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Corrupted by evil... Driven by vengeance... The Arch-Illager made all bow before him... And if they did not bow... they would FALL.

Minecraft Dungeons Opening Cinematic

The Arch-Illager known by his birth name as Archie[1], is the main antagonist of Minecraft Dungeons. He is the leader of the Illagers in the game.

"Opening Cinematic"


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He became the Arch-Illager when he obtained the power of the Orb of Dominance. But before that, he was a misfit Illager who couldn't fit in a normal Illager society, and found this power within a mountain.

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Before the events of the game, Archie was an exile from his people, repeatedly searching for a village to call home, only for the Villagers to reject him (possibly due to the Illager's warrior culture).

Eventually, Archie stumbled upon a mountain cave containing the Orb of Dominance. In an almost hypnotic state due to the Orb's power, he snatched the Orb and quickly took on the title of Arch-Illager, gaining immense power over his people. He then used his army of Illagers to raid the villages, taking their Villagers as slaves and developed a forge to create machines such as the Redstone Monstrosities.

The Arch-Illager repeatedly appears in the game to summon Illagers to attack the players, which occurs less often as the game progresses.

Eventually, once the players reach Highblock Halls, the Arch-Illager resides on his throne, summoning one last attack as the players reach him, before retreating to the Obsidian Pinnacle.

After the players reach him, he fights them himself. After taking enough damage, he is sucked towards the Orb of Dominance and manifests the Heart of Ender. Once it is defeated, the Orb of Dominance shatters, relieving Archie of its control, who then celebrates its destruction with the players.


The Arch-Illager has 2 attacks. Sometimes, he teleports around the arena between attacks.

Summon Dark Creations

Since he is not much of a warrior, The Arch-Illager summons his darkest creations, a group of Illagers to assist him, usually, a ring of Vindicators around the player or a line of Pillagers through the center of the arena, however, this attack can rarely spawn a Redstone Golem instead. Unlike the Vindicators and Pillagers, the Redstone Golem will not despawn once the Arch-Illager is defeated. This attack is used sparingly.

Energy Blasts

The Arch-Illager fires 3 purple energy blasts in a horizontal swath towards a random player. Deals moderate damage if it hits. Used extremely often.

Enchant hostile mobs

The Arch-Illager can enchant hostile mobs in the same way that the Enchanter does.


Load Spellsfx_mob_archIllager_loadSpell
Mirror Insfx_mob_archIllager_mirrorIn
Mirror Outsfx_mob_archIllager_mirrorOut
Disappear Spellsfx_mob_archIllager_spellDissapear
Hurt (Boss)sfx_boss_ArchillagerHurt
Idle (Boss)sfx_boss_ArchillagerIdle
Intro Chimes (Boss)sfx_boss_archillagerIntroChimes
Intro Final Blow (Boss)sfx_boss_archillagerIntroFinalBlow
Intro Greetings (Boss)sfx_boss_archIllagerIntroGreetings
Intro Laugh (Boss)sfx_boss_archillagerIntroLaugh
Intro First Fly (Boss)sfx_boss_archillagerIntroFirstFly
Intro Second Fly (Boss)sfx_boss_archillagerIntroSecondFly
Intro Third Fly (Boss)sfx_boss_archillagerIntroThirdFly
Intro Wieee (Boss)sfx_boss_archIllagerIntroWieee
Magic Impact (Boss)sfx_boss_ArchillagerMagicImpact
Orb Wobble Struggle (Boss)sfx_boss_ArchIllagerOrbWobbleStruggle
Summon Mobs (Boss)sfx_boss_archillagerSummonMobs
Whirlwind (Boss)sfx_boss_ArchillagerWhirlwind
Visage Beam Attack (Boss)sfx_boss_ArchvisageBeamAttack
Visage Beam Loop (Boss)sfx_boss_ArchvisageBeamLoop
Visage Mortar Shoot (Boss)sfx_boss_ArchvisageMortarShoot
Visage Teleport In (Boss)sfx_boss_ArchvisageTeleIn
Visage Teleport Out (Boss)sfx_boss_ArchvisageTeleOut


  • The Arch-Illager's robe is similar to that of the Wandering Trader, albeit with a two-pixel high white bottom.
  • The Arch-Illager's head is different from that of any other illager: it is wider than it is tall.
    • He also has different eyebrows.
  • The Arch-Illager's teleport sound is identical to that of the unused Illusioner in the base game.


Despite being incredibly small, the Arch-Illager is actually said to be an Evoker. However, he does more advanced magic, like summoning Illagers and other evil things. Archie was born a Villager, and his parents loved him. But the rest of the Village thought he was an abomination. This is why we find him in the wild when we first see him.