Nether Fortresses at light level 7 or less
Wither Skeletons are dangerous hostile mobs that spawn in Nether fortresses. Wither skeletons are the Nether equivalent of skeletons. Wither skeletons are three blocks tall, use stone swords and, like other Nether mobs, are immune to fire. When attacked by a wither skeleton, the player is inflicted with the Wither effect for 10 seconds, which darkens the health bar and gradually damages the player over time. When killed, wither skeletons can drop coal and bones, and have a 2.5% (1/40th) chance to drop their skull or stone sword. Wither skeletons can also pick up items, weapons, tools, and armor, similar to other undead mobs.
Wither skeletons are three blocks tall, and have dark, gray bones. Wither skeletons appear to have long streaks of black marks on their face.
Wither skeletons will only spawn near Nether fortress in light levels 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.
Wither skeletons are tough to fight due to their high damage (7 () on normal) and their ability to sprint. Their biggest weakness is that they cannot pass through a two block high passage because of their height, much like endermen.
If you attack and move backwards at the same time you should not have any trouble avoiding damage provided you have some room to maneuver. If you have your back to a wall spam attacking should be enough to kill a single wither skeleton without taking damage. If you have your back to a wall and are facing more than one wither skeleton it is strongly advised that you move to a position where you have room to maneuver as the wither skeletons move slightly faster than zombies and so more easily overwhelm you. Sniping with a bow is also effective although it is not recommended at under 10 blocks away (without a Punch enchantment) as wither skeletons move surprisingly fast. If you find yourself in a position where a wither skeleton is a one shot, use a diamond sword or axe with high level Smite/Sharpness and ideally, Looting enchantments.
If you find yourself facing a blaze at the same time the best course of action is to move into a place inaccessible for the blaze -such as a corridor- and then proceed in taking the above steps to kill the wither skeleton. If this is not possible it is suggested that the player run out of range of the blaze and turn to face the wither skeleton. It is strongly advised that inexperienced players do not face both mobs at the same time as this often leads to death, but for more experienced players willing to face both you should either; deal with the blaze first by charging at it with a sword (do not use a bow as you will be exposed to attack) and then turning and facing the wither skeleton or (more recommended) putting the wither skeleton between yourself and the Blaze so as to use its body as a shield against the blaze's fireball attack, and then charging the blaze once it is dead.
You can also build partial walls in a nether fortress that fall down from the ceiling and leave a walkway two blocks high. Wither skeletons can't move through two block high spaces so building such structures limits their mobility, and will allow you to damage them with impunity.
If a wither skeleton is able to acquire a bow, it will use it to shoot at you. Any arrows it shoots will be on fire, and will cause you to catch fire, regardless of the bow's enchantments. If a wither skeleton picks up a sword enchanted with Fire Aspect, it becomes a considerable threat as the combination of the fire damage and the Wither effect can quickly prove fatal.
|1.4.2||12w36a||Added wither skeletons.|
|12w38b||Wither skeletons spawn more frequently.|
|1.4.4||Wither skeletons can sprint towards the player.|
- A regular skeleton will spawn in a Nether fortress instead of a wither skeleton 20% of the time.
- Wither Skeletons wield stone swords, yet there is no natural stone in the Nether.
- Wither skeletons, as with other mobs, will sometimes wear pumpkins on Halloween.
- 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.
- Ironically, wither skeletons aren't immune to the Wither effect.
- Wither skeleton skulls appear on the Xbox 360 Version, although Wither skeletons themselves do not.