Height: 2.4 Blocks
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.
On console versions spawning is not limited to the Nether fortresses.
Wither skeletons are 2.4 blocks tall and 0.7 blocks wide.
Wither[edit | edit source]
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
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.
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
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||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|
Advancements[edit | edit source]
|Icon||Advancement||In-game description||Parent||Actual requirements (if different)||Internal ID|
|Spooky Scary Skeleton||Obtain a wither skeleton's skull||A Terrible Fortress||Get a wither skeleton skull in your inventory.||
|Adventure||Adventure, exploration, and combat||—||Kill any entity, or be killed by any entity.||
|Monster Hunter||Kill any hostile monster||Adventure||Kill one of these 22 mobs. Other mobs are ignored for this advancement.||
|Monsters Hunted||Kill one of every hostile monster||Monster Hunter||Kill each of these 22 mobs. Other mobs may be killed, but are ignored for the advancement.||
|Sniper duel||Kill a skeleton with an arrow from more than 50 meters||Take Aim||Use a launched arrow to kill a skeleton, wither skeleton, or a stray from 50 or more blocks away, horizontally.||
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||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
|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
|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]
Issues relating to “Wither Skeleton” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.
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.