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Spawner
Spawner JE3.pngPig Spawner.pngZombie Spawner.pngSkeleton Spawner.pngSpider Spawner.pngCave Spider Spawner.pngSilverfish Spawner.pngBlaze Spawner.pngMagma Cube Spawner.png
Spawner with fire.png
Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

5

Hardness

5

Luminant

JE: No
BE: Yes (3)

Transparent

Partial (doesn't block light)

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

A spawner[a] is a cage-like block that spawns mobs. They have a miniature mob spinning inside them that represents the mob that they spawn.

Obtaining[]

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

Breaking[]

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

Block Spawner
Hardness 5
Tool
Breaking time[A]
Default 25
Wooden 3.75
Stone 1.9
Iron 1.25
Diamond 0.95
Netherite 0.85
Golden 0.65
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.


In Java Edition, spawners are not found in the creative inventory[1] and are the only block with an item form that cannot be picked with pick block. They can be obtained only by using the /give command, which gives a pig spawner by default; the mob can be changed by using a mob spawn egg on the block. The /setblock, /clone or /fill command can also be used to create spawners.

In Bedrock Edition, empty spawners can be found in the creative inventory or can be picked with pick block. The mob it spawns can be modified by using a spawn egg on it.

Natural generation[]

Spawners can generate naturally in these places, spawning mobs chosen randomly when generated:

Dungeons
Placed in the center of the dungeon. It may be a zombie spawner (50% chance), skeleton spawner (25%), or spider spawner (25%).
Mineshafts
Cave spider spawner. Heavily surrounded by cobwebs.
Woodland mansions
Spider spawner. Heavily surrounded by cobwebs in a rarely generated secret room. If this room does generate, it does so on the 2nd or 3rd floor. It can be visible from the windows.
Strongholds
Silverfish spawner. Located in the end portal room. One per stronghold.
Nether fortresses
Blaze spawner. Located on fenced platforms with full-block "stairs" leading up to them. Normally two per fortress, although sometimes less may generate.
Bastion remnants
Magma cube spawner. Located in treasure rooms hanging underneath a bridge. Chains are attached to the top of these spawners.

Usage[]

Info[]

The spawner spawns mobs in a 9×3×9 area (see § Mechanics) around it when the player is within 16 blocks. Suitable spawning locations for the block's mob type are provided in the area. 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 appear and work, but any spawned hostile mobs disappear immediately after spawning. Zombified piglins, magma cubes, and ghasts do not spawn at all.

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.

Mechanics[]

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 area around the spawner. In Bedrock Edition, the spawning area is the diamond shape around the spawner, extending 4 blocks in each direction. 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 area, 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 area centered on the spawner block (in Java Edition) or a 16×10×16 area 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.

Summary of maximum spawn volumes for common spawners
Mob type Required Volume Failure rate from 8×4×8 volume[note 1] Vertical
alignment
Pig[note 2] 8.9 × 2.9 × 8.9 2.531252%
Cave Spider 8.7 × 2.5 × 8.7 1.531252%
Silverfish 8.3 × 2.7 × 8.3 0.28125%
Zombie
Skeleton
Blaze
8.6 × 3.8 × 8.6 1.125%
Spider 9.4 × 2.9 × 9.4 6.125%
Magma Cube 10.05× 4.09 × 10.05 ?%
  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 only checks 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.

Disabling[]

Disabling a blaze spawner with nine blocks. Glowstone can be replaced with other light sources of light level 15.

Blaze spawner disabled by four Jack o'Lanterns. This works only in Bedrock Edition in small rooms.

With the clever placement of nine solid blocks, a magma cube spawner can be completely disabled. Only the cobblestone is needed, glass is just for distance marking.

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 9x9x3 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[]

A spawner that produces spiders.

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.

Sounds[]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.metal.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.01.216
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.metal.fallNone[sound 1]0.51.2516
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.metal.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.7516
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.metal.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.01.216
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.metal.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.516
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition: [needs in-game testing]

SoundSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
??Once the block has brokendig.metal?1.2
??Falling on the block with fall damagefall.metal??
??While the block is in the process of being brokenhit.metal?0.75
??Jumping from the blockjump.metal??
??Falling on the block without fall damageland.metal??
??Walking on the blockstep.metal??
??When the block is placeduse.metal?1.2

Data values[]

ID[]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDFormTranslation key
SpawnerspawnerBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.spawner
NameNamespaced ID
Block entitymob_spawner

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Monster Spawnermob_spawner52Block & Itemtile.mob_spawner.name
NameSavegame ID
Block entityMobSpawner

Block data[]

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

  • Block entity data
    • Tags common to all block entities
    • Tags common to all spawners

Video[]

History[]

Java Edition Infdev
June 25, 2010, 2Spawner JE1.png Added mob spawners.
Mob spawners can be picked up and when placed, spawn pigs.
June 27, 2010Mob 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 a missing texture Missing Texture Block JE3 BE2.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:
DV Description
0 Spawner
1-15 Inaccessible "boring" variants of spawners
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 block entity ID has been changed from MobSpawner to mob_spawner.
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 spawner.
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.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.9.0build 1Spawner BE1.png Added monster spawners.
build 2Added monster spawners to the creative inventory.
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 1.1.0.0Spider monster spawners now generate in woodland mansions.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Spawner BE2.png The texture of monster spawners has been changed.
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.59Magma cube spawners now generate in bastion remnants.
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 creative inventory, and can be obtained with pick block.
1.90 Spawner JE3.png The texture of monster spawners has been changed.

Issues[]

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

Trivia[]

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 will duplicate the spawner without duplicating the NBT tag, resulting in a natural pig spawner.
  • If a dungeon spawner overwrites a dungeon chest during world generation, the spawner will not spawn any mobs, it will appear as a pig spawner, but placing a hopper underneath it reveals the contents of the chest that should have been there.
  • The spawner is one of the few blocks that can be found in survival but cannot be obtained through the Creative inventory.‌[Java Edition only]

Gallery[]

See also[]


Notes[]

  1. Known as Spawner in Java Edition and Monster Spawner in Bedrock Edition.