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!

Eggs are fun!


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


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



  • 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)


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

  • 1
    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: minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Zombie – Allov Mar 30 '12 at 12:54
  • This is specific to a mod or plugin. – pppery Aug 6 '19 at 21:40

Use the /summon command:

/summon <type of mob> X Y Z

Confirmed for 1.5

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

So to give 4 Zombie Spawn Eggs to Joe:

/give joe 383 4 54


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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