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Illagers are a group of hostile mobs that look similar to villagers, wandering traders and witches. The illagers may be considered "exiled", "outcast", or "offshoot" villagers because they attack players, villagers (in Bedrock Edition, illagers only attack adult villagers), wandering traders and iron golems. Some of them may spawn reinforcements when hit, like zombies.‌[Java Edition only]

Only the pillager, vindicator and evoker can spawn naturally. The illusioner is exclusive to the Java Edition, and is considered unused. It has no spawn egg and can only be spawned with commands. Vexes can be summoned by evokers, who can spawn in woodland mansions and raids. Vindicators and pillagers both spawn in raids alongside the ravager, and in illager patrols. Vindicators can also be found in mansions, while pillagers also spawn in pillager outposts.


There are two specific criteria for being an Illager. They are as follows:

  1. "Johnny" vindicators do not attack true Illagers.
  2. They must not be damaged by Evoker fangs.
"True" Illagers
Mobs that are technically not illagers, but do spawn in raids and do not attack real illagers.
  • Ravager (in Java Edition) – not an illager because Johnny vindicators attack them, and they take damage from evoker fangs.
  • Witch – not an Illager because Johnny vindicators attack them, and they take damage from Evoker fangs. However, they do spawn in raids and throw healing potions at real illagers even if illagers attack them.
  • Vex - not an Illager because Johnny vindicators attack them. However, they spawn in raids when summoned by an Evoker.
  • In Bedrock Edition, If an Illager(except a pillager or a ravager) gets hit by a pillager, they would try to fight back and kill that pillager. However, that pillager won't fight back.
Natural occurrences containing illagers
Natural structures containing illagers
Spawn eggs






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