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Health points

Java and Bedrock
20♥ × 10
Legacy Console Edition



Attack strength

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


0.5 + Size × 0.1 Blocks
0.9 + Size × 0.2 Blocks


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

Common drops


Internal ID


Namespaced ID


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 only spawn when the player has not slept in over three in-game days.


Two phantoms at night.

Phantoms spawn in the Overworld at night, or any time during a thunderstorm above the player if they have not entered a bed for at least three in-game days. Phantoms spawn more often the longer a player has gone without sleeping.

For phantoms to spawn, the player must be above sea level (y=64) and not have a block above their head which 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).

If the 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 towards 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:


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.

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


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.

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.


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


November 1, 2017MINECON 2017 Mob B.jpg Phantoms are first shown on YouTube (back then only known 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.[2]
pre1Phantoms now have new flapping sounds.
1.1418w44aPhantoms are now afraid of cats.
pre3Phantom's damage reduced from 6♥♥♥ to 2♥.[3]
Bedrock Edition
1.6.0beta Added phantoms with the health of 10♥♥♥♥♥, with a placeholder drop of 1-4 leather.[verify]
beta now drop phantom membranes.
The phantom's health has now been increased from 10♥♥♥♥♥ to 20♥ × 10.
Phantoms are now considered undead mobs.
Phantoms now burn in direct sunlight.
Phantoms are now able to drown.
1.8.0beta are now afraid of cats.
Legacy Console Edition
TU691.76Patch 38Phantom.png Added phantoms.


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


The red Phantom design that 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.[4]
  • Phantoms are the second mobs to fear cats, with first being Creepers.