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Armor stands are entities that are able to hold and display wearable items.
An armor stand can be broken by quickly attacking it twice.
Players can use armor stands to hold armor, mob heads and pumpkins, dispensers can apply a shield to it, and commands can be used to give them other items. The stand does not have a GUI, so players interact with it directly. Armor stands are also able to be placed in different orientations, similar to banners or signs. Armor stands are entities, allowing them to be pushed by pistons, moved by flowing water, and bounced by slime blocks. When an armor stand is placed on top of a fence or similar such block, it will fall through it instead of being placed on top.
Using armor on the stand will place the armor, if done on a bare spot. Conversely, clicking on armor with a bare hand will remove the armor and place it in the highlighted hot-bar slot. By default, it is not possible to take or place items from the armor stand's hands.
The pose of the armor stand can be changed by shifting and clicking on the pose button, or by using a red stone signal. There are 13 possible poses.[Bedrock and Legacy Console editions only] Armor stands can also hold items by clicking on the equip button.[Bedrock and Legacy Console editions only]
Armor on the stand will drop when the stand is broken. Armor stands are able to accurately render enchanted and all forms of dyed armor. The effects of most enchanted armor have no effect when on an armor stand, with two exceptions: Frost Walker will create frosted ice blocks on water as usual if an armor stand is pushed with a piston, and Depth Strider will slow the movement of the armor stand when being pushed with water.
Armor stands are not damaged by cactus, but can be broken by arrows. An armor stand destroyed by an explosion will not drop as an item. An armor stand in water and lava at the same time will not be consumed by the lava.
The stand will wobble slightly when being hit by the player.
Armor stands have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the entity. Their entity ID is
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|1.8||August 5, 2014||Searge tweeted a picture of an armor stand. The appearance was changed before release.|
|August 5, 2014||Searge tweeted a picture of the crafting recipe, which was changed before release too.|
|14w32a||Added armor stands.|
|14w32b||Pick-block can now be used on armor stands.|
|Armor stands can no longer be crafted using slabs other than stone slabs.|
|14w33a||Added breaking particles.|
|1.9||15w31a||Can now dual wield.|
|15w47a||The armor stand now wobbles when hit by the player.|
|1.11||16w32a||The entity ID is changed from
|1.2||build 1||Added armor stands.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU31||CU19||1.22||Patch 3||Patch 1||Added armor stands.|
|TU43||CU33||1.36||Patch 13||Added sounds for armor stands.|
|TU60||CU51||1.64||Patch 30||Patch 11||Armor stands now have arms and you can change the pose of the armor stand.|
- Equipping armor stands with certain blocks and items will cause rendering glitches. According to Searge this is due to transparent rendering on entities not yet being supported.
Armor stands can wear blocks on their heads. This is accessible with commands such as
- – "Armor stands fall through fences" resolved as "Won't Fix"
– "Armor Stand wearing a Skull and Holding Stained Glass causes Graphical issues." resolved as "Won't Fix" – "Armor Stands with Slime Block rendering entities behind them" resolved as "Won't Fix"