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I remember the first time I had the pleasure of meeting a Husk. I had gotten myself trapped in a sandpit of my own creation (as you do). Then, looking up, I saw a silhouette towering over me, lit up against the burning desert sun. “At last, my savior!” I cried, doing a little jig for joy. But then I heard that awful zombie screech, and I was thumped over the head.

Emily Richardson[1]

Husks are dried-out variants of zombies that spawn in deserts.


A husk.

Husks spawn directly under the sky in groups of 4 (2-4 and can also spawn underground‌[Bedrock Edition only])at a light level of 7 or less in desert, desert hills and desert lakes biomes in place of 80% of all zombies spawned in these biomes.

Baby Husks and Chicken Jockeys[edit]

Three adult husks and one baby husk.

There is a 5% chance for husks to spawn as babies, and baby husks have a 5% chance to spawn as a chicken jockey‌[Java Edition only]. In Bedrock Edition, baby husks have a 15% chance of wanting to become a jockey when attacking a target. They can mount:

Side notes about all jockeys from both Java and Bedrock editions:

  • It will use the baby husk speed instead of the mob speed.
  • If riding a neutral mob, it will become hostile, but won't anger any other nearby mobs of the same kind.
  • If a baby husk is riding a mob that is also rideable by a player, that mob will no longer be rideable by a player.


Husks will pursue the player, iron golems, villagers, baby turtles, and wandering traders on sight from 40 blocks away, as opposed to 16 blocks in most other hostile mobs. They will attempt to avoid obstacles, including sheer cliffs, water and lava, and will try to find the shortest path towards the player.

Husks will apply Hunger to any player or mob it hits using melee attack. This effect lasts for 7 × floor (regional difficulty) seconds.

Unlike zombies, husks won't burn in sunlight.

Breaking doors[edit]

Husks can break down doors successfully on Hard difficulty.

Stomp turtle egg[edit]

Husks will seek out a nearby turtle egg and try to destroy it.

Picking up items[edit]

Husks can pick up items if the gamerule mobGriefing is set to true, and will not despawn if left alone.

Becoming zombies[edit]

If a husk drowns in water, they will be converted to a normal zombie which, if it drowns, will be converted to drowned.


When they die, husks drop:

  • 0–2 Rotten Flesh.
  • Iron ingots, carrots and potatoes (0.8% chance each, 1.2% chance with Looting I, 1.5% chance with Looting II and 1.8% chance with Looting III).
  • Any picked-up equipment has 100% chance of dropping and will drop with the same damage level it had when picked up.

Unlike regular zombies, husks will not drop their heads if they got killed by charged creeper explosion.

Naturally-spawned equipment[edit]

  1. a b Husks spawn only with pumpkins and jack o'lanterns[Java Edition only] during Halloween.


Adult husks will drop 5 experience and an additional 1–3 experience per naturally-spawned equipment. Baby husks will drop 12 experience.


If a husk wearing a pumpkin or jack o'lantern[Java Edition only] is killed using a weapon 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.

Data values[edit]

Husks have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob.

  • Entity data
    • Tags common to all entities see Template:Nbt inherit/entity/template
    • Tags common to all mobs see Template:Nbt inherit/mob/template
    •  IsBaby: 1 or 0 (true/false) - true if this zombie is a baby. May be absent.
    •  CanBreakDoors: 1 or 0 (true/false) - true if the zombie can break doors (default value is 0).
    •  DrownedConversionTime: The number of ticks until this zombie converts to a drowned, or husk to zombie. (default value is -1, when no conversion is under way).
    •  InWaterTime: The number of ticks this zombie or husk has been under water, used to start the drowning conversion. (default value is -1, when no conversion is under way).


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
Monster HunterAttack and destroy a monsterKill a hostile mob or one of the following neutral mobs: enderman, zombie pigman, spider, cave spider.Xbox OneYesYesYes15GBronze
Xbox 360Alt20G


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-plain-raw.png AdventureAdventure, exploration, and combatKill any entity, or be killed by any entity.minecraft:adventure/root
Advancement-plain-raw.png Monster HunterKill any hostile monsterAdventureKill one of these 25 mobs. Other mobs are ignored for this advancement.minecraft:adventure/kill_a_mob
Advancement-fancy-raw.png Monsters HuntedKill one of every hostile monsterMonster HunterKill each of these 25 mobs. Other mobs may be killed, but are ignored for the advancement.minecraft:adventure/kill_all_mobs


Java Edition
1.1016w20aHusk.pngBaby Husk.png Added husks, including their baby form.
Added husk spawn egg.
Husks share the same entity ID as zombies.
pre2The husk spawn egg has now been removed.
releaseAdded exclusive sounds for husks: their sounds are a more raspy version of regular zombie sounds. Before this, husks used to sound like regular zombies.
1.1116w32aHusks now have their own entity ID separate from zombies.
The husk spawn egg has now been re-added.
Husks will now avoid water.
1.1318w19aHusks will now sink underwater.
Husks will now no longer drown underwater.
18w21bHusks will now convert into zombies when drowning.
Husks will now have sounds when converting to zombies.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.15.0build 1Husk.pngBaby Husk.png Added husks.
0.16.0build 5Husks will now have their own sounds.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha husks can now ride polar bears.
1.0.4alpha are now slightly taller than zombies.
1.1.0alpha husks can now ride llamas.
Bedrock Edition
1.5.0beta will now sink underwater.
Husks will now convert into zombies when drowning.
beta now try to stomp turtle eggs.
1.8.0beta husks can now ride adult stray cats and pandas.
1.10.0beta are now hostile towards wandering traders.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Husk.pngBaby Husk.png Added Husks.


Issues relating to "Husk" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.



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