For the mob in Minecraft Earth, see MCE:Glow Squid.
This article is about the glowing variant. For the regular variant, see Squid.
Glow Squid
Health points

10 Heart (icon).png Heart (icon).png Heart (icon).png Heart (icon).png Heart (icon).png



Hitbox size

In Java Edition:
Height: 0.8 blocks
Width: 0.8 blocks
In Bedrock Edition:
Height: 0.95 blocks
Width: 0.95 blocks
Height: 0.475 blocks
Width: 0.475 blocks


§ Spawning

Items usable on


The glow squid is a variant of the squid with an aqua luminescent texture.


In Java Edition, groups of 2–4 glow squid spawn underwater below sea level (y = 63) in total darkness and where there is a block with base_stone_overworld tag (i.e. stone, deepslate, andesite, diorite, granite or tuff) less than five blocks below the spawning space.

In Bedrock Edition, glow squid have a herd size of 2–4 and spawn anywhere in water underground (below a solid roof categorized as cave spawn, while squids are surface spawns) anywhere from y = 0 to y = 63. 5% of glow squid spawn as babies.


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


Glow Squid Shooting Ink.png
Ink cloud produced by a glow squid.
Glow squid, like regular squid, wander around aimlessly in three dimensions as long as they are in 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 300 game ticks (15 seconds). 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 extremely 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 appear to glow, but do not produce light. When attacked, they will stop glowing for 5 seconds (100 game ticks).

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 would do to a player or regular squid. Axolotls, too, attack glow squid.

In Java Edition, glow squid are aquatic mobs, hence are affected by the Impaling enchantment‌[until JE Combat Tests].

Glow squid constantly produce star-shaped particles around them as well as a cloud of turquoise ink particles and swim away covering much longer distances when attacked, both of which remain visible when the glow squid has the Invisibility effect.

Glow squid sometimes beach themselves and suffocate on the banks of rivers and occasionally on ocean beaches. This is a behavior shared with normal squids due to long-lasting bugs in their AI.

If the player is in spectator mode or is far away from a glow squid,[more information needed] they remain stationary. When attacked in this state, glow squid cannot flee.

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


SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Glow Squid swimsFriendly CreaturesRandomly when in waterentity.glow_squid.ambientsubtitles.entity.glow_squid.ambient???
Glow Squid diesFriendly CreaturesDyingentity.glow_squid.deathsubtitles.entity.glow_squid.death???
Glow Squid hurtsFriendly CreaturesTaking damageentity.glow_squid.hurtsubtitles.entity.glow_squid.hurt???
Glow Squid shoots inkFriendly CreaturesShooting inkentity.glow_squid.squirtsubtitles.entity.glow_squid.squirt???

Data values


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDEntity tags (JE)Translation key
Glow Squidglow_squidaxolotl_always_hostilesentity.minecraft.glow_squid

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key

Entity data

See also: Chunk format

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: How many ticks until the Glow Squid starts glowing. Set to 0 while glowing, positive values mean it's not glowing.


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.
Java Edition
1.1721w03a Glow Squid JE1.png Added the glow squid.
21w13aGlow squids now spawn in underground water sources.
21w19aGlow squids can now be leashed.[1]
Pre-release 3Glow squids now only spawn in total darkness and where there's a block with base_stone_overworld tag less than 5 blocks below the spawning space.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.210beta Glow Squid BE1.png Added the glow squid. Ink particles are currently black as normal squid, unlike Java Edition.
beta glow squid has been temporarily removed due to a crash.
1.16.220beta Glow Squid BE1.png Re-added glow squids.
Glow Squids now squirt the same coloured particles when hit as on Java Edition.
releaseGlow squids have been made inaccessible in the full release.
1.17.0beta spawn in any any biome and up to Y-63 instead of Y-30.
Glow Squids are no longer available only through Experimental Gameplay.
beta a sound when glow squids shoot out ink.
Minecraft Earth
0.13.0 Glow Squid MCE.png Added the glow squid.


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