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Magma Cube
Magma Cube.png
Magma Cube Jumping.png
Health points

Big: 16♥ × 8
Small: 4♥♥
Tiny: 1♥

Armor points

Big: 12 ()
Small: 6 ()
Tiny: 3 ()



Attack strength

Big: 6♥♥♥
Small: 4♥♥
Tiny: 3♥♥


0.51 + Size × 0.51 blocks
0.51 + Size × 0.51 blocks


Anywhere in the Nether, any light level

Common drops

Big: 4
Small: 2
Tiny: 1

Internal ID

JE: 62
BE: 42

Namespaced ID


A magma cube is a hostile mob whose skin is dark red and black with red, orange, and yellow eyes. It is found in big, small and tiny sizes, exclusively in the Nether. They are considered the Nether equivalent of slimes, with similar behaviors.


Magma cubes spawn in the Nether at all light levels in groups of 1-4, but their spawn rate is higher in fortresses.

Magma cubes require two vertical transparent blocks[verify] (e.g., air, signs, torches) to spawn in, with an opaque block underneath. The space they spawn in must also be clear of solid obstructions and liquids.[verify]

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]


4 experiences for big magma cubes, 2 for small and 1 for tiny.

Big and small magma cubes have 14 chance of dropping a single magma cream. The maximum amount of magma cream is increased by 1 per level of Looting. The chance of a magma cube not dropping any magma cream can be found using the formula 3 / (Looting Level + 4). For example, Looting III gives a 37 chance of not dropping any magma cream. All other amounts have an equal chance of occurring.


A magma cubes 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 target, it waits 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.

Like other Nether mobs, magma cubes cannot burn and are not slowed down or damaged by lava. Instead, it seems that they can swim upward extremely quickly in lava.

They cannot be hurt from fall damage.

They avoid water. Since Java Edition 1.13 they can swim, and don't drown in normal water (in previous versions they could not swim and would 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 may split into 2 to 4 magma cubes of the smaller size, and disappear like other mobs if the smallest size is killed. The new magma cubes are ejected at high speed.‌[Bedrock Edition only].

Unlike most other 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.

Tom Stone Mojang avatar.png

Few are as deadly as the Magma Cube locking sights on you. Get seen by this red and black horror and it bounces for you relentlessly, its springy body barely concealing a molten lava core that will fill your body with hot flamy pain. Friendly hugs are not advised.

Tom Stone[2]


Magma cubes attack players by attempting to land on top of them but can cause damage when the player touches them anywhere. This can make large magma cubes tricky to fight, as their jump rate is fairly random.

The health of a magma cube is size squared. The attack strength is size plus 2. The armor points is size tripled.

A magma cube can jump a distance approximate to its length times 1.5, and a height equivalent to its size in blocks. This means that a size 4 magma cube jumps four blocks in height and moves significantly quicker than a size 2 magma cube, which jumps two blocks in height, while a size 1 (tiny) cube moves at a slow rate and jumps one block in height.

Magma cubes also have an attack speed double that of other melee-combat mobs. Mobs like Endermen and silverfish attack at a rate of one hit per second, while magma cubes attack at a rate of two hits per second. This means that a size 4 magma cube can deal six hearts of damage per second on normal difficulty, dealing three hearts every half-second.


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]

Magma cubes have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob.

  • 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 Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID
Advancement-plain-raw.png AdventureAdventure, exploration, and combatKill any entity, or be killed by any entity.adventure/root
Advancement-plain-raw.png Monster HunterKill any hostile monsterAdventureKill one of these 25 mobs. Other mobs are ignored for this advancement.adventure/kill_a_mob
Advancement-fancy-raw.png Monsters HuntedKill one of every hostile monsterMonster HunterKill each of these 25 mobs. Other mobs may be killed, but are ignored for the advancement.adventure/kill_all_mobs



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 now been made quite rare.
RC1Magma cubes have now 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 now 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 very 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 now been changed from LavaSlime to magma_cube.
1.1418w43aMagma Cube.png Magma Cube.png Magma Cube.png The textures of magma cubes have now 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.
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 entity ID has now been changed from lavaslime to magma_cube.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta Cube.png Magma Cube.png Magma Cube.png The textures of magma cubes have now been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU7CU11.0Patch 1Magma Cube Revision 1.png Magma Cube Revision 1.png Magma Cube Revision 1.png Added magma cubes.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Magma Cube.png Magma Cube.png Magma Cube.png The textures of magma cubes have now 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 relating to "Magma Cube" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • When a larger magma cube that has a name dies, the smaller magma cubes it spawns also have the same name.