The glow squid is an aquatic passive mob found in dark underwater areas, typically in ocean depths, ravines and underground lakes; glow squid are varieties of squid, with an aqua luminescent texture. They were ported to vanilla Minecraft from Minecraft Earth.
In Java Edition, schools of 2 to 4 glow squid spawn underwater in complete darkness in the Overworld anywhere below layer 30 when there is a block with
base_stone_overworld tag less than five blocks below the spawning space.
In Bedrock Edition, glow squid spawn anywhere in 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 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]
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.
Although glow squid have a baby variant in Bedrock Edition, there is currently no way to breed adult glow squid.
|Sound||Subtitles||Source||Description||Resource location||Translation key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation|
|Glow Squid swims||Friendly Creatures||Randomly when in water||?||?||?|
|Glow Squid dies||Friendly Creatures||Dying||?||?||?|
|Glow Squid hurts||Friendly Creatures||Taking damage||?||?||?|
|Glow Squid shoots ink||Friendly Creatures||Shooting ink||?||?||?|
|Name||Resource location||Entity tags (JE)||Translation key|
|Name||Resource location||Numeric ID||Translation key|
Glow squids have entity data associated with them that contains various properties.
- 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.
|September 27, 2020||The 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, 2020||The 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.|
|1.17||21w03a||Added the glow squid.|
|21w13a||Glow squids now spawn in underground water sources.|
|21w19a||Glow squids can now be leashed.|
|Pre-release 3||Glow squids now spawn only in total darkness and where there's a block with |
|1.18||21w40a||Glow squids now spawn below y=30 rather than below y=63.|
|Caves & Cliffs (experimental)||beta 184.108.40.206||Added the glow squid. Ink particles are currently black as normal squid, unlike Java Edition.|
|beta 220.127.116.11||The glow squid has been temporarily removed due to a crash.|
|beta 18.104.22.168||Re-added glow squids.|
|Glow Squids now squirt the same coloured particles when hit as on Java Edition.|
|1.17.0||beta 22.214.171.124||Now spawn in any biome and up to Y-63 instead of Y-30.|
|Glow Squids are now available without enabling experimental gameplay.|
|beta 126.96.36.199||Added a sound when glow squids shoot out ink.|
|1.17.30||beta 188.8.131.52||Glow squid can now spawn below Y=0 to Y=-64 if the Caves & Cliffs experimental gameplay toggle is enabled.|
|1.18.0||beta 184.108.40.206||Glow squids now spawn below y=30 rather than below y=63.|
|0.13.0||Added the glow squid.|
- The glow squid won the Minecraft Live 2020 mob vote, beating the iceologer (from Minecraft Dungeons) and moobloom.
- Neither Bedrock Edition nor Java Edition render glow squid with the pulsating and blinking animations they have in the prototype in Minecraft Earth.
In other media
Glow squid from Minecraft Plus!.
A glow squid in promotional artwork for the first Caves & Cliffs update (1.17 game version).
Lego Minecraft Glow Squid.
- The glow squid from Minecraft Earth
- The glow squid from Minecraft Dungeons
- The glow squid armor from Minecraft Dungeons