Easy and Normal: 1
Height: 0.3 Blocks
Silverfish spawn from broken infested blocks, which generate in strongholds, underground in mountains and windswept hills biomes, in igloo basements and in woodland mansion false portal rooms. Silverfish do not appear if the block is broken with the Silk Touch enchantment.
Silverfish spawners naturally generate in end portal rooms in strongholds. Silverfish can spawn from spawners only at light level 11 or lower, or on stone types they can enter (stone, cobblestone, stone bricks, etc.) at any light level, and cannot spawn within a 5 block distance of any player[verify]. This is the only renewable source of silverfish and infested blocks.
When they suffer Poison damage or damage inflicted by the player and survive, they cause other silverfish within a 21×11×21 area to break out of their infested blocks. The player can prevent other silverfish from appearing by killing them in one shot.
When idle, silverfish enter a nearby deepslate, stone, cobblestone, stone bricks, mossy stone bricks, cracked stone bricks or chiseled stone bricks block, transforming it into the respective infested block if
/gamerule mobGriefing is set to
true, as per default. They cannot infest mossy cobblestone, despite being capable of infesting both mossy blocks and cobblestone, and they also cannot infest slab and stairs of these blocks. They are also unable to infest andesite, diorite, granite or smooth stone.
|Sound||Subtitles||Source||Description||Resource location||Translation key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation|
|Footsteps||?||Used in Bedrock Edition only||None||None||None|
|Name||Identifier||Entity tags (JE)||Translation key|
|Name||Identifier||Numeric ID||Translation key|
Silverfish have entity data associated with them that contains various properties.
- Entity data
- Tags common to all entities
- Tags common to all mobs
|Icon||Advancement||In-game description||Parent||Actual requirements (if different)||Resource location|
|Adventure||Adventure, exploration, and combat||—||Kill any entity, or be killed by any entity.|
|Monster Hunter||Kill any hostile monster||Adventure||Kill one of these 34 mobs:
|Monsters Hunted||Kill one of every hostile monster||Monster Hunter||Kill each of these 34 mobs:
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.7||The texture (silverfish.png) has been added. However, the mob, itself, is not yet present.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2||The health of silverfish has been reduced from 20 × 10 to 8.|
|Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3||Silverfish monster spawners are now found in end portal rooms in strongholds.|
|Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4||Silverfish are now considered arthropods.|
|RC1||Added sounds for silverfish. Before the update, silverfish used spider sounds.|
|1.3.1||12w26a||Silverfish now summon silverfish from nearby monster eggs whenever they take Poison damage.|
|1.4.2||12w38a||Monster eggs containing silverfish can now generate underground in extreme hills biomes.|
|1.7.2||13w36a||Silverfish can now possess cracked stone bricks, mossy stone bricks, and chiseled stone bricks. However, the first two do not actually generate within strongholds.|
|?||Silverfish can now rarely spawn inside cobblestone or stone brick blocks.|
|1.8||14w06a||Silverfish now pathfind, alert other silverfish of the player when hit, and stop occasionally before moving again (similar to most other mobs).|
|1.9||15w43a||Silverfish can now be spawned from broken monster eggs in the basements of igloos.|
|15w51b||Silverfish no longer enter into blocks if the game rule |
|1.11||16w32a||The entity ID has been changed from |
|16w36a||Silverfish can now spawn from broken infested cobblestone in the fake portal room of woodland mansions.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|v0.9.0||build 1||Added silverfish.|
|v0.12.1||build 12||Silverfish no longer make sounds while moving.|
|1.0.0||alpha 0.17.0.1||Silverfish can now be spawned from broken monster eggs in the basements of igloos.|
|1.1.0||alpha 22.214.171.124||Silverfish can now spawn from broken infested cobblestone in the fake portal room of woodland mansions.|
|?||?||Silverfish once again make sounds while moving.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU5||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added silverfish.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
- In real life, silverfish are small and wingless insects that are often found in dark areas in buildings and the wooden pilings of seaside piers and trees. They are infamous for damaging paper-based products.
- Silverfish appeared in the April Fools 2.0 update as the redstone bug.
Silverfish spawner room in a stronghold.
A giant stone silverfish as seen in the Java Edition 13w26a banner.
In other media
Lego Minecraft Silverfish.