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Health points

6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

Attack strength



Below layer 63
Light level of 3 or less in neighboring blocks
October 20 – November 3: light level of 6 or less in neighboring blocks

First appearances

See History





Network ID


Savegame ID


Bats are flying passive mobs that spawn in caves.

Spawning[edit | edit source]

Bats can spawn in the Overworld at a light level of 3 or less on opaque blocks below layer 63. Between October 20 and November 3, they only require a light level of 6 or less to spawn.

Drops[edit | edit source]

Bats do not drop any items or experience when killed.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Bats are very small, being less than half a block tall and wide. They will randomly squeak. They often fly around aimlessly, tending to favor the east, and will sometimes fly into lava and catch on fire.

Bats also will often hang upside down on the underside of a solid block when idle, though they cannot hang on transparent or non-solid blocks. If a player approaches it while hanging upside down, including if the player is invisible, they start to fly away from the player.

Although the bat is a passive mob, they still despawn when going too far away, similarly to ocelots and squids.

Data values[edit | edit source]

See also: Chunk format

Bats have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob. Their entity ID is Bat.

History[edit | edit source]

Official release
1.4.2 12w38a Added bats.
12w42a Bats no longer "trample" crops nor do they activate pressure plates.[1]
1.4-pre Added bat sounds.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.11.0 build 1 Added bats.
Console Edition
TU19 CU7 1.12 Patch 1 Added bats.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • It is impossible to attach a lead to a bat.

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References[edit | edit source]