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Spawn Egg
Spawn Eggs.gif
Type

Items

Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64), same type of spawn egg only

First appearances

See History

Data value

dec: 383 hex: 17F bin: 101111111

Name

See Data values

Notch-twitter.png 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 is an item used to spawn mobs directly.

Each variant is named <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.

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 available in all editions (59 in Java Edition[upcoming 1.14], and 57 in Bedrock Edition[upcoming BE 1.8]).

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.‌[until 1.13][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.

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, vexes and zombie pigmen don’t breed.

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
Hostile and neutral Mobs
Blaze Yes Yes Yes
Cave Spider Yes Yes Yes
Creeper Creepers can never spawn charged. Yes Yes Yes
Dolphin Yes Yes Yes
Drowned Drowned can spawn holding tridents, fishing rods or nautilus shells. Yes Yes Yes
Elder Guardian Yes Yes Yes
Enderman Endermen are spawned neutral without any block held by them. Yes Yes Yes
Endermite Yes Yes Yes
Evoker Yes Yes Yes
Ghast Yes Yes Yes
Guardian Elder guardians cannot be spawned with this egg. 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. Yes Yes Yes
Illager Beast Upcoming Partial N/A
Llama Yes Yes Yes
Magma Cube Magma cubes are spawned with random sizes. Yes Yes Yes
Panda Upcoming Yes No
Phantom Yes Yes Yes
Pillager Upcoming Upcoming No
Polar Bear Yes Yes Yes
Shulker Yes Yes Yes
Silverfish 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
Slime Slimes are spawned with random sizes. Yes Yes Yes
Spider Spiders have a 1% chance to spawn spider jockeys. Yes Yes Yes
Stray Yes Yes Yes
Vex 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
Witch Yes Yes Yes
Wither Skeleton Yes Yes Yes
Wolf Wolves are spawned untamed and neutral. 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.
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. Yes Yes Yes
Zombie Villager Zombie villagers' professions are randomized. Yes Yes Yes
Passive Mobs Java Edition Bedrock Edition Legacy Console 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
Cat Cat skins are randomized and will always spawn stray cats. Upcoming Upcoming No
Chicken Yes Yes Yes
Cod Yes Yes Yes
Cow Yes Yes Yes
Donkey 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
Mooshroom Yes Yes Yes
Mule 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
Parrot Parrots are spawned untamed and with a random color. Yes Yes Yes
Pig Pigs are spawned without a saddle on the back. Yes Yes Yes
Pufferfish Yes Yes Yes
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
Salmon Sizes are randomized. Yes Yes Yes
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
Skeleton Horse Yes Yes Yes
Squid Yes Yes Yes
Tropical Fish Shapes, colors and sizes are randomized. Yes Yes Yes
Turtle Yes Yes Yes
Villager Villagers' professions are randomized. Yes Yes Yes
Zombie Horse Yes Yes Yes

Data values[edit]

A spawn egg without colors.

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

Item ID Name
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 1.14] cat_spawn_egg[upcoming 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
Ghast Spawn Egg ghast_spawn_egg
Guardian Spawn Egg guardian_spawn_egg
Horse Spawn Egg horse_spawn_egg
Husk Spawn Egg husk_spawn_egg
Illager Beast Spawn Egg‌[upcoming 1.14] illager_beast_spawn_egg[upcoming 1.14]
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 1.14] panda_spawn_egg[upcoming 1.14]
Parrot Spawn Egg parrot_spawn_egg
Phantom Spawn Egg phantom _spawn_egg
Pig Spawn Egg pig_spawn_egg
Pillager Spawn Egg‌[upcoming 1.14] pillager_spawn_egg[upcoming 1.14]
Polar Bear Spawn Egg polar_bear_spawn_egg
Pufferfish Spawn Egg pufferfish_spawn_egg
Rabbit Spawn Egg rabbit_spawn_egg
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
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
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 ID Name Numeral 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.

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
1.1 11w49a 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.
1.2.1 12w03a Spawn 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.
1.3.1 12w18a Villagers spawned from spawn eggs were always farmers before this update and now their professions are randomized.
1.4.2 12w32a Zombie villager can now be spawned using zombie spawn eggs.
Sheep from spawn eggs can now spawn naturally-colored sheep (white, gray, brown, pink, etc.).
12w36a Wither 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.
1.4.4 pre Baby mobs are now spawn-able by right-clicking a mob with a corresponding mob egg. Although, this doesn't work with zombies.
1.5 January 7, 2013Dinnerbone tweeted the first image of a renamed mob appearing in a death message.
13w02a Mobs 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.
1.6.1 13w16a Added horse spawn eggs.
13w24a Spawn eggs will now work on water.
1.6-pre Renaming a spawn egg "Dinnerbone" or "Grumm" will now cause the mob to spawn upside-down.
1.7.4 13w48b Renaming 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.
1.8 14w11a Added endermite spawn eggs.
14w25a Added guardian spawn eggs.
14w27a Added rabbit spawn eggs.
14w28b Eggs can now be used to program monster spawner blocks.
1.9 15w31a Added shulker spawn eggs.
15w33a Spawn 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"} }.
1.10 16w20a Added spawn eggs for polar bears, wither skeletons, strays, husks, elder guardian, cats, donkeys, mules, skeleton horses and zombie horses.
pre2 Removed spawn eggs for wither skeleton, stray, husk, elder guardian, cat, donkey, mule, skeleton horse and zombie horse that were added in 16w20a.
1.11 16w32a Re-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.[2]
16w32b The zombie villager spawn egg will now spawn different zombie professions.
16w39a Added spawn eggs for evoker, llama, vex and vindicator.
1.12 17w13a Added spawn egg for parrot.
1.13 17w47a The 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
1.14 18w43a Added panda, pillager and illager beast spawn eggs.
18w44a Added cat 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.
0.9.0 build 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.
0.11.0 build 1 Added squid and bat spawn eggs.
Added ghast, magma cube and cave spider spawn eggs, which are currently unobtainable.
build 3 Added cave spider spawn eggs to the creative mode inventory.
build 8 Added magma cube spawn eggs to the creative mode inventory.
0.12.1 build 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 9 Mobs spawned from renamed eggs will now have the name of the egg and the names will appear in death messages.
build 12 Zombie villagers can now be spawned using zombie spawn eggs.
0.13.0 build 1 Added rabbit spawn eggs.
0.14.0 build 1 Added witch spawn eggs.
0.15.0 build 1 Added horse, mule, donkey, zombie horse, skeleton horse, stray, husk and wither skeleton spawn eggs to the creative inventory.
0.15.1 build 1 The 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.
0.16.0 build 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 2 The NPC spawn egg has now been removed from the creative inventory.
build 4 The NPC spawn egg has now been removed completely.
build 5 Added elder guardian spawn egg to the creative inventory.
Pocket Edition
1.0 alpha 0.17.0.1 Added spawn eggs for shulkers, endermites and polar bears.
1.1 alpha 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 beta 1.2.0.2 Added parrot and zombie villager spawn eggs.
1.4 beta 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 beta 1.5.0.4 Added spawn eggs for turtles.
1.6 beta 1.6.0.1 Added spawn eggs for phantoms.
1.8 beta 1.8.0.8 Added spawn eggs for pandas and cats.
Added two new spawn egg textures called agent and the mask.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.9 beta 1.9.0.0 Added pillager 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.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added Spawn Eggs.
1.7.10 Added spawn eggs for endermen, polar bears and shulkers.

Issues[edit]

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

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. https://twitter.com/notch/status/117870458904387585
  2. MC-88096 – "When using spawn eggs on fences the mobs fall through" resolved as "Fixed"