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Mobs are living, moving game entities. The term "mob" is short for "mobile".[1]


An excessive amount of Ender Dragons and Withers spawned using the /summon command.

Mobs come to exist by spawning in various ways. Most will spawn naturally, dependent on the light level and biome, often times in groups with mobs of the same variety. Most passive mobs also have the ability to breed, which will spawn baby versions of themselves. Mobs will not naturally spawn on transparent blocks, in water (except for squid and guardians), in lava, or on half blocks (slabs, stairs). The exception is monster spawners, from which they can spawn naturally on any block including air.

Boss mobs require that the player "construct" them before being able to spawn.

Players can also spawn mobs by using spawn eggs in creative mode, or the /summon command after enabling cheats.


A pig emitting smoke upon death.

Mobs are affected by the environment in the same ways as the player: they are subject to physics, and they can be hurt by the same things that harm the player (catching on fire, falling, drowning, attacked by weapons, etc.). Some mobs may be resistant or immune to certain hazards, such as Nether mobs which are immune to fire. Mobs can ride minecarts and other mobs, and can climb up ladders. When mobs are killed, they emit puffs of white smoke and drop items which may be useful resources.

Each type of mob in Minecraft has a certain AI (Artificial Intelligence) system with different behaviors and mechanics. Mobs will ordinarily wander around at random if there is a player nearby and usually avoid walking off blocks high enough to cause falling damage. Many mobs have an advanced pathfinding system that allows them to traverse complex mazes to get to a desired object or destination. Passive mobs will flee in random directions after being hurt, while hostile mobs will face and chase/attack the Player as soon as they come close. Neutral mobs will remain neutral until a player or mob attacks it, at which point the neutral mob will turn hostile toward and attack the entity that hit it. Most mobs are aware of players within 16 blocks of them, but some can see farther. Conversely, most mobs can be heard by players up to 16 blocks away.

Mobs can not see through most solid blocks, including semi-transparent blocks such as ice, glass, or glass panes. Mobs will not attempt to walk on rail tracks, unless pushed on by other mobs.

List of mobs

Mobs are listed and classified by their nature below. For more details on a particular mob, click and view their individual page.

Note: The list is categorized according to the PC edition. May vary between different platforms.

Passive mobs

BatFace.png ChickenFace.png CowFace.png MooshroomFace.png PigFace.png Rabbiticon.png SheepFace.png Squidface.png Villagerhead.png
Bat Chicken Cow Mooshroom Pig Rabbit Sheep Squid Villager

Neutral mobs

CaveSpiderFace.png EndermanFace.png SpiderFace.png ZombiePigmanFace.png
Cave Spider Enderman Spider Zombie Pigman

Hostile mobs

Blaze Face.png Chickenjockey.png CreeperFace.png Elder GuardianFace.png EndermiteFace.png GhastFace.png GuardianFace.png Magma Cube Face.png
Blaze Chicken Jockey Creeper Elder Guardian Endermite Ghast Guardian Magma Cube
SilverfishFace.png SkeletonFace.png SlimeFace.png SpiderJockeyFace.png Witchface2.png WitherSkeletonHead.png ZombieFace.png ZombieVillagerHead.png
Silverfish Skeleton Slime Spider Jockey Witch Wither Skeleton Zombie Zombie Villager

Tameable mobs

DonkeyHead.png HorseHead.png MuleHead.png OcelotFace.png WolfFace.png
Donkey Horse Mule Ocelot Wolf

Utility mobs

Vg face.png Snowgolemhead.png
Iron Golem Snow Golem

Boss mobs

Enderdragon Face.png WitherFace.png
Ender Dragon Wither

Upcoming mobs

Upcoming mobs are new mobs which are only present in development versions.

ShulkerFace.png SkeletonRiderFace.png
Shulker Skeleton Rider

Unused mobs

See also: Unused features

Unused mobs are found in the source code and can be spawned using /summon, but are unavailable in normal gameplay.

Giant KillerRabbitFace.png SkeletonHorseHead.png UndeadHorseHead.png
Giant Killer Bunny Skeleton Horse[note 1] Zombie Horse

Removed mobs

See also: Removed features

Removed mobs no longer exist in the latest PC version and can be only found in older Minecraft versions.

BeastBoyFace.png BlackSteveFace.png Villagerhead.png HumanFace.png RanaFace.png Steve
Beast Boy Black Steve Generic Villager Human Rana Steve
  1. Skeleton horses will be available in 1.9.

Platform availability

Mob Computer Edition Console Edition Pocket Edition

Yes Yes Yes

Yes Yes Yes

Cave Spider
Yes Yes Yes

Yes Yes Yes

Chicken Jockey
Yes Yes Yes

Yes Yes Yes

Yes Yes Yes

Yes Yes No

Elder Guardian
Yes Yes No

Ender Dragon
Yes Yes No

Yes Yes Yes

Yes Yes No

Yes Yes Yes

Yes Partial No

Yes Yes No

Yes Yes No

Iron Golem
Yes Yes Yes

Killer Bunny
Yes No No

Magma Cube
Yes Yes Yes

Yes Yes Yes

Yes Yes No

Yes Yes Yes

Yes Yes Yes

Yes Yes Yes

Yes Yes Yes

Upcoming No No

Yes Yes Yes

Yes Yes Yes

Skeleton Horse
Yes No No

Skeleton Rider
Upcoming No No

Yes Yes Yes

Snow Golem
Yes Yes Yes

Yes Yes Yes

Spider Jockey
Yes Yes Yes

Yes Yes Yes

Yes Yes Yes

Yes Yes Upcoming

Yes Yes No

Wither Skeleton
Yes Yes Yes

Yes Yes Yes

Yes Yes Yes

Zombie Horse
Yes No No

Zombie Pigman
Yes Yes Yes

Zombie Villager
Yes Yes Yes

Common NBT data



Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites Actual requirements (if different) Version restriction Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Monster Hunter Attack and destroy a monster Time to Strike! Kill a hostile mob or one of the following neutral mobs: enderman, zombie pigman, spider, cave spider. None 20G Bronze
Windows 10 15G N/A
Cow Tipper Harvest some leather Time to Strike! Pick up leather from the ground. None 15G Bronze
When Pigs Fly Fly a pig off a cliff Cow Tipper Be riding a pig (e.g. using a saddle) when it hits the ground with a fall distance greater than 5. PC, Xbox and PS 40G Gold
Sniper Duel Kill a skeleton with an arrow from more than 50 meters Monster Hunter Use a launched arrow to kill a skeleton or wither skeleton from 50 or more blocks away, horizontally. None 30G Silver
The Beginning? Spawn the Wither The End. Be within a 100.9×100.9×103.5 cuboid centered on the Wither when it is spawned. PC N/A N/A
The Beginning. Kill the Wither The Beginning? Be within a 100.9×100.9×203.5 cuboid centered on the Wither when it drops the nether star. PC N/A N/A
Repopulation Breed two cows with wheat Cow Tipper Breed two cows or two mooshrooms. PC, Xbox, PS4 and Windows 10 15G Bronze
Leader Of The Pack.png Leader Of The Pack Befriend five Wolves. Monster Hunter This does not have to be in a single game, so multiple games or reloading old saves does count toward this achievement. Xbox & PS 30G Silver
Windows 10 20G N/A
Have a Shearful Day Use Shears to obtain wool from a sheep. None Xbox, PS4 and Windows 10 15G Bronze
Body Guard.png Body Guard Create an Iron Golem. None Xbox, PS4 and Windows 10 20G Bronze
Zombie Doctor.png Zombie Doctor Cure a zombie villager. None Throw a splash potion of weakness at a zombie villager and give it a golden apple (by facing the zombie and pressing the left trigger with a golden apple in your hand) Xbox, PS4 and Windows 10 40G Gold
Lion Tamer.png Lion Tamer Tame an Ocelot None Xbox, PS4 and Windows 10 15G Bronze
Archer.png Archer Kill a creeper with arrows. None Xbox, PS4 and Windows 10 10G Bronze



For issues unique to specific mobs, see that mob's issues section.

Issues relating to “Mob“ are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.


  • Renaming a mob "Dinnerbone" or "Grumm" using spawn eggs or name tags will flip them upside down.
  • If a hostile mob is tracking a player, the player can separate him or herself and the mob through a wall, relog, and the mob will no longer be tracking the player.
  • In the Pocket Edition, baby squids are present. The heads are also sized to fit body.