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Health points




Hitbox size

Height: 0.8 Blocks
Width: 0.8 Blocks
Baby:[BE only]
Height: 0.4 Blocks
Width: 0.4 Blocks


§ Spawning

Squid are eight-armed passive mobs that spawn in water.


Bedrock Edition[edit]

Two to four squid can spawn in water, as long as the biome is a river or ocean biome variant. In addition, they only spawn on the surface, there must not be a spawnable block above the spawn location with a non-solid block on top. They have a 5% chance to spawn as babies.

Java Edition[edit]

Four squid commonly spawn in water between layers 46 and sea level (62). After the world generation, they can spawn individually and only in rivers, beach variants and oceanic biomes.

Squid do not spawn anywhere if the world type is classic flat (the sea level for superflat worlds is at Y=0).

Unlike most other animals, squid despawn over time.



Squid are passive toward the player, akin to the other passive mobs found on land. They are not attracted to light and do not deliberately interact with the player.

When a squid moves, its tentacles open and close, giving them an appearance of pushing themselves leisurely forward. Squid hover in place when first spawned into the world and wander around aimlessly, swimming up and down through each layer.

Squids suffocate to death if they are beached on land for too long. While on land, they do not move and stay stationary until they suffocate. They can take fall damage and burn like any other land mob, but they cannot drown. When out of the water, squid are extremely resistant to knockback.

Squid cannot swim in lava, even if given a Fire Resistance effect. They simply pass through the lava and behave as if on land.

Ink cloud produced by a squid.

Unlike land-based mobs, squid can swim against a current and not get pushed by it.

Guardians and elder guardians attack squid in the same manner as they would a player, even if the squid is affected by invisibility.

Squids, being aquatic mobs, are affected by the Impaling enchantment.

Squids produce a cloud of black ink particles and swim away in the opposite direction when attacked. They also produce unique dark blue bubble particles when hit.

Squid sometimes beach themselves and suffocate on the banks of rivers and occasionally on ocean beaches.


SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Sound parameters
Squid swims? ? entity.squid.ambientsubtitles.entity.squid.ambient? ? 16?????
Squid dies? ? entity.squid.deathsubtitles.entity.squid.death? ? 16?????
Squid hurts? ? entity.squid.hurtsubtitles.entity.squid.hurt? ? 16?????
Squid shoots ink? ? entity.squid.squirtsubtitles.entity.squid.squirt? ? 16?????

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Squidsquid entity.minecraft.squid

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Squidsquid 17entity.squid.name

Entity data[edit]

Squids have entity data associated with them that contains various properties.


Java Edition Beta
1.2Squid Revision 1.png Added squid.
1.2_01Squid can be milked with an empty bucket, just like cows.
1.3Squid now have the ability to move in three dimensions (rather than only along the bottom of the body of water).
1.4Squid can no longer be milked.
1.5Squid are now incapable of swimming upward. When they do manage to swim upward, they drift down with a zero net gain in altitude, resulting in a jittery animation.
1.7Until Beta 1.7, squid would not de-spawn like other mobs. This made squid a popular pet as once harvested they could be put in aquariums and kept there. However, this has now been corrected because of their downward movement (at the time) caused them to pool in relatively deep crevices in the ocean or lakes, thus making ink sacs hard to acquire as further squid would not spawn until the local population had been lowered.
Squid have now been made to de-spawn like other mobs, likely in preparation for the much deeper oceans in the Release 1.8 update.
1.8Pre-release 2 ;)Squid now drop experience orbs when killed by the player.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Squid now spawn only between layers 45 and 63.
1.4.4preSquid now suffocate when exposed to air.
1.814w06aSquid have now been updated with a new AI system. They previously could not swim upward, and eventually collected at the bottoms of lakes. They can now swim upward and in all directions more fluently.
1.8.2pre7Squid spawn below sea level, rather than a constant Y=63.
1.915w39aSquid are slightly smaller (0.8 blocks square rather than 0.95).
15w50aAdded sounds entity.squid.ambient, entity.squid.hurt and entity.squid.death
1.1116w32aThe entity ID has now been changed from Squid to squid.
1.1318w07aSquid now produce a cloud of floating black ink particles plus dark blue bubbling particles when attacked.
18w08aAdded a sound effect when squid shoot ink.
1.13.118w31aSquid now spawn only in rivers, oceans and beaches.
1.1418w43aSquid.png The texture of squid has now been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.11.0build 1Squid Revision 1.pngSquid Revision 1.png Added squid and baby squid. Baby squid are a version exclusive.
Squid produce a cloud of floating black ink particles when attacked.
0.14.0build 5Squid now have bubbling particles.
0.16.0build 1Added new sounds for squid.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta The textures of squid and baby squid have now been changed.
1.13.0beta can now spawn in rivers.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 1Squid Revision 1.png Added squid.
TU43CU33 1.36 Patch 13Added sounds for squid.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Squid.png The texture of squid has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Squid Revision 1.png Added squid.


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


  • Hitting a squid underwater causes them to rise approximately 1312 a block.
  • Squid cannot be damaged by attacks to their tentacles.
  • Squid don't have a death animation.
  • Squid behave like some land mobs and attempt to ride a minecart. In Java Edition this is not always useful as rails and water cannot occupy the same block.
  • Squid are the first passive mob to spawn at any light level, in water, and without grass.
  • The squid's idle sound is barely audible.
  • If a squid is out of the water, its arms swing more slowly as its oxygen meter goes down. When 15 seconds have passed, its arms stop swinging and the squid begins to suffocate.‌[Bedrock Edition only]
  • In real life, squid have ten tentacles, not eight, and the squid in-game seems more like an octopus.
  • Squid are not affected by the Dinnerbone easter egg.


See also[edit]