Mobs | Minecraft 101 (2023)

The animals and monsters in Minecraft are known as mobs — a bit of gaming jargon that is short for “mobile”. The other jargon used here is spawn, which is the word for when the computer makes something appear.

Hostile Mobs

These are the ones you have to worry about the most!All of them spawn in the dark — either at night-time, or in caves, or in your house if you don’t provide lighting. Skeletons and zombies will burn up in sunlight, but watch out for some of the others even by day!

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Skeletons are very common in Minecraft and will shoot at you with arrows. When they see you they will circle to their right to find a good place to shoot you from.

Skeletons will catch fire if they are exposed to direct sunlight, unless they ave a helmet to protect them.

When a skeleton dies, it might drop bones or arrows for you to collect. Occasionally a skeleton will drop a bow; if you’re veery lucky it might be an enchanted one.

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Zombies are slow-moving monsters that, like skeletons, will die in the sunlight. If you kill a zombie, you might get some rotten flesh which you can eat if you really must, but it will likely poison you. Rarely, a zombie will drop an item of iron armour.

Occasionally, an army of zombies will besiege a village, looking for tasty villagers to eat.

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Creepers are strange creatures that contain explosives. They will blow up ifyou get too close to them, causing damage to anything near them.

A creeper’s favourite trick is to sneak up behind you silently and explode.The only warning you get is a short hissing sound, like a fuse burning.

Unlike skeletons and zombies, creepers don’t burn up when the sun comes, sokeep an eye out for them when you leave your home in the morning. They tend tovanish by about noon, though.

When a creeper dies, it may leave some gunpowder; collect enough of this andyou can make TNT and set off some explosions of your own.

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There are two kinds of spider. The larger ones spawn anywhere it’s dark, likeskeletons, zombies and creepers. The smaller ones, called Cave Spiders,are found only in abandoned mineshafts under ground.

Cave spiders are poisonous, regular spiders are not.

Spiders can climb and jump and get to places that other mobs cannot. In thedaylight, spiders will usually not attack you unless you attack them first.Underground or at night they are very aggressive, and they can detect you eventhrough walls and might follow you around. A spider that is following you atnight will attack even in daylight.

When killed, spiders may drop string, which is useful for making bows andfishing lines, or spider eyes, used in making potions.

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Endermen are visitors from another dimension called The End, which youwill have to visit if you want to win the game. They pick up blocks and movethem around, which can be every bit as annoying as it sounds.

Endermen will mind their own business unless you look directly at them (i.e.if you place the white cross in the centre of the screen directly over one).At this point they will stop moving and stare at you until you look away, atwhich point they will attack. You can avoid conflict by wearing a pumpkin onyour head so the Endermen can’t see you looking at them. No, really.


Endermen teleport from place to place whilst attacking you, which makes themhard to fight. They don’t like water, however, and take damage and teleportaway when they come into contact with it, so standing in or near water can behelpful when fighting Endermen.

"I would put a tax on all people who keep moving my blocks around"

Endermen may drop an Ender Pearl when killed — you’re going to need at least 12 of these, probably more, if you want to get to The End.

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Endermites are new mobs that sometimes appear when an Enderman teleports or when you throw an Ender Pearl. Endermites will attack you on sight, and you don’t get anything good if you kill them.

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These strange creatures spawn at night in swamp biomes, and also deepunderground in certain areas. They hop around and will bump into you if theycan. Slimes can swim.

Slimes come in three sizes; Large, small and tiny. The large and small onescause damage when they hit you, and any size might knock you off a ledge orinto lava.

When you attack a large slime it will break into 2–4 small ones. A small slimewill break into 2–4 tiny slimes.

Killing a tiny slime might get you a slimeball, which is used to makesticky piston, and can be crafted into Magma Cream, an ingredient used in brewing potions.

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Silverfish are a mob found only inStrongholds. They emerge from spawners, orfrom certain blocks when broken, sometimes in great swarms.

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Witches live in huts in swamps, and are very dangerous enemies. They are well-armed with potions which they use to attack you and defend themselves. Stay out of potion-chucking range and shoot them with arrows!

In addition to their huts in swamps, Witches also spawn in the dark like other mobs. And if a Villager is struck by lightning, they will turn in to a Witch too!

TIP: A bucket of milk will remove any harmful effects from a Witch’s potions.

Nether Mobs

When you venture into The Nether, you will encounter a new set ofmobs who live there.

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Shulkers guard the treasure rooms in End Cities. These mobs look like Purpur blocks until they open their shell to peek outside. If they see a player, they will open up fully and start shooting. They fire guided projectiles, wich will follow you even around corners and are hard to dodge.

If you are hit by a Shulker projectile, you will start to levitate for 10 seconds. If you don’t find a way to stop yourself from rising too high in the air, you will have a long way to fall when the effect wears off. The best antidote is to eat a Chorus Fruit (obtained by breaking the Chorus Plants in the End).

The Shulker’s shell provrides excellent armour: if you want to defeat one you will have to time your attacks for when the shell is open.

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Ocean Monuments are inhabited by dangerous fish-like creatures called Guardians. These underwater mobs will attack you with a kind of laser beam. They also have spikes, which can damage any player who is attacking them.

These Guardians are very aggressive and will attack any players (or squid!) who come near them.

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Elder Guardians

Each Ocean Monument is also guarded by three Elder Guardians. This, more powerful version of the Guardian is bigger. stronger and nastier than the ordinary kind. In addition to the spines and beam attack, it casts a spell called “Mining Fatigue” that makes it harder for you to break blocks.

Another set of mobs you will encounter is the passive mobs. Instead of fearingthem, you are more likely to eat them. These animals are described in moredetail in the farming guides.

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Squid live in water, and despite their fearsome-looking mouths, are harmless. Kill them if you want to get some ink.

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Bats can be found in dark places. They are not harmful in any way, but they are very cute. Killing them won’t gain you anything but sadness.

A number of mobs are wild animals that can be tamed.

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These neutral mobs will not attack you, but will fight back if attacked. Theycan be tamed and kept as pets if you right-click on them whilst holding a bone(it might take several tries). Tame wolves are just like real dogs; theyfollow you around, get in the way and beg for food. They will also fight yourenemies.

Care and feeding of wolves

A tame wolf will follow you around, unless you right-click it to tell it tosit and stay put. Another right click will tell it to follow you again. Youcan tell the state of a wolf’s health by looking at its tail. A healthy wolfholds its tail up, and an injured wolf holds its tail down. Heal your wolvesby feeding them any kind of meat, cooked or raw, even zombie flesh. Wolvesdon’t care.


If you feed two tame wolves that are already at full health (tails fully up)then they will come together to make puppies!

Wolves will chase and attack any skeletons that they see. I guess they likethe bones.

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Ocelots are wild jungle cats that can be tamed by feeding them raw fish.

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Once tamed, your pet cats will generally get in the way by climbing on top of beds and chests, but they do scare off creepers.

To tame a cat, head to a jungle biome and find some ocelots. When you get close, they will run away unless you have fish in your hand and move slowly.

Hold out a fish and avoid any sudden moves, and the Ocelot will slowly approach you.

Right click to feed the Ocelot, and if you are successful, it will turn into a cat. If not, try again!

A freshly-tamed pet Ocelot

Tamed cats behave somewhat like tame wolves: they will follow you around and get in your way unless you right click on them to make them sit. Even cats that have been parked this way if you are nearby and enter combat with a hostile mob. Unlike wolves, however, cats don’t help you fight, they just get in the way again.

Creepers, however, are afraid of cats, so it may be useful to have cats in your base if you are not otherwise well protected.


As with wolves, feeding tame cats will get them to have kittens. Awww, cute!

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Rabbits are the third type of mob that can be tamed as a pet. The taming process is much like with Ocelots, except that instead of fish you need to use Carrots! Stand very still holding your carrot and wait for the rabbit to come to you, and feed it when it gets within 3 blocks.

It’s not easy to tell exactly when the rabbit has been tamed, but a tame rabbit won’t run away from you when you move, but will follow you round instead.

Once tame, you can make rabbits breed by feeding them Carrots or Dandelions. Baby bunnies!

When a rabbit is killed, it might drop a number of things:

  • Rabbit Hide, which can be crafted into leather
  • Rabbit’s Foot, which can be used to make a Potion of Leaping
  • Raw Rabbit Meat, which can be cooked in a Furnace.

Cooked Rabbit Meat can be combined with a Baked Potato, a Carrot, a Mushroom (either colour) and a Bowl to make Rabbit Stew, which is the most filling food in the game.


Horses, Donkeys and Mules have their own page.

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If you find a village when you are exploring, it will likely be inhabited by these guys. You can trade with the villagers; they buy raw materials, sell finished goods and perform services.


These are mobs that can be made from blocks.

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###Iron Golems

Iron golems are constructed by villagers to protect the village. You can also build them yourself, from iron blocks and a pumpkin.

Don’t pick a fight with an iron golem: you’ll probably regret it!

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###Snow Golems

You can create a snow golem by placing two snow blocks on top of one another, and placing a pumpkin on top of that.

The snow golem will help you fight your enemies. (To create snow blocks, collect snowballs by breaking snow on the ground with a shovel, and combine them to make blocks).

Where Do Mobs Come From?

Random Spawning

Hostile mobs (Skeletons, Zombies, Creepers, Endermen and Spiders) spawn at random in dark places (where the light-level is 7 or less) and there is a suitable surface (not glass, water or certain other blocks). This can happen at any time.

Passive mobs will only spawn on grass, in reasonably well-lit conditions. This happens at the time you first explore a particular area, and only rarely after that. This means that if you kill all the animals in an area, you will probably have to go elsewhere to find more.

Mob Spawners

In addition to randomly-spawned mobs, certain places you visit might contain blocks called mob spawners.

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These blocks spawn monsters of a particular type every 25 seconds or so, when the player is nearby (within 16 blocks). Mobs can be prevented from spawning by making sure that the area around the spawner s very well lit up with torches. Spawners can be destroyed with a pickaxe.

Skeleton, zombie and spider spawners can be found in underground dungeons.

Cave-spider spawners can be found in abandoned mine-shafts.

Blaze spawners are found in Nether Fortresses.

Strongholds contain silverfish spawners.

Protecting Your Property From Monsters

Make sure everything is well-lit so mobs don’t spawn. Nothing should be more than 8 blocks from a torch. Alternately, cover your floor with blocks that prevent spawning: these include glass, and wooden, stone or cobblestone slabs.

To prevent mobs coming in, use physical barriers. Most mobs are blocked by a fence or a 2-block high wall, the exception being spiders who are good climbers.

Skeletons, zombies and creepers are the same size as the player, , 2 blocks high by 1 block wide, and can fit through doorways. Spiders are 2 blocks wide and only 1 block high, so can fit through different gaps. Cave spiders will fit through a 1x1 gap but are only found in mine shafts. Endermen are 3 blocks high and can be kept out by low ceilings.

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What are the 34 mobs? ›

Advancements#Monster Hunter, an advancement by killing one of these 34 mobs: Blaze, Cave Spider, Creeper, Drowned, Elder Guardian, Ender Dragon, Enderman, Endermite, Evoker, Ghast, Guardian, Hoglin, Husk, Magma Cube, Phantom, Piglin, Piglin Brute, Pillager, Ravager, Shulker, Silverfish, Skeleton, Slime, Spider, Stray, ...

What are the 3 types of mobs? ›

Types of Mobs in Minecraft

Mobs can be categorized into three types of behavior: passive, neutral, and hostile.

What are the 3 strongest mobs in Minecraft? ›

The 7 Strongest Mobs In Minecraft
  • 7/7 Vindicator.
  • 6/7 Wither Skeletons.
  • 5/7 Evoker.
  • 4/7 Piglin Brute.
  • 3/7 Wither.
  • 2/7 Ender Dragon.
  • 1/7 The Warden.
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What are the 10 strongest mobs in Minecraft? ›

Minecraft: 10 Most Dangerous Mobs In The Game, Ranked
  • #8 - Elder Guardian. ...
  • #7 - Wither Skeleton. ...
  • #6 - Vindicator. ...
  • #5 - Evoker. ...
  • #4 - Piglin Brute. ...
  • #3 - The Ender Dragon. ...
  • #2 - The Warden. ...
  • #1 - The Wither. If you decide to spawn a Wither, be prepared for a seriously tough fight!
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What are all mobs afraid of? ›

All Mobs are Scared of the Warden, Except for Enderman and Creepers – Minecraft Feedback.

Can mobs spawn at 255? ›

Description. Mobs can spawn at Y = 256, but block light does not propagate above Y = 255.

What was the first mobs? ›

Humans were the first mob ever added to the game. Humans, when spawned, may head to the left for half a second, before turning around to attack the player.

What are all mobs attracted to? ›

A lot of mobs are attracted to bodies of water. All types of fish can spawn in Minecraft's oceans. However, only salmon will spawn in the game's rivers. Apart from fish, dolphins, squids, glow squids, and axolotls can also be found in the game's ocean biomes.

What is the 1 strongest block in Minecraft? ›

Bedrock. Bedrock comes out top in minecraft when it comes to block strength. Because it has the ability to resist the explosion of 3600000. Due to which it is the strongest block of this game.In Survival Mode, it cannot be broken without using bugs and rugs.

Who can defeat herobrine? ›

Killing with Bugbites is a great technique for fighting Herobrine. Get up a tree or in another safe location and then chip away at his health. You can also use the bows and arrows while fighting on foot: just keep moving!

What is the 2 strongest block in Minecraft? ›

Obsidian is one of the strongest blocks in the game, coming second only to the bedrock and end frame blocks which can't be mined.

What are the 5 unique mobs in Minecraft? ›

They are always riding on top of another mob. Minecraft has five different jockey mobs: skeleton jockey, spider jockey, chicken jockey, strider jockey, and ravager jockey. They cannot be separated unless one of the mobs is killed.

What is the biggest boss in Minecraft? ›

In Minecraft, there are two bosses: the "main" and final big boss of the game, the Ender Dragon, and a "side" boss: the Wither. Minecraft: Story Mode and Minecraft Dungeons have additional bosses. Elder Guardians were referred to as a "boss" one time by Mojang staff.

Who is the king of all mobs in Minecraft? ›

The Ultimate King is a mob from the Orespawn mod. It has 7000 health, and cannot take physical damage. Modded? The Ultimate King is currently the strongest mob in OreSpawn.

What's the weakest animal in Minecraft? ›

Rabbits are the weakest animal mob in Minecraft with only 1.5 hearts. Rabbits can be found mostly in desert biomes, but they also spawn in flower forests and taiga biomes. Even though they are technically the weakest, rabbits can sometimes be difficult to kill because of their tiny size.

What can mobs not walk on? ›

Mobs in general will not walk over short blocks(ones that are shorter than a full blocks, like slabs). This is a pretty easy thing to spot in survival, as lower slabs are used everywhere, so you will typically see mobs stuck on them, not walking over them, or jumping in circles on them.

Is the warden afraid of anything? ›

When a Silverfish gets too close to the Warden, he gets afraid of the Silverfish, and then he lets out a cry of fear and runs quickly away.

HOW FAR CAN mobs fall without dying? ›

Mobs must drop from at least 23 blocks to receive fatal damage. Use a water column full of source blocks to float mobs up at least 28 blocks.

What is the lowest Y level in Minecraft? ›

In Minecraft, altitude is often expressed as the bottom face of a block layer, where the lowest block that can be placed is at layer -64 and has a Y-coordinate of −64.

How deep is Minecraft now? ›

Limits. The maximum height. The top of the game environment is layer 255 for the nether and the end, 319 for the overworld. The top face of the highest block that can be placed is at Y=320 for the overworld, and Y=256 for the nether or the end.

What is the 1st rarest thing in Minecraft? ›

Thankfully, this list will help players find these rare items, and to help indicate which items truly are the rarest in Minecraft.
  • 8/17 End Crystal.
  • 7/17 Beacon.
  • 6/17 Enchanted Weapons & Armor.
  • 5/17 Golden Apple.
  • 4/17 Music Disc.
  • 3/17 Banner Pattern.
  • 2/17 Dragon Egg.
  • 1/17 Enchanted Golden Apple.
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What is the weakest entity in Minecraft? ›

#1 - Small Slimes

Small slimes only have half a heart's worth of health, which means that players can defeat them with essentially any type of attack. For reference, a single punch is all it will take to kill a small slime.

Who is the king of mobs? ›

Fictional character biography. King Mob is a former horror writer named Gideon Starorzewski whose pen name was "Kirk Morrison". He is the leader of the cell of Invisibles at the beginning of the series, and adopted the name from an earlier Invisible active in the 1930s.

Was the creeper a mistake? ›

Creepers were created as a result of a coding error in the pre-alpha stages of Minecraft's development. Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson developed the Creeper around the odd appearance of the pig model. Persson mixed the dimensions up, with the length and height being swapped.

Do mobs still exist? ›

Does the Mafia still exist in 2021? While traditional Mafia presence and activities have waned since the late 90s, they still exist today, though they generally keep a low profile. However, in some industries, such as gambling, drugs, restaurants and bars, they still have a significant influence.

Does invisibility protect you from mobs? ›

While invisibility allows a player to be virtually undetected, this effect does NOT exclude a player from damage due to mob attacks, fall damage, etc.

Can mobs see you if you are invisible? ›

Guardians no longer see players that are invisible from the Invisibility effect. Zombies and illagers no longer see invisible villagers and wandering traders. Withers no longer see invisible players. Iron Golems no longer sees invisible hostile-neutral mobs.

Can mobs see us through glass? ›

Hostile Mobs cannot spawn on Glass. Mobs can not look through Glass since Glass is a solid Block.

What are all the MC mobs? ›

This group of mobs includes drowned, husks, phantoms, skeletons, skeleton horses, strays, withers, wither skeletons, zoglins, zombies, zombie horses, zombie villagers, and zombified piglins.

What are the new 3 mobs for Minecraft? ›

These three new mobs, the Sniffer, the Rascal, and the Tuff Golem, each bring their own unique mechanics that will prove to be extremely useful for players exploring their Minecraft world.

What 3 mobs are being voted on? ›

One of the most highly anticipated aspects of Minecraft Live is the mob votes, so we've compiled all of the mobs you can vote for in Minecraft Live 2022 in order to choose your favorite.

How many mobs exist? ›

There are several creatures and monsters in Minecraft, called Mobs. There are currently 31 Mobs in Minecraft, not including the player. There are different categories of Minecraft mobs, including passive, neutral, tamable, hostile, utility, bosses, and unused.

What is the rarest MC? ›

The Diamond Armor Zombie is the rarest mob in Minecraft.

With a spawn rate of just 0.04%, the Diamond Armor Zombie is an extremely rare mob in Minecraft. These rare creatures feature the standard zombie setup, but they wear diamond-encrusted armor.

Where does allay spawn? ›

Instead Allays can only be found in two specific structures: pillager outposts and woodland mansions. Since they spawn much more frequently, in any biome that regular villages can spawn in, pillager outposts are your best bet for finding Allays. Pillager outposts are small towers, marked by pillager banners.

What will 1.20 be in Minecraft? ›

Bamboo Wood and Rafts

Minecraft 1.20 is bringing a new family of bamboo wood in Minecraft, featuring their own planks, blocks, and more. They are a part of the developers' attempts to bring a more accurate representation of wood types to the game.

Where do wardens go when they dig? ›

The Warden can be found in Deep Dark Caves, which are easy to spot due to the abundance of the new block, Sculk.

Will Minecraft add the mobs that lost the vote? ›

When the vote is final and the winner is announced, it will be added to Minecraft, presumably in the 1.20 update. The others, unfortunately, will be lost forever. Those that went up against the Allay, Phantom, and Glowsquid were not added and more than likely won't in the future.

Can mobs see through glass? ›

Hostile Mobs cannot spawn on Glass. Mobs can not look through Glass since Glass is a solid Block.


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