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This article is about the mob found in Minecraft. For the mob in Minecraft Earth, see :MCE:Glow Squid. For the mob in Minecraft Dungeons, see :MCD:Glow Squid.

The glow squid is an aquatic passive mob found in dark underwater areas, typically in ocean depths, ravines and underground lakes. The glow squid is a variety of squid. It has an aqua luminescent texture. They were ported to vanilla Minecraft from Minecraft Earth.


In Java Edition, schools of 2 to 4 glow squid spawn in water in complete darkness in the Overworld (except deep dark biome) below layer 30. Unlike most other aquatic mobs, they require no water or waterlogged blocks above or below their spawning space.

In Bedrock Edition, glow squid spawn anywhere where there's water underground, in schools of 2 to 4 (below a solid roof categorized as cave spawn, while squids are surface spawns) anywhere below Y=30. Glow squid have a 5% chance of spawning as babies.


  • 1 to 3 glow ink sacs. The maximum amount is increased by one per level of Looting, for a maximum of 1 to 6 with Looting III.
  • 1–3 experience points when killed by a player or tamed wolf.
  • As with all other baby animals, killing a baby glow squid from Bedrock Edition yields no items or experience.


Glow Squid Shooting Ink

The turquoise ink cloud produced by a glow squid.

Glow squid wander around aimlessly in three dimensions as long as they are in the water, opening and closing their tentacles, which gives them the appearance of pushing themselves leisurely forward.

Glow squid suffocate when out of water, dying after 15 seconds (300 game ticks). While on land, they remain 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, glow squid are resistant to knockback.

Glow squid are passive toward the player. They are not attracted to light and do not deliberately interact with the player. Glow squid sometimes beach themselves and suffocate on the banks of rivers and occasionally on ocean beaches. These behaviors are shared with traditional squid.

Glow squid appear to glow, but do not produce light. They stop glowing for 5 seconds (100 game ticks) when harmed.

Glow squid cannot swim in lava, even if inflicted with Fire Resistance. They simply pass through the lava and behave as if on land.

Unlike land-based mobs, glow squid can swim against a current and not get pushed by it.‌‌[Java Edition only]

Guardians and elder guardians attack glow squid in the same manner as they attack a player or regular squid. Axolotls also attack glow squid.

Because glow squid are aquatic mobs they are affected by the Impaling enchantment.‌[Java Edition only][until JE Combat Tests]

Glow squid constantly produce crystalline particles around them. When attacked, they emit a cloud of turquoise ink particles and swim away. The particles and the ink remain remain visible when the glow squid has the Invisibility status effect.

If the player is in spectator mode or is far away from glow squid (often when they are in unloaded chunks), they remain stationary. When attacked in this state, glow squid cannot flee.

Although glow squid have a baby variant in Bedrock Edition, there is currently no way to breed adult glow squid.


Java Edition:
Glow squids use the Friendly Creatures sound category for entity-dependent sound events.

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Glow Squid swimsFriendly CreaturesRandomlyentity.glow_squid.ambientsubtitles.entity.glow_squid.ambient1.00.8-1.216
Glow Squid diesFriendly CreaturesWhen a glow squid diesentity.glow_squid.deathsubtitles.entity.glow_squid.death1.00.8-1.216
Glow Squid hurtsFriendly CreaturesWhen a glow squid is damagedentity.glow_squid.hurtsubtitles.entity.glow_squid.hurt1.00.8-1.216
Glow Squid shoots inkFriendly CreaturesWhen a glow squid shoots ink after being damaged by a playerentity.glow_squid.squirtsubtitles.entity.glow_squid.squirt1.00.8-1.216

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
Friendly CreaturesRandomlymob.glow_squid.ambient0.40.8-1.2 (Baby: 1.3-1.7)
Friendly CreaturesWhen a glow squid diesmob.glow_squid.death0.40.8-1.2 (Baby: 1.3-1.7)
Friendly CreaturesWhen a glow squid is damagedmob.glow_squid.hurt0.40.8-1.2 (Baby: 1.3-1.7)
Friendly CreaturesWhen a glow squid shoots ink after being damaged by a playermob.glow_squid.ink_squirt1.01.0

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierEntity tags (JE)Translation key
Glow Squidglow_squidaxolotl_always_hostilesentity.minecraft.glow_squid

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID Translation key
Glow Squidglow_squid129entity.glow_squid.name


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Advancement-fancy-rawIt Spreads
Kill a mob near a Sculk Catalyst Monster HunterKill one of these 70 mobs near a sculk catalyst: Mobs that drop no experience are ignored for this advancement.adventure/kill_mob_near_sculk_catalyst

Entity data[]

Glow squid have entity data associated with them that contains various properties.

Java Edition:

Main article: Entity format
  • Entity data
    • Tags common to all entities
    • Tags common to all mobs
    •  DarkTicksRemaining: Countdown of ticks remaining until the glow squid starts glowing. Not glowing while positive, glowing when countdown reaches zero.

Bedrock Edition:

See Bedrock Edition level format/Entity format.


September 27, 2020The glow squid, moobloom, and iceologer are announced as the mobs in the Minecraft Live 2020 mob vote, which consists of mobs from Minecraft's spin-off games, Minecraft Dungeons and Minecraft Earth.
October 3, 2020The glow squid wins the mob vote. The glow squid is the first mob from a spin-off game to be included in the base game.
Java Edition
1.1721w03aGlow Squid JE1 Added the glow squid, but without the glow texture animation found in the Minecraft Earth version.
21w13aGlow squid now spawn in underground water sources.
21w19aGlow squid can now be leashed.[1]
Pre-release 3Glow squid now spawn only in total darkness and where there's a block with base_stone_overworld tag less than 5 blocks below the spawning space.
1.1821w40aGlow squid now spawn below y=30 rather than below y=63, and ignore any prior light level or natural stone requirements.
1.18.222w07aBy fixing MC-238977, glow squid now also require complete darkness to spawn, as was previously the case from 1.17-pre3 to 21w39a.
Bedrock Edition
1.17.0beta Squid BE1 Added the glow squid behind the "Caves and Cliffs" experimental toggle. Ink particles are currently black as normal squid, unlike Java Edition. The glow texture is not animated, unlike the original Minecraft Earth version.
beta glow squid has been temporarily removed due to a crash.
beta Squid BE1 Re-added glow squids.
Glow Squid now squirt the same coloured particles when hit as on Java Edition.
beta spawn in any biome and up to Y-63 instead of Y-30.
Glow squid are now available without enabling experimental gameplay.
beta a sound when glow squids shoot out ink.
1.17.30beta squid can now spawn below Y=0 to Y=-64 if the Caves & Cliffs experimental gameplay toggle is enabled.
1.18.0beta squid now spawn below y=30 rather than below y=63.


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