Mob

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

Spawning

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. However if the player tries to summon an Ender Dragon with the /summon command, it will have a different AI to stay in the same place.

Behavior

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 ShulkerFace.png
Blaze Chicken Jockey Creeper Elder Guardian Endermite Ghast Guardian Magma Cube Shulker
SilverfishFace.png SkeletonFace.png SkeletonRiderFace.png SlimeFace.png SpiderJockeyFace.png Witchface2.png WitherSkeletonHead.png ZombieFace.png ZombieVillagerHead.png
Silverfish Skeleton Skeleton Horseman Slime Spider Jockey Witch Wither Skeleton Zombie Zombie Villager

Tameable mobs

DonkeyHead.png HorseHead.png MuleHead.png OcelotFace.png SkeletonHorseHead.png WolfFace.png UndeadHorseHead.png
Donkey Horse Mule Ocelot Skeleton Horse Wolf Zombie Horse[upcoming 1.10]

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.

HuskFace.png StrayFace.png PolarBear.png
Husk Stray Polar Bear

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
Giant Killer Bunny

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

Platform availability

Mob Computer Edition Console Edition Pocket Edition

Bat
Yes Yes Yes

Blaze
Yes Yes Yes

Cave Spider
Yes Yes Yes

Chicken
Yes Yes Yes

Chicken Jockey
Yes Yes Yes

Cow
Yes Yes Yes

Creeper
Yes Yes Yes

Donkey
Yes Yes 0.15.0

Elder Guardian
Yes Yes No

Ender Dragon
Yes Yes No

Enderman
Yes Yes Yes

Endermite
Yes Yes No

Ghast
Yes Yes Yes

Giant
Yes Partial No

Guardian
Yes Yes No

Horse
Yes Yes 0.15.0

Husk
1.10 No 0.15.0

Iron Golem
Yes Yes Yes

Killer Bunny
Yes No No

Magma Cube
Yes Yes Yes

Mooshroom
Yes Yes Yes

Mule
Yes Yes 0.15.0

Ocelot
Yes Yes Yes

Pig
Yes Yes Yes

Polar Bear
1.10 No No

Rabbit
Yes Yes Yes

Sheep
Yes Yes Yes

Shulker
Yes No No

Silverfish
Yes Yes Yes

Skeleton
Yes Yes Yes

Skeleton Horse
Yes No 0.15.0

Skeleton Horseman
Yes No No

Slime
Yes Yes Yes

Snow Golem
Yes Yes Yes

Spider
Yes Yes Yes

Spider Jockey
Yes Yes Yes

Squid
Yes Yes Yes

Stray
1.10 No 0.15.0

Villager
Yes Yes Yes

Witch
Yes Yes Yes

Wither
Yes Yes No

Wither Skeleton
Yes Yes Yes

Wolf
Yes Yes Yes

Zombie
Yes Yes Yes

Zombie Horse
Yes No 0.15.0

Zombie Pigman
Yes Yes Yes

Zombie Villager
Yes Yes Yes

Common NBT data

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Achievements

Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
PC Xbox PS Pocket Wii U
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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. Yes Yes Yes Alt Yes 20G Bronze
Alt Alt Alt Yes Alt 15G
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Cow Tipper Harvest some leather Time to Strike! Pick up leather from the ground. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze
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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. Yes Yes Yes No Yes 40G Gold
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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. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 30G Silver
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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. Yes Yes Yes No Yes 20G Bronze
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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. Yes Yes Yes No Yes 40G Silver
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Repopulation Breed two cows with wheat Cow Tipper Breed two cows or two mooshrooms. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 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. No Yes Yes Alt Yes 30G Silver
Alt Alt Yes 20G
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Have a Shearful Day Use Shears to obtain wool from a sheep. No Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze
Body Guard.png Body Guard Create an Iron Golem. No Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Bronze
Zombie Doctor.png Zombie Doctor Cure a zombie villager. 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) No Yes Yes Yes Yes 40G Gold
Lion Tamer.png Lion Tamer Tame an Ocelot No Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze
Archer.png Archer Kill a creeper with arrows. No Yes Yes Yes Yes 10G Bronze

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Issues

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.

Trivia

  • 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.

References