How to Install and Use the Silk Spawners Plugin
Last modified on Nov 12, 2022 in Plugins
Building some kind of mob farm is a common goal for Survival Minecraft, but it isn’t always easy. If you don’t have access to the creative menu you may have to go spelunking for a dungeon or use glitchy game mechanics to force mobs to spawn. Both of these are good options, but they aren’t exactly ideal. Spawners can’t be moved in Vanilla Minecraft, and other methods aren’t always as reliable. Luckily, the SilkSpawners plugin was created specifically for that issue. One of the most popular plugins ever created, SilkSpawners allows players to pick up and move spawners wherever they like. There is no longer a need to build extended elevators or go cave diving each time you need to get to your farm. In this guide, we will show you how to quickly and easily install and use the SilkSpawners plugin on your Apex Hosting Minecraft server.
Downloading the Plugin
- Navigate to the SilkSpawners Bukkit page.
- In the top-right, press the blue Download Latest File button.
- Save the file to a safe location for later.
Once this is complete, you are ready to add the .jar files to your Minecraft server!
- Navigate to the Apex Server Panel, then stop the server.
- Scroll down to the
Game Filesection, then make note of the server version.
- Ensure the version is plugin-compatible, such as PaperMC or Spigot.
- Afterwards, enter the
FTP File Accessin the left-hand menu and log in.
- Locate or create the
pluginsfolder, then enter it.
Uploadin the top-left menu, then drag + drop the .jar file(s).
- Once at 100%, return to the main panel page, then restart the server.
This plugin is easy to use out of the box. It doesn’t require any extra configuration or commands to get started with it. To use the plugin, simply find a mob spawner somewhere in your world, then mine it using a Pickaxe with the Silk Touch enchantment. This is incredibly useful to have when exploring the depths of your world. You never know when you may come across a dungeon or mineshaft, and now you have another reason to loot them.
The plugin allows you to change what mob is spawning from the spawner block. This is done by right-clicking on the spawner with a spawn egg in your hand. A message will appear in chat letting you know the change has been completed. This is a great opportunity for server owners to create shops with spawn eggs for players to use.
The developer and a few other enterprising Plugin creators have come up with some very useful addons for this SilkSpawners. Here are some of the developer’s recommendations:
This is a great plugin for adding the SilkSpawner functions to your server’s economy. With the help of Vault, you can have players pay a fee to move or alter spawners with the plugin.
Much like the Eco addon above, the Sign Shop addon allows you to add the plugin to your server’s economy. This plugin was created to allow players to buy and sell spawners and even spawn eggs via sign shops much like the ones found in EssentialsX. This addon also requires Vault.
I can’t change the spawners to Ghasts or Giants
Ghasts, Giants, and similar large mobs are too big for a spawner. This is caused by a bug in Minecraft itself that has yet to be fixed at the time of writing.
Holographic Displays makes slime spawners stop working
This is a known issue caused by the SilkSpawners plugin. The creator is aware of the problem and is working to fix it, but a patch has not been released yet.
Gui Sign Shop doesn’t let me use spawners
This is usually caused by a missing permission. Try installing LuckPerms and add the guishop.spawner permission to the default group.
With that, you are ready to start using the SilkSpawners plugin. Creating a mob farm doesn’t have to be tedious or require extra planning anymore. SilkSpawners makes it possible to create a farm anywhere you like by harvesting spawners from dungeons and mineshafts. Your players can create any kind of farm they need and easily convert it to any mob they may want with little fuss. Installing it is easy, and your players will thank you for the small quality of life improvements this plugin will provide on your server.