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Spawn Egg
Spawn Eggs.gif
Type

Items

Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64), same type of spawn egg only

Data value

dec: 383 hex: 17F bin: 101111111

Name

See § Data values

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You know what would be fun? If every single animal in minecraft came from eggs. Breeding would involve moving egg blocks around.

Notch [1]

A spawn egg[n 1] is an item used to spawn mobs directly.

Obtaining[edit]

Spawn eggs can only be obtained in Creative mode, or by commands. In Creative mode, the player can press pick block on an existing mob to obtain their respective egg. Spawn eggs are also available in the Creative inventory. There are 55 eggs in the Java Edition, 59 eggs in the Bedrock Edition and PlayStation 4 Edition, and 41 eggs in the New Nintendo 3DS Edition.

Commands[edit]

Spawn eggs can be obtained by using /give. See here for all available spawn eggs and commands. For some reason, the spawn egg command never works, thus not allowing the player to have it. In earlier versions of the game, the player could spawn an entity with that spawn egg to spawn rare mobs such as the wither boss.

Any spawn eggs not listed in the table below cannot spawn entities. They will instead make a sound as though an arrow has been shot. These eggs will be the default color, white with gray spots. When a player hovers over the image with their mouse the name of the egg is "Spawn ". This egg has no specific properties and cannot spawn any mob, except for Bedrock Edition in which some "hidden" spawn eggs obtained from commands that spawn other entities like primed TNT and wither skulls.[needs testing in Bedrock Edition]

Usage[edit]

A spawn egg is used by pressing use on any surface (top, bottom or side) with the egg. When used on a top surface, the egg's mob will appear with its feet immediately adjacent to the surface.

Spawn eggs are not thrown (unlike normal eggs); the player must be within normal range of the block to use the spawn egg. Hostile and neutral mobs (except wolves, polar bears and llamas) spawned while on Peaceful difficulty will be created, but then instantly deleted from the world.

The surfaces of blocks are prioritised for spawning; if none are within reach, mobs can also be spawned in water.

Dispensers[edit]

A spawn egg fired from a dispenser will spawn the mob directly in front of the dispenser.

Baby mobs[edit]

If a passive mob has a baby form, and the player uses its spawn egg on an adult, it will spawn a baby version of that mob, rather than an adult. Other mobs such as evokers, vindicators and vexes don’t breed. Certain mobs such as polar bears and zombies, while not being able to breed, do have baby variants; using a spawn egg on these will not spawn a baby variant (with the exception of polar bears, skeleton horses and zombie horses).[2]

Spawners[edit]

Any spawn egg can also be used on a spawner to change the mob the spawner spawns.

Renaming[edit]

Spawn eggs can be renamed on an anvil, and when used will spawn mobs with that name appearing over their head. Their names can only be seen if they are aimed at from four or fewer blocks away. This name will also appear in death messages from the mob killing a player. If the player renames a spawn egg by the names described below, the mob will appear described below. If the player renames a rabbit spawn egg "Toast", the secret skin of the rabbit appears when the egg is used. When a spawn egg is named "Dinnerbone" or "Grumm", it will cause the mob to appear upside down and show the given name above it.

List of spawn eggs[edit]

Egg Spawns Notes Java Edition Bedrock Edition Legacy Console Edition New Nintendo 3DS Edition
Hostile and neutral Mobs
Blaze Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cave Spider Yes Yes Yes Yes
Creeper Creepers can never spawn charged. Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dolphin Yes Yes Yes No
Drowned Drowned can spawn holding tridents, fishing rods or nautilus shells. Baby variants will not be spawned when the egg is used on adults, despite the baby variants still existing.[2] Yes Yes Yes No
Elder Guardian Yes Yes Yes Yes
Enderman Endermen are spawned neutral without any block held by them. Yes Yes Yes Yes
Endermite Yes Yes Yes Yes
Evoker Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fox Upcoming No No No
Ghast Yes Yes Yes Yes
Guardian Elder guardians cannot be spawned with this egg. Yes Yes Yes Yes
Husk Husks have a 5% chance of spawning as a baby husk. Baby husks have a 5% chance of spawning as a chicken jockey. There is also a chance of them holding tools, weapons or armor. Baby variants will not be spawned when the egg is used on adults, despite the baby variants still existing.[2] Yes Yes Yes Yes
Llama Yes Yes Yes Yes
Magma Cube Magma cubes are spawned with random sizes. Yes Yes Yes Yes
Panda Upcoming Yes PS4 No
Phantom Yes Yes Yes No
Pillager Upcoming Yes No No
Polar Bear Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ravager Upcoming Yes No No
Shulker Yes Yes Yes Yes
Silverfish Yes Yes Yes Yes
Skeleton Skeleton eggs used in the Overworld and the End will always spawn regular skeletons.
Eggs used in the Nether spawn wither skeletons 80% of the time.
In Java Edition, this egg will not spawn wither skeletons in the Nether.
In the Bedrock and Console editions, eggs used in Snowy Tundra, Ice Spikes and Snowy Mountains biomes have an 80% chance to spawn strays, if spawned with a clear view of the sky. They may also spawn with armor and an enchanted bow.
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Slime Slimes are spawned with random sizes. Yes Yes Yes Yes
Spider Spiders have a 1% chance to spawn spider jockeys. Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stray Yes Yes Yes Yes
Trader Llama Upcoming No No No
Vex Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vindicator If the spawn egg is renamed ''Johnny'', the vindicator will become hostile to all mobs, except other illagers. Yes Yes Yes Yes
Witch Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wither Skeleton Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wolf Wolves are spawned untamed and neutral. Yes Yes Yes Yes
Zombie Zombies have a 5% chance of spawning as a zombie villager.
In Java Edition, they will not spawn zombie villagers.
They also have a 5% chance of spawning as baby zombies. There is also a chance of them holding tools, weapons or armor. A baby zombie or baby zombie villager has a 5% chance to spawn as a chicken jockey.
In the Bedrock and Console editions, eggs used in Desert, Desert Hills and Desert Lakes biomes have an 80% chance to spawn husks, if spawned with a clear view of the sky. Baby variants will not be spawned when the egg is used on adults, despite the baby variants still existing.[2]
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Zombie Pigman Zombie pigmen are spawned neutral, and have a 5% chance of spawning as a baby zombie pigmen. A baby zombie pigman has a 5% chance to spawn as a chicken jockey. They may also spawn with armor and an enchanted sword. Baby variants will not be spawned when the egg is used on adults, despite the baby variants still existing.[2] Yes Yes Yes Yes
Zombie Villager Zombie villagers' professions are randomized. Baby variants will not be spawned when the egg is used on adults, despite the baby variants still existing.[2]

In Bedrock Edition always spawn old zombie villager

Yes Yes Yes No
Passive Mobs Java Edition Bedrock Edition Legacy Console Edition New Nintendo 3DS Edition
Bat Bats will hang upside down on a block, if the player stays off to a certain distance and use the spawn egg underneath an opaque block. Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cat Cat skins are randomized and will always spawn stray cats. Upcoming Yes PS4 No
Chicken Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cod Yes Yes Yes No
Cow Yes Yes Yes Yes
Donkey Yes Yes Yes Yes
Horse Horses will spawn 90% of the time, and donkeys 10% of the time.
In Java Edition, the horse egg will not spawn donkeys.
The horse or donkey will be a foal 20% of the time.
Mules, skeleton and zombie horses never spawn.
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mooshroom Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mule Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ocelot Ocelots are spawned untamed.
1/7th of the time (14.3% chance) an ocelot is spawned with two ocelot kittens. Tamed ocelots will never spawn.
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Parrot Parrots are spawned untamed and with a random color. Yes Yes Yes No
Pig Pigs are spawned without a saddle on the back. Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pufferfish Yes Yes Yes No
Rabbit Rabbit skins are random, and are biome-dependent, just as in normal rabbit spawning. The black-and-white rabbit is only spawned when the spawn egg is renamed Toast. Yes Yes Yes Yes
Salmon Sizes are randomized. Yes Yes Yes No
Sheep Sheep are spawned with the colors that can spawn naturally. See sheep page for details.

Renaming the spawn egg "jeb_" causes the sheep's wool to cycle in all colors, like prismarine.

Yes Yes Yes Yes
Skeleton Horse Yes Yes Yes Yes
Squid Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tropical Fish Shapes, colors and sizes are randomized. Yes Yes Yes No
Turtle Yes Yes Yes No
Villager Villagers' professions are randomized.

In Bedrock Edition always spawn old villager[until BE 1.11.0]. Will spawn old villager which instantly killed and spawn villager_v2‌[upcoming: BE 1.11.0]

Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wandering Trader In Bedrock Edition, will always spawn with 2 leashed trader llama. Upcoming Yes No No
Zombie Horse Yes Yes Yes Yes

Data values[edit]

A spawn egg without colors.

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

Item Name ID
Bat Spawn Egg bat_spawn_egg
Blaze Spawn Egg blaze_spawn_egg
Cave Spider Spawn Egg cave_spider_spawn_egg
Chicken Spawn Egg chicken_spawn_egg
Cat Spawn Egg‌[upcoming: JE 1.14] cat_spawn_egg[upcoming: JE 1.14]
Cod Spawn Egg cod_spawn_egg
Cow Spawn Egg cow_spawn_egg
Creeper Spawn Egg creeper_spawn_egg
Dolphin Spawn Egg dolphin_spawn_egg
Donkey Spawn Egg donkey_spawn_egg
Drowned Spawn Egg drowned_spawn_egg
Elder Guardian Spawn Egg elder_guardian_spawn_egg
Enderman Spawn Egg enderman_spawn_egg
Endermite Spawn Egg endermite_spawn_egg
Evoker Spawn Egg evoker_spawn_egg
Fox Spawn Egg‌[upcoming: JE 1.14] fox_spawn_egg[upcoming: JE 1.14]
Ghast Spawn Egg ghast_spawn_egg
Guardian Spawn Egg guardian_spawn_egg
Horse Spawn Egg horse_spawn_egg
Husk Spawn Egg husk_spawn_egg
Llama Spawn Egg llama_spawn_egg
Magma Cube Spawn Egg magma_cube_spawn_egg
Mooshroom Spawn Egg mooshroom_spawn_egg
Mule Spawn Egg mule_spawn_egg
Ocelot Spawn Egg ocelot_spawn_egg
Panda Spawn Egg‌[upcoming: JE 1.14] panda_spawn_egg[upcoming: JE 1.14]
Parrot Spawn Egg parrot_spawn_egg
Phantom Spawn Egg phantom_spawn_egg
Pig Spawn Egg pig_spawn_egg
Pillager Spawn Egg‌[upcoming: JE 1.14] pillager_spawn_egg[upcoming: JE 1.14]
Polar Bear Spawn Egg polar_bear_spawn_egg
Pufferfish Spawn Egg pufferfish_spawn_egg
Rabbit Spawn Egg rabbit_spawn_egg
Ravager Spawn Egg‌[upcoming: JE 1.14] ravager_spawn_egg[upcoming: JE 1.14]
Salmon Spawn Egg salmon_spawn_egg
Sheep Spawn Egg sheep_spawn_egg
Shulker Spawn Egg shulker_spawn_egg
Silverfish Spawn Egg silverfish_spawn_egg
Skeleton Spawn Egg skeleton_spawn_egg
Skeleton Horse Spawn Egg skeleton_horse_spawn_egg
Slime Spawn Egg slime_spawn_egg
Spider Spawn Egg spider_spawn_egg
Squid Spawn Egg squid_spawn_egg
Stray Spawn Egg stray_spawn_egg
Trader Llama Spawn Egg‌[upcoming: JE 1.14] trader_llama_spawn_egg[upcoming: JE 1.14]
Tropical Fish Spawn Egg tropical_fish_spawn_egg
Turtle Spawn Egg turtle_spawn_egg
Vex Spawn Egg vex_spawn_egg
Villager Spawn Egg villager_spawn_egg
Vindicator Spawn Egg vindicator_spawn_egg
Wandering Trader Spawn Egg‌[upcoming: JE 1.14] wandering_trader_spawn_egg[upcoming: JE 1.14]
Witch Spawn Egg witch_spawn_egg
Wither Skeleton Spawn Egg wither_skeleton_spawn_egg
Wolf Spawn Egg wolf_spawn_egg
Zombie Spawn Egg zombie_spawn_egg
Zombie Horse Spawn Egg zombie_horse_spawn_egg
Zombie Pigman Spawn Egg zombie_pigman_spawn_egg
Zombie Villager Spawn Egg zombie_villager_spawn_egg

Bedrock Edition:

Item Name ID Numeric ID
Spawn Egg spawn_egg 383

Item data[edit]

Java Edition[edit]

  •  tag: The item's tag tag.
    •  EntityTag: Stores entity data that is applied to the entity when created.

Bedrock Edition[edit]

  •  tag: The item's tag tag.
    •  ItemIdentifier: The entity's string ID.

When using the /give command to give a spawn egg, it requires the numeric ID of an entity; for example: /give <playername> spawn_egg 1 33 would give an egg that spawns a creeper. For reference, see Bedrock Edition data values#Entity_IDs for a complete list of entity IDs.

Eggs can be given not just for mobs listed in the table above, but for a few other entities. These eggs will be uncolored (white with gray spots), and will be called by unlocalized placeholder names, or simply, "Spawn".

  • The snow golem (21), iron golem (20) and item (64) spawn eggs can be given, but will spawn nothing.
  • The ender crystal spawn egg (71) produces an end crystal.
  • The boat (90) egg will place a boat on the ground.
  • Using any other entity ID will fail to give the egg.

History[edit]

Java Edition
1.111w49a Added spawn eggs for creeper, spider, skeleton, zombie, slime, ghast, zombie pigman, enderman, cave spider, silverfish, blaze, magma cube, pig, sheep, cow, chicken, squid, wolf, mooshroom and villager.
The spawn egg has a single texture file, which is tinted different colors.
12w01a The spawn egg and its markings will now have their textures separated, allowing them to have entirely different colors. This allows their colors to better match the colors of the mobs themselves.
1.2.112w03aSpawn eggs can now be placed into a dispenser. Activating the dispenser will spawn the mob, instead of dispensing the egg as an item.
Spawn eggs are now stackable, which allows dispensers to hold more than nine of them at one time.
12w04a Added ocelot spawn eggs with the addition of the ocelot itself.
Before 1.2, edited spawn eggs for snow golems, ender dragons and giants (and other "unspawnable" mobs) produced mobs of their types. Now, this is restricted to those eggs available in the creative inventory.
1.3.112w18aVillagers spawned from spawn eggs were always farmers before this update and now their professions are randomized.
1.4.212w32aZombie villager can now be spawned using zombie spawn eggs.
Sheep from spawn eggs can now spawn naturally-colored sheep (white, gray, brown, pink, etc.).
12w36aWither skeletons will now have a high chance to spawn from a skeleton spawn egg, if the player is in the Nether.
Skeletons on spider jockeys can now be replaced with wither skeletons when using spider spawn eggs in the Nether.
12w38a Added witch and bat spawn eggs.
1.4.4preBaby mobs are now spawn-able by right-clicking a mob with a corresponding mob egg. Although, this doesn't work with zombies.
1.5January 7, 2013Dinnerbone tweeted the first image of a renamed mob appearing in a death message.
13w02aMobs spawned from renamed eggs will now have the name of the egg and the names will appear in death messages.
Mobs can now display their custom name as nametag using an NBT tag.
1.6.113w16a Added horse spawn eggs.
13w24aSpawn eggs will now work on water.
1.6-preRenaming a spawn egg "Dinnerbone" or "Grumm" will now cause the mob to spawn upside-down.
1.7.413w48bRenaming a sheep or sheep spawn egg "jeb_" will give it a rainbow wool changing effect. This does not affect the wool dropped after death or shearing, however.
1.814w11a Added endermite spawn eggs.
14w25a Added guardian spawn eggs.
14w27a Added rabbit spawn eggs.
14w28bEggs can now be used to program monster spawner blocks.
1.915w31a Added shulker spawn eggs.
15w33aSpawn eggs can now no longer be addressed by numeric data id, like: give @p spawn_egg 1 50. The spawnable item from a spawn egg is now addressed by a datatag: give @p spawn_egg 1 {EntityTag:{id:"Creeper"} }.
1.1016w20a Added spawn eggs for polar bears, wither skeletons, strays, husks, elder guardian, cats, donkeys, mules, skeleton horses and zombie horses.
pre2Removed spawn eggs for wither skeleton, stray, husk, elder guardian, cat, donkey, mule, skeleton horse and zombie horse that were added in 16w20a.
1.1116w32aRe-added the spawn eggs that were removed in 1.10-pre2, except the cat spawn egg for unknown reasons.
Added a zombie villager spawn egg. It can only spawn zombie farmers.
Using a spawn egg on top of a block such as a fence will now no longer cause the spawned mob to fall inside the fence.[3]
16w32bThe zombie villager spawn egg will now spawn different zombie professions.
16w39a Added spawn eggs for evoker, llama, vex and vindicator.
1.1217w13a Added spawn egg for parrot.
1.1317w47aThe different EntityTag entity IDs for the spawn_egg ID have been split up into their own IDs.
Prior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 383.
18w07a Added spawn eggs for phantoms and turtles.
18w08b Added spawn eggs for the 3 fish mob variants: cod, salmon, and "puffer fish".
18w10a Added a spawn egg for the new tropical fish.
18w11a Added drowned spawn egg.
18w15a Added dolphin spawn egg.
18w19a The phantom spawn egg has now been changed to look more like mob's updated texture.
18w20a"Spawn x" has now been changed to "x Spawn Egg".
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1418w43a Added panda, pillager and "illager beast" spawn eggs.
18w44a Re-Added cat spawn egg.
19w05aRenamed Illager beast spawn egg to ravager spawn egg.
Added wandering trader and trader llama spawn eggs.
19w07a Added fox spawn egg.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.7.0 Spawn eggs added. The added spawn eggs were for chickens, sheep, pigs and cows.
0.8.0?Default spawn egg texture is now , instead of having a completely blank texture.
0.9.0build 1 Added more spawn eggs, including mooshroom, creeper, enderman, silverfish, skeleton, slime, spider, zombie, zombie pigman and wolf.
Spawn eggs will now have the correct name in the inventory.
build 2 Added villager spawn egg.
The eggs can now be used to program monster spawner blocks.
0.11.0build 1 Added squid and bat spawn eggs.
Added ghast, magma cube and cave spider spawn eggs, which are currently unobtainable.
build 3Added cave spider spawn eggs to the creative mode inventory.
build 8Added magma cube spawn eggs to the creative mode inventory.
0.12.1build 1 Added blaze and ocelot spawn eggs.
Added ghast spawn eggs to the creative mode inventory.
Wither skeletons will now have a high chance to spawn from an skeleton spawn egg, if the player is in the Nether.
build 9Mobs spawned from renamed eggs will now have the name of the egg and the names will appear in death messages.
build 12Zombie villagers can now be spawned using zombie spawn eggs.
0.13.0build 1 Added rabbit spawn eggs.
0.14.0build 1 Added witch spawn eggs.
0.15.0build 1 Added horse, mule, donkey, zombie horse, skeleton horse, stray, husk and wither skeleton spawn eggs to the creative inventory.
0.15.1build 1The default spawn egg texture has now been changed from to Spawn Null.png.
The empty spawn egg named "Spawn " is now available through inventory editing, but will crash the game.
0.16.0build 1 Added guardian spawn egg.
Spawn Null.png Added elder guardian spawn egg without colors, which is currently unavailable in the creative inventory.
Added a non-functional NPC spawn egg.
build 2The NPC spawn egg has now been removed from the creative inventory.
build 4The NPC spawn egg has now been removed completely.
build 5 Added elder guardian spawn egg to the creative inventory.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha 0.17.0.1 Added spawn eggs for shulkers, endermites and polar bears.
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0 Added spawn eggs for llamas, vindicators, evokers and vexes.
alpha 1.1.0.9 Updated the spawn egg texture for husks, shulkers, silverfishs, strays and zombie horses; probably due to MCPE-18348.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta 1.2.0.2 Added parrot and zombie villager spawn eggs.
1.4.0beta 1.2.13.8 Added drowned spawn egg.
beta 1.2.14.2 Added spawn eggs for the fish, which have different textures compared to the Java Edition.
beta 1.2.20.1 The fish spawn egg textures have now been made less unique.
Added dolphin spawn egg.
1.5.0beta 1.5.0.4 Added spawn eggs for turtles.
1.6.0beta 1.6.0.1 Added spawn eggs for phantoms.
1.8.0beta 1.8.0.8 Added spawn eggs for pandas and cats.
Added two new spawn egg textures called agent and the mask.
Unknown spawn egg now use completely black spawn egg as default texture.
1.9.0beta 1.9.0.0 Added pillager spawn egg.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3

Added Wandering Trader, Illager Beast, New Villager_v2, and New Zombie_Villager_v2 spawn eggs.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Removed old villager and old zombie villager spawn egg.
Legacy Console Edition
TU9CU11.0Patch 1Patch 1 Added spawn eggs for creepers, skeletons, spiders, zombies, slimes, ghasts, zombie pigmans, endermans, cave spiders, silverfishs, blazes, magma cubes, pigs, sheeps, cows, chickens, squids, wolfs, mooshroom and villagers.
Spawn eggs can now be placed into a dispenser. Activating the dispenser will spawn the mob, instead of dispensing the egg as an item.
TU11Added a message when the user tries to spawn a hostile mob from a spawn egg in Peaceful difficulty.
TU12 Added ocelot spawn egg.
TU19CU71.12 Added horse, witch, bat, donkey and mule spawn eggs.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3 Added endermite, guardian and rabbit spawn eggs.
TU46CU361.38Patch 15 Added shulker spawn egg.
Donkey and mule spawn eggs will now match the textures of their Bedrock and Java edition counterparts.
TU54CU441.52Patch 24Patch 4 Added spawn eggs for skeleton horses, zombie horses, elder guardians, strays, wither skeletons, husks, zombie villagers, parrots, llamas, vindicators, evokers and vexes.
TU691.76Patch 38 Added spawn eggs for drowned, .cod, salmon, pufferfish, tropical fish, dolphins, sea turtles and phantoms.
1.83 Ps4 Added spawn eggs for cats and pandas.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Added Spawn Eggs.
1.7.10 Added spawn eggs for endermites, polar bears and shulkers.
1.9.19 Added spawn eggs for llamas, vindicators, evokers and vexes.
Education Edition
1.0Added spawn eggs.
1.4 Added spawn eggs for cod, salmon, pufferfish, tropical fish and dolphins.
1.7 Added spawn eggs for drowned, sea turtles and phantoms.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Spawn Egg" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. Known as <Mob> Spawn Egg in Java Edition and Spawn <Mob> in Bedrock, Legacy Console, and New Nintendo 3DS editions, where <Mob> is the name of the mob it spawns.

References[edit]

  1. https://twitter.com/notch/status/117870458904387585
  2. a b c d e f MC-2871
  3. MC-88096 – "When using spawn eggs on fences the mobs fall through" resolved as "Fixed"