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I'm trying to setup a Minecraft server so I can play with fluffy dragons.

As the server admin how can I spawn mobs in SMP? Can I do it in the vanilla server? Do I have to use bukkit or a plugin?

PS: Eggs are fun!

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

As of release 1.1, you can enter Creative mode and use the new "Spawn Eggs" item to produce monsters, even in vanilla.

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You can do it in bukkit with the /mob command.

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Confirmed. You cannot spawn mobs on a vanilla server. – John the Green Nov 28 '11 at 18:45

I spawn eggs on my server (it's vanilla, not Bukkit!) with /give (name) 385 (mob id)

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There is a command and it is /spawn [id] [quantity] in 1.2.3 only

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What are the relevant ids? – fredley Mar 30 '12 at 9:21
@fredley my guess is it would be the "Network IDs" found on the wiki: – Allov Mar 30 '12 at 12:54

Confirmed for 1.5

/give [player] [item] [quanity] [type]

So to give 4 Zombie Spawn Eggs to Joe:

/give joe 383 4 54

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Use WorldGuard Plugin! This spawns 3 ghasts:

/mob ghast 3

By default the max amount of mobs spawnable with one command is 10. You can spawn any mob using this.

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