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What Light Level do Mobs spawn at in Minecraft?

No need to spam those torches... most of the time.

The light level in Minecraft determines the spawn rate of mobs like creepers, spiders, etc., and is also essential in protecting your base and farming exp. In this guide, I'll discuss the light level required for mobs to spawn in Minecraft.

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The photo above shows the light level a single torch provides, which is around 13 blocks from the torch. The green numbers/outline indicate the area receives light from the torch. The farther you go from the green range or the light source (torch in this case), the more the light level decreases.

On the other hand, the area with 0 light levels indicates that hostile mobs will spawn on those blocks. With this information, you'll be able to prepare yourself and your base with adequate lighting instead of spamming torches, unlike before.

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Mob Spawners spawn rate in Minecraft

On the flip side, Mob Spawners now require a Light Level of 11 or lower to work. This means the player must create a light level of at least 12 to deactivate them. The best way to do this is by placing torches directly around or onto the spawner. A normal torch gives off a light level of 14.

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In the photo above, you can see mobs are not spawning due to the spawner having torches on all sides and on top. Destroying all torches on the spawner will instantly spawn a massive horde of zombies. Using this trick will allow you to set up an XP farm room with endlessly spawning mobs, which is one of the best ways to farm XP in Minecraft.

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