Silk touch spawner

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This article is about the block. For mob farms, see Tutorials/Mob farm. For the entity in Minecraft Dungeons, see MCD:Mob Spawner.

A spawner, otherwise known as a monster spawner in Bedrock Edition, is a cage-like block that can spawn mobs. When configured, it contains a miniature, spinning version of the type of mob it spawns.


Spawners cannot be obtained in Survival, even with Silk Touch.

In Bedrock Edition, a monster spawner can be obtained from creative inventory or by using pick block. It is initially empty and inert, but can be configured to spawn a desired mob by using a spawn egg on the placed block.

In Java Edition, spawners are not found in the creativeinventory[1] and are the only block with an item form that cannot be picked with pick block. One can be obtained only by using the command, which gives a pig spawner by default; afterward the mob can be changed by using a spawn egg on the placed block.

A , or command can also be used to obtain a spawner.


If broken with a pickaxe, a spawner drops 15-43 experience. When mined with anything else, it drops nothing.

Block Spawner
Hardness 5
Breaking time[A]
Default 25
  1. ↑Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Natural generation[]

Spawners can generate naturally in the following places:

One in the center of the dungeon spawning one of the following mobs with the indicated frequency: zombie (50%), skeleton (25%), or spider (25%).
Any number of cave spider spawners, densely surrounded by cobwebs, scattered throughout.
Woodland mansions
Optionally one spider spawner, densely surrounded by cobwebs, in a rarely generated secret room on the 2nd or 3rd floor. It is sometimes visible through the windows from outside.
One silverfish spawner in the end portal room.
Nether fortresses
One or two blaze spawners on fenced platforms with full-block "stairs" leading up to them. Normally two are generated per fortress, but there can be fewer.
Bastion remnants
Any number of magma cube spawners hanging from chains underneath a bridge in treasure rooms.


The spawner spawns mobs in a 9×3×9 volume (see § Mechanics) around it when the player is within 16 blocks. Suitable spawning locations for the block's mob type are provided in or around the spawning volume. The spawner attempts to spawn four mobs around it, then waits from 10 to 39.95 seconds before spawning more.

In Peaceful difficulty, spawners still activate but do not spawn monsters in Bedrock Edition. In Java Edition, zombified piglins, magma cubes, and ghasts do not spawn at all and other hostile mobs disappear immediately after spawning.

Although spawners are transparent in their rendering and do not block light, they behave like opaque blocks with respect to their interaction with other blocks and adjacent effects.

In Bedrock Edition, they have a hitbox slightly smaller than a full block and one can, therefore, walk on the edge of a supporting full block directly below the spawner.


A spawner activates when a player comes within a spherical radius of 16 blocks from the center point of the block; i.e. 15.5 blocks from the block itself. While the block is active, it spawns mobs up to 4 blocks away from the spawner horizontally, and up to 1 block away vertically, effectively meaning mobs can spawn in a 9×3×9 volume around the spawner. In Bedrock Edition, the spawning volume is cuboid, extending 4 blocks in each cardinal direction from the sides of the spawner; its cross-section is therefore diamond-shaped. Mobs can spawn anywhere in this range that is suitable, with mobs more likely to spawn closer to the spawner than farther away.

While mobs are spawned at fractional x and z-coordinates (i.e. not aligned to blocks), they are spawned at an integer y-coordinate. Horizontally, a mob can spawn with its center point anywhere within the 8×8 range, but vertically, mobs spawn with their legs at either the same layer as the spawner block, one block above it, or one block below it.

The block attempts to spawn 4 mobs at randomly chosen points within the spawning volume, then wait anywhere from 200 to 799 ticks (10 to 39.95 seconds) before spawning again. As it waits, the mob inside the block spins faster and faster. Except for spawning on a solid block, all of the usual requirements for spawning must be met (not in a solid block, correct light level, etc.), so the spawner often produces fewer than 4 mobs. When it does spawn, it emits a "poof", and more flame particles temporarily appear around it. If the block fails to spawn any mobs because it did not pick any suitable locations, it repeats this process every tick until it succeeds. It starts waiting for the next cycle after it spawns at least one mob. If, at the time of spawning, 6 or more mobs of the spawner's type are present within a 9×9×9 volume centered on the spawner block (in Java Edition) or a 16×10×16 volume centered on the lower northwest corner of the spawner block (in Bedrock Edition), the spawner "poofs" without creating any mobs and then waits for the next cycle.

Spawning requirements[]

The spawner performs a relaxed version of the ordinary spawning check: the general solid block requirement is removed, but the volume (hitbox of the mob), the light level, and other checks are kept. As a result, for some types of mobs to spawn in the outer planes of the spawning volume, some planes outside the volume may also need to be free of opaque blocks to conform with the mobs' height, width, or other rules governing their individual spawn volumes. For example, for mobs that are two or more blocks tall such as zombies, skeletons, or blazes to spawn in the top y-layer, the layer above that must contain only air.

  1. ↑8×3×8 is the actual volume across which spawners spawn entities, but this volume contains only the entity's center. The failure rate assumes 8×4×8 because it is a popular misconception that 8×4×8 is the maximum efficiency volume of empty space for mob spawners - it actually depends on the size of the entities themselves. Note that 10×4×10 is guaranteed to accommodate all of the above mobs. Also note that this failure rate accounts only for failures due to attempting to spawn a mob at the edges of the spawn range, not other causes of failure such as mobs attempting to spawn intersecting the spawner block itself.
  2. ↑Pig spawners do not generate naturally in vanilla Minecraft.

For all of the volumes listed in the table, the horizontal plane is centered on the center of the spawner block. While the spawning volume for pigs is 8.9×2.9×8.9, the requirement of grass blocks that are necessary for pigs to spawn reduces the actual volume in which they successfully spawn to 8.9×1.0×8.9. Other mobs can spawn in mid-air, ignoring general rules about spawning on solid ground.

The spawn conditions do not include biomes for most mobs. As such, spawners can place mobs where they normally wouldn't generate. For example, a mooshroom spawner can operate in a plains biome as long as there are mycelium blocks within the spawn area because the mooshroom's spawning code checks only for mycelium. The reason mooshrooms are not actually spawned elsewhere is that the game does not normally try to spawn them in other biomes: only the mushroom field biome has mooshroom on the list of things to spawn.


See also: Light § Mobs

The way a spawner can be disabled depends on the entity it tries to spawn.

For a spawner that generates mobs that spawn only in dark conditions (light level ≤ 7), a torch placed on any side or top of the spawner is sufficient to disable it for the whole 9×9×3 volume.

For a blaze or silverfish spawner, a light level of 12 is required to prevent spawning. This can be achieved by:

  • Laying 9 blocks in the pattern shown on the right using blocks having a luminance value of 15
  • Laying a dense 7×7 grid of torches on the spawner's Y level
  • In Bedrock Edition, placing a light source of level 15 on four surfaces

A spawner is also disabled by filling the spawning volume with solid blocks. This is often used to disable magma cube spawners, as magma cubes can spawn in any light level. However, since all magma cubes require the space of a large magma cube in order to spawn, a clever placement of as little as 9 solid blocks a layer above the spawner (see right image) can completely disable it.

Custom spawners[]

Using commands, spawners can be customized:

  • They can be made to spawn any kind of entity.
  • A single spawner can spawn multiple different entities, chosen at random from a list.
  • Properties can be set on the spawned entities.
  • Various range and timing properties of the spawner can be changed.

Detailed technical information about custom spawners can be found below.

Note blocks[]

Spawner can be placed under note blocks to produce "bass drum" sounds.

Piston interactivity[]

Spawners cannot be pushed by pistons. They also cannot be pushed nor pulled by sticky pistons.


Java Edition:

Bedrock Edition: [needs in-game testing]

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
??Once the block has broken?1.2
??Falling on the block with fall damage??
??While the block is in the process of being broken?0.75
??Jumping from the block??
??Falling on the block without fall damage??
??Walking on the block??
??When the block is placed?1.2

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameResource locationFormTranslation key
SpawnerBlock & Item

Bedrock Edition:

NameResource locationNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Monster SpawnerBlock & Item
NameSavegame ID
Block entity

Block data[]

A spawner has a block entity associated with it that holds additional data about the block.

Java Edition:

See also: Block entity format

Bedrock Edition:

See Bedrock Edition level format/Block entity format.



Java Edition Infdev
20100625-2Spawner JE1.png Added mob spawners.
Mob spawners can be picked up and when placed, spawn pigs.
20100627Mob spawners have been given a unique ID, reducing crashes.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.1Mob spawners can't be picked up anymore.
v1.1.0Removed rotating model inside of the mob spawner due to some multiplayer issues with it.
Java Edition Beta
1.2"Mob Spawner" has been renamed to "Monster Spawner".
Monster spawners again show a rotating model inside of what they spawn in singleplayer after being missing for several versions.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 PrereleaseSpawner JE2.png The texture of monster spawners has been now changed to a darker color.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3Monster spawners now drop when mined using a tool enchanted with the new Silk Touch enchantment, despite this enchantment not existing until the next snapshot.
Added natural silverfish spawners.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Squid spawners now work only in a narrow elevation range, from 46 to 62.
Monster spawners no longer drop when broken using a tool enchanted with Silk Touch.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6Monster spawners now take much shorter to destroy, and the breaking time is tier dependent.
1.2.112w06aMonster spawners now show the mob they are spawning in multiplayer; previously they would always show a pig.
1.3.112w21aPick block no longer works on monster spawners.
12w22aMonster spawners now drop experience when destroyed.
12w26aMonster spawners now support extra data pertaining to what they spawn.
1.814w18aSpawners with numerical metadata variants 1 through 15, which are inaccessible through normal gameplay, now have no modelMissing Model JE2.png rather than appearing identical to spawners.
14w26aBlock metadata has been completely removed from this snapshot onwards with the introduction of block states. As this block never used block metadata at all prior to this version, fifteen unused, inaccessible metadata variants of it have been completely removed from the game:
14w26cThe horizontal spawning range of monster spawners is now calculated from the center of the block rather than the northwest corner.
The exclusion zone of monster spawners has been reduced: for a default spawner, the 6 mobs must be in a 9×9×9 region rather than 17×9×17 to prevent spawning.
14w28bThe type of mob spawned from a monster spawner can now be changed by using a spawn egg on it.
1.916w02aA monster spawner containing a large mob now scales down the mob to fit inside the spawner block.
1.1116w32aThe blockentity ID has been changed from to .
16w39aSpider monster spawners now generate in woodland mansions.
1.1317w47a"Monster Spawner" has been renamed to simply "Spawner".
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 52.
pre5The ID of spawners has been changed to .
1.1418w43aSpawner JE3.png The texture of spawners has been changed.
1.1620w16aMagma cube spawners now generate in bastion remnants.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.18experimental snapshot 2Zombie, skeleton, spider, and cave spider spawners now require a light level of 12 to prevent spawning.
21w37aThe light level changes in experimental snapshot 2 have been reverted.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.9.0build 1Spawner BE1.png Added monster spawners.
build 2Added monster spawners to the creativeinventory.
The type of mob spawned can now be changed using a spawn egg.
build 9Monster spawners now emit light.
v0.12.1build 1Blaze spawners now generate in nether fortresses.
Monster spawners now drop experience when mined using a pickaxe.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha monster spawners now generate in woodland mansions.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta BE2.png The texture of monster spawners has been changed.
1.16.0beta cube spawners now generate in bastion remnants.
1.17.30beta no longer emit light.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Spawner JE1.png Added monster spawners.
TU5Spawner JE2.png The texture of monster spawners has been changed.
TU31CU19 1.22 Patch 3The type of mob spawned from a monster spawner can now be changed by using a spawn egg.
TU69 1.76 Patch 38Monster spawners are now available in the creativeinventory, and can be obtained with pick block.
1.90 Spawner JE3.png The texture of monster spawners has been changed.


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


  • Any spawner placed in Java Edition defaults as a pig spawner.
  • A player-created spawner containing zombies can never spawn a Zombie Villager.[more information needed]
  • In Java Edition, spawners containing zombies have a small chance to spawn a chicken jockey.
  • There are no such thing as iron golem spawners or snow golem spawners.
  • Spawners containing zombies or skeletons have a chance for the mob spinning inside to have armor.
  • Spawners containing spiders have a small chance to spawn a spider jockey.
  • Spawners containing Pillagers have a small chance for the mob spinning inside to be a Raid captain in Java Edition.
  • Spawners in mushroom fields, mushroom field shore, or the Void biome can function normally, despite those biomes having no hostile mobs spawn naturally.
  • Spawners are the only block that can be legitimately obtained as an item, but not obtainable from either Creative mode or pick block.‌[Java Edition only]
  • It is possible for a pig spawner to generate naturally. If a newer world is loaded in an older version of minecraft, the spawner can lose its metadata, causing it to enter its default state, which is pig. Alternatively, if a buried treasure chest generates next to a spawner, it duplicates the spawner without duplicating the NBT tag, resulting in a natural pig spawner. The chest also gets invalid block(spawner)data, making it unopenable.
  • If a dungeon spawner overwrites a dungeon chest during world generation, the spawner does not spawn any mobs. It appears as a pig spawner, but placing a hopper underneath it reveals the contents of the chest that should have been there.


  • A dungeon, connected to another dungeon, with two spawners.

  • A spawner edited to spawn zombies wearing enchanted diamond armor.

  • Light required to disable a blaze spawner.

  • A spider spawner that generated on the surface. The spawner is located roughly in the middle of the picture, underneath a cobweb.

  • Chickens spawning from multiple spawners.

  • A spawner in an older version of Minecraft.

  • Cave spider spawner seen from a chamber.


SilkSpawners - Harvest mob spawners with silk touch

Version v7.1.0

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A sign shop addon for buying and selling spawners can be found here:




Ever wanted to move a mob spawner? With SilkSpawners, you can now pick up and move monster spawners.
If you use a pickaxe with the silktouch enchantment you will receive the spawner again.
You can control each mob spawner, allow crafting and of course mod support.

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  • NEW A sign shop addon can be found here:
  • Added BarAPI support (for 1.9+ only: support for Vanilla implementation)
  • per Type spawner name and explosion chance!
  • Support Minecraft from 1.8.X to 1.17
  • Configure a percentage of dropping a spawner on explosions (TNT & creeper)
  • Spawner retains creature type
  • Works on any spawner
  • Crafting of each spawner (own recipe for every mob if wanted)
  • Showing of creature type when spawners are placed, broken or held
  • Commands for
    • Changing a spawner in hand or sight
    • Getting a new spawner (or egg) in the hand NEW: With offline player support!
    • Console support
  • Left-click spawner with spawn egg to change type (consuming egg or not)
  • If enabled, right click with an egg and a MonsterSpawner of this type will appear
  • Permissions support
  • Support for
    • Custom mobs added by client/server mods
    • Spawning any entity with spawn eggs (dragons, non-creature entities, etc.)
    • Dumping entity ID map on startup for debugging mods
  • Compatible with
    • CraftBukkit and Spigot (see spawnersUnstackable)
    • MCPC(+) and ported mods (auto-detects IDs)
    • Not Enough Items (newer builds only)
  • Flexible creature type names on input (pigman, zombiepigman, pigzombie, etc. all accepted), official names on output (Magma Cube, not "LavaSlime")
  • Colored item names
  • Localization of all messages
  • There is an economy addon to charge the users when they change a spawner: SilkSpawnersEcoAddon

Third party features, all of them can be disabled
Please take a look at the detailed information about bStats below!

  • bStats for usage statistics
  • Auto Updater (connecting to for updating checking)
    • can be disabled if you switch autoUpdater to false in the config.yml




See the config here!
(Fully commented!)




You can find a list of permissions and creatures here!




Only the bukkit permissions are supported!
I highly recommend that you use a plugin for permissions like bPermissions
If no permission system is found, all commands are for OPs only!

If you suffix a mob name with egg you will receive an egg instead.

/ss help - Displays the help menu.
/ss list|all - Displays all available creatures.
/ss view - Displays information about the viewed spawner.
/ss reload|rl - Reloads the configuration files.
/ss change|set <newMob> - Changes the spawner you are currently holding or viewing at.
/ss give|add <player> <mob> [amount] - Gives a spawner or egg to the player. Amount is optional.

/ss selfget|i <mob> [amount] - Gives a spawner or egg to you. Amount is optional.




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Known Bugs

  • If sign shops are not working, you may want to try my custom sign shop addon:
  • Mobs like Ghasts or Giants are too big for the spawner, this a Minecraft bug and I can't fix that
  • Some older Essentials versions/ports are not updated properly for 1.8. There is a maintained fork called EssentialsX you should try.
    • You can find the source here: GitHub
    • And the download from Jenkins here: Jenkins
  • If you use Gui Sign Shop and users are unable to place spawners, you need to grant them the guishop.spawner permission from Gui Sign Shop
  • Holographic Displays makes Slime spawners non functional
  • UltraCosmetics, causes some spawners to non function:



Technical Details

You can find more information here!




SilkSpawners is equipped with an API. You can find more information here!





Version 7.1.0

  • Adds support for Minecraft 1.17
  • Adds new mobs from Minecraft 1.17
  • The explode event (API) includes the causing entity
  • Adds an option to disable the nerf warning
  • Updates built in updater and bStats

Version 7.0.0

  • SilkSpawners won't send any messages to the player or console if they are configured as an empty string in the localization.yml
  • Fixes an incorrect exception statement in the log in regards to the auto updater
  • Improves the verboseMode, the permissions are logged more detailed
  • Detects and warns if invalid Spigot or Paper configuration settings are found
  • Updates bStats and build dependencies
  • Drops support for 1.8.3, 1.9-1.9.2 and 1.13-1.13.1 - nearly no servers should be affected by this (of course 1.8, 1.8.8, 1.9.4 and 1.13.2 remain supported!)

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Mob spawners in Minecraft: Everything you need to know

Because they cannot be obtained without cheats, many players do not know about the mob spawners in Minecraft. Not even players with a Silk Touch enchanted pickaxe will be able to collect these blocks, and for a good reason.

Mob spawners will continuously spawn a specific mob when a player is near it, allowing for the farming of that mob's resources. These spawners can be found in various naturally generated structures, such as nether fortresses and underground dungeons (seen above).

Also read: How to download Minecraft Bedrock beta version on Windows & Android devices

A handy guide into mob spawners in Minecraft


A disabled blaze spawner found in a nether fortress (Image via minecraft.fandom)

While mob spawners can be found in many naturally generating structures (seen above), they cannot be obtained and placed without cheats.

Mob spawners cannot even be obtained from the creative menu. Therefore players will have to use commands if they want to place one. Players can use the /give, /setblock, /clone, or /fill commands to spawn mob spawners. Once the spawner is spawned in, players can use one of the spawn eggs to change the spawn mob.

Players may think of breaking a mob spawner with a silk touch pickaxe to collect it. However, this is not the case, and they will only end up ruining the naturally created mob spawner.

For those who are curious, mob spawners will naturally spawn in the following areas:

  • Underground dungeon (Skeleton, Zombie, Spider)
  • Mineshafts (Cave Spider)
  • Woodland Mansion (Spider)
  • Nether Fortress (Blaze)
  • Bastion Remnants (Magma Cube)

Also read: Minecraft Redditor displays how powder snow is stronger than bedrock


A player using a naturally found mob spawner to create a mob farm (Image via craftymynes)

Once a player moves within 16 blocks of a mob spawner, it will continuously spawn the associated mob. The spawner will attempt to spawn four mobs around it, then waits for 10 to 40 seconds before spawning more.

Mob spawners can be disabled by providing sufficient light around them, such as torches or glowstones. Blaze and Silverfish spawners require more light to be disabled than other spawners.

Players who have stumbled upon a naturally generated spawner (or cheated it in) can create mob farms due to the consistent stream of mobs spawning. This can be seen in the image above, where the spawned mobs will be funneled into a hole, where they will be killed to drop XP and loot.

The video above showcases a mob farm that was created with a naturally spawning mob spawner.

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