Tutorials/Wither combat

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Because the wither inflicts a great deal of damage, the best equipment for combat is a diamond sword (Preferably enchanted with Smite. The best sword for the fight is one enchanted with Smite V, or Sharpness V if you anticipate outside mob intrusion.) instant health II splash potions, strength II potions, one or two enchanted golden apples, a bow (Preferably enchanted with Power, the best bow for the fight would be Power IV or V, Punch II, and Infinity I) and diamond armor (Protection IV protects from the withering effects. The 'Thorns' enchantment may also be an advantage, but it is expensive and not as important as proper protection). Make sure to bring about a stack or two of arrows if you don't have the Infinity enchantment. Fire enchants do not work on the wither.

Bringing or summoning allies (wolves, snow golems and iron golems) may or may not be advantageous: on one hand, they provide a diversion and will cause damage to the wither: on the other hand, they may die easily because of the explosions and get affected by the withering effect, healing the boss far more than they damage him. If you create the Wither in a small and completely enclosed underground area that isn't too large (three blocks tall), three iron golems are sufficient to kill one without aiding them.

Strategies[edit | edit source]

A possible "High Roller" setup to use against the Wither. All armor is Protection IV, the Sword is Smite IV, and the Bow is Power IV, Infinity I

Armor Setup:

Slot Item
Sword Smite > Sharpness > Fire Aspect > Knockback > Bane of Arthropods / Looting
Bow Power > Flame > Infinity
Head Protection > Blast Protection > Projectile Protection > Respiration / Aqua Affinity
Chestplate Protection > Blast Protection > Projectile Protection
Legs Protection > Blast Protection > Projectile Protection
Boots Protection > Blast Protection > Projectile Protection > Feather Falling

Notes: • For most Bows and Swords, a Tier IV or V Enchant is better than a Tier III Enchant of a higher category. For example, a Sharpness V Sword is better than a Smite III Sword. Another example would be an Infinity I Bow being more useful than a Power I Bow.

• Using the highest tiered weapons and armor (Protection IV+), (Smite IV+),

Hotbar Setup

A "High Roller" setup for a Singleplayer fight against the Wither.
An "average" setup for a Multiplayer fight against the Wither.
Slot Item
Slot 1 Sword
Slot 2 Bow
Slot 3 Dirt (For "Towering" back up to the surface. When the Wither attacks, the skulls he fires will explode on the ground, causing damage similar to a creeper explosion.)
Slot 4 Pickaxe (preferably Efficiency IV+)
Slot 5 Potion of Healing II
Slot 6 Potion of Healing II
Slot 7 Potion of Strength II (preferably extended) OR Potion of Regeneration II (preferably extended) OR Enchanted Golden Apple
Slot 8 Potion of Strength II (preferably extended) OR Potion of Regeneration II (preferably extended) OR Enchanted Golden Apple
Slot 9 Compass (If on a SMP server with /jumpto enabled) OR Enchanted Golden Apple

Method 1[edit | edit source]

Spawn the wither, and quickly run away as far as possible, putting a large distance between you and the wither. Do not stand near the wither when it is growing into its normal size. It will create a massive explosion when it is finished, much larger than that of TNT or a (charged) creeper.

When it is finished, walk back and shoot at the wither, and occasionally use your instant health II splash potions and at some point, eat your enchanted golden apples. When the wither drops to 50% health, use your strength II potion and hit the wither with your diamond sword until the wither is defeated. This is a very effective way to beat the wither, defeating it in less than five minutes with not too much struggle.

Method 2[edit | edit source]

An easy way of killing the wither on hard without armor is to have an enchanted diamond sword (Smite V), a potion of strength II, potion of night vision (optional), an enchanted golden apple and a bucket of milk. Go underground at least 20 blocks below surface and dig a room 3 blocks high by 4 wide and 10 long, build a 2×2 stone wall about 5 blocks away from one end. Drink your strength potion II, Spawn the wither at one end then hide behind the 2×2 wall, when the wither is nearly spawned, eat the enchanted golden apple and switch to your sword and hold block for the initial explosion. Run at the wither and hack him to death, he should die in about 10 hits if you get some crits. Make sure you kill the wither within the 30 seconds of regen from the apple. As soon as the wither is dead, drink the milk to cure the wither effect. Note: have some cobble in your hotbar so you can block upwards if the wither gets out reach.

Method 3 - Snow golems[edit | edit source]

Using snow golems can help to beat the wither is to dig out a 10×10 by 3 tall room and spawn 30 or so snow golems. The golems act as a target for the wither, as well as attacking it. Accompany this with your best sword (preferably with the Smite enchantment), armor, and potions and you can beat him in under a minute taking little or no damage.

Method 4[edit | edit source]

A tactic that is relatively easy to pull off is to dig down near bedrock, and dig a long 1×2 tunnel (longer than 30 blocks). At the end of the tunnel, construct a small room. Spawn the wither in this room, then run back into the tunnel. Occasionally pop out and shoot an arrow or two at the Wither. As the Wither crunches its way towards you, just walk backwards through the tunnel. Once the wither has reached its "armor" stage, jump out and begin hitting it with a diamond sword. As long as you frequently throw down splash potions of instant healing, you should be able to survive even with iron armor.





















































Glass blocks represent blocks with low blast resistance.

A somewhat more complicated yet very enjoyable variant of this tunnel strategy (doubly so when you manage to kill the wither using it) is to rig the tunnel you constructed with TNT. You could, for instance, build a tunnel as illustrated by the figure above; the idea behind this is that you can anticipate when the boss will crunch his way to a point sufficiently close to a pair of TNT blocks you've placed, and if you're accurate, you can have the TNT explode at that very instant, dealing a lot of damage. Be sure not to place the first pair of TNT right next to the room in which you will spawn the Wither, as the initial explosion would just destroy these. The drawbacks of this strategy are that it can be difficult to tell when to ignite the TNT; if you're too fast, the TNT will not have the desired effect. If you're too slow, the wither will simply destroy the TNT prior to its detonation. In addition, you might need a lot of TNT to completely kill the Wither, and thus you'll have to dig out a long tunnel. Therefore it is strongly advised that you still use a bow (and a sword when the "armor" stage has been reached) in the sections of the tunnel where there's no TNT to do the hard work. Also, if you don't have enough TNT, be sure to dig out an extra tunnel as an extension of the TNT-rigged one, so as to finish the wither off with arrows/swords should needs be.

Method 5 - Nether or End suffocation[edit | edit source]

A very easy method is to spawn him, push his head in a bedrock ceiling in the Nether, then kill him. You will only need a sword, lever, and piston.

  1. Find a 3×3 bedrock field in the ceiling of the nether with an air pocket above the center block.








  1. Go 3 blocks down, dig a hole in the ground and put a piston there. Put a lever next to it.
  2. Build a wither on top of the piston like so:







  1. Flick the lever.
  2. Kill the wither!

Note: The best way to find this situation is getting to the top of the Nether, but is dangerous as the Nether has random lava source blocks scattered in the netherrack. Also, it no longer works in 1.8 because the wither's hitbox size has changed.

Another alternative is to use the end exit portal to trap the wither (only works since 1.8):

1. Make sure there is a 2-block high gap between the bottom of the exit portal and the end island. This can be done either by digging or by placing blocks.

2.Find the block on the floor that is in line with the central axis of the portal and mark it.

3.Spawn the wither by placing the blocks you need FLAT on the floor, and make sure that the soul sand "tail" block is directly above the marked block, otherwise the wither will go to the overworld and wreck havoc there.

4.Run away more than 14 blocks to prevent the explosion on creation from damaging you.

5. Kill the wither!

Method 6 - Cobble generator suffocation[edit | edit source]

A more advanced tactic that is very rewarding would be to construct a cobblestone generator-powered grid above the player, spawn the Wither about 15 blocks away, and stand under the grid. The wither will fly towards the player, but it would be kept at the edge of the grid, constantly being pushed back by the cobblestone which is generating faster than what the wither can break. This allows the player to stand still and shoot the wither without retaliation, until the Wither is at half health, where it will fly towards the player through the grid, allowing the player to easily kill the Wither with a sword. In addition to that, the player can rig dispensers about 15 blocks away to periodically shoot splash potions of health, which heal the player and damage the wither.

Method 7 - Fully automatic[edit | edit source]

It is also possible to kill the wither with a fully automatic machine, requiring no combat from the player. The most conventional design suffocates the wither with a cobblestone generator