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Minecraft glow squid guide

These cool, sparkling glow squid shimmer in the dark waters of Minecraft's cave systems, and their ink sacs can be used to create unique and eye-catching items.

Minecraft glow squid: a turquoise squad swimming on the ocean, minding its own business.

Want to know more about the mysterious Minecraft glow squid? These glistening cephalopods shimmer and shine in the deep waters of the overworld and drop a very special item. The illuminating creature arrived in the Minecraft 1.17 update as a variant on the regular squid that spawns differently and has a unique sparkly appearance. They bimble along without a care in the world… until you accidentally hit them like the monster you are.

This interesting mollusc is worth hunting down, as these jazzy Minecraft mobs drop glow ink sacs. These sacs have a couple of unique cosmetic uses, both illuminating text on Minecraft signs and backlighting item frames. While both are mostly just aesthetically pleasing, the colourful illuminated texts, combined with the Minecraft 1.20 update‘s upcoming wooden sign changes, provide a multitude of customisation options for both building and informing. If that sounds like something you need to add to your Minecraft builds, here’s where to source and gather these special ink sacs from Minecraft glow squid.

Glow squid spawning and behaviour

Glow squid spawn in bodies of water within dark caves beneath level 30, including in Minecraft Lush Caves. They don’t attack you but will dim whenever you attack them. Killing glow squid nets you one to three glow ink sacs.

Minecraft glow squid: a sign with glowing text that reads 'PCGamesN' made by using glow sacs.

Glow ink sac recipes

You can use the glow ink sac to make glow item frames by mixing one glow ink sac with an item frame in the crafting menu. Additionally, you can use glow ink sacs on signs to make any text brighter or regular ink sacs on the signs with glowing text to revert the glowing text to normal.

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That’s everything you need to know about Minecraft glow squid, the simple-yet-cute creature of the deep. Sure, they’re not quite as cute as Minecraft axolotls, but they certainly add to the gorgeous atmosphere of lush caves. Speaking of adorable mobs, why not find out more about the Minecraft camel, coming with the next update to one of our favourite sandbox games, and undoubtedly one of the best PC games of all time.