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In Minecraft 1.1 there's been the addition of eggs. Everything can now be "hatched" (including Villagers...) I've started a new (flat) map to have a play around with epic creeper battles but can't get hostile or nether-based mobs to spawn. The "Enderman" egg results in the purple particles showing, and the ghast egg produces a ghast scream. I thought about they can't survive in the sun so I built a little shelter for them...still no luck. I tried digging a hole far down to see if I could get a slime to spawn but didn't realise the shallow depth of an ultra-flat map and fell out to my death.

How do I get the evil beasties?

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I don't know what could be your problem, Yogscast got it working: Youtube. Is your .minecraft folder clean? – Olegs Jeremejevs Jan 12 '12 at 19:59
Is this a multiplayer server? – Ullallulloo Jan 12 '12 at 20:21
@MyFaJoArCo, no mods installed, only two previous saved games and a couple of screenshots - and it's Creative Single Player – tombull89 Jan 12 '12 at 20:24
For the record, slimes spawn on the surface in the ultra-flat maps. They're a major hazard in survival mode. – Random832 Jan 13 '12 at 15:07
@Random832, yeah, I've already expereinced that. Why would you do survivial on ultra-flat though?! – tombull89 Jan 13 '12 at 15:18
up vote 12 down vote accepted

I'm having no trouble doing this in single player:

mobs spawned from eggs

What's your difficulty? If it's peaceful, then all mobs will despawn instantly.

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Oh, difficulty, of course! – Olegs Jeremejevs Jan 12 '12 at 20:35
Difficulty. That was it. <sighface> that'll teach me to play on peaceful all the time. – tombull89 Jan 12 '12 at 20:41

You have to remember the difficulty cannot be peaceful, once you switch it to anything but peaceful, it will work fine.

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