube hurts entity.magma_cube.hurt_small subtitles.entity.magma_cube.hurt ? ? ? 16
Magma Cube squishes entity.magma_cube.jump subtitles.entity.magma_cube.squish ? ? ? 16
Magma Cube squishes entity.magma_cube.squish subtitles.entity.magma_cube.squish ? ? ? 16
Magma Cube squishes entity.magma_cube.squish_small subtitles.entity.magma_cube.squish ? ? ? 16

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Magma Cubemagma_cube entity.minecraft.magma_cube

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Magma Cubemagma_cube 42entity.magma_cube.name

Entity data[edit]

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.

Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
Monster HunterAttack and destroy a monster.Kill a hostile mob or one of the following neutral mobs: enderman, zombified piglin, spider, cave spider.15GBronze

Advancements[edit]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID

Advancement-plain-raw.png

Adventure
Adventure, exploration, and combatKill any entity, or be killed by any entity.adventure/root

Advancement-plain-raw.png

Monster Hunter
Kill any hostile monsterAdventureKill 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.adventure/kill_a_mob

Advancement-fancy-raw.png

Monsters Hunted
Kill one of every hostile monsterMonster HunterKill 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.adventure/kill_all_mobs

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 PrereleaseMagma Cube Revision 1.png Magma Cube Revision 1.png Magma Cube Revision 1.png 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[2]
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2Magma cubes have been made quite rare.
RC1Magma cubes have been given sounds.
1.1?Large and small magma cubes now drop magma cream.
1.3.112w18aMagma cubes no longer show their animation in singleplayer, due to singleplayer being a local server.
12w23aMagma cubes now show their animation in multiplayer.
1.814w06bMagma 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.
1.1016w20aMagma cubes now spawn about twice as often in the general Nether (rate is now 2153, was 1151).
1.1116w32aThe entity ID has been changed from LavaSlime to magma_cube.
1.13?They cannot drown while underwater anymore.
1.1418w43aMagma Cube.png Magma Cube.png Magma Cube.png The textures of magma cubes have been changed.
18w44aMagmacube texture change 18w43a to 18w44a.gif The texture of magma cubes have now slightly tweaked. The color channel of transparent pixels are now filled to black.
1.1620w06aSmall cubes now have moving sounds again.[3]
20w15aMagma cubes now spawn in Basalt Deltas.
20w16aMagma cube spawners now generate in bastion remnants.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.11.0build 1Magma Cube Revision 1.png Added magma cubes.
Magma cubes are currently unobtainable in-game without hacking.
build 8Magma cubes can now be spawned using spawn eggs.
0.12.1build 1Magma cubes now spawn naturally.
Magma Cube Revision 1.png Magma Cube Revision 1.png Magma cubes now split into smaller cubes when killed.
0.14.0build 1Magma cube cores now glow from Magma Cube (inner) Revison 1 BE.png to Magma Cube (inner) Revison 2 BE.png.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0The entity ID has been changed from lavaslime to magma_cube.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Magma Cube.png Magma Cube.png Magma Cube.png The textures of magma cubes have been changed.
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.57Magma cubes now spawn in basalt deltas.
beta 1.16.0.59Magma cube spawners now generate in bastion remnants.
Legacy Console Edition
TU7CU11.0Patch 1Magma Cube Revision 1.png Magma Cube Revision 1.png Magma Cube Revision 1.png Added magma cubes.
1.90Magma Cube.png Magma Cube.png Magma Cube.png The textures of magma cubes have been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Magma Cube Revision 1.png Magma Cube Revision 1.png Magma Cube Revision 1.png Added magma cubes.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Magma Cube" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit]

  • 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.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]