Mob head

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[edit]Mob head
Wither Skeleton Skull.pngSkeleton Skull.pngZombie Head.pngHead.pngCreeper Head.png
Wither Skeleton SkullSkeleton SkullZombie HeadHeadCreeper Head

Solid Block









Blast resistance



Any tool


Yes (Wither Skeleton)
No (Others)


Yes (64)



First appearance

1.4.2 (12w36a)

Tile Entity ID


Data values
dec: 144 hex: 90 bin: 10010000
dec: 397 hex: 18D bin: 110001101


Mob heads are decorative blocks. There are five variants of mob heads: Skeleton, Wither Skeleton, Zombie, The Player and Creeper. The Wither Skeleton variant is a rare drop from the respective mob, with the other heads only available in Creative mode.


[edit] Obtaining

The Wither Skeleton skull is a rare drop of Wither Skeletons, while the other heads are only available in Creative mode. Obtaining a human head with the same texture as a specific player's head requires /give, and is achieved by changing the NBT tag of SkullOwner to the player's username.

[edit] Usage

The main use of heads is for decoration. They can be oriented in 16 different directions on top of a block, and 4 directions on the sides of blocks, similar to signs. They cannot be placed on top of each other.

The player can also wear heads as disguise, similarly to pumpkins. This will only replace the first layer of the player's skin. If the player has a second layer over their head, it will still render over the head (this also applies to Zombie Pigmen wearing heads). They can also be used as a decorative disguise, using dyed leather armor. Occasionally, another mob may pick up a skull and wear it just as the player would. This is common when a wither skeleton drops a skull next to another mob in the Nether. The only mobs which can wear the heads are the Skeleton, Wither Skeleton, Zombie, and Zombie Pigmen.[1] Other mobs can only wear heads when spawned using custom spawners via /setblock.

Heads are not able to be pushed by pistons, as they have tile entities.

[edit] Spawning a Wither

Wither build configuration

Wither skeleton skulls are essential for spawning a Wither. To do so, place 4 soul sand in a vertical T-shape, then place three wither skeleton skulls on top. The orientation of the skulls does not matter.

[edit] As a crafting ingredient

Heads are used in the crafting of Firework Stars. Firework rockets crafted with said stars will have an explosion shaped like a Creeper face, regardless of which type of head was used.

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Firework Star
(forms Creeper shape)

Any Mob head +
Gunpowder +
Any Dye

Grid layout Arrow (small).png White Firework StarOrange Firework StarMagenta Firework StarLight Blue Firework StarYellow Firework StarLime Firework StarPink Firework StarGray Firework StarLight Gray Firework StarCyan Firework StarPurple Firework StarBlue Firework StarBrown Firework StarGreen Firework StarRed Firework StarBlack Firework Star
Gunpowder Wither Skeleton SkullSkeleton SkullZombie HeadHeadCreeper Head

Bone MealOrange DyeMagenta DyeLight Blue DyeDandelion YellowLime DyePink DyeGray DyeLight Gray DyeCyan DyePurple DyeLapis LazuliCocoa BeansCactus GreenRose RedInk Sac
Grid layout Shapeless.png

[edit] Data values

Note: Only part of the information for this block/item is in the data value, the rest in the associated Tile Entity. See Tile Entity Format for details.

For the block, data values determine the block placement:

DV Description

0 (unused)

1 On the floor (rotation is stored in the tile entity)

2 On a wall, facing north

3 On a wall, facing south

4 On a wall, facing east

5 On a wall, facing west

For the item and for the tile entity, data values determine the skull type:

DV Description

0 Skeleton Skull

1 Wither Skeleton Skull

2 Zombie Head

3 Head

4 Creeper Head

[edit] Player Heads

Human heads have an extra usage for map makers, they can be given NBT data (as shown here) so that they appear with the skin of any Minecraft account. This means if you know that a specific account has a head which you want to display, you can edit the NBT data to make it appear. The command to give yourself a head skinned as another player is /give @p skull 1 3 {SkullOwner:PlayerName}, where PlayerName is the name of the account of the head you'd like to use. Heads created using this method will only display their custom skin when placed on a block, and will appear as a default player head when placed in an item frame or worn as a helmet.

Mojang has created a number of accounts with specific skins, so that map makers can use common heads without the risk that someone will change their skin.[2] These accounts have names in the format MHF_MobName, for example MHF_PigZombie is the name of a Minecraft user with a Zombie Pigman head. MHF stands for "Marc's Head Format". There are also a few blocks and "bonus" heads, for more variety.

The following names/heads have been made available:


  • MHF_Blaze
  • MHF_CaveSpider
  • MHF_Chicken
  • MHF_Cow
  • MHF_Enderman
  • MHF_Ghast
  • MHF_Golem
  • MHF_Herobrine
  • MHF_LavaSlime
  • MHF_MushroomCow
  • MHF_Ocelot
  • MHF_Pig
  • MHF_PigZombie
  • MHF_Sheep
  • MHF_Slime
  • MHF_Spider
  • MHF_Squid
  • MHF_Villager


  • MHF_Cactus
  • MHF_Chest
  • MHF_Melon
  • MHF_OakLog
  • MHF_Pumpkin
  • MHF_TNT2


  • MHF_ArrowUp
  • MHF_ArrowDown
  • MHF_ArrowLeft
  • MHF_ArrowRight
  • MHF_Exclamation
  • MHF_Question

[edit] Video

[edit] History

Official release
August 28, 2012 Jeb released images of the skeleton head, hinting of more types to come.
at PAX 2012 At PAX, Dinnerbone revealed that there would be very rare drops of these mobs.[3]
1.4.2 12w36a The skeleton, wither skeleton, zombie, human, and creeper heads were introduced in the update. Wither Skeleton skulls are rarely dropped by the Wither Skeleton upon death (2.5% chance), while the other four are only obtainable from the creative inventory.
12w37a Added as a hidden and disabled feature, human heads can now have the skin of a specific player. A line in the language file implies that there either used to be, or in a future update, the possibility of obtaining a specific player's head.[4] Dinnerbone hinted at the possibility of player heads being dropped at death like trophy heads.[citation needed] Player heads do not/will not drop in vanilla, but mapmakers/modders/etc. can make them by adding an NBT string tag "SkullOwner" -> (player name) on the skull items.[5]
1.4.6 12w49a Any kind of mob head can be used to craft a Firework Star with Creeper-face effect.
1.7.2 13w36a Custom heads can now be obtained without third party programs via the give command.
1.8 14w03a Player heads now show the skin's hat layer (This also works when a mob/player wears the head.)
14w29a Now displays the cracking animation.
Console Edition
TU12 Added skeleton, wither skeleton, zombie, human, and creeper heads to the creative inventory. Wither skeleton skulls exist although wither skeletons have not yet been introduced to the game.

[edit] Issues

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[edit] Trivia

  • Heads are one of the few blocks that do not have their own textures and take their textures from other objects.
    • As such, when breaking any head, the particle effect of breaking it is the same as soul sand.
  • All heads are the same size (even though Wither Skeletons have larger heads than the other represented mobs).
  • Heads will break upon contact with water and lava.
  • In demo mode after the demo period has ended, breaking a Wither Skeleton skull will cause it to reappear as a normal skeleton skull.
  • Although mob heads do not protect the player, they can be enchanted and will apply enchantment effects to the player when worn.
    • Enchanted mob heads only have the purple "enchanted" texture over their inventory icon, and will appear to be unenchanted when worn or placed.
  • Heads will not cause cacti to break when placed next to them.
  • If in survival you break a player head with a custom skin, it will drop the head with the custom skin stored.
    • It will be named "Head" instead of "<player>'s Head" though.
  • There are no horse, Guardian, Ender Dragon, Elder Guardian, or Wither heads in the MHF_(Mob) heads.

[edit] Gallery

[edit] References

  1. Snapshot 12w37a lang/en_US.lang:'s Head
  2. a b