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Charged Creeper.png
Health points

20 (Heart.svg × 10)

Attack strength

Varies by proximity and difficulty.
Maximum damage:
Normal: 49 (Heart.svg × 24.5)
Charged: 97 (Heart.svg × 48.5)


Height: 1.7 Blocks
Width: 0.6 Blocks


Light level of 7 or less

First appearances

See History

Common drops


Internal ID

JE: 50
BE: 33

Entity ID


Tom Stone Mojang avatar.png These lanky lime horrors will gaze upon you with a look of utmost sadness. You'll soon have a similar facial expression, if you let it get close.
Tom Stone[1]

Creepers are common hostile mobs that will explode when within 3 blocks of the player.


Creepers naturally spawn in the Overworld on top of solid blocks with a light level of 7 or less.


Creepers drop when killed:


A creeper giving chase and about to explode.

Creepers will chase after any player, as long as it is within a 16 block (±5%) radius and ±4 blocks vertically. The detection range of creepers is reduced to half of their normal range (8 blocks) when the player is wearing a creeper mob head.‌[Java Edition only]

Creepers can climb up ladders and vines like any other mob, but do not do so intentionally.

When within three blocks of a player, a creeper will stop moving, hiss loudly, start flashing and inflating, and explode after 1.5 seconds. A creeper's detonation can be halted if the player gets out of the blast radius (7 blocks), including by knocking back the creeper or killing it. Creepers can be forced to explode by using a flint and steel.

Creepers will flee from ocelots and cats if one is too close, until they are approximately 16 blocks away from the feline(s).

Normal creeper explosions have a power of 3.

If a creeper is inflicted with a status effect, its explosion will create an area effect cloud of the effect.

Creepers are never targeted by any mobs, other than withers, snow golems, and vindicators named "Johnny". If they are hit by a stray projectile, they will retaliate only if not already chasing a player.

Charged Creeper

Charged Creeper.png
Two creepers' explosion damage radius in sand. Comparison between a charged creeper's (left) and a normal creeper's (right).

Charged creeper are more powerful variant of creeper.

A charged creeper is created only when lightning strikes within 3–4 blocks of a normal creeper or when hit by a trident with the Channeling enchantment during a thunderstorm, which significantly increases its explosive power. Charged creepers are distinguished from normal creepers by the blue aura surrounding them.

Their countdown timers are the same as normal creepers, both in terms of range and time. With a power of 6, an explosion caused by a charged creeper is twice as powerful as the explosion caused by a regular creeper (see image). How close the creeper was to the lightning strike will not affect the size of the explosion.

Charged creepers have the same entity ID as normal creepers. The only difference is that the value of the boolean "powered" tag is set to "1" (true).

Charged creeper explosions that kill zombies, skeletons, wither skeletons, or other creepers cause one of those mobs to drop the corresponding mob head. They will not drop their own head. Players or ender dragons will not drop their heads.


Data values

See also: Chunk format

Creepers have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob. Their entity ID is creeper.

  • Entity data
    • Tags common to all entities see Template:Nbt inherit/entity/template
    • Tags common to all mobs see Template:Nbt inherit/mob/template
    •  powered: 1 or 0 (true/false) - May not exist. True if the creeper is charged from being struck by lightning.
    •  ExplosionRadius: The radius of the explosion itself, default 3.
    •  Fuse: States the initial value of the creeper's internal fuse timer (does not affect creepers that fall and explode upon impacting their victim). The internal fuse timer will return to this value if the creeper is no longer within attack range. Default 30.
    •  ignited: 1 or 0 (true/false) - Whether the creeper has been ignited by a Flint and Steel.


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
ArcherKill a creeper with arrows.YesYesYesWii U, Switch10GBronze


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-plain-raw.pngAdventureAdventure, exploration, and combatKill any entity, or be killed by any entity.minecraft:adventure/root
Advancement-plain-raw.pngMonster HunterKill any hostile monsterAdventureKill one of these 24 mobs. In 1.14,‌[upcoming] you can also earn this by killing one of these 2 mobs. Other mobs are ignored for this advancement.minecraft:adventure/kill_a_mob
Advancement-fancy-raw.pngMonsters HuntedKill one of every hostile monsterMonster HunterKill each of these 24 mobs. In 1.14,‌[upcoming] also kill each of these 2 mobs. Other mobs may be killed, but are ignored for the advancement.minecraft:adventure/kill_all_mobs


Java Edition Classic
August 31, 2009Creepers were first shown, based on a failed pig model Notch had created (he mixed up the length and height of the body[2]). They were the first mob added in Survival Test.
Tumblr September 1, 2009Creeper Revision 1.png The texture given to the creeper was, at first, a darker shade of green that flashed to a lighter shade upon being hit. Creepers behaved much like zombies did at the time, hopping around randomly until spotting the player. Their melee attacks dealt only 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg) worth of damage rather than the zombies' 6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg). When killed, the creeper would "lie down" like any other dead mob and cause a 4×4×4 spherical explosion that left a sizable crater, destroying plenty of blocks (with the exception of stone) and severely hurting any players nearby. The creeper was worth 250 points when killed, but this was later decreased to 200 points.
0.24_SURVIVAL_TEST Creeper Revision 2.png Added creepers.
?Creeper.png The creeper's texture has now been changed.
0.26 (October 20, 2009) Creeper explosions will now no longer destroy stone or stone-like blocks.
Explosions leave smoldering.
?Creepers will now no longer produce leaf particles upon explosion.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0 Creepers now have a new damage sound. [more information needed]
Java Edition Beta
1.4 The 'A' in the Minecraft logo now includes a creeper face.
1.5 Creepers will now become charged when struck by lightning, increasing the explosion's radius and strength.
1.8 Pre-release Creepers are now much more deadly and will definitely kill an unarmored player, if in a radius of 4 to 5 blocks around the creeper. This damage is also difficulty-independent.
Sound Update Creeper explosions now have a new sound.
Java Edition
1.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5 Creepers and other hostile mobs will now no longer attack the player in Creative mode, unless provoked.
1.2.1 ?As part of the AI overhaul, creepers will now no longer attack other mobs.
Creepers will now no longer strafe towards the left of the player, now stopping in front of the player.
1.3.1 12w30a Creepers have been made stronger. Depending on difficulty, creeper damage is scaled now with Easy: ~50% less damage, Normal: same damage as before, and Hard: ~33% more damage than before. In full diamond armor and hard difficulty, a creeper can knock players down to 2 hearts.[3]
1.4.2 12w38b New creeper fall mechanics; creepers will now explode, if they fall on the player from a certain height.
1.6.1 13w18a Creepers will now no longer explode when hit in Creative mode.
1.7.2 13w36a Creepers can now be forcibly exploded using flint and steel.
1.8 14w05a Players can now see from the perspective of a creeper in spectator mode. A creeper shader is applied, and the player is limited to the creeper's movements.
14w11a Witches, zombies, skeletons, spiders, cave spiders, zombie pigmen and other creepers will now run away from creepers that are about to explode.
14w30a Charged creepers will now cause zombies, skeletons, wither skeletons and other creepers to drop heads.
14w30b Each charged creeper will now cause the drop of only one head, even if multiple head-dropping mobs are killed.
1.8.1 pre1 Mobs will now no longer run from creepers that are about to explode.
Creepers will now no longer attack iron golems.
1.9 15w32a The detection range of creepers is halved when the player is wearing a creeper mob head.
15w33c The detection range for players wearing the creeper mob head is adjusted, now 37.5% of the normal range.
15w36a The detection range for players wearing the creeper mob head is again 50% of the normal range.
15w39a Creepers are now slightly shorter (1.7 blocks tall rather than 1.8).
15w51a Creepers will now no longer drop music discs when gamerule doMobLoot is false.
1.11 16w32a Creepers that explode while having a potion effect will now leave behind an area effect cloud having that effect.
Changed creepers save game ID from Creeper to creeper.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.14 18w43a Creepers will now drop music discs when killed by strays.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.4.0 Creepers added (with old explosion sounds).
0.7.4 Tapping and holding flint and steel on a creeper will now cause it to automatically explode.
0.9.0 build 1 Creepers will now no longer float 2 pixels off the ground.
build 2 An ignite button is now used to automatically explode a creeper when holding flint and steel, instead of tapping and holding.
build 8 Creepers will now use the new AI.
build 9 Creepers will now use the old AI again because of them walking faster and not detonating.
0.9.2 Creepers will now have a correct explosion range.
The detonation time for creepers has been fixed (would previously explode almost instantly).
0.11.0 ?Creepers can now climb ladders.
0.12.1 build 1 Creepers will now use the new AI again.
Creepers will now become charged when struck by lightning, increasing the explosion's radius and strength.
Creepers will now have the new explosion sound.
Creepers will now have the flashing animation.
0.14.0 build 1 Creepers are now slightly shorter (1.7 blocks tall rather than 1.8).
0.16.0 creeper now has idle sound.
Bedrock Edition
1.2 Creepers will now drop music discs when killed by skeletons.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Patch 1Added Creepers.
TU5Added charged creepers.
TU12Creepers will no longer attack other mobs. Before this update, a creeper shot by a skeleton would attack the skeleton, creating a crater in the process.
TU141.04Creepers have been made stronger. Depending on difficulty, creeper damage is scaled now with Easy: ~50% less damage, Normal: same damage as before, and Hard: ~33% more damage than before. In full diamond armor and hard difficulty, a creeper can knock players down to 2 hearts.
Creepers are now aggressive towards the last player that hit them.
The creeper's explosions' knockback effect has been increased.
Creepers will now explode if they fall on players from a certain height.
TU24CU121.16The creeper's flashing animation has been updated.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Creepers can now be forcibly exploded using flint and steel.
Creepers drop a mob head when killed by a charged creeper.
TU54CU441.52Patch 24Patch 4Creepers that explode while having a potion effect will now leave behind an area effect cloud having that effect.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added Creepers.


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


A sight that can scare even the most courageous players.
  • Notch stated on Twitter that "I imagine [Creepers] as being made out of leaves or similar. I'm not sure why they explode."[4]
  • When asked to describe the physical texture of a creeper, Notch said they would feel "crunchy, like dry leaves".[5]
  • In multiplayer, if a creeper is attacked by another player, and the other player runs out of sight, it will not attack any other players.
  • When about to detonate, creepers will cease movement and its head will face directly forward.
  • When asked how creepers trigger their explosive nature, Dinnerbone said "They're so nervous that they shake a lot, and then this sets them off the same way as how rubbing two sticks makes fire".[6]
  • If the player is at full health, a creeper blast at point-blank range for a player with full iron armor on hard difficulty will knock them down to 1 (Half Heart.svg) health. The actual amount of health left is 1/20th of a heart.
  • Creepers are faster when fleeing cats than when chasing players.
  • If a charged creeper is given invisibility, the "aura" effect will still be visible.
  • If a player or another mob is standing on the same block as a charged creeper when it explodes, they will have experienced the greatest amount of damage any mob in the game can do at one time.


Creepers have a formidable reputation in the community because of their potential to hurt players and destroy structures. Their distinct appearance and destructive abilities have made them a widely-recognizable Minecraft icon. Creepers are referenced in several of the items available at the Minecraft merchandise depot,[7] and have become an internet meme complete with fan art, web comic references, and demotivational posters. A central part of the meme is the creeper's unofficial catchphrase derived from the mob's tendency to sneak up on the player and hiss before detonating:

"That'sssss a very nice <random valuable object> you've got there... It'd be a ssssshame if anything were to happen to it..."[8]


Creepers have been portrayed in many Minecraft products including but not limited to:

  • Stuffed toys.
  • Action figures.
  • Bracelets.
  • T-shirts
    • The creeper anatomy T-shirt reveals the insides of a creeper, and also reveals its scientific name: Creepus Explodus.
  • LEGO Minecraft
  • Papercraft
  • Minecraft Facebook profile image
  • In the goodie-bags given out at Minecon 2011, creepers were given as a fold-able and tapable decoration for ones room or collection, along with diamond and grass.


TV Series

  • Several creepers have appeared on TV during episodes of the TV show Mad (Criminal Minecraft and ThunderLolcats [9]) In ThunderLolcats they use the catchphrase, saying "That'ssss.. a nice wall you've got there."

Youtube Videos

  • YouTube hosts many videos that feature creepers, including review videos, "Let's Play"'s, cartoons, and cameos in many other videos. When searching for the query "Minecraft Creeper", YouTube returns over 1,500,000 videos.

Console/PC Games

  • In Borderlands 2, creepers appear in a mineshaft in the most north-west part of Caustic Caverns, including dirt, coal ore, stone, gold ore, and a "Badass creeper" that is twice the strength and size of a regular Creeper.
  • In Airmech, creepers appear as a unit "skin" for the suicide bomber unit the boomer. Creepers can be either green, blue, or red, depending on the color of the team that makes them.
  • In Octodad: Dadliest Catch, a creeper head is seen on a shelf in the grocery store along with 2 Pickaxes and some grass blocks. It is part of a collection known as "Mintcraft".
  • In Awesomenauts, one of the playable characters (Clunk) has a "skin" referencing the creeper, complete with hissing and explode sound effects.
  • A creeper can be seen and interacted with in a level from the game McPixel.
  • Seen as a Halloween costume in a game called Terraria.

Flash Games

  • In Stealing the Diamond, when Henry Stickmin sneaks up to the museum's outer wall with a pickaxe, a creeper comes up behind him and explodes, destroying part of the wall instead.
  • At the far end of the map in Stick RPG2, a smiling creeper can be seen in a hole at ground level.
  • One of the things the player can hit in Katawa Crash is a creeper.
  • In the game Transformice, there is a creeper head that the player may purchase as a hat for their mouse.

Other Games

  • In a game called Quube Twodee made by Universal Chicken in Adelaide, Australia, one of the levels has a creeper face.
  • PixelJunk Shooter 2 for the PS3 shows a small creeper in the title screen hidden among other enemies native to Shooter 2.
  • In a Notch-designed custom level for VVVVVV, "Pyramid Escape", a creeper's face can be seen carved into the background to the far left of the pyramid.
  • In Torchlight II, the creeper appears in an uncommonly generated side area of Act III's Sundred Battlefield called "Notch's Mine". As expected, the creeper's found inside run toward the player and explode, leaving behind several dirt blocks. A chest at the end of the area can contain one of five Rare swords with their own unique attributes.
  • In a game called Strollin, there is a purchasable creeper item, which makes bombs throw the player farther.
  • In the mobile game Geometry Dash, beating level 16 "Hexagon Force" on normal mode rewards the player a creeper face cube. This can also be colored to make it look like a normal one.
  • A small game notch made in 48 hours, called Minicraft, also includes creepers. What is interesting about them in the game, is that it has harder types the deeper the player goes underground.


  • On Monday, June 18, 2012, a creeper was sent above the clouds into space.[10]


In Other Media

See also