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This article is about the zombie variant. For the dangerous experience of drowning, see Damage § Drowning.
Drowned.pngDrowned Targeting.pngDrowned with Trident.pngDrowned Throwing Trident.png
Baby Drowned.pngBaby Drowned Targeting.pngBaby Drowned with Trident.pngBaby Drowned Throwing Trident.png
Health points

20♥ × 10

Armor points

2 (🛡)


Hostile, Passive (Outside of water during day)

Attack strength

Easy: 2.5♥ × 1.25
Normal: 3♥♥
Hard: 4.5♥ × 2.25
With trident in Easy: 6♥♥♥[BE only]
With trident in Normal: 11♥ × 5.5[BE only]
With trident in Hard: 16♥ × 8[BE only]
Ranged (with trident)‌[BE only]:
Easy: 5♥♥♥
Normal: 9♥♥♥♥♥
Hard: 12♥ × 6
Ranged (with trident)‌[JE only]: 8♥♥♥♥

Hitbox size

Height: 1.95 blocks
Width: 0.6 blocks
Height: 0.975 blocks
Width: 0.3 blocks


Underwater, or when a zombie drowns

Natural equipment

Drowned are common underwater zombie variants that spawn in bodies of water or when a zombie drowns. They are also the only source of tridents.



An adult drowned and a baby drowned with a trident.

Drowned spawn naturally at light level of 7 or less in ocean biomes (all variants including deep warm ocean), and river biomes, in groups of 1‌[JE only] or 2–4.‌[BE only] They spawn inside any water block that are 2 blocks or taller.[more information needed] In ocean biomes, drowned spawn at Y < 58, or at least 6 blocks below sea level; this restriction does not apply to rivers. Drowned also spawn at higher rates in rivers than in other biomes.

They have a greater chance of appearing in ruins and cities.

Drowned have a chance to spawn with either a trident or a fishing rod, and occasionally with a nautilus shell. They also have a small chance of spawning while riding a chicken, even after drowning as a zombie, creating a drowned chicken jockey. This is the only zombie counterpart within the game that cannot spawn naturally with any armor.

Ocean ruins[edit]

Drowned spawn during the generation of certain ocean ruin structures. These drowned do not naturally despawn unless the world is set to Peaceful difficulty.


A zombie converting into a drowned.

If a zombie is not in a boat and its head is submerged in water continuously for 45 seconds, it begins the process of converting to a drowned. It starts shaking, similar to the effect seen while a zombie villager is being cured. At this point, the process cannot be stopped, and 15 seconds later the zombie becomes drowned. The drowned appears with full health even if the previous zombie did not.

If a zombie is holding or wearing a picked-up item when it becomes drowned, it drops the item it is holding or wearing. Items spawned with the zombie drop with the normal 8.5% +1% per Looting level.

Zombie villagers do not transform, and husks do not transform instantly; instead, they first transform into a regular zombie, and subsequently convert to a drowned in the usual fashion.


Drowned drop when they die:

  • 5 and an additional 1–3 per naturally-spawned equipment. (12 during its time as a baby) if killed by the player or a tamed wolf.
  • 0–2 rotten flesh (additional 1 maximum drop for every Looting level, up to 0–5 rotten flesh for Looting III).
  • 1 gold ingot if killed by the player.
    • Java Edition: 5% (increased by 1% per Looting level)
    • Bedrock Edition: 11% (increased by 2% per Looting level)
  • 1 trident if killed by the player.
    • Java Edition: 8.5% chance (up to 11.5% chance with Looting III), only for drowned that spawn with a trident. This means that the player has a 0.53% chance to receive a trident without Looting, and a 0.71% chance to receive a trident with Looting III. The trident has random durability.
    • Bedrock Edition: 25% chance (up to 37% chance with Looting III), only for drowned that spawn with a trident. This means that the player has a 3.75% chance to receive a trident without Looting, and a 5.55% chance to receive a trident with Looting III. The trident has random durability.
  • 1 nautilus shell if held in the off-hand.
  • Any picked-up equipment has 100% chance of dropping, and drops with the same damage level it had when picked up.

Naturally-spawned equipment[edit]

Java Edition

For naturally-spawned drowned only:

In Java Edition, converted drowned are never equipped with tridents or nautilus shells.

In Java Edition, 0.53125% (about 1 out of 194) naturally-spawned drowned drop a trident when killed without Looting, as only 1 of 16 drowned spawn with tridents and from this 6.25%, 8.5% drop the trident.

Bedrock Edition

For naturally-spawned drowned only:

Both naturally-spawned and converted drowned have an 8% chance of spawning spawn with a nautilus shell in their offhand.

For converted drowned only:

The trident and fishing rod are mutually exclusive. A drowned can spawn with either a trident or fishing rod in the main hand and a nautilus shell in the offhand.

In Bedrock Edition, 3.75% (3 out of 80) naturally-spawned drowned drop a trident when killed without Looting, as 3 of 20 drowned spawn with tridents and from this 15%, 25% drop the trident.


Farms that convert zombies into drowned produce rotten flesh, gold ingots, fishing rods and nautilus shells.‌[BE only] A drowned farm must be designed to harvest naturally-spawned drowned to produce tridents and nautilus shells.


A drowned aiming with its trident before Java Edition 19w07a
A drowned swimming in Java Edition.
A drowned swimming in Bedrock Edition.

Drowned have a melee attack, and if they spawn with a trident, they use it as a ranged weapon. A trident is thrown every 1.5 seconds at up to 20 blocks away and is never enchanted. In Bedrock Edition, drowned with tridents use a melee attack if the target is 3 blocks away or less. They stomp on turtle eggs, attack baby turtles, and like zombies, they chase and attack villagers, wandering traders, snow golems[BE only] and iron golems within 16 blocks. If on land, drowned seek out nearby water. They sometimes step onto land but quickly return to the water.

If a drowned is in any way removed by force from the water, and all nearby water sources have been blocked from it, it becomes passive in the daytime. However, it heads to the nearest water source when provided access once again and becomes hostile upon making contact.

During the day, drowned swim only to attack players that are swimming in the water with them; otherwise, they stay on the floor of the water body they are in, ignoring players on land or in a boat. However, at night, drowned swim to the surface and chase players as well as baby turtles, even outside the water, like regular zombies. The speed of their swimming is equal to that of the player.

If a drowned kills a villager with a thrown trident, the villager has a chance of turning into a zombie villager.

Unlike zombies, drowned do not break down doors in hard mode.

They are immune to guardians or elder guardians attacks. They also have a small chance to be immune to knockback when damaged.[1]


Information icon.svg
This feature is exclusive to Bedrock Edition.

Drowned use a swimming animation similar to the player. They use this animation whenever they try to pathfind to a player that is either below or above them; if the player is on the same ground level, the drowned simply walk toward them. Drowned also uses this animation if they are tracking a player while they are not standing on a solid block. Their hitbox does not change when doing this animation. Also, if they hold a nautilus shell or anything else in their offhand, their arms are in the same posture as a player's. When attacking, it uses the player's attacking animation. Still, it uses the same swimming animation when tracking a player underwater.


SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Drowned gurgles??entity.drowned.ambientsubtitles.entity.drowned.ambient??16
Drowned breathes??entity.drowned.ambient_water(Ambient sound when underwater)??16
Drowned dies??entity.drowned.deathsubtitles.entity.drowned.death??16
Drowned hurts??entity.drowned.hurtsubtitles.entity.drowned.hurt??16
Drowned throws Trident??entity.drowned.shootsubtitles.entity.drowned.shoot??16
Drowned steps??entity.drowned.stepsubtitles.entity.drowned.step??16
Drowned swims??entity.drowned.swimsubtitles.entity.drowned.swim??16

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Drowneddrowned entity.minecraft.drowned

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Drowneddrowned 110entity.drowned.name

Entity data[edit]

See also: Chunk format

Drowned have entity data associated with them that contains various properties.

  • 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) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
Monster HunterAttack and kill a monster.Kill a hostile mob or one of the following neutral mobs: an enderman, a zombified piglin, a spider, or a cave spider.15GBronze


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID


Not Today, Thank You
Deflect a projectile with a shieldSuit UpDeflect any projectile with a shield.story/deflect_arrow


Adventure, exploration, and combatKill any entity, or be killed by any entity.adventure/root


Monster Hunter
Kill any hostile monsterAdventureKill one of these 34 mobs. Other mobs, if any, may be killed, but are ignored for this advancement.adventure/kill_a_mob


A Throwaway Joke
Throw a trident at something.
Note: Throwing away your only weapon is not a good idea.
Monster HunterHit an entity with a thrown trident.adventure/throw_trident


Take Aim
Shoot something with an arrowMonster HunterUsing a bow or a crossbow, shoot an entity with an arrow, tipped arrow, or spectral arrow.adventure/shoot_arrow


Monsters Hunted
Kill one of every hostile monsterMonster HunterKill each of these 34 mobs. Other mobs, if any, may be killed, but are ignored for this advancement.adventure/kill_all_mobs


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The specific instructions are: Render of drowned in Bedrock Edition.
Java Edition
1.1318w11aDrowned.png Baby Drowned.png Added drowned mobs.
Zombie becoming Drowned.gif Zombies now convert into a drowned instead of dying from drowning.
18w15aDrowned now occasionally spawn with a nautilus shell.
18w16aDrowned now spawn in underwater ruins.
18w22aSwimming Drowned.png Drowned now have a swimming animation.
1.1418w43aDrowned no longer spawn in swamps.
19w05aDrowned are now hostile toward the new wandering traders.
?The drowned's trident throwing animation has been changed from Drowned Throwing Trident Revision 1.png to Drowned Throwing Trident Revision 2.png.
19w07aThe drowned's trident throwing animation has been changed from Drowned Throwing Trident Revision 2.png to Drowned Throwing Trident.png.[2]
1.1519w46aBaby drowned can now be spawned using their spawn egg on the adult.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta Added drowned mobs as part of "Experimental Gameplay."
Drowned use lower-pitched zombie sounds as a placeholder.
beta Drowned.png Added baby drowned.
The drowned's face now glow in the dark.
Drowned now have their own sounds.
beta no longer drop sponge.
Baby drowned now burn in sunlight.
1.5.0beta are now present in normal gameplay, rather than only when experimental gameplay is enabled.
Drowned now sometimes hold nautilus shells.
Zombie becoming Drowned.gif Zombies now turn into drowned when underwater.
1.10.0beta are now hostile toward the new wandering traders.
The number of drowned mobs that spawn has been reduced.
Drowned no longer spawn in swamps.
1.16.0beta can no longer have a trident when converted.
Drowned without trident no longer drop a trident.
beta now have ability to pick up items.
Legacy Console Edition
TU69 1.76 Patch 38Drowned.png Baby Drowned.png Added drowned mobs.
Zombie becoming Drowned.gif Zombies now turn into drowned when underwater for too long.
1.91 Drowned are now hostile toward the new wandering traders.


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


A drowned chicken jockey.
  • Drowned with tridents have sufficient range, accuracy, and rate of fire to hit players in boats, even if the boat travels at full speed. If the trident connects with the boat instead of the player, the boat is destroyed, reverting it to an item and dumping the player out. This can happen with little or no warning. Therefore, travel by boat over large bodies of water is dangerous.
  • Drowned are not considered as aquatic mobs, instead, they are considered as undead, unaffected by impaling enchantment.‌[Java Edition only]
  • A drowned chicken jockey floats to the surface because the chicken it is riding floats, causing the drowned riding it to burn in sunlight during the day, resulting in a chicken in the middle of the ocean or river where the drowned jockey spawned in.‌[Java Edition only]
  • In Bedrock Edition, drowned have a 3D outer layer. This causes their heads and arms to look larger than in Java Edition.
  • Like spiders and endermen, drowned have eyes that appear to glow, although they do not produce light.
  • When putting armor on a drowned using a dispenser, the helmet does not appear but still protects from sunlight.‌[Bedrock Edition only]