Height: 0.3 Blocks
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
Silverfish spawn from broken monster eggs, which generate in strongholds, igloos with basements, woodland mansion fake portal rooms and mountains biomes. Silverfish will not spawn if the block is broken with Silk Touch.
When spawning from monster spawners, they can only spawn in light level 11 or lower, except on top of stone and its variants, where they can spawn at any light level. They also cannot spawn within a 5 block distance of any player.
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 suffer poison damage or damage inflicted by the player, and survive, they may cause other silverfish within a 21×11×21 area to break out of their monster eggs. You can therefore prevent other silverfish from appearing by killing them in one shot.
- See also: Chunk format
Silverfish have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob. Their entity ID is
|Icon||Advancement||In-game description||Parent||Actual requirements (if different)||Internal 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 24 mobs. Other mobs are ignored for this advancement.||
|Monsters Hunted||Kill one of every hostile monster||Monster Hunter||Kill each of these 24 mobs. Other mobs may be killed, but are ignored for the advancement.||
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.7||The texture (silverfish.png) was added, though the mob itself was not yet present.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3||Reduced silverfish health from 20 () to 8 ().|
|Silverfish monster spawners are now found in End portal rooms in strongholds.|
|RC1||Added sounds for silverfish. Before the update, silverfish used spider sounds.|
|1.3.1||12w26a||Silverfish will now summon silverfish from nearby monster eggs whenever they take Poison damage.|
|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).|
|1.9||15w43a||Silverfish can now be spawned from broken monster eggs in the basements of igloos.|
|1.11||16w32a||Changed entity ID from
|16w36a||Can now spawn from broken infested cobblestone in the fake portal room of woodland mansions.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.9.0||build 1||Added silverfish.|
|0.12.1||build 12||No longer makes sounds while moving.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU5||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added silverfish.|
- 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.
- Although they can enter cracked, mossy and chiseled stone bricks, which are data values of the original stone brick block, they cannot enter granite, diorite, andesite, or their polished variants even though these are also data values of a block they can enter.
- If the gamerule
mobGriefingis disabled, silverfish will not enter stone and its variants.
Silverfish spawner room in a stronghold.