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How To Stop Mobs From Spawning in Minecraft

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Hostile Mobs Spawning in a Minecraft House

You’ve built a nice house in Minecraft, but there are still zombies, skeletons, spiders, and creepers spawning inside. How do you stop mobs from spawning in your house? It’s easy once you understand the game’s spawning mechanics and rules. Prevent mobs from spawning in your house today with these simple tips.

Minecraft Monsters Spawn In The Dark

Mobs only spawn where there is darkness, such as the inside of a poorly-lit house, a cave, or outside during the night. The first step to prevent mobs from spawning in Minecraft is to use light sources such as torches, glowstone, or lamps and eliminate all dark areas.

Adding torches will also stop mobs from spawning in Minecraft dungeons. Dungeons have lots of mobs because of mob spawners, but lighting up the area will turn off the mob spawner temporarily.

Some players find it useful to install mods that highlight blocks where hostile mobs are able to spawn. You can then light-up these blocks and stop the mobs before they even start spawning! This is one of the more popular ones.

Stop Mob Spawning in Minecraft with Torches

PHOTO: Minecraft mobs will not spawn if you light up the area properly.

Mobs Don’t Spawn on Slabs

Hostile mobs cannot spawn on half-slabs and you can use them to mob-proof tricky areas like roofs or hallways. Note that only half-slabs placed on the bottom half will stop mob spawning. Mobs can still spawn if you place a slab on the top half or use a double slab.

Only certain blocks can be crafted into slabs, including: wooden planks, stone, bricks, sandstone, cobblestone, quartz, nether brick, purpur, etc. A slab is crafted by putting three of these blocks in the bottom row of a crafting table.

Mobs Can’t Spawn in Mushroom Biomes

Minecraft Mushroom Island Biome

PHOTO: Mushroom Island Biome in Minecraft

In the mushroom biomes, hostile mobs will not spawn at all. This is a good option if you don’t want to deal with lighting every part of your build. Note that you can replace the mycelium on the ground with normal grass and mobs still won’t spawn. Mycelium will spread to nearby dirt blocks, so make sure you don’t allow any to touch the grass or dirt you put down.

READ MORE: How to Find a Woodland Mansion in Minecraft

How to Turn Off Mob Spawning in Minecraft

You can turn off mob spawning with one of these options:

  • If you play on peaceful difficulty, hostile mobs will not spawn. Difficulty can be changed in the settings or by using the command “/difficulty 0” if you have cheats turned on.
  • Changing Difficulty to Peaceful in Minecraft

    PHOTO: Difficulty can be changed in the options menu. Note you can “lock” the difficulty, preventing it from being changed again.
  • Minecraft server plugins such as Worldguard can be used to turn off mob-spawning only in a certain area.
  • If you are running a server, the server.properties file has an option to turn off mob spawning.

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