In the Overworld in light level of 7 or less and when player has not entered a bed for 3+ ingame days
|— Jens Bergensten|
Phantoms spawn in the Overworld at night, or at any time during a thunderstorm, high above players that have not entered a bed for at least three in-game days. Phantoms will spawn more often the longer a player has gone without entering a bed.
For phantoms to successfully spawn, the player in question must be above sea level and not have a block above its head which blocks light in any way (for example leaves will prevent them from spawning as leaves have a light opacity of 2, but glass will not prevent them spawning as its light opacity is 0).
Once the conditions are met, a group of 1–6 phantoms attempts to spawn 20–34 blocks above the player, and off to the side by up to a taxicab distance of 9 blocks, every 60–70 seconds. 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, and so on.
Phantoms are counted towards the hostile mob cap, but don't respect it when spawning. Their spawning mechanic is based on the location of players in the world, not by randomly choosing a block near the players like regular mob spawning.
Phantoms drop when killed:
- 0–1 phantom membranes (or up to 4 with the Looting enchantment) when killed by a player or tamed wolf.
- 5 experience orbs when killed by the player or a tamed wolf.
When idle, phantoms will fly around in a circle at a constant y-elevation, leaving a trail of gray smoke while doing so. They have quite a large search radius, and will occasionally either swoop down or up quickly to attack their victim. If stopped or hurt during this action, the phantom will retreat back to its original elevation. When idle over water, the phantom will sometimes swoop into the water and will die as it is not pushed back up.
Phantoms are able to move through water at the same speed as they do normally as they cannot drown.[Java Edition only]
Phantoms will attempt to stay 16 blocks away from cats.
Like other undead mobs, they are harmed by the Instant Health effect, healed by the Instant Damage effect, are immune to the Poison and Regeneration effects and ignored by the wither, also affected by smite enchantment.
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)||Internal 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||Phantom first shown on YouTube (back then only known as Mob B and The Monster of the Night Skies).|
|November 14, 2017||Phantom article was published, introducing 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 will now no longer spawn in the End.|
|Phantoms will now despawn at daytime.|
|18w10a||The phantom's model and texture have now been changed.|
|18w10c||Phantoms are now considered undead.|
|18w10d||Phantoms will now burn in sunlight like most undead mobs.|
|Phantoms will now no longer despawn at daytime.|
|18w14a||Phantoms will 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 will now drop experience.|
|pre1||Phantoms will now have new flapping sounds.|
|1.14||18w44a||Phantoms are now afraid of cats.|
|1.6.0||beta 188.8.131.52||Added phantoms with the health of 10 (), with a placeholder drop of 1-4 leather.[verify]|
|beta 184.108.40.206||Phantoms will now drop phantom membranes.|
|The phantom's health has now been increased from 10 () to 20 ( × 10).|
|Phantoms are now considered undead mobs.|
|Phantoms will now burn in direct sunlight.|
|Phantoms are now able to drown.|
|1.8.0||beta 220.127.116.11||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".
A phantom under the Invisibility effect.
The particles produced by the phantom's wings can be clearly seen.