Iron Golem

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Iron Golem
Iron Golem.png
Health points

100 (Heart.svg × 50)

Attack strength

7 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) to 21 (Heart.svg × 10.5)
To players:

  • Peaceful: 0 (Empty Heart.svg) (but still performs attack animation)
  • Easy: 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg) to 11 (Heart.svg × 5.5)
  • Normal: 7 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) to 21 (Heart.svg × 10.5)
  • Hard: 10 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg) to 31 (Heart.svg × 15.5)

Height: 2.7 Blocks
Width: 1.4 Blocks

First appearances

See History

Common drops


Internal ID

JE: 99
BE: 20

Entity ID


Tom Stone Mojang avatar.png ... There's at least one giant reason not to mess with villagers. Their loyal defenders that can't drown, suffer pain from falling or even be knocked back. Sentient statues that deal huge damage with just a single swing of their mighty arms. We pity you if you're caught attacking villagers – we really do – because then you've just made an enemy of the Iron Golem. Don't be surprised if that's the last thing you ever do – they're one of the hardest hitting mobs in the Overworld.
Tom Stone[1]

Iron golems are large, strong utility mobs that defend players and villagers.



Iron golems will spawn in a 16×6×16 area, centered vertically and horizontally between the bases of the 21 or more valid doors in a village if it has at least 10 villagers. The chance of spawning is 1 in 7000 per game tick, which averages around one every six minutes. Iron golems can spawn provided the blocks it spawns in are transparent and the block it spawns on top of has a solid surface. The maximum number of golems that can be in a single village is one-tenth the number of villagers in that village, provided that the door requirement is met.


Iron Golem build configuration.

The golem can be constructed by placing particular blocks in a certain pattern. It is created by placing four iron blocks in a T shape (as shown in the image), and then placing a carved pumpkin, a jack o'lantern or a pumpkin[Bedrock Edition only] on top of the center upper block. The pumpkin may be placed by the player, a dispenser or a pumpkin stem, but it must be placed last. It needs space around it to be able to spawn and will not spawn in a confined area.

The block arrangement can be placed upright, lying down, or upside-down. The four empty spaces in the diagram (above and below each of the arms) must be air blocks. Any non-air block (including blocks such as snow layers, tall grass, and water) present in any of the empty spaces will prevent the golem from spawning.

Like other constructed mobs, iron golems always spawn facing south. Their large size may cause them to take suffocation damage from nearby solid blocks at the level of their head.

Pillager Outposts‌[upcoming 1.14][edit]

An Iron Golem found within one of the cages surrounding an outpost.

Iron golems can also be found surrounding pillager outposts, trapped inside of dark oak cages.


See also: Tutorials/Iron golem farming

Iron golems drop when they die:

The Looting enchantment is ineffective against iron golems as it does not give any extra iron ingots or poppies when killed.


An iron golem with a poppy in its hand and giving to a baby villager.

Iron golems are 2.7 blocks tall and 1.4 blocks wide.

Iron golems will wander around a village in a patrol-like fashion, staying close to the edges of buildings and other structures. Like villagers, iron golems will not wander away from a village, regardless of how they were spawned. Iron golems will sometimes face a villager, as if they are speaking to each other. Iron golems are able to spawn poppies in their hands and offer them to villagers, symbolizing the friendly relationship between the villagers and golems. However, they won't offer poppies to other iron golems.

If not within a village, iron golems will slowly wander around, usually making their way to a nearby village.

Iron golems can walk up a full block height without jumping and walk over a 1 block wide hole without falling in. They will avoid water, lava, fire and cacti. Iron golems are immune to both drowning and fall damage. When in water, they will sink, immobilize, and become passive, but will still be pushed by flowing water and by bubble columns.

Like all utility mobs, iron golems can be leashed.


When provoked, an iron golem will move quickly toward its target and swing its arms up violently to attack, dealing 7 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) to 21 (Heart.svg × 10.5) damage and flinging the target into the air. This attack deals random amounts of damage and thus, it is potentially the 3rd strongest Overworld attack in the game, beaten only by the explosion of a creeper or charged creeper. Iron golems have a comparatively large attack range, allowing them to attack through a solid 1 block thick wall, even without a line of sight to the target.

Iron golems have a chance of accidentally hitting another mob while attacking a hostile mob. Sometimes the golems will accidentally hit each other and fight, usually resulting in one or more golems dying. Additionally, it is possible for multiple golems to simultaneously hit the same target. The height to which the victim is sent flying is relative to the number of golems that attack it.

Iron golems will attack most hostile or neutral mobs within 32 blocks of them.

Mob Iron golem attacks the mob on sight? Attacks the iron golem on sight? Notes

Yes No

Cave spider
Yes Yes

Chicken jockey
Yes If a baby zombie is riding the chicken, the baby zombie will attack the iron golem.
If a baby zombie pigman is riding the chicken, the zombie pigman will attack it only after the golem attack the pigman.
The iron golem will only attack the baby zombie/baby zombie pigman, not the chicken.

No No

Yes Yes

Ender dragon
Partial No

Yes No

Yes No

Yes Yes

Giant [unused mob]
Yes No

No No


Elder guardian
Yes No

[Java Edition exclusive]
Yes Yes

Iron golem
No No

Killer bunny
No No

No Partial

Magma cube
Yes Yes

Yes No

Yes, if naturally spawned in a village, if provoked Partial Naturally-spawned iron golems and commands-spawned iron golems will attack the player, if the player attacks them.

Polar bear
No No

Yes Yes

Yes No


Wither Skeleton
Yes Yes

Yes Yes

Snow golem
Partial No

Yes Yes

Yes No

Yes Yes

Yes No

Yes Yes

Wolf (untamed)
No No

Wolf (tamed)
Partial Partial

Yes Yes

Zombie pigman
Yes Only if attacked by the golem [1.12] They attack only if an iron golem attack one zombie pigman

Being attacked[edit]

Zombies, skeletons, spiders, cave spiders, slimes, and magma cubes will naturally attack iron golems on sight, and may cause major damage, especially if the mobs attack in groups. If an iron golem is attacked by multiple mobs, it will retaliate in the order it was attacked. In Bedrock Edition, endermites, silverfishes and witches may naturally attack it too.

Iron golems have 100% knockback resistance. However, they can be knocked back by the Knockback enchantment on swords and the Punch enchantment on bows.

Data values[edit]

See also: Chunk format

Iron golems have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob. Their entity ID is iron_golem.


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo

Body GuardCreate an Iron Golem.YesYesYesYes20GBronze


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Hired HelpSummon an Iron Golem to help defend a villageWhat a Deal!Summon an iron golem.minecraft:adventure/summon_iron_golem



Java Edition
1.2.1 12w08a Added iron golems, one may spawn in a village for every 16 villagers.
“This was made by me and Jon Kågström. We were thinking about how to get the Villagers to defend themselves, since they don’t have arms. The design was inspired very much by the Japanese Studio Ghibli movie with the giant [The Castle in the Sky]. It also has this flower. When I was making the model, I realised it was much harder to draw a texture for it – the larger it is, it gets more detailed. But it’s become quite iconic – it’s very emblematic of Minecraft now. We made it look like the Villagers, because obviously the Villagers would create a golem which would resemble themselves.”Jeb[1]
1.2-pre Added mechanical and stomping sounds for the iron golem.
1.4.2 12w32a Iron golems will now attack slimes and magma cubes.
?One golem can now spawn for every 10 villagers in a village.
1.7.2 13w36a As roses were replaced with poppies, the iron golem's drop was therefore changed.
1.8 14w03a Now only drop iron when killed by the player, either through combat, potions, or player-activated mechanisms such as manually lit TNT. If killed without player intervention, only drop poppies.
14w04a The previous change was reverted; iron golems always drop iron ingots again.
Iron golems can now be spawned by dispensing a pumpkin.
14w25a Iron golems can now be built sideways and upside-down instead of just upright.
14w26c Jack o'lanterns can no longer be used to build iron golems.
14w33a Zombies, skeletons, creepers, spiders, cave spiders, slimes, magma cubes and blazes now attack iron golems without provocation.
1.8.1 pre1 Jack o'lanterns can be used to build iron golems again.
Creepers no longer attack iron golems.
1.9 15w39a Iron golems are slightly shorter (2.7 blocks tall rather than 2.9).
15w46a Iron golems now spawn with 100% knockback resistance.
1.11 16w32a The entity ID is changed from VillagerGolem to villager_golem.
1.13 17w47a Iron Golems now can also use a carved pumpkin to be created.
pre5 The entity ID is changed from villager_golem to iron_golem.
1.14 18w47a Iron Golems will now spawn in cages next to pillager outposts
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.1 build 1 Added iron golems.
0.16.0 build 4 Will now damage player in peaceful difficulty.
Pocket Edition
1.0 ?Iron golems no longer attack player in peaceful difficulty.
1.1 alpha The entity ID is changed from irongolem to iron_golem.
Legacy Console Edition
TU12CU11.0Patch 1Added iron golems.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added Iron Golem.


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Robot from Laputa: Castle in the Sky
  • The iron golem's holding out flowers to villagers is a reference to the ancient robots in Hayao Miyazaki's animated film Laputa: Castle in the Sky.[2]
    • When villager children notice the poppy in its hand, they will slowly approach, and take the flower eventually. Iron golems do not actually pick up poppies; they spawn them in their hands.
  • Tamed wolves will continue to attack iron golems even after the iron golems have turned passive towards the player.
  • If a player throws an ender pearl at an iron golem, it will become hostile.
  • Even with a poppy in its hands, an iron golem can still hit a hostile mob.
  • If an iron golem is in a boat, no other entities except for a player can ride as a passenger or control the boat.


  • The iron golem is a purchasable avatar item on the Xbox 360 Marketplace.