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Health points

100 (Heart.svg × 50)

Attack strength

Easy: 26 (Heart.svg × 13)
Normal: 50 (Heart.svg × 25)
Hard: 75 (Heart.svg × 37.5)


Conditions can't be met in vanilla

First appearance

Classic 0.30_03



Network ID


Savegame ID


Giants are unused, over-sized mobs that look like zombies. They currently have no purpose other than decoration.

Drops[edit | edit source]

Giants drop 5 experience when killed.

Spawning[edit | edit source]

Giants require a light level greater than 11 and less than 8. This effectively makes it impossible to make them appear naturally or through spawners.

Commands[edit | edit source]

Giants can be spawned using commands such as /summon Giant.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Giants are close to 12 blocks tall, and use a six times enlarged zombie model.

Giants currently have no AI. The consequence of this is that they always face south when summoned and stay that way, never wandering, turning their head, chasing the player, or responding to damage except for taking knockback. Their viewing direction can only be changed with commands.

Giants are in the Xbox 360 and Xbox One editions, although they require external modifications for their egg to be placed in the player's inventory.

Data values[edit | edit source]

See also: Chunk format

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

History[edit | edit source]

0.30_03 Added giants.
Giants acted like any normal hostile mob – they'd walk towards the player until they were touching them. However, the giant couldn't "touch" anything unless standing on top of it, making it hard for them to do combat against opponents.
December 23, 2009 Giants no longer spawn.
Official release
1.7.2 13w36a Giants can be spawned without mods by using the new /summon command
1.8 14w06a Armor on giants is now rendered. This originated from a bug in 14w05a which caused all mobs to render worn armor. In repairing this bug, Grum allowed giants to render armor.
Giants' AI was removed.
Console Edition
TU1 Added Giants in the Xbox versions, only require external modifications.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Since giants need to have a light level both less than 8 and greater than 11 to spawn, they don't spawn from monster spawners. However, this spawn condition can be bypassed with a custom spawner, if it attempts to spawn an entity with valid spawn conditions riding a giant.
  • If you name a giant using a name tag, its name will appear inside its head.
  • If a giant stands in a liquid, it can't move.
  • Giants share the exact same model as the zombie. This means that changes made to the zombie model change the giant's as well.
  • Notch removed the giants spawning capabilities because "they are too overpowered". He did not remove them entirely because "they are just too cool to remove".
  • If a giant is riding a minecart, it hovers way above it.
  • If a mob is riding a giant, unless it's a very large slime or magma cube, a ghast or the ender dragon, it is completely hidden from view by the giant's head.

Gallery[edit | edit source]