Wither Skeleton

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Wither Skeleton
Wither Skeleton.png
Health points

20 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

Attack strength

Easy: 4 (Withered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svg)
Normal: 7 (Withered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Half Heart.svg)
Hard: 10 (Withered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svg)


Nether fortresses at light level 7 or less

Exact Height

2.42 Blocks

First appearances

See History

Common drops
Rare drops
Natural equipment


Internal ID

PC: 5
PE: 48

Entity ID

PC: wither_skeleton
PE: skeleton.wither[until 1.1]

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Wither skeletons are dangerous hostile mobs that spawn in Nether fortresses.

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.

On Halloween, wither skeletons have a 22.5% chance of spawning wearing a pumpkin and a 2.5% chance of spawning wearing a jack o'lantern.

Wither[edit | edit source]

In Pocket Edition, the wither will spawn 3-4 wither skeletons when below half health (except on Easy difficulty).

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. In Pocket Edition, they can spawn with armor, which they will always drop. 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 at the player's walking speed when attacking. They attack with a stone sword. When the player is attacked by a wither skeleton, they are inflicted with the
I effect for 10 seconds, which turns the health bar black and decreases the health by 1 (Withered Half Heart.svg) every 2 seconds. Wither skeletons deal 4 (Withered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svg) on Easy, 7 (Withered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Half Heart.svg) on Normal and 10 (Withered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svg) on Hard.

Like other undead mobs, wither skeletons may spawn with the ability to pick up dropped melee weapons and armor.

In Pocket Edition, Wither Skeletons charge the player at a much higher speed.

Immunities[edit | edit source]

Like most Nether mobs, wither skeletons are immune to fire damage, and thus are not affected by fire blocks or lava. Wither skeletons are undead mobs, causing Wither bosses to not attempt to attack them. Their immunity to fire prevents them from burning in sunlight if transported through a Nether portal or manually spawned in the Overworld, but they will still seek shade and water.

Data values[edit | edit source]

Wither skeletons have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob. Their entity ID is wither_skeleton

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites[until 1.12] Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
PC[until 1.12] Xbox PS Pocket Wii U
Sniper Duel Kill a skeleton with an arrow from more than 50 meters Monster Hunter Use a launched arrow to kill a skeleton, wither skeleton, or a stray from 50 or more blocks away, horizontally. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 30G Silver

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Official release
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 Wither skeletons now lower their arms when idle and swing their arms when damaging something.
Wither skeletons now sometimes spawn with their left hand as their main hand.
Wither skeletons now have the ability to hold items in both of their hands.
15w39a Wither skeletons are slightly shorter (2.4 blocks tall rather than 2.535) and narrower (0.7 blocks instead of 0.72).
1.10 16w20a Added wither skeleton spawn egg.
1.10-pre2 Removed wither skeleton spawn egg.
1.11 16w32a Re-added wither skeleton spawn egg.
Entity ID is changed from Skeleton to wither_skeleton, SkeletonType tag is removed.
Their in-game name is now "Wither Skeleton" instead of entity.Skeleton.name.
16w39a Wither skeletons now have their own sounds.
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.
0.15.0 build 1 Wither skeletons now lower their arms when idle and swing their arms when damaging something.
Added wither skeleton spawn egg.
0.16.0 build 4 Wither skeletons now spawn when a wither's health reaches 50%
Upcoming Pocket Edition
1.1 build 1 The entity ID is changed from skeleton.wither to wither_skeleton.
Console Edition
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.
  • Spiders 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.

Gallery[edit | edit source]