Mob

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Mobs are living, moving game entities. The term "mob" is short for "mobile".[1]

Spawning

An excessive amount of ender dragons and withers spawned using the /summon command.

Mobs come to exist by spawning in various ways. Most will spawn naturally, dependent on the light level and biome, often times in groups with mobs of the same variety. Most passive mobs also have the ability to breed, which will spawn baby versions of themselves. Mobs will not naturally spawn on transparent blocks, in water (except for squid and guardians), in lava, or on half blocks (slabs, stairs). The exception is monster spawners, from which they can spawn naturally on any block including air.

Some mobs (like the iron golem, snow golem, and the wither) require that the player "construct" them before being able to spawn.

Players can also spawn mobs by using spawn eggs in Creative mode, or the /summon command after enabling cheats. However if the player tries to summon an ender dragon with the /summon command, it will have a different AI to stay in the same place.

Behavior

A pig emitting smoke upon death.

Mobs are affected by the environment in the same ways as the player: they are subject to physics, and they can be hurt by the same things that harm the player (catching on fire, falling, drowning, attacked by weapons, etc.). Some mobs may be resistant or immune to certain hazards, such as Nether mobs which are immune to fire. Mobs can ride minecarts and other mobs, and can climb up ladders. When mobs are killed, they turn to dust and drop items which may be useful resources.

Each type of mob in Minecraft has a certain AI (Artificial Intelligence) system with different behaviors and mechanics. Mobs will ordinarily wander around at random if there is a player nearby and usually avoid walking off blocks high enough to cause falling damage. Many mobs have an advanced pathfinding system that allows them to traverse complex mazes to get to a desired object or destination. Passive mobs will flee in random directions after being hurt, while hostile mobs will face and chase/attack the Player as soon as they come close. Neutral mobs will remain neutral until a player or mob provokes it (usually by attacking), at which point the neutral mob will turn hostile toward and attack the entity that hit it. Most mobs are aware of players within 16 blocks of them, but some can see farther. Conversely, most mobs can be heard by players up to 16 blocks away.

Mobs can not see through most solid blocks, including semi-transparent blocks such as ice, glass, or glass panes. Mobs will not attempt to walk on rail tracks, unless pushed on by other mobs.

List of mobs

Mobs are listed and classified by their nature below. For more details on a particular mob, click and view their individual page.

Note: The list is categorized according to the PC edition. May vary between different platforms.

Passive mobs

BatFace.png ChickenFace.png CowFace.png MooshroomFace.png PigFace.png Rabbiticon.png SheepFace.png SkeletonHorseHead.png Squidface.png Villagerhead.png
Bat Chicken Cow Mooshroom Pig Rabbit Sheep Skeleton Horse Squid Villager

Neutral mobs

CaveSpiderFace.png EndermanFace.png PolarBearFace.png SpiderFace.png ZombiePigmanFace.png
Cave Spider Enderman Polar Bear
(Baby is passive)
Spider Zombie Pigman

Hostile mobs

Blaze Face.png Chickenjockey.png CreeperFace.png Elder GuardianFace.png EndermiteFace.png Evoker Head.png GhastFace.png GuardianFace.png HuskFace.png Magma Cube Face.png ShulkerFace.png
Blaze Chicken Jockey Creeper Elder Guardian Endermite Evoker Ghast Guardian Husk Magma Cube Shulker
SilverfishFace.png SkeletonFace.png SkeletonRiderFace.png SlimeFace.png SpiderJockeyFace.png StrayFace.png Vex Head.png Vindicator Head.png Witchface2.png WitherSkeletonHead.png ZombieFace.png ZombieVillagerHead.png
Silverfish Skeleton Skeleton Horseman Slime Spider Jockey Stray Vex Vindicator Witch Wither Skeleton Zombie Zombie Villager

Tameable mobs

DonkeyHead.png HorseHead.png Llama Head.png MuleHead.png OcelotFace.png Blue Parrot Face.png WolfFace.png
Donkey Horse Llama Mule Ocelot Parrot Wolf

Utility mobs

Utility mobs are meant to serve as supplementary ways of protection against hostile mobs.

Vg face.png Snowgolemhead.png
Iron Golem
(Neutral if natural-generated)
Snow Golem

Boss mobs

Boss mobs are extremely durable and destructive hostile mobs specifically designed for longer, riskier, and larger-scale battles for players. They are generally immune to most status effects, and are capable of seeing mobs affected by Invisibility.

Enderdragon Face.png WitherFace.png Elder GuardianFace.png
Ender Dragon Wither Elder Guardian [a boss in Pocket Edition only]

Unused mobs

See also: Unused features

Unused mobs are found in the source code and can be spawned using /summon, but are unavailable in normal gameplay.

Giant KillerRabbitFace.png UndeadHorseHead.png Illusioner Head.png
Giant Killer Bunny Zombie Horse [available in Bedrock Edition and
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
]
Illusioner

Removed mobs

See also: Removed features

Removed mobs no longer exist in current versions of the game.

BeastBoyFace.png BlackSteveFace.png HumanFace.png RanaFace.png Steve
Beast Boy Black Steve Human Rana Steve

Education Edition mobs

link Agent NPCFace.png
Agent NPC

Platform availability

Mob Java Edition Console Edition Pocket Edition Education Edition

Agent
No No No Yes

Bat
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Blaze
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Cave Spider
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Chicken
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Chicken Jockey
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Cow
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Creeper
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Donkey
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Elder Guardian
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Ender Dragon
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Enderman
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Endermite
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Evoker
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Ghast
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Giant
Yes No No No

Guardian
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Horse
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Husk
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Illusioner
Yes No No No

Iron Golem
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Killer Bunny
Yes No No No

Llama
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Magma Cube
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Mooshroom
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Mule
Yes Yes Yes Yes

NPC
No No No Yes

Ocelot
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Parrot
Yes Yes Upcoming No

Pig
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Polar Bear
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Rabbit
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Sheep
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Shulker
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Silverfish
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Skeleton
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Skeleton Horse
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Skeleton Horseman
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Slime
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Snow Golem
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Spider
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Spider Jockey
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Squid
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Stray
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Vex
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Vindicator
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Villager
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Witch
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Wither
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Wither Skeleton
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Wolf
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Zombie
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Zombie Horse
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Zombie Pigman
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Zombie Villager
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Common NBT data

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Achievements

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Pocket Nintendo

Monster Hunter Attack and destroy a monster Kill a hostile mob or one of the following neutral mobs: enderman, zombie pigman, spider, cave spider. Xbox One Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze
Xbox 360 Alt 20G

Cow Tipper Harvest some leather Pick up leather from the ground. Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

When Pigs Fly Fly a pig off a cliff Be riding a pig (e.g. using a saddle) when it hits the ground with a fall distance greater than 5. Yes Yes Yes Yes 40G Gold

Sniper Duel Kill a skeleton with an arrow from more than 50 meters Use a launched arrow to kill a skeleton, wither skeleton, or a stray from 50 or more blocks away, horizontally. Yes Yes Yes Yes 30G Silver

Return to Sender Destroy a Ghast with a fireball Kill a ghast using a ghast fireball. Yes Yes Yes Yes 30G Gold

The Beginning? Spawn the Wither Be within a 100.9×100.9×103.5 cuboid centered on the Wither when it is spawned. Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Bronze

The Beginning. Kill the Wither Be within a 100.9×100.9×203.5 cuboid centered on the Wither when it drops the nether star. Yes Yes Yes Yes 40G Silver

Repopulation Breed two cows with wheat Breed two cows or two mooshrooms. Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

Leader Of The Pack Befriend five Wolves. This does not have to be in a single game, so multiple games or reloading old saves does count toward this achievement. Xbox One Yes Yes Yes 20G Silver
Xbox 360 Alt 30G

Have a Shearful Day Use Shears to obtain wool from a sheep. Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

Body Guard Create an Iron Golem. Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Bronze

Zombie Doctor Cure a zombie villager. Throw a splash potion of weakness at a zombie villager and give it a golden apple (by facing the zombie and pressing the use key with a golden apple in your hand) Xbox One Yes Yes Yes 40G Gold
Xbox 360 Alt 20G

Lion Tamer Tame an Ocelot Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

Archer Kill a creeper with arrows. Yes Yes Yes Yes 10G Bronze

The Deep End Defeat an Elder Guardian. Yes Yes Yes Yes 30G Silver

The End... Again... Respawn the ender dragon Yes Yes Yes Yes 30G Silver

Great View From Up Here Levitate up 50 blocks from the attacks of a Shulker Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Bronze

Advancements

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
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Zombie Doctor Weaken and then cure a zombie villager We Need to Go Deeper Throw a splash potion of weakness at a zombie villager and give it a golden apple (by facing the zombie and pressing the use key with a golden apple in your hand). minecraft:story/cure_zombie_villager
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Return to Sender Destroy a Ghast with a fireball Nether Kill a ghast using a ghast fireball. minecraft:nether/return_to_sender
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Into Fire Relieve a Blaze of its rod A Terrible Fortress Get a blaze rod in your inventory. minecraft:nether/obtain_blaze_rod
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Spooky Scary Skeleton Obtain a wither skeleton's skull A Terrible Fortress Get a wither skeleton skull in your inventory. minecraft:nether/get_wither_skull
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Uneasy Alliance Rescue a Ghast from the Nether, bring it safely home to the Overworld... and then kill it. Return to Sender Kill a Ghast in the Overworld. minecraft:nether/uneasy_alliance
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Withering Heights Summon the Wither Spooky Scary Skeleton Be within a 100.9×100.9×103.5 cuboid centered on the Wither when it is spawned. minecraft:nether/summon_wither
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How Did We Get Here? Have every effect applied at the same time A Furious Cocktail Have all of these 20 effects applied to you at the same time. minecraft:nether/all_effects
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Free the End Good luck The End Kill the ender dragon. minecraft:end/kill_dragon
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The End... Again... Respawn the ender dragon. Free the End Summon an ender dragon using ender crystals. minecraft:end/respawn_dragon
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You Need a Mint Collect dragon's breath in a glass bottle. Free the End Get a bottle of dragon's breath in your inventory. minecraft:end/dragon_breath
Advancement-fancy-raw.png
Great View From Up Here Levitate up 50 blocks from the attacks of a Shulker The City at the End of the Game Have the Levitation effect applied, and move a vertical distance of 50 blocks. minecraft:end/levitate
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Adventure Adventure, exploration, and combat Kill any entity, or be killed by any entity. minecraft:adventure/root
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Monster Hunter Kill any hostile monster Adventure Kill one of these 22 mobs. Other mobs are ignored for this advancement. minecraft:adventure/kill_a_mob
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What a Deal! Successfully trade with a Villager Adventure minecraft:adventure/trade
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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. minecraft:adventure/kill_all_mobs
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Hired Help Summon an Iron Golem to help defend a village What a Deal! Summon an iron golem. minecraft:adventure/summon_iron_golem
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Sniper duel Kill a skeleton with an arrow from more than 50 meters Take Aim Use a launched arrow to kill a skeleton from 50 or more blocks away, horizontally. minecraft:adventure/sniper_duel
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The Parrots and the Bats Breed two animals together Husbandry Breed a pair of one of these 10 mobs. Other breedable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement. minecraft:husbandry/breed_an_animal
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Best Friends Forever Tame an animal Husbandry Tame one of the 5 types of mob that are tamable. minecraft:husbandry/tame_an_animal
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Two by Two Breed all the animals! The Parrots and the Bats Breed pairs of each of these 10 mobs. Other tamable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement. minecraft:husbandry/breed_all_animals

Videos

Issues

For issues unique to specific mobs, see that mob's issues section.

Issues relating to “Mob“ are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia

  • Renaming a mob "Dinnerbone" or "Grumm" using spawn eggs or name tags will flip them upside down.
  • Renaming a sheep "jeb_" will make its wool change color.
  • Renaming a vindicator "Johnny" will make it attack all nearby mobs, except other illagers.
  • If a hostile mob is tracking a player, the player can separate him or herself and the mob through a wall, relog, and the mob will no longer be tracking the player.
  • In Pocket Edition, baby squids are present. The heads are also sized to fit body.

References