Armor Stand

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Armor Stand
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JE: Yes (16)
BE: Yes (64)



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Entity ID


Health points

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First appearances

See History

Data value

dec: 416 hex: 1A0 bin: 110100000



Armor stands are entities that are able to hold and display wearable items.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

An armor stand can be broken by attacking it twice quickly.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Stick +
Stone Slab

Usage[edit | edit source]

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.

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.

Armor, a mob head or a pumpkin can be automatically placed on armor stands with a dispenser.

Armor stands can be customized further to have arms, pose, disobey gravity, dual wield and other things by summoning them using /summon with NBT tags.

In maps heavily using command blocks, armor stands can be used to keep scoreboard objectives that are 'global' to the map, run commands, etc.

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]

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Because armor stands are entities, they obey gravity, allowing them to fall and rest on non-full blocks such as enchantment tables, snow layers and slabs.

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. 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.

Data values[edit | edit source]

Armor stands have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the entity. Their entity ID is armor_stand.

Entity data


ID[edit | edit source]

Object ID name ID number
Item armor_stand 416
Entity armor_stand 30

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Official release
1.8 August 5, 2014Searge tweeted a picture of an armor stand. The appearance was changed before release.
August 5, 2014Searge 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.
14w32c Added a NoBasePlate tag.
14w33a Added breaking particles.
1.9 15w31a Can now dual wield.
HandItems and ArmorItems tags added, intended to replace the Equipment tag.
15w33a Equipment tag removed.
15w47a The armor stand now wobbles when hit by the player.
1.11 16w32a The entity ID is changed from ArmorStand to armor_stand.
Bedrock Edition
1.2 build 1 Added armor stands.
Legacy Console Edition
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Patch 1Added armor stands.
TU43CU331.36Patch 13Added sounds for armor stands.
TU60CU511.64Patch 30Patch 11Armor stands now have arms and you can change the pose of the armor stand.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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