Phantom

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Phantom
Phantom.gif
Health points

Java and Bedrock
20♥ × 10
Legacy Console Edition
10♥♥♥♥♥

Behavior

Hostile

Attack strength

Java Edition
Easy: 2♥
Normal: 2♥
Hard: 3♥♥
Bedrock and Legacy Console Edition
Easy: 4♥♥
Normal: 6♥♥♥
Hard: 9♥♥♥♥♥

Size

Height:
0.5 + Size × 0.1 Blocks
Width:
0.9 + Size × 0.2 Blocks

Spawn

In the Overworld at nighttime or during thunderstorms, when player has not entered a bed for 3+ ingame days

Common drops
Experience

5

Internal ID

JE: ?
BE: 58

Namespaced ID

phantom

Jens Bergensten Mojang avatar.png

This manta-ray–like monster is a flying creature that spawns at high altitudes. It is attracted to insomnia, and will find players who haven't slept for many days. It will swoop down in groups and bite your flesh.

Jens Bergensten[1]

Phantoms are undead hostile mobs that spawn when the player has not slept in over three in-game days and it has been at least three days since player died and respawned.

Spawning[edit]

Two phantoms at night.

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).

Bedrock Edition[edit]

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.[2]

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).[2]

Java Edition[edit]

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−3x, where x is the number of nights since the player last entered a bed, which comes to a 14 chance on day 4, a 25 chance on day 5, a 36 (12) 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.

Drops[edit]

Phantoms drop when killed:

Behavior[edit]

A phantom swooping at the player.

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,[more information needed] 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]

A phantom's body disappears when under the Invisibility effect, but its eyes and smoke particles are still visible.

Like zombies and skeletons, phantoms burn in sunlight.

Cats hiss at phantoms that are currently attacking players, and phantoms try to stay at least 16 blocks away from them. In Bedrock Edition, phantoms also avoid ocelots in the same manner.

Undead[edit]

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.

Sounds[edit]

Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Phantom screeches entity.phantom.ambient subtitles.entity.phantom.ambient ? ? 0.8 16
Phantom bites entity.phantom.bite subtitles.entity.phantom.bite ? ? ? 16
Phantom dies entity.phantom.death subtitles.entity.phantom.death ? ? ? 16
Phantom flaps entity.phantom.flap subtitles.entity.phantom.flap ? ? 0.9 16
Phantom hurts entity.phantom.hurt subtitles.entity.phantom.hurt ? ? 0.75 16
Phantom swoops entity.phantom.swoop subtitles.entity.phantom.swoop ? ? 0.7 16

Data values[edit]

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 = AX, AY, 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 AX
    •  AZ: See AX
    •  Size: The size of the phantom. Ranges from 0 to 64, similarly to slimes. Unlike slimes, phantoms always have a constant 20♥ × 10 HP, and deal 6♥♥♥+Size damage. Naturally spawned phantoms are always size 0.

Advancements[edit]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID
Advancement-plain-raw.png AdventureAdventure, exploration, and combatKill any entity, or be killed by any entity.adventure/root
Advancement-plain-raw.png Monster HunterKill any hostile monsterAdventureKill one of these 25 mobs. Other mobs are ignored for this advancement.adventure/kill_a_mob
Advancement-fancy-raw.png Monsters HuntedKill one of every hostile monsterMonster HunterKill each of these 25 mobs. Other mobs may be killed, but are ignored for the advancement.adventure/kill_all_mobs
Advancement-fancy-raw.png Two Birds, One ArrowKill two Phantoms with a piercing arrowOl' Betsyadventure/two_birds_one_arrow

History[edit]

November 1, 2017MINECON 2017 Mob B.jpg Phantoms are first shown on YouTube (back then known only as Mob B and The Monster of the Night Skies).
November 14, 2017The article about the phantom was published, which introduced a community vote option for the phantom at MINECON Earth 2017.
November 18, 2017The phantom wins the vote at MINECON Earth.
Java Edition
1.1318w07aPhantom Revision 1.png Added phantoms with a placeholder drop of 1-4 leather.
18w09aPhantoms no longer spawn in the End.
Phantoms now despawn at daytime.
18w10aPhantom.png The phantom's model and texture have now been changed.
18w10cPhantoms are now considered undead.
18w10dPhantoms now burn in sunlight like most undead mobs.
Phantoms no longer despawn at daytime.
18w14aPhantoms now drop 0-1 phantom membrane, instead of leather.
18w19aThe phantom's animation has now been changed to have the wings flap quicker and smoother.
Phantoms now drop experience.[3]
pre1Phantoms now have new flapping sounds.
1.1418w44aPhantoms are now afraid of cats.
pre3The damage of phantoms has now been reduced from 6♥♥♥ to 2♥ due to a bug.[4]
Bedrock Edition
1.6.0beta 1.6.0.1Phantom.png Added phantoms with the health of 10♥♥♥♥♥, with a placeholder drop of 1-4 leather.[verify]
beta 1.6.0.5Phantoms 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.
1.8.0beta 1.8.0.8Phantoms are now afraid of cats.
Legacy Console Edition
TU691.76Patch 38Phantom.png Added phantoms.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Phantom" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit]

The red Phantom design was scrapped because it looked like a Nether mob.
  • 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.[1]
  • 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".[1] Earlier designs can be seen on Minecraft's Instagram account.[5]
  • Phantoms are the second mobs to fear cats, with first being Creepers.

Gallery[edit]

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