What Light Level Do Mobs Spawn in Minecraft

Mobs are a Main constituent of the Minecraft world; They change the whole dynamics of any location in your Minecraft world. Generally, each mob needs a certain light level and space to spawn. The light levels in Minecraft are measured from 0 (complete darkness) to 15 (full sunlight). Without those requirements, the mob’s spawn rate is technically zero. It means we can control the spawning of different mobs using this game mechanic.

This guide will discuss what light-level mobs spawn in Minecraft. Before understanding how light affects mob spawning, we must understand about types of mobs.

What Types of Mobs are there in Minecraft

There are three types of mobs in Minecraft:

  • Passive
  • Neutral
  • Hostile mobs

Passive mobs do not attack players whatsoever these include sheep, villagers, and cows. Neutral mobs attack once they get hit or triggered by players like lamas, bees, and Enderman. While hostile mobs are by default programmed to attack and damage players, like zombies, spiders, and creepers.

What Light Level Do Mobs Spawn at in Minecraft?

Each type of Minecraft mob requires specific conditions like a certain light level or a particular structure to spawn naturally.

For passive mobs, most of them need a specific space, condition, and light level to spawn. And same goes for neutral mobs, such as bees that only spawn at birch trees in a beehive naturally, or if grown near a two-block distance from a flower, it has a 5% chance to be grown with a beehive on it.

Now for hostile mobs, the light level for spawning was different before update 1.18 part 2 of Caves and Cliffs was 7 or below. But after this update, it is now 0 means even if a block has a light level of 1, no mob can spawn on that block. So now players don’t need to spam torches everywhere; instead, strategically placing light sources becomes a more effective way to protect yourself from hostile mobs like zombies, skeletons, and creepers. Each of the blocks even with a little bit of light is protected from spawning new mobs on them.

Especially during the night, it is now easier and a player can protect their base in a shorter time from these hostile mobs. Also, players can easily light the nearby caves for safer exploration. But this mechanism is also changed for spawners now. Previously, it was light level 6 or below for spawners to spawn mobs, which is now changed to 11 or below. This means to disable a spawner; you need at least light level 12 or above. So, the simplest way to do that is to place a torch or lantern directly above the spawner to deactivate any spawner.


Mob spawning is always a headache for players but the recent update made it easy to understand at what level mobs spawns in Minecraft. Now with the new light level 0 mechanics, torch spamming is no more needed as only blocks with light level 0 allows mobs to spawn. This also made it easier to navigate through caves with fewer mobs spawning around.

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