Nether Fortresses at light level 7 or less
Wither skeletons will only spawn near nether fortresses at a light level of 7 or less. Skeleton spawn eggs are able to spawn wither skeletons instead of regular skeletons 80% of the time in the Nether. Similarly, when a spider is spawned in the Nether (by the player, monster spawner, etc.), it has a 0.8% chance of spawning with a wither skeleton or a Wither Jockey. Wither skeletons, like all other undead mobs (except withers), will sometimes wear pumpkins on Halloween.
Wither Skeletons are now just over 2.5 blocks high as of 1.8, and require 3 vertical blocks of space to spawn.
Wither skeletons drop 0-1 coal, 0-2 bones. They have a 2.5% chance of dropping their skull when killed by the player or tamed wolf, 3.5% with looting I, 4.5% with looting II, and 5.5% with looting III. They may rarely drop the stone sword. If the wither skeleton is killed by a charged creeper's explosion, they will drop a wither skeleton skull.
When the player is attacked by a wither skeleton, they are inflicted with the
Wither I effect for 10 seconds, which turns the health bar black and decreases the health gradually. Wither skeletons attack with a stone sword, dealing 4 () on easy, 7 () on normal and 10 () on hard. If a wither skeleton is wielding a bow, it will use it like an ordinary skeleton, but the arrows it shoots will always be set on fire, regardless of enchantments. Wither skeletons can sprint.
|1.4.2||12w36a||Added wither skeletons.|
|12w38b||Wither skeletons spawn more frequently.|
|1.4.4||Wither skeletons can sprint towards the player.|
|1.8||14w11a||Now run away from creepers that are about to explode.|
|14w30a||Drops skull when killed by a charged creeper.|
|1.8.1||1.8.1-pre1||No longer runs away from creepers that are about to explode.|
- Wither skeletons can be afflicted with the Wither effect.
- Wither skeleton skulls appear on the Xbox 360 Version, although Wither skeletons themselves do not.
- Wither Skeletons have the same ID as normal skeletons, and therefore attempt to hide under trees in daytime in the overworld, regardless of the fact they cannot burn. They also set on fire in the daytime but immediately get put out, like zombie pigmen.