How To Pick Up A Spawner

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Coffee Edition[
JE ane.19.3
), also known as a
monster spawner
(in Boulder Edition‌[
JE 1.nineteen.3
), is a muzzle-like block that tin spawn mobs. When configured, information technology contains a miniature, spinning version of the type of mob it spawns.



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

In Bedrock Edition, a monster spawner tin can be obtained in Artistic fashion by taking it from Creative inventory, by using the
control, or by using
selection block. It is initially empty and inert, but tin can be configured to spawn a desired mob by
a spawn egg on the placed block.

Java Edition, spawners are non found in the Artistic inventory[1][
JE 1.xix.3

and are the merely block with an item form that cannot be obtained past
choice block[
JE 1.19.3
. The only style to obtain ane is by using the
command, which gives a squealer spawner by default‌[
JE ane.19.three
; after the mob can be changed by
a spawn egg on the placed block.

command can likewise be used to obtain a spawner.



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



Hardness 5
Breaking time[A]
Default 25







  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no condition effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Natural generation


Spawners tin can generate naturally in the following places:

One in the eye of the dungeon spawning one of the following mobs with the indicated frequency: zombie (50%), skeleton (25%), or spider (25%).
Any number of cave spider spawners, densely surrounded by cobwebs, scattered throughout.
Woodland mansions
Optionally ane spider spawner, densely surrounded by cobwebs, in a rarely generated cloak-and-dagger room on the 2d or 3rd floor. It is sometimes visible through the windows from outside.
One silverfish spawner in the terminate portal room.
Nether fortresses
1 or 2 blaze spawners on fenced platforms with full-block “stairs” leading upward to them. Normally two are generated per fortress, but there tin can be fewer.
Bastion remnants
One magma cube spawner hanging from a chain underneath a span in treasure rooms.



The spawner spawns mobs in a 9×3×ix volume (see § Mechanics) effectually it when the thespian is within 16 blocks. Suitable spawning locations for the block’s mob blazon are provided in or around the spawning book. The spawner attempts to spawn four mobs around information technology, and so waits from 10 to 39.95 seconds before spawning more than.

In Peaceful difficulty, spawners still actuate only do not spawn monsters in Bedrock Edition. In
Java Edition, zombified piglins, magma cubes, and ghasts practise not spawn at all and other hostile mobs disappear immediately after spawning.

Spawners are transparent, only they behave similar


in that they lengthened sky light coming from directly above.

In Bedrock Edition, they have a hitbox slightly smaller than a full block, and therefore, one tin can walk on the edge of a supporting full block directly below the spawner.



A spawner activates when a player comes within a spherical radius of 16 blocks from the eye bespeak of the block; i.e. 15.5 blocks from the spawner itself. In
Coffee Edition
an active spawner attempts to spawn mobs within a iv-block horizontal and 1-block vertical range; that is, in a 9×3×9 volume centered on the spawner. In Boulder Edition, the horizontal spawning range is 4 blocks taxicab distance, creating spawning book extending 4 blocks in each cardinal horizontal direction from the sides of the spawner; its horizontal cross-section is therefore diamond-shaped. Mobs can spawn anywhere in this range that is suitable, with mobs more likely to spawn closer to the spawner than further away.

While mobs are spawned at partial ten and z-coordinates (i.e. not aligned to blocks), they are spawned at an integer y-coordinate. Horizontally, a mob tin can spawn with its
center point
anywhere within range, just vertically, mobs spawn with their legs at either the aforementioned layer as the spawner block, ane block above it, or one cake below information technology.

The spawner attempts to spawn iv mobs at randomly called points within the spawning book, then wait anywhere from 200 to 799 ticks (10 to 39.95 seconds) before spawning again. Every bit information technology 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 exist met (non in a solid block, correct light level, etc.), so the spawner often produces fewer than 4 mobs. When information technology does spawn, it emits a “poof”, and more flame particles temporarily appear effectually it. If the spawner fails to spawn any mobs because it did not choice any suitable locations, it repeats this process every tick until it succeeds. It starts waiting for the next cycle later it spawns at least ane mob.

If 6 or more mobs of the spawner’south type are present within (i.e. the mob’s hitbox intersects) a ix×9×ix book centered on the spawner block (in
Java Edition) or a 16×x×16 volume centered on the lower northwest corner of the spawner block (in Bedrock Edition), the spawner “poofs” without creating whatsoever mobs then waits for the adjacent cycle. This is checked before each of the four spawn attempts.[
needs testing in Boulder Edition

Spawning requirements


The spawner performs a relaxed version of the ordinary spawning cheque: the general solid cake requirement is removed, simply the volume (hitbox of the mob), the light level, and other checks are kept. As a event, for some types of mobs to spawn in the outer planes of the spawning book, some planes outside the volume may too need to be free of solid blocks to adjust with the mobs’ peak, width, or other rules governing their private spawn volumes. For example, for mobs that are 2 or more blocks tall such as zombies, skeletons, or blazes to spawn in the top y-layer, the layer higher up that must contain only air. A turtle spawner will only spawn turtles on sand blocks less than 4 blocks above body of water level (typically at Y=62).

Summary of maximum spawn volumes for common spawners
Mob type Required Volume (Coffee) Required Volume (Bedrock)[


[note 1]
viii.9 × 2.9 × eight.9

Cave Spider
viii.7 × ii.5 ×

8.4 × 2.3 × eight.four

8.6 × three.95 × 8.six eight.6 × 3.9 × 8.half-dozen

8.half dozen × 3.99 × 8.6 eight.6 × three.nine × 8.six

8.6 × three.8 × 8.5 × iii.8 × 8.5

ix.four × 2.9 × nine.4

Magma Cube
10.04 × 4.04 × 10.04 10.08 × 4.08 × 10.08

  1. Pig spawners do non appear naturally in vanilla

For all of the volumes listed in the tabular array, the horizontal plane is centered on the center of the spawner block. While the spawning volume for pigs is 8.9×2.9×8.ix, the requirement of grass blocks that are necessary for pigs to spawn reduces the actual volume in which they successfully spawn to eight.9×ane.0×8.9. Other mobs tin spawn in mid-air, ignoring general rules about spawning on solid ground.

The spawn weather condition do non include biomes for about mobs. As such, spawners can place mobs where they commonly wouldn’t generate. For example, a mooshroom spawner can operate in a plains biome as long every bit at that place are mycelium blocks within the spawn area because the mooshroom’southward spawning code checks only for mycelium. The reason mooshrooms are not really spawned elsewhere is that the game does not commonly effort to spawn them in other biomes: only the mushroom field biome has mooshroom on the list of things to spawn.



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

Blaze spawner disabled past four Jack o’Lanterns. This works simply in Bedrock Edition in small rooms.

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

The mode a spawner can be disabled depends on the entity information technology tries to spawn.

For a spawner that generates mobs that spawn only in night conditions (light level = 0), a torch placed on whatsoever side or top of the spawner is sufficient to disable it for the whole 9×nine×3 book.

For a blaze or silverfish spawner, a light level of 12 is required to forbid spawning. This tin be achieved past:

  • Laying nine 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’due south Y level
  • In Bedrock Edition, placing a calorie-free 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. Nonetheless, since all magma cubes require the space of a large magma cube in order to spawn, a clever placement of as footling as ix solid blocks a layer above the spawner (see right image) can completely disable it.

Custom spawners


A spawner in a dungeon that produces spiders.

Using commands, spawners can be customized:

  • They can be made to spawn whatsoever kind of entity.
  • A single spawner can spawn multiple different entities, chosen at random from a listing.
  • Properties tin can be set on the spawned entities.
  • Various range and timing backdrop of the spawner can exist changed.

Detailed technical data about custom spawners can be constitute below.

Note blocks


Spawner tin can be placed under note blocks to produce “bass pulsate” sounds.

Piston interactivity


Spawners cannot be pushed past pistons. They likewise cannot be pushed nor pulled past sticky pistons.



Java Edition:

Audio Subtitles Source Description Resource location Translation key Volume Pitch Attenuation

Block broken Blocks In one case the block has broken block.metal.pause subtitles.block.generic.break 1.0 1.two 16

[sound 1]
Entity-Dependent Falling on the cake with fall harm block.metal.autumn None
0.5 1.25 sixteen

Cake breaking Blocks While the block is in the procedure of being broken block.metal.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit 0.25 0.75 16

Block placed Blocks When the block is placed one.0 i.2 sixteen

Footsteps Entity-Dependent Walking on the block block.metal.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps 0.15 one.v sixteen

  1. a


Boulder Edition:

Sound Source Clarification Resources location Volume Pitch

Blocks Once the block has broken dig.stone ane.0 1.1-i.2

Players Falling on the block with fall damage autumn.stone 0.four 1.0

Blocks While the block is in the process of existence broken hit.stone 0.iii 0.75

Players Jumping from the block jump.stone 0.12 1.0

Players Falling on the block without fall damage land.stone 0.22 1.0

Players Walking on the cake footstep.stone 0.35 one.0

Blocks When the cake is placed utilise.stone 1.0 one.2-1.25

Data values




Java Edition:

Proper noun Identifier Form Translation key

spawner Cake & Particular block.minecraft.spawner
Name Identifier

Cake entity

Bedrock Edition:

Proper name Identifier Numeric ID Form Item ID[i 1] Translation key

Monster Spawner
mob_spawner 52 Cake & Giveable Detail[i 2] Identical[i three]

  1. ID of block’s straight detail grade, which is used in savegame files and addons.

  2. Available with

  3. The block’south directly item form has the same id with the block.
Name Savegame ID

Cake entity

Block information


A spawner has a cake entity associated with it that holds additional information virtually the block.

Java Edition:

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  • Block entity data

Boulder Edition:

See Boulder Edition level format/Block entity format.



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Java Edition Infdev
20100625-2 Spawner JE1.png
Added mob spawners.
Mob spawners can be picked up and when placed, spawn pigs.
20100627 Mob spawners accept been given a unique ID, reducing crashes.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.i Mob spawners can’t be picked up anymore.
v1.1.0 Removed rotating model within of the mob spawner due to some multiplayer issues with it.
Coffee Edition Beta
1.2 “Mob Spawner” has been renamed to “Monster Spawner”.
Monster spawners again prove a rotating model within of what they spawn in singleplayer later being missing for several versions.
1.eight Pre-release Added cave spider spawners to mineshafts.
Coffee Edition
one.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease Spawner JE2.png
The texture of monster spawners has been changed to a darker color.
Added blaze spawners to nether fortresses.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3 Added natural silverfish spawners.
Beta i.9 Prerelease iv Monster spawners now drib when mined using a tool enchanted with the new Silk Impact enchantment.
Beta one.9 Prerelease 5 Squid spawners at present work just in a narrow elevation range, from 46 to 62.
Monster spawners no longer drib when broken using a tool enchanted with Silk Touch.
Beta 1.ix Prerelease 6 Monster spawners at present take much less time to destroy; the breaking time is tier dependent.
1.2.1 12w06a Monster spawners at present show the mob they are spawning in multiplayer; previously they would ever show a pig.
1.3.ane 12w21a Pick block no longer works on monster spawners.
12w22a Monster spawners at present driblet experience when destroyed.
12w26a Monster spawners at present support extra data pertaining to what they spawn.
ane.eight 14w18a Spawners with numerical metadata variants 1 through xv, which are inaccessible through normal gameplay, now take no model
Missing Model JE2.png
rather than appearing identical to spawners.
14w26a Block metadata has been completely removed from this snapshot onwards with the introduction of block states. Every bit this block never used cake metadata at all prior to this version, xv unused, inaccessible metadata variants of it accept been completely removed from the game:

DV Description
0 Spawner
i-xv Inaccessible “boring” variants of spawners
14w26c The 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 ix×ix×9 region rather than 17×9×17 to foreclose spawning.
14w28b The type of mob spawned from a monster spawner tin can at present exist changed by
a spawn egg on it.
1.nine 16w02a A monster spawner containing a large mob now scales down the mob to fit within the spawner block.
1.11 16w32a The block entity ID has been changed from
16w39a Spider monster spawners at present generate in woodland mansions.
1.13 17w47a “Monster Spawner” has been renamed to merely “Spawner”.
Prior to
The Flattening, this block’s numeral ID was 52.
pre5 The ID of spawners has been changed to
1.xiv 18w43a Spawner JE3.png
The texture of spawners has been inverse.
ane.xvi 20w16a Magma cube spawners now generate in bastion remnants.
1.eighteen experimental snapshot 2 Zombie, skeleton, spider, and cave spider spawners now require a low-cal level of 12 to prevent spawning.
21w37a The calorie-free level changes in experimental snapshot ii have been reverted.
Upcoming Java Edition
i.nineteen.3 22w43a The spawner is at present bachelor in the Creative inventory.[2]
22w44a “Spawner” has been renamed back to “Monster Spawner”.
The monster spawner now has “Common” rarity, formerly Ballsy.
Monster spawners no longer have a pig in them and flame particles by default.
Selection cake once again works on monster spawners.[3]
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.9.0 build 1 Spawner BE1.png
Added monster spawners.
build 2 Added monster spawners to the Artistic inventory.
The type of mob spawned can now exist changed using a spawn egg.
build 9 Monster spawners now emit light.
v0.12.1 build 1 Blaze spawners at present generate in nether fortresses.
Monster spawners now drop experience when mined using a pickaxe.
Pocket Edition
ane.1.0 blastoff Spider monster spawners now generate in woodland mansions.
Bedrock Edition
ane.10.0 beta 1.x.0.3 Spawner BE2.png
The texture of monster spawners has been changed.
1.sixteen.0 beta i.16.0.59 Magma cube spawners at present generate in bastion remnants.
1.17.30 beta i.17.30.21 Spawners no longer emit light.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1 CU1 i.0 Patch 1 i.0.1 Spawner JE1.png
Added monster spawners.
TU5 Spawner JE2.png
The texture of monster spawners has been changed.
TU31 CU19 1.22 Patch iii The type of mob spawned from a monster spawner tin can now be changed by using a spawn egg.
TU69 ane.76 Patch 38 Monster spawners are now available in the Creative inventory, and tin can be obtained with pick block.
ane.90 Spawner JE3.png
The texture of monster spawners has been inverse.



Problems relating to “Spawner” are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.



  • Whatsoever spawner placed in
    Java Edition
    defaults equally a pig spawner.‌[
    JE 1.19.3
  • A spawner containing zombies tin never spawn a zombie villager.[4]
  • In
    Java Edition, spawners containing zombies take a small-scale run a risk to spawn a chicken jockey.
  • Spawners containing zombies or skeletons have a chance for the mob spinning inside to take armor.
  • Spawners containing spiders take a small-scale chance to spawn a spider jockey.
  • Spawners containing Pillagers have a small chance for the mob spinning inside to be a Raid helm in
    Java Edition.
  • Spawners in mushroom fields, the deep dark or the Void biome can function normally, despite those biomes having no hostile mobs spawn naturally.
  • Spawners are the only block that can exist legitimately obtained as an item, merely not obtainable from either Artistic mode or selection block.‌[
    Java Edition only
    JE ane.19.3
  • It is possible for a squealer 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 land, which is a pig spawner. Alternatively, if a buried treasure breast generates adjacent to a spawner, it duplicates the spawner without duplicating the NBT tag, resulting in a natural pig spawner.[five]
    The chest also gets invalid block (spawner) data, making it unopenable.
  • If a dungeon spawner overwrites a dungeon chest during world generation, the spawner does not spawn any mobs. It appears as a sus scrofa spawner, but placing a hopper underneath it reveals the contents of the chest that should have been in that location.



  1. Like leaves, this block diffuses sky light merely from straight above.



See also


  • Minecart with Spawner

  • Spawner traps



  1. MC-132820 – Spawner isn’t in the creative inventory

  2. MC-132820 – resolved as “Fixed”

  3. MC-50605 – resolved as “Fixed”

  4. MC-106146 – “Zombie spawner doesn’t spawn zombie villagers” – resolved as “Works Equally Intended”

  5. MC-234396