Height: 0.3 Blocks
Silverfish have no drops other than 5 when killed by a player or tamed wolf.
Silverfish spawn from broken infested blocks, which generate in strongholds, igloos with basements, mansion fake portal rooms and mountains biomes. Silverfish do not appear if the block is broken with Silk Touch.
When spawning from spawners, they can spawn only 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 spawners naturally generate in end portal rooms in strongholds.
Silverfish can "call" other silverfish in the area upon being hit. These silverfish can see through walls and pathfind until they reach the player.
When idle, silverfish enter a nearby stone, cobblestone, stone bricks, mossy stone bricks, cracked stone bricks, or chiseled stone bricks block, transforming it into the respective infested block. They cannot infest mossy cobblestone, despite being capable of infesting both mossy blocks and cobblestone, and they also cannot infest slab and stairs variants of these blocks. They also (as of 1.15.2) are unable to infest Andesite, Diorite, Granite, or Smooth stone.
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. The player can, therefore, prevent other silverfish from appearing by killing them in one shot.
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Silverfish have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob.
|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.|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.7||The texture (silverfish.png) has now been added. However, the mob, itself, is not yet present.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2||The health of silverfish has now been reduced from 20 × 10 to 8.|
|Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3||Silverfish monster spawners are now found in End portal rooms in strongholds.|
|Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4||Silverfish are now considered arthropods.|
|RC1||Added sounds for silverfish. Before the update, silverfish used spider sounds.|
|1.3.1||12w26a||Silverfish now summon silverfish from nearby monster eggs whenever they take Poison damage.|
|1.7.2||13w36a||Silverfish can now possess cracked stone bricks, mossy stone bricks, and chiseled stone bricks. However, the first two do not actually generate within strongholds.|
|?||Silverfish can now rarely spawn inside cobblestone or stone brick blocks.|
|1.8||14w06a||Silverfish 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||The entity ID has now been changed from |
|16w36a||Silverfish 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||Silverfish no longer make sounds while moving.|
|1.0.0||alpha 0.17.0.1||Silverfish can now be spawned from broken monster eggs in the basements of igloos.|
|1.1.0||alpha 188.8.131.52||Silverfish can now spawn from broken infested cobblestone in the fake portal room of woodland mansions.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU5||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added silverfish.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
- 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.
- Unlike most Minecraft mobs, they do not have a plush toy.
- They appeared in the April Fools 2.0 update as the Redstone Bug.
- In Bedrock Edition, letting a silverfish enter regular stone bricks turns them into infested stone instead of infested stone bricks.
Silverfish spawner room in a stronghold.