Nether fortresses at light level 7 or less
|“||Wither Skeletons! Tougher, scarier, witherer.||„|
|—The Pretty Scary Update Promo Poster|
Spawning[edit | edit source]
Wither skeletons spawn in Nether fortresses at a light level of 7 or less. They spawn in place of a regular skeleton 80% of the time.
Wither skeletons are 2.4 blocks tall and 0.7 blocks wide.
Spawn eggs[edit | edit source]
In the Console Edition, all skeleton spawn eggs spawn wither skeletons when used in the nether.
Drops[edit | edit source]
Wither skeletons drop 0-1 coal and 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. If the wither skeleton is killed by a charged creeper's explosion, they will always drop their skull. They may also rarely drop their stone sword, which will usually be badly damaged, and always unenchanted. They drop 5 experience when killed by a player or tamed wolf.
Halloween[edit | edit source]
If a wither skeleton wearing a pumpkin or jack o'lantern is killed using a tool enchanted with Looting, there will be a chance equivalent to the level of Looting used to drop the pumpkin or jack o'lantern, up to a maximum of a 3% chance of a drop.
Behavior[edit | edit source]
Wither skeletons walk slowly when idle, but will sprint towards the player when they see one. They attack with a stone sword. 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 by 1 () every 2 seconds. Wither skeletons deal 4 () on Easy, 7 () on Normal and 10 () on Hard.
Like other undead mobs, wither skeletons may spawn with the ability to pick up dropped melee weapons and armor.
Immune[edit | edit source]
Wither Skeletons are immune to fire, lava, and the sun
Data values[edit | edit source]
Wither skeletons have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob. Their entity ID is
Video[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
|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.|
|1.9||15w31a||Now animate their stone sword, they pull it out when becoming hostile and draw it back to attack sword.|
|They have a small chance to spawn with their stone sword in their left hand.|
|Wither skeletons now have the ability to dual wield.|
|15w39a||Wither skeletons are slightly shorter (2.4 blocks tall rather than 2.535) and narrower (0.7 blocks instead of 0.72).|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.12.1||build 1||Added wither skeletons.|
|build 9||Wither skeletons are now larger than regular skeletons.|
|build 12||New sounds for dying wither skeletons.|
|TU19||CU7||1.12||Patch 1||Added wither skeletons.|
|TU31||CU19||1.22||Patch 3||Drops skull when killed by a charged creeper.|
Issues[edit | edit source]
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- If hit by a wither's skull, wither skeletons can be afflicted with the Wither effect.
- When a spider is spawned in the Nether (by the player, monster spawner, etc.), it has a 0.8% chance of spawning as a Wither Jockey.
- Although they may spawn with the ability to pick up items, wither skeletons will never pick up a bow under any circumstances.
- If a wither skeleton is wielding a bow (through the use of commands), it will use it like an ordinary skeleton, but the arrows it shoots will always be set on fire, regardless of enchantments.