Slimes spawn in specific “slime chunks” in the Overworld below layer 40. Minecraft slimes also have the ability to spawn in swamp biomes between layers 50 and 70 in light levels of 7 or less. Slimes do not spawn within 24 blocks of any player and they despawn over time if no player is within 32 blocks and instantly despawn if no player is within the despawn radius (128 blocks in Java Edition / 44-128 blocks in Bedrock Edition). Slime size is affected by regional difficulty: chances range from 33% for each size at the low difficulty to 16% small, 33% medium, and 50% big with higher difficulty.
Slimes may spawn in swamps at night between heights of 50 and 70 when the light level is 7 or less. They spawn most often on a full moon, but never on a new moon. They can spawn in the normal swamp, but not in its variant, “swamp hills.”
If a slime’s size is 1, it will drop 0-2 slimeballs. This can be increased by 1 for each level of Looting up to a maximum of 5 slimeballs. Minecraft slimes will also drop experience points equal to their size (1, 2, or 4)
Slimes in Minecraft move by hopping, which they do every 10-30 ticks (about 1/2 to 1.5 seconds), they can even swim in water and climb ladders and scaffolding. Slimes also continue to move when no players are nearby, this is unlike other mobs in the game. Slimes actually also have a routine, first the slime searches for player within 16 blocks distance. If no target is found, the slime waits 10-30 ticks, then it changes direction by a random amount up to 57.26° left or right, jumps forward, and repeats the process again. If a target is found, the delay before jumping is only 1/3 as long, and the direction of the slime is set directly toward the target before jumping.
Now you should have a pretty good understanding of how slimes in Minecraft work! So get to hunting for those Minecraft slimes and be careful on those ladders! You never know when a slime might appear.
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