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Iron Golem

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Iron Golem
Village Golem.png
Health points

100 (Heart.svg × 50)

Attack strength

7 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) to 21 (Heart.svg × 10.5)
To players:
Easy: 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg) to 11 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)
Normal: 7 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) to 21 (Heart.svg × 10.5)
Hard: 10 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg) to 31 (Heart.svg × 15.5)


Near a group of 10 Villagers and 21 doors in any light level
When a pumpkin or jack o'lantern is placed on four blocks of iron

First appearances

See History

Common drops


Network ID


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Iron golems are large, strong utility mobs that defend villagers.



Golems will spawn in a 16×16×6 area, centered between the 21 or more valid doors in a village if it has at least 10 villagers. The chance of spawning is 1 in 7000 per game tick, which averages around one every six minutes. Iron golems can spawn provided the blocks it spawns in are transparent and the block it spawns on top of has a solid surface.


Iron Golem build configuration.
Jack o'lanterns can also be used.

The golem can also be built using blocks in a similar fashion to snow golems and withers. The pumpkin must be placed last by the player or a dispenser. Iron golems always face south when spawned, so they may take suffocation damage from nearby solid blocks.


See also: Tutorials/Iron golem farming

Iron golems drop 3-5 iron ingots and 0-2 poppies upon death.

The Looting enchantment is ineffective against iron golems as it does not give any extra iron ingots or poppies when killed.


An iron golem with a rose in its hand.

The iron golems are 2.9 blocks high and 1.4 blocks wide.

Iron golems will wander around a village in a patrol-like fashion, staying close to the edges of buildings and such. Like villagers, iron golems will not wander away from a village, regardless of how they were spawned. Iron golems will sometimes face a villager, as if they are speaking to each other. Iron golems are able to hold poppies and give them to villagers, symbolizing the friendly relationship between the villagers and golems. However, they won't give poppies to other iron golems.

If not within a village, iron golems will slowly wander aimlessly.

Iron golems can walk up a full block height without jumping and walk over a 1 block wide hole without falling in. They will avoid water and lava at all times, but they make no attempt to avoid fire or cacti. Iron golems are immune to both drowning and fall damage. They will sink in water, become immobile, and will not attack anything while in water.

Iron golems, like passive mobs, can be leashed.


When provoked, an iron golem will move quickly toward its target and once in range will swing their arms up violently to attack, dealing 7 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) to 21 (Heart.svg × 10.5) damage and flinging the target into the air. This attack is the 2nd strongest attack in the game, beaten only by a creeper's explosion. Iron golems have a comparatively large attack range, allowing them to attack through a solid 1 block thick wall, even without line of sight to the target.

Iron golems will attack any hostile or neutral mob within 16 blocks of them, except wolves and creepers. Iron golems will rarely attack ghasts. The iron golem does not have to directly see the mob attacking a villager to become hostile.

Naturally spawned iron golems will attack the player if the player attacks them first, but will give up if the player moves out of their search radius. The iron golem will also attack the player if they attack a nearby villager. Any iron golems built by the player will never attack players under any circumstances, but will still protect villagers from zombies.

Iron golems have a chance of accidentally hitting another mob while attacking a hostile mob. It is possible for multiple golems to simultaneously hit the same target. The height to which the victim is sent flying is relative to the number of golems that attack it.

Iron golems may also target snow golems if hit by a snowball, usually killing it in one hit.

Being attacked[edit]

Zombies, skeletons, spiders, cave spiders, slimes, magma cubes and blazes will naturally attack iron golems, possibly causing it major damage especially in groups. If an iron golem is attacked by multiple mobs, it will retaliate in the order it was attacked.


Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites Actual requirements (if different) Version restriction Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Body Guard.png
Body Guard Create an Iron Golem. None Xbox One & PS4 20G Bronze


This video states the iron golem as having the second highest health. This was before the introduction of the Wither, meaning they now have the third highest health.


Official release
1.2.1 12w08a Added iron golems, one may spawn in a village for every 16 villagers.
1.2-pre Added mechanical and stomping sounds for the iron golem.
1.4.2 12w32a Iron golems will now attack slimes and magma cubes
1.4.2 One golem can now spawn for every 10 villagers in a village.
1.7.2 13w36a As roses were replaced with poppies, the iron golem's drop was therefore changed.
1.8 14w03a Now only drop iron when killed by the player, either through combat, potions, or player-activated mechanisms such as manually lit TNT. If killed without player intervention, only drop poppies.
14w04a The previous change was reverted; iron golems always drop iron ingots again.
Iron golems can now be spawned by dispensing a pumpkin.
14w26c Jack o'lanterns can no longer be used to build iron golems.
14w33a Zombies, skeletons, creepers, spiders, cave spiders, slimes, magma cubes and blazes now attack iron golems without provocation.
1.8.1 1.8.1-pre1 Jack o'lanterns can be used to build iron golems again.
Creepers no longer attack iron golems.
Console Edition
TU12 Added iron golems.


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Robot from Laputa: Castle in the Sky
  • The iron golem's holding out flowers to villager children is a reference to the ancient robots in Hayao Miyazaki's animated film Laputa: Castle in the Sky,[1] as is the fact that the Golems are covered in vines.
    • When villager children notice the poppy in its hand, they will slowly approach, and take the flower eventually. Iron golems do not actually pick up poppies; they spawn them in their hands.
  • Tamed wolves will continue to attack iron golems even after the iron golems have turned passive towards the player.
  • If a player throws an ender pearl at an iron golem, it will become hostile.
  • Two iron golems may fight each other. The golems will stand face to face and slowly back up, until one or both charge in quickly.[Verify]
  • Even with a poppy in its hands, an iron golem can still hit a hostile mob.


  • The iron golem is a purchasable avatar item on the Xbox 360 Marketplace.