Mob

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Mobs are living, moving game entities. The term "mob" is short for "mobile".[1]

Spawning

An excessive amount of ender dragons and withers spawned using the /summon command.

Mobs come to exist by spawning in various ways. Most will spawn naturally, dependent on the light level and biome, often times in groups with mobs of the same variety. Most passive mobs also have the ability to breed, which will spawn baby versions of themselves. Mobs will not naturally spawn on transparent blocks, in water (except for squid and guardians), in lava, or on half blocks (slabs, stairs). The exception is monster spawners, from which they can spawn naturally on any block including air.

Some mobs (like the iron golem, snow golem, and the wither) require that the player "construct" them before being able to spawn.

Players can also spawn mobs by using spawn eggs in Creative mode, or the /summon command after enabling cheats. However if the player tries to summon an ender dragon with the /summon command, it will have a different AI to stay in the same place.

Behavior

A pig emitting smoke upon death.

Mobs are affected by the environment in the same ways as the player: they are subject to physics, and they can be hurt by the same things that harm the player (catching on fire, falling, drowning, attacked by weapons, etc.). Some mobs may be resistant or immune to certain hazards, such as Nether mobs which are immune to fire. Mobs can ride minecarts and other mobs, and can climb up ladders. When mobs are killed, they turn to dust and drop items which may be useful resources.

Each type of mob in Minecraft has a certain AI (Artificial Intelligence) system with different behaviors and mechanics. Mobs will ordinarily wander around at random if there is a player nearby and usually avoid walking off blocks high enough to cause falling damage. Many mobs have an advanced pathfinding system that allows them to traverse complex mazes to get to a desired object or destination. Passive mobs will flee in random directions after being hurt, while hostile mobs will face and chase/attack the Player as soon as they come close. Neutral mobs will remain neutral until a player or mob provokes it (usually by attacking), at which point the neutral mob will turn hostile toward and attack the entity that hit it. Most mobs are aware of players within 16 blocks of them, but some can see farther. Conversely, most mobs can be heard by players up to 16 blocks away.

Mobs can not see through most solid blocks, including semi-transparent blocks such as ice, glass, or glass panes. Mobs will not attempt to walk on rail tracks, unless pushed on by other mobs.

List of mobs

Mobs are listed and classified by their nature below. For more details on a particular mob, click and view their individual page.

Note: The list is categorized according to the PC edition. May vary between different platforms.

Passive mobs

BatFace.png ChickenFace.png CowFace.png MooshroomFace.png PigFace.png Rabbiticon.png SheepFace.png SkeletonHorseHead.png Squidface.png Villagerhead.png
Bat Chicken Cow Mooshroom Pig Rabbit Sheep Skeleton Horse Squid Villager

Neutral mobs

CaveSpiderFace.png EndermanFace.png PolarBearFace.png SpiderFace.png ZombiePigmanFace.png
Cave Spider Enderman Polar Bear
(Baby is passive)
Spider Zombie Pigman

Hostile mobs

Blaze Face.png Chickenjockey.png CreeperFace.png Elder GuardianFace.png EndermiteFace.png Evoker Head.png GhastFace.png GuardianFace.png HuskFace.png Magma Cube Face.png ShulkerFace.png
Blaze Chicken Jockey Creeper Elder Guardian Endermite Evoker Ghast Guardian Husk Magma Cube Shulker
SilverfishFace.png SkeletonFace.png SkeletonRiderFace.png SlimeFace.png SpiderJockeyFace.png StrayFace.png Vex Head.png Vindicator Head.png Witchface2.png WitherSkeletonHead.png ZombieFace.png ZombieVillagerHead.png
Silverfish Skeleton Skeleton Horseman Slime Spider Jockey Stray Vex Vindicator Witch Wither Skeleton Zombie Zombie Villager

Tameable mobs

DonkeyHead.png HorseHead.png Llama Head.png MuleHead.png OcelotFace.png Blue Parrot Face.png WolfFace.png
Donkey Horse Llama Mule Ocelot Parrot Wolf

Utility mobs

Utility mobs are meant to serve as supplementary ways of protection against hostile mobs.

Vg face.png Snowgolemhead.png
Iron Golem
(Neutral if natural-generated)
Snow Golem

Boss mobs

Boss mobs are extremely durable and destructive hostile mobs specifically designed for longer, riskier, and larger-scale battles for players. They are generally immune to most status effects, and are capable of seeing mobs affected by Invisibility.

Enderdragon Face.png WitherFace.png Elder GuardianFace.png
Ender Dragon Wither Elder Guardian [a boss in Bedrock Edition only]

Unused mobs

See also: Unused features

Unused mobs are found in the source code and can be spawned using /summon, but are unavailable in normal gameplay.

Giant KillerRabbitFace.png UndeadHorseHead.png Illusioner Head.png
Giant Killer Bunny Zombie Horse [available in Bedrock Edition and
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
]
Illusioner

Removed mobs

See also: Removed features

Removed mobs no longer exist in current versions of the game.

BeastBoyFace.png BlackSteveFace.png HumanFace.png RanaFace.png Steve
Beast Boy Black Steve Human Rana Steve

Education Edition mobs

LearntoCodeMascotFace.png NPCFace.png
Agent NPC

Platform availability

Mob Java Edition Legacy Console Edition Bedrock Edition New Nintendo 3DS Edition Education Edition

Agent
No No No No Yes

Bat
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Blaze
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Cave Spider
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Chicken
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Chicken Jockey
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Cow
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Creeper
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Donkey
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Elder Guardian
Yes Yes Yes No Yes

Ender Dragon
Yes Yes Yes No Yes

Enderman
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Endermite
Yes Yes Yes No Yes

Evoker
Yes Yes Yes No Yes

Ghast
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Giant
Yes No No No No

Guardian
Yes Yes Yes No Yes

Horse
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Husk
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Illusioner
Yes No No No No

Iron Golem
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Killer Bunny
Yes No No No No

Llama
Yes Yes Yes No Yes

Magma Cube
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Mooshroom
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Mule
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

NPC
No No No No Yes

Ocelot
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Parrot
Yes Yes Yes No No

Pig
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Polar Bear
Yes Yes Yes No Yes

Rabbit
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Sheep
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Shulker
Yes Yes Yes No Yes

Silverfish
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Skeleton
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Skeleton Horse
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Skeleton Horseman
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Slime
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Snow Golem
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Spider
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Spider Jockey
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Squid
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Stray
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Vex
Yes Yes Yes No Yes

Vindicator
Yes Yes Yes No Yes

Villager
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Witch
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Wither
Yes Yes Yes No Yes

Wither Skeleton
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Wolf
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Zombie
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Zombie Horse
Yes Yes Yes No Yes

Zombie Pigman
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Zombie Villager
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Damage dealt by hostile mobs

The damage mobs deal to players is affected by the difficulty of the game. The below values represent the amount of damage taken per hit.

  • This only applies to mobs attacking the player. Mobs attacking other mobs (wolves, iron golems, etc.) always deal the 'Normal' damage listed, regardless of difficulty.
  • Values for the creeper and ghast assume the player is directly adjacent to the explosion.
  • The damage of slimes and magma cubes depends on their size. Tiny-sized slimes, while hostile, are unable to do damage directly.
  • In contrast, the damage for an iron golem just has a large random factor.
  • Mobs deal no damage on peaceful, apart from the wolf.
Mob Difficulty
Easy Normal Hard

Blaze
4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg) 6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg) 9 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

Blaze
's
fireball
5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

Cave spider
2 (Heart.svg) 2 (Poisoned Heart.svg) 3 (Poisoned Heart.svgPoisoned Half Heart.svg)

Creeper
's explosion
25 (Heart.svg × 12.5) 49 (Heart.svg × 24.5) 73 (Heart.svg × 36.5)

Charged creeper's explosion
49 (Heart.svg × 24.5) 97 (Heart.svg × 48.5) 145 (Heart.svg × 72.5)

Elder guardian
5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 8 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg) 12 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

Ender dragon
6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg) 10 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg) 15 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

Enderman
4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg) 7 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 10 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

Endermite
2 (Heart.svg) 2 (Heart.svg) 2 (Heart.svg)

Evoker
's
fangs
6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg) 6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg) 6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

Ghast
's
fireball
impact
6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg) 6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg) 6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

Ghast
's
fireball
explosion
9 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 17 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 25 (Heart.svg × 12.5)

Giant
(unused)
26 (Heart.svg × 13) 50 (Heart.svg × 25) 75 (Heart.svg × 37.5)

Guardian
4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg) 6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg) 9 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

Illusioner
's
arrow
1 (Half Heart.svg)4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg) 1 (Half Heart.svg)4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg) 1 (Half Heart.svg)5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

Iron golem
4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)11 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 7 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)21 (Heart.svg × 10.5) 10 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)31 (Heart.svg × 15.5)

The Killer Bunny
5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 8 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg) 12 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

Llama
's
spit
1 (Half Heart.svg) 1 (Half Heart.svg) 1 (Half Heart.svg)

Magma cube
(big)
4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg) 6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg) 9 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

Magma cube
(small)
3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg) 6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

Magma cube
(tiny)
2 (Heart.svg) 3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)

Polar bear
4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg) 6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg) 9 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

Shulker
's
bullet
4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg) 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg) 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)

Silverfish
1 (Half Heart.svg) 1 (Half Heart.svg) 1 (Half Heart.svg)

Skeleton
's
arrow
1 (Half Heart.svg)4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg) 1 (Half Heart.svg)4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg) 1 (Half Heart.svg)5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

Slime
(big)
3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg) 6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

Slime
(small)
2 (Heart.svg) 2 (Heart.svg) 3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

Slime
(tiny)
0 (Empty Heart.svg) 0 (Empty Heart.svg) 0 (Empty Heart.svg)

Spider
2 (Heart.svg) 2 (Heart.svg) 3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

Vex
5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 9 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 13 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

Vindicator
7 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 13 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 19 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

Wither skeleton
4 (Withered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svg) 7 (Withered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Half Heart.svg) 10 (Withered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svg)

Wither skull
5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 8 (Withered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svg) 12 (Withered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svg)

Wolf (tamed)
3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg) 6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

Wolf (hostile)
2 (Heart.svg) 2 (Heart.svg) 3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

Zombie
2 (Heart.svg) 3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)

Zombie pigman
5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 9 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 13 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

Common NBT data

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Achievements

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

Monster HunterAttack and destroy a monsterKill a hostile mob or one of the following neutral mobs: enderman, zombie pigman, spider, cave spider.Xbox OneYesYesYes15GBronze
Xbox 360Alt20G

Cow TipperHarvest some leatherPick up leather from the ground.YesYesYesYes15GBronze

When Pigs FlyFly a pig off a cliffBe riding a pig (e.g. using a saddle) when it hits the ground with a fall distance greater than 5.YesYesYesYes40GGold

Sniper DuelKill a skeleton with an arrow from more than 50 metersUse a launched arrow to kill a skeleton, wither skeleton, or a stray from 50 or more blocks away, horizontally.YesYesYesYes30GSilver

Return to SenderDestroy a Ghast with a fireballKill a ghast using a ghast fireball.YesYesYesYes30GGold

The Beginning?Spawn the WitherBe within a 100.9×100.9×103.5 cuboid centered on the Wither when it is spawned.YesYesYesYes20GBronze

The Beginning.Kill the WitherBe within a 100.9×100.9×203.5 cuboid centered on the Wither when it drops the nether star.YesYesYesYes40GSilver

RepopulationBreed two cows with wheatBreed two cows or two mooshrooms.YesYesYesYes15GBronze

Leader Of The PackBefriend five Wolves.This does not have to be in a single game, so multiple games or reloading old saves does count toward this achievement.Xbox OneYesYesYes20GSilver
Xbox 360Alt30G

Have a Shearful DayUse Shears to obtain wool from a sheep.YesYesYesYes15GBronze

Body GuardCreate an Iron Golem.YesYesYesYes20GBronze

Zombie DoctorCure a zombie villager.Throw a splash potion of weakness at a zombie villager and give it a golden apple (by facing the zombie and pressing the use key with a golden apple in your hand)Xbox OneYesYesYes40GGold
Xbox 360Alt20G

Lion TamerTame an OcelotYesYesYesYes15GBronze

ArcherKill a creeper with arrows.YesYesYesYes10GBronze

The Deep EndDefeat an Elder Guardian.YesYesYesYes30GSilver

The End... Again...Respawn the ender dragonYesYesYesYes30GSilver

Great View From Up HereLevitate up 50 blocks from the attacks of a ShulkerYesYesYesYes20GBronze

Advancements

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-oval-raw.png
Zombie DoctorWeaken and then cure a zombie villagerWe Need to Go DeeperThrow a splash potion of weakness at a zombie villager and give it a golden apple (by facing the zombie and pressing the use key with a golden apple in your hand).minecraft:story/cure_zombie_villager
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Return to SenderDestroy a Ghast with a fireballNetherKill a ghast using a ghast fireball.minecraft:nether/return_to_sender
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Into FireRelieve a Blaze of its rodA Terrible FortressGet a blaze rod in your inventory.minecraft:nether/obtain_blaze_rod
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Spooky Scary SkeletonObtain a wither skeleton's skullA Terrible FortressGet a wither skeleton skull in your inventory.minecraft:nether/get_wither_skull
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Uneasy AllianceRescue a Ghast from the Nether, bring it safely home to the Overworld... and then kill it.Return to SenderKill a Ghast in the Overworld.minecraft:nether/uneasy_alliance
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Withering HeightsSummon the WitherSpooky Scary SkeletonBe within a 100.9×100.9×103.5 cuboid centered on the Wither when it is spawned.minecraft:nether/summon_wither
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How Did We Get Here?Have every effect applied at the same timeA Furious CocktailHave all of these 20 effects applied to you at the same time.minecraft:nether/all_effects
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Free the EndGood luckThe EndKill the ender dragon.minecraft:end/kill_dragon
Advancement-oval-raw.png
The End... Again...Respawn the ender dragon.Free the EndSummon an ender dragon using ender crystals.minecraft:end/respawn_dragon
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You Need a MintCollect dragon's breath in a glass bottle.Free the EndGet a bottle of dragon's breath in your inventory.minecraft:end/dragon_breath
Advancement-fancy-raw.png
Great View From Up HereLevitate up 50 blocks from the attacks of a ShulkerThe City at the End of the GameHave the Levitation effect applied, and move a vertical distance of 50 blocks.minecraft:end/levitate
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AdventureAdventure, exploration, and combatKill any entity, or be killed by any entity.minecraft:adventure/root
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Monster HunterKill any hostile monsterAdventureKill one of these 22 mobs. Other mobs are ignored for this advancement.minecraft:adventure/kill_a_mob
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What a Deal!Successfully trade with a VillagerAdventureminecraft:adventure/trade
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Monsters HuntedKill one of every hostile monsterMonster HunterKill each of these 22 mobs. Other mobs may be killed, but are ignored for the advancement.minecraft:adventure/kill_all_mobs
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Hired HelpSummon an Iron Golem to help defend a villageWhat a Deal!Summon an iron golem.minecraft:adventure/summon_iron_golem
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Sniper duelKill a skeleton with an arrow from more than 50 metersTake AimUse a launched arrow to kill a skeleton from 50 or more blocks away, horizontally.minecraft:adventure/sniper_duel
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The Parrots and the BatsBreed two animals togetherHusbandryBreed a pair of one of these 10 mobs. Other breedable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement.minecraft:husbandry/breed_an_animal
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Best Friends ForeverTame an animalHusbandryTame one of the 5 types of mob that are tamable.minecraft:husbandry/tame_an_animal
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Two by TwoBreed all the animals!The Parrots and the BatsBreed pairs of each of these 10 mobs. Other tamable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement.minecraft:husbandry/breed_all_animals

Videos

Issues

For issues unique to specific mobs, see that mob's issues section.

Issues relating to “Mob“ are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia

  • Renaming a mob "Dinnerbone" or "Grumm" using spawn eggs or name tags will flip them upside down.
  • Renaming a sheep "jeb_" will make its wool change color.
  • Renaming a vindicator "Johnny" will make it attack all nearby mobs, except other illagers.
  • If a hostile mob is tracking a player, the player can separate him or herself and the mob through a wall, relog, and the mob will no longer be tracking the player.
  • In Pocket Edition, baby squids are present. The heads are also sized to fit body.

References