In the Overworld at nighttime or during thunderstorms, when player has not entered a bed for 3+ ingame days
|— Jens Bergensten|
Phantoms spawn differently depending on the edition. In both editions, they spawn in the Overworld above the player if they have not entered a bed for at least three in-game days. Furthermore, the player must not have a block overhead that blocks light in any way (for example leaves prevent phantoms from spawning as they have a light opacity of 2, but glass does not, as its light opacity is 0).
Phantoms spawn if the player's Y-coordinate is between 1 and 129. They are rarer if the player is at the extreme ends of this range, and most common if the player is at Y=75.
Phantom spawning is similar to other monsters spawning; the spawn location must have a light level of 7 or less, and they spawn according to the hostile mob density cap. However, phantoms can spawn only on the surface, and they spawn high above the spawn location rather than directly at it (the exact height is unknown).
Phantoms attempt to spawn every 60-70 seconds. They spawn only at night and during thunderstorms, if the player is above sea level (y=64). If all conditions are met, a group of 1–6 phantoms attempt to spawn 20–34 blocks above the player, and off to the side by up to a taxicab distance of 9 blocks, every 1–2 minutes. The chance of a successful spawn is x−3⁄x, where x is the number of nights since the player last entered a bed, which comes to a 1⁄4 chance on day 4, a 2⁄5 chance on day 5, a 3⁄6 (1⁄2) chance on day 6, etc.
Phantoms are counted toward the hostile mob cap, but don't adhere to it when spawning. Their spawning mechanic is based on the location of players in the world rather than by chance, unlike regular mob spawning.
Phantoms drop when killed:
- 0–1 phantom membranes when killed by a player or tamed wolf. Looting increases the maximum drops by 1 per level, for a maximum of 4 with Looting III.
- 5 experience orbs when killed by the player or a tamed wolf.
When idle, phantoms fly around in a circle at a constant y-elevation, leaving a trail of gray smoke while doing so. They have a large search radius, and occasionally swoop down or up quickly to attack their victim. If stopped or hurt during this action, the phantom retreats back to its original elevation. When a path to its original elevation is obstructed by a block, the phantom continues attempting to return to its original elevation until it either attacks or moves out from under the block.
Phantoms are able to move through water at their normal speed, and cannot drown.[Java Edition only]
Like other undead mobs, phantoms are harmed by the Instant Health effect, healed by the Instant Damage effect, immune to the Poison and Regeneration effects, ignored by the wither, and affected by the smite enchantment.
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Phantoms have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob.
- Entity data
- Tags common to all entities see Template:Nbt inherit/entity/template
- Tags common to all mobs see Template:Nbt inherit/mob/template
- AX: The phantom, when not actively attacking, will attempt to circle around X,Y,Z =
AZ. Appears to reset to a point above the target player every time the phantom flies up after a swoop. Set to spawn location if not specified.
- AY: See
- AZ: See
- Size: The size of the phantom. Ranges from
64, similarly to slimes. Unlike slimes, phantoms always have a constant 20 × 10 HP, and deal 6+
Sizedamage. Naturally spawned phantoms are always size 0.
|Icon||Advancement||In-game description||Parent||Actual requirements (if different)||Namespaced ID|
|Adventure||Adventure, exploration, and combat||—||Kill any entity, or be killed by any entity.|
|Monster Hunter||Kill any hostile monster||Adventure||Kill one of these 25 mobs. Other mobs are ignored for this advancement.|
|Monsters Hunted||Kill one of every hostile monster||Monster Hunter||Kill each of these 25 mobs. Other mobs may be killed, but are ignored for the advancement.|
|Two Birds, One Arrow||Kill two Phantoms with a piercing arrow||Ol' Betsy||—|
|November 1, 2017||Phantoms are first shown on YouTube (back then known only as Mob B and The Monster of the Night Skies).|
|November 14, 2017||The article about the phantom was published, which introduced a community vote option for the phantom at MINECON Earth 2017.|
|November 18, 2017||The phantom wins the vote at MINECON Earth.|
|1.13||18w07a||Added phantoms with a placeholder drop of 1-4 leather.|
|18w09a||Phantoms no longer spawn in the End.|
|Phantoms now despawn at daytime.|
|18w10a||The phantom's model and texture have now been changed.|
|18w10c||Phantoms are now considered undead.|
|18w10d||Phantoms now burn in sunlight like most undead mobs.|
|Phantoms no longer despawn at daytime.|
|18w14a||Phantoms now drop 0-1 phantom membrane, instead of leather.|
|18w19a||The phantom's animation has now been changed to have the wings flap quicker and smoother.|
|Phantoms now drop experience.|
|pre1||Phantoms now have new flapping sounds.|
|1.14||18w44a||Phantoms are now afraid of cats.|
|pre3||The damage of phantoms has now been reduced from 6 to 2 due to a bug.|
|1.6.0||beta 220.127.116.11||Added phantoms with the health of 10, with a placeholder drop of 1-4 leather.[verify]|
|beta 18.104.22.168||Phantoms now drop phantom membranes.|
|The phantom's health has now been increased from 10 to 20 × 10.|
|Phantoms now burn in direct sunlight.|
|Phantoms are now able to drown.|
|1.8.0||beta 22.214.171.124||Phantoms are now afraid of cats.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU69||1.76||Patch 38||Added phantoms.|
- The phantom was added into the game as a result of winning the MINECON Earth mob Twitter poll as "Mob B".
- Phantoms are currently the fastest non-boss mob in the game, traveling at speeds of up to 20.83 blocks per second.
- At one point before the release of 18w10a, the phantom texture was made red, but it was decided that it appeared too much like a Nether mob.
- The phantom was originally going to have a mouth, like the sketch shown during MINECON Earth, but it was eventually scrapped because "it looked so much like a muppet". Earlier designs can be seen on Minecraft's Instagram account.
- Phantoms are the second mobs to fear cats, with first being Creepers.
A phantom under the Invisibility effect.
The particles produced by the phantom's wings can be clearly seen.