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Health points

10 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)


Height: 0.8 Blocks
Width: 0.8 Blocks


1 or more blocks of water, any light level
Only in rivers, oceans, and beaches
Only in oceans and beaches‌[Bedrock Edition only]

First appearances

See History

Common drops


Internal ID

JE: 94
BE: 17

Entity ID


Squids are common 8-armed passive mobs that spawn in water.


Squids spawn in water between layers 46 and sea level, in groups of up to 4 in the world generation and can be found in any biome. After the world generation, they may still spawn in individuals and will only spawn in rivers, beaches and oceans.

Squid do not spawn anywhere if the worldtype is classic flat (due to the sea level for superflat worlds being at Y=0). Unlike other passive mobs, squid may despawn over time.

Bedrock Edition

In Bedrock Edition, squids spawn only in all ocean and beach variants biomes.[1] They also have a 5% chance to spawn as babies.


When killed, each squid will drop 1–3 ink sacs. They drop 1–3 experience when killed by a player or tamed wolf.


Squids are always passive towards 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 forward. Squids 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 land mob, but they cannot drown. When out of water, squids are extremely resistant to knockback.

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

Squids (unlike land-based mobs) can swim against a current and not get pushed by it.

Ink cloud produced by squid in Bedrock Edition.

Squids produce a cloud of black ink particles and rapidly swim away in the opposite direction from the player/guardian when attacked. They also produce dark blue bubble particles when hit, which are exclusive to this mob.‌[Java and Bedrock editions only]


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

Data values

See also: Chunk format

Squids have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob. Their entity ID is squid.



Java Edition Beta
1.2 Added squids.
1.2_01 They could be milked with an empty bucket, just like cows.
1.3 Squids now have the ability to move in three dimensions (rather than only along the bottom of the body of water).
1.4 Squids can no longer be milked.
1.5 Squids were now incapable of swimming upward. When they did manage to swim upward, they would drift down with a zero net gain in altitude, resulting in a jittery animation.
1.7 Until Beta 1.7 squids did not de-spawn like other mobs. This made squid a popular pet as once harvested they could be put in aquariums and kept there until they were killed by a player. However this was 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. In 1.7 they were made to de-spawn like other mobs, likely in preparation for the much deeper oceans in the 1.8 update.
1.8 Pre-release 2 ;) Squids now drop experience orbs when killed by the player.
Java Edition
1.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5 Squids only spawn between layers 45 and 63.
1.4.4 pre Squids now suffocate when exposed to air.
1.8 14w06a Squids were 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.
1.8.2 pre7 Squid spawn below sea level, rather than a constant Y=63.
1.9 15w39a Squid are slightly smaller (0.8 blocks square rather than 0.95).
15w50a Added sounds entity.squid.ambient, entity.squid.hurt and entity.squid.death
1.11 16w32a Changed entity ID from Squid to squid.
1.13 18w07a Squid now produce a cloud of floating black ink particles when attacked.
18w08a Added a sound effect when squids shoot ink.
1.13.1 18w31a Squids now only spawn in rivers, oceans, and beaches.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.11.0 build 1 Added squid and baby squids. Baby squids are a version exclusive.
Squid produce a cloud of floating black ink particles when attacked.
0.14.0 build 5 Now have bubbling particles.
0.16.0 build 1 Added new sounds.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added squids.
TU43CU331.36Patch 13Added sounds for squids.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added Squids.


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


  • Hitting a squid underwater causes them to rise approximately 1/3 to 1/2 a block.
  • Squids cannot be damaged by attacks to their tentacles.
  • Squids behave like some land mobs and attempt to ride a minecart, but this is not always useful as rails and water cannot occupy the same block.
  • Squids are the first passive mob to spawn at any light level, in water, and without grass.
  • Squid will sometimes spawn (and then quickly die) in lava.



See also