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.
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.
- Ink Sacs 1-3. The maximum amount is increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 1-6 with Looting III.
- 1–3 Experience when killed by a player or tamed wolf
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.
Unlike land-based mobs, squid can swim against a current and not get pushed by it.
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.
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|Squid shoots ink||?||?||?||?||16||?||?||?||?||?|
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Squids have entity data associated with them that contains various properties.
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.2_01||Squid can be milked with an empty bucket, just like cows.|
|1.3||Squid now have the ability to move in three dimensions (rather than only along the bottom of the body of water).|
|1.4||Squid can no longer be milked.|
|1.5||Squid 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.|
|1.7||Until 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.|
|1.8||Pre-release 2 ;)||Squid now drop experience orbs when killed by the player.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5||Squid now spawn only between layers 45 and 63.|
|1.4.4||pre||Squid now suffocate when exposed to air.|
|1.8||14w06a||Squid 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.|
|1.8.2||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 |
|1.11||16w32a||The entity ID has now been changed from |
|1.13||18w07a||Squid now produce a cloud of floating black ink particles plus dark blue bubbling particles when attacked.|
|18w08a||Added a sound effect when squid shoot ink.|
|1.13.1||18w31a||Squid now spawn only in rivers, oceans and beaches.|
|1.14||18w43a||The texture of squid has now been changed.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.11.0||build 1||Added squid and baby squid. Baby squid are a version exclusive.|
|Squid produce a cloud of floating black ink particles when attacked.|
|0.14.0||build 5||Squid now have bubbling particles.|
|0.16.0||build 1||Added new sounds for squid.|
|1.10.0||beta 188.8.131.52||The textures of squid and baby squid have now been changed.|
|1.13.0||beta 184.108.40.206||Squid can now spawn in rivers.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added squid.|
|TU43||CU33||1.36||Patch 13||Added sounds for squid.|
|PlayStation 4 Edition|
|1.90||The texture of squid has now been changed.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
- Hitting a squid underwater causes them to rise approximately 1⁄3–1⁄2 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.
A squid under ice.
A squid riding a minecart.
A squid that has spawned in a village farm.
A squid compared to a baby squid in Bedrock Edition.
A squid in Minecraft: Story Mode.
A squid squirting ink to blind the attacking player.
A squid taking suffocation damage from being out of the water.
A guardian attacking a squid.
Squids in the Nether