Height: 0.8 Blocks
Squids spawn in water between layers 46 and sea level (64), 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, beach variants and ocean biomes.
Squid do not spawn anywhere if the world type is classic flat (due to the sea level for superflat worlds being at Y=0).
Unlike other passive mobs, squid may despawn over time.
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. They also do not take an exact path of travel.
When a squid moves, its tentacles open and close, giving them an appearance of pushing themselves forward, which they will do slowly. 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 other 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.
Unlike other land-based mobs, squids can swim against a current and not get pushed by it.
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]
Squids, being aquatic mobs, are affected by the Impaling enchantment.
Squids have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob.
|Java Edition Beta|
|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.|
|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 |
|1.11||16w32a||Changed entity ID from |
|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|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added squids.|
|TU43||CU33||1.36||Patch 13||Added sounds for squids.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
- Hitting a squid underwater causes them to rise approximately 1⁄3–1⁄2 a block.
- Squids cannot be damaged by attacks to their tentacles.
- Squids don't have a death animation.
- Squids 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.
- Squids are the first passive mob to spawn at any light level, in water, and without grass.
- The squid's idle sound is barely audible.
A squid riding a minecart.
A squid that has spawned in an village farm.
A squid in Minecraft: Story Mode.