Mobs are living, moving game entities. Generally, mobs are affected by the environment in the same ways as the player: they are subject to physics, and they can be hurt by almost all the same things that harm the player: Catching on fire, falling, drowning or suffocating, and of course being attacked with weapons. However, some types have individual resistances or immunities: For example, Nether mobs are immune to fire, several mobs do not take fall damage, and some have a natural "armor rating" that protects them against attacks. Mobs can even ride minecarts, which is a passable way to move them around for special purposes. When mobs are killed, they drop items which may be useful resources. Mobs come to exist by spawning in various ways. Players can spawn most mobs using spawn eggs in Creative mode. Most Mobs are aware of players within 16 blocks of them, but some can see further. Their individual abilities are discussed below and on their individual pages.
There are 31 mobs, excluding the player.
Passive mobs will never attack the player. The farm animals; chicken, cow, pig, sheep, ocelot, and horse, spawn with the landscape, but occasionally spawn on well-lit grass, and can be bred by the player. Mooshrooms spawn and act similarly to cows, but they only spawn in Mushroom Island biomes. Squids need water to spawn in, while bats spawn in darkness similarly to the hostile mobs. Villagers spawn with their village, but they can breed on their own initiative when their village population is too low.
Neutral mobs will not attack the player unless provoked. The act of provoking neutral mobs varies. The Zombie Pigman is hostile in the Pocket Edition.
Note that spiders and cave spiders will spawn hostile due to the fact they spawn in light levels of 7 or below, but are actually neutral mobs, as they are passive unless hit in light levels of 12 or above.
|Cave Spider||Enderman||Spider||Wolf||Zombie Pigman|
These mobs can be tamed by the player, and in the horse's case, ridden as well.
|Wolf (Dog)||Ocelot (Cat)||Horse|
Hostile mobs will attack the player when in range, each with their own abilities.
Cave Spiders, Zombies, Creepers, Skeletons, Spiders, and Spider Jockeys require a light level of 7 or less to naturally spawn.
Spiders will become neutral at light levels 12 and higher, but they do not spawn neutral. Hostile mobs do not spawn on "peaceful" difficulty. In Creative Mode, hostile mobs act like neutral mobs.
|Slime||Spider Jockey||Witch||Wither Skeleton||Zombie||Zombie Villager||Chicken Jockey|
Utility mobs are created by and serve the player. Utility mobs will not hurt the player who created them. However, a naturally spawned Iron Golem can be provoked by attacking the golem, or by attacking nearby villagers. If a player repeatedly attacks villagers, all of that village's golems can become hostile to that player.
|Snow Golem||Iron Golem|
Boss mobs have more complicated attack patterns and movements. Bosses are meant as end game mobs with their high attack strength and health. When killed, they also drop end game items which can not be obtained in any other way.
Planned mobs are confirmed to be added in a future version of Minecraft.
Unused mobs are found in the source, but are not being used at this time. Through third-party modifications, it is still possible to spawn them. Since Release 1.7.2, with the addition of the /summon command, one can spawn giants without any mods.
Removed mobs have been removed from the game and can only be found in previous versions.
|Beast Boy||Black Steve||Human||Rana||Steve|
Potential future mobs
There are hints that new mobs might be released in the distant future. Below is the list of mobs that have been mentioned at least once by Notch, Jeb, or other Mojang employees who work on Minecraft and have a possibility of appearing in the game.
- Aside from zombie pigmen, living pigmen have been confirmed to appear in a future update. However, they are not being currently worked on.
- In the Halloween Update, Notch said he would add fish. However, he had limited time, and was thus only able to add them as an item. There is no coding for fish in the game, and no model was created.
- Red dragons have been mentioned in multiple posts by Notch. However, he is no longer working on the game. Jeb, who is currently in charge of Minecraft development, has not announced anything about their current development status. Dinnerbone has stated there are no plans to add them.
- Dinnerbone commented on Reddit that he would like to add pandas to Minecraft.
"Fighting" passive mobs is easy -- they can't attack the player, so you can just kill them. Each of the other mobs has unique abilities to harm the player, but also weaknesses that can be exploited. Hostile mobs fall into three main groups: The "darkness" mobs, which spawn in any dark area of the Overworld, the "Nether" mobs which spawn anywhere in the Nether, and the "Local" mobs, which appear only in particular places in either the Overworld or the Nether. In this section, we give brief tips for dealing with each. See the Drops page for a reason to hunt each monster.
All of these mobs will spawn on dark surfaces, but not on transparent blocks. Zombies, Skeletons, and Spiders also have special spawners in dungeons.
All Nether mobs are immune to fire and lava. Most of them spawn regardless of light level.
These appear only in specific locations, usually in "natural" structures produced by the game.
Mobs will ordinarily wander around at random and usually avoid walking off cliffs high enough to cause falling damage (however, there are the rare and amusing sight in which a cow or sheep will walk of a cliff high enough to cause death), though they can be fooled by non-solid blocks such as trapdoors. In this state, mobs (besides Ghasts, Endermen, and Zombies after 1.6) have a search radius of 16 blocks.
Mobs are capable of climbing ladders just as the player is: if they try to move towards a ladder they're touching they move up it instead. However, mobs do not see ladders nor do they purposely pathfind up them, so they will not attempt to avoid falling off a ladder should they be on the edge of one and they did not climb all walls. Spiders and Cave Spiders can climb all blocks as if they were ladders.
All mobs except slimes will stop wandering within 5 seconds if there is no player within a 32 block radius. In this state, they will glance around randomly, but they won't walk anywhere. They can still be moved by other means such as flowing water, minecarts, etc. Zombies can walk when there is a villager they can attack even if they are over 32 blocks from a player, similarly villagers will flee when there is a zombie chasing them.
Zombies, Skeletons, Creepers and Wolves have a more advanced path finding system compared to other mobs. Here is a video showcasing their path finding system.
If the closest player to a wandering hostile mob is within the search radius of 16 blocks and a line of sight can be drawn, (Spiders can always draw line of sight) the mob will enter pursuit mode. In this mode, mobs can see through all blocks and will walk towards the player. Some mobs, most notably skeletons and creepers, will start circling the player (moving to the left from the player's view) when close enough (skeletons at a long range for strafing, Creepers at a very short range). Zombies will sink in water, and whilst in pursuit mode, can path around walls to get to the player. When a hostile mob is attacked by another one, it will attack the attacking mob. For example, when a skeleton arrow hits a zombie, the zombie will attack the skeleton. Also, if a Creeper is killed by a Skeleton's arrow it will drop a music disc, provided that the Creeper does not kill the Skeleton first.
Passive mobs will not attack the player under any circumstances. This category includes most of the "farm animals" present in the game, which can be bred for food and/or other resources. Also included are bats and squid, both of which have special spawning conditions and cannot be bred. Ocelots are technically passive, in that they will not attack the player, but they are actually coded as hostile mobs.
Animals are attracted to both light and grass. If there is a lot of grass nearby, they will wander toward it regardless of light level. If they are completely surrounded by grass, they will wander aimlessly. If they can't see any grass, they will wander toward light. Passive mobs will flee randomly when attacked. Unlike hostile mobs, most passive mobs (including neutral wolves) will not despawn when the player moves away from them; the exceptions are squid, ocelots, and bats.
Some passive mobs will follow a player who is holding their specific food item: wheat (cows and sheep), carrots (pigs), or seeds (chickens). As long as the player does not get too far ahead of the mob, they will follow the player over long distances. This can be used to corral mobs into pens in order to make farms. If the food is given to the mob by right clicking the mob, the mob will enter breed mode. Horses can also be tamed and bred, but the process is somewhat more involved.
This includes Endermen, Zombie Pigmen, Wolves, and sometimes (bright light) Spiders and Cave Spiders. Most of these are discussed under "Combat" above, as they are essentially hostile monsters for which the fight can often or usually be avoided.
Wolves merit their own discussion. Much as with Zombie Pigmen, if a wolf is attacked, all wolves in the area will permanently become hostile to the player, and attack them. However, wolves are not so common as Zombie Pigmen are (in the Nether), as they appear only in Forest and Taiga biomes, and then only in small groups. Accordingly, it's almost trivial to avoid attacking them. Wolves which have not become hostile, can be tamed by feeding them bones. While they don't change their appearance as drastically as ocelots do, they effectively become Dogs, with a dyeable collar and much higher health. Once tamed, they will fight for the player, targeting any mob that attacks the player (including skeleton arrows), or which the player attacks (not including missiles). Dogs can be be healed or bred by feeding them any sort of meat (but not bones).
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Prerequisites||Actual requirements (if different)||Version restriction||Xbox points earned|
|Monster Hunter||Attack and destroy a monster||Time to Strike!||None||20G|
|Sniper Duel||Kill a skeleton with an arrow from more than 50 meters||Monster Hunter||"50 meters" is 50 blocks away.||PC||N/A|
|Cow Tipper||Harvest some leather||Time to Strike!||Pick up Leather from the ground.||None||15G|
|When Pigs Fly||Fly a pig off a cliff||Cow Tipper||Use a saddle to ride a pig, then have the pig get hurt from fall damage while riding it.||None||40G|
- Mobs will normally spawn in groups with mobs of the same variety.
- Mobs will not spawn on transparent blocks, in water (except for Squid), in lava, or on half blocks (slabs, stairs). The exception is monster spawners, from which they can spawn on any block including air.
- Mobs can not see through semi-transparent blocks such as ice, glass, or glass panes (except spiders and cave spiders, which can see through any block).
- Mobs have been found to spawn facing south. This includes with spawn eggs.
- Mobs can ride in minecarts.
- For bugs unique to specific mobs, see that mob's respective bug section.
- Mobs spin when on fences.
- Attempting to rename mobs "Dinnerbone" or "Grumm" with spawn eggs or name tags will flip them upside down.
- When a mob walks off a block they will sometimes turn around and get back on as if they didn't mean to get off of it, then walk off yet again and continue on their way. This can be useful when trying to get distance between you and a hostile mob (particularly Creepers)
- When mobs die they emit puffs of smoke. This gives them the appearance of them turning to dust or vanishing in a puff of smoke.
- The Halloween Update version 1.2.0 (Alpha) allowed hostile mobs to spawn in higher light levels at lower depths, using the formula 16 - (Layer ÷ 8). At level 8 and below, mobs could spawn even in sunlight. Notch reverted mob spawning to the original method in version 1.2.1 (Alpha) saying, "It was far too annoying. I have plans on what to do with this."
- Hostile mobs and players can hear up to 16 blocks away. Therefore, if the player hears a hostile mob, it is likely that the mob is aware of the player.
- Players can approach a hostile mob without being detected if they ensure that there are solid blocks between them and the mob.
- After killing a player, or if a player dies while hostile mobs are pursuing the player, the hostile mobs will gather around the player's deathplace, attempting to attack the player. This is because the player has been made invisible and non-solid, but still exists in that position. (evident by the "You Died!" screen still remaining in that position). The hostile mobs' heads will "spazz out", a humorous glitch caused by the pathfinding of the mobs so it looks like the hostile mobs are eating the player. A player can use this to their advantage by holding a large number of hostile mobs over their deathplace while another player may pass by unnoticed. This quirk can also work against the player in the case of death by ghast, since (if there is another player present to keep the chunk loaded) the ghast will continue to fire at the player, possibly destroying more of the player's constructions or dropped items. The targeting of the player by the hostile mob is canceled once the player logs out, quits, or respawns.
- If a hostile mob has found a player and has activated hostile mode, the player can separate him or herself and the mob through a wall, relog, and the mob will no longer be in hostile mode.
- Hostile mobs still spawn on peaceful, but disappear too quickly for most players to notice.
- Due to the Skeleton's tendency to shoot instantly on sight, players standing near a skeleton spawner on peaceful may be struck by an arrow during the instant when a skeleton spawns and disappears. This does not always happen but is more evident on a server due to lag.
- In the Pocket Edition, animals are attracted to water and will return to it if they are pushed out. Also, they cannot swim in deeper water, and will stay put until removed or slaughtered. This is planned to be fixed in Pocket Edition version 0.8.0 Alpha.
- On Halloween, 2012, Zombies, Zombie Villagers, Skeletons, Wither Skeletons and Zombie Pigmen had a chance of spawning a pumpkin on their head, with the rare chance of spawning with a Jack-O-Lantern instead.
- As of snapshot 13w04a mobs will not walk on top of rails unless pushed on to the rails by another mob. This can be used to trap small amounts of mobs, to create a wall between the player and a mob, or to prevent mobs from interrupting minecarts as they went down rails.
- When a mob enters hostile mode in the Pocket Edition, they will chase the player relentlessly, regardless of distance or if attacked by other mobs. Johan stated in the issue tracker in response to this "Hum, I'll look into this."
- Issue Tracker: MCPE-40