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To anyone who is wondering about my edit (Ghasts' fireballs can deactivate portals) can look up this video: Thank you kindly Gilgamesh v9 17:56, 11 November 2010 (UTC)

Ghasts not killable by fire[edit]

I watched a ghast go into lava yesterday, tip over onto it's side, and die. Nothing else seemed to be around it. It just went too low and caught fire. –The preceding unsigned comment was added by Rsterkenburg (Talk|Contribs) . Please sign your posts with ~~~~!

I can confirm this. I often see Ghasts run into pillars of lava, where they quickly burn and die. The hitbox seems a bit weird, but lava definitely can kill them. --Nmaster64 15:50, 15 November 2010 (UTC)
Maybe the flames are just visual, and they are actually suffocating? --Fishrock123 11:12, 15 November 2010 (CST)
The player doesnt suffocate in lava, why would mobs? And the damage by touching lava itself is different than damage from burning. please specify. --BlueLegion 17:35, 15 November 2010 (UTC)
I have a screenshot here --User:sondre99v 17:46, 25 November 2010

i have seen ghasts go through the collumns of lava without makeing the damage sound. it seems lava merely slows them down, but can drown them, they still catch on fire but dont seem to get hurt. the fact they can shoot fireballs while in lava also shows this, because normally they cant shoot right when they get damaged. --Higbey 22:08, 22 April 2011 (UTC)

Answer: Nether mobs(Ghast, Zombie Pigman, W. Skeleton, Blaze, Magma Cube, and Wither) are immune to heat, hence their home, the hell of Minecraft. I'm not sure about drowning in Lava PrinceGhast (talk) 12:49, 31 March 2014 (UTC)


Well, if you want to make a good nether shelter that is ghast proof use cobblestone iron doors and iron bars. Buttons and pressure plates and levers are vulnerable so put a button w/ a slab in front of it and a block on top to be safe. Djc1999 03:15, 10 January 2012 (UTC)

Does anyone know what the TNT power of the Ghast fireballs is? In terms of creating a safe base in the Nexus I now use metal doors as windows to look outside without being shot upon instantly. Glass shatters with ease and even wooden doors aren't safe from a direct hit. Does anyone else have more info? Alphasoldier 15:29, 13 November 2010 (UTC)

The current version of Minecraft (1.3_01) shows that the fireball explosion has a value of 1 while a primed TNT has a value of 4 for the explosion. While it might seem that this directly means it is 1/4 the power I don't fully understand the code for the explosion to comment on how that affects the size. Kovert 01:49, 31 March 2011 (UTC)

i think ghast fireballs have a code (since they are an item being dropped repeatedly) but what might it be? if they do have a code they might be hackable and they should have a page to themselves. --Spek 00:00, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

To:Alpha solider: in the nether switch to peaceful difficulty as soon as you get there. Make a house out of cobble stone fast. Don't make any glass windows. poke little holes in the wall and look threw those because they're to small for ghast's fireballs. Protect your portal at all costs. Usually, if my portal comes out in an undesirable place i destroy it, dig a basement in mt main house and build it again in my basement. It protects your portal.

Well, nameless, some people consider switching to peaceful difficulty in times where you may be in danger as a coward's way out. When I play a game, I choose a difficulty and stick with it. For younger/hand-eye-coordinationally challenged players, temporary switching is a solution. In a real life situation where something is hard, lets say a sport, do you ask everyone else to act slightly worse at that sport so you can succeed? No, you try hard to better yourself instead. A better solution is to make your house out of obsidian, with chests full of glass, and use glass windows. Mybabypetghast 22:24, 27 July 2011 (UTC)

I don't think there's any need to lash out at anyone. Everyone goes at their own pace. It is not your place to criticize. Lambda1053 04:55, 29 December 2011 (UTC)

Good luck... You wont be able to make him resist when in the update nether mobs can use portals. I mean minecraft is a sandbox game right?-Louise4589TheEpic 14:10, 14 October 2012 (UTC)


Does anyone know what item picture is used for the Ghast's fireballs? I think it's the snowball, but I haven't tried confirming it with a texture pack. Jaeil 21:17, 21 November 2010 (CST)

im not shure when but there should be plans to put up the picture of all the textures of all the items (including unused icons) up on the items page. maybe you could try looking there.--Spek 19:27, 22 November 2010 (UTC)

It's a snow ball. in 1.8.1 and earlier, ghasts shoot flaming snowballs. I've always gotten a kick out of that.

Since the 1.1 update (I think, might be different) it is the Fire Charge item picture. 23:09, 14 May 2012 (UTC)

Variable size[edit]

As of the update of November 24th, I've noticed that ghasts are sized very differently since they were first implemented. Fewer spawn, whilst the ones that do appear of larger size. Also of note, their attacks seem to always overshoot my character now, their "fireballs" pass overhead everytime, unless shot from an angle below the character. Can anyone collaborate?

--Rovole 10:26, 25 November 2010 (CST)

Ghasts are horrible at aiming, I've determined. I haven't noticed a spawn rate or size difference. Jaeil 04:35, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
Ghasts have always had bad aiming for me, I haven't noticed anything with their size. Are you sure they weren't just further away? :P User:Ultradude25 (User talk:Ultradude25|Special:Contributions/Ultradude25) at 06:41, 29 November 2010 (UTC)

ghasts actually aim for the camera you view from so if you press shift to sneak you can actually dodge it if fired at close to or level with you

Sorry. not anymore.-Louise4589TheEpic 14:10, 14 October 2012 (UTC)


I was in the nether today, and as I was getting butt raped by a lot of ghasts, I noticed that a ghast was "Readying" a fireball and was about to shoot it, but it cancelled it's shot. I believe it was because a block was in between me and the ghast. And after a little while, another also cancelled it's shot. Can anyone collaborate? --Tials 09:35, 20 December 2010 (CST)

I've noticed the same. The ghasts make a noise before shooting, and if you go out of view before the fireball appears then they don't shoot it at all. —KPReid 10:09, 20 December 2010 (CST)
I updated the trivia with this information, as this seems to have enough proof. --Tials 15:02, 20 December 2010 (CST)

Answer: Ghasts will only try to scare a nearby Player by charging their fireballs. If the Player's not hiding, they have to shoot. PrinceGhast (talk) 12:55, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Pictures section[edit]

Firstly, if there's going to be pictures of the Ghast, can they use the default textures please? Secondly, there's already a passive Ghast in the infobox. My suggestion: remove the Pictures sub-section, and put a default attacking pic in the "fighting Ghasts" section. JaffaCakeLover 11:49, 14 January 2011 (UTC)

Lavabathing Ghast Pics[edit]

Hi. I have quite a lot of pictures featuring Ghasts and Zombie Pigmen catching on fire from lava. I'm not quite sure where I should put them. Ghast? Zombie Pigmen? or Lava? --Danny Ufonek 19:36, 17 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Put the zombiepig pics in the zombie pigman page, put the ghast pics in the ghast page, and add trivia to lava. that would make sense, I think.Grhaal 23:22, 17 June 2011 (UTC)

Ghast Hitbox[edit]

So I've been shooting a lot of arrows at Ghasts, and I'm positive that the hitbox only covers the tenticles.
Arrows shot into the... uhh... Head? Bell? - The large square part - will not register as hits unless the arc crosses the top of the tenticles. Even at very close range, they don't take damage unless you shoot the tenticles.
If you shoot the face, the arrows pass straight through instead bouncing off and dropping to the ground, so I don't think the head is coded to be solid at all.

Anyone care to confirm this and add to the article? TenhGrey 20:47, 14 February 2011 (UTC)

I was playing in the void in Superflat. I spawned a ghast in the void. The head went right through the bedrock and dirt! At first I thought this might be a glitch because ghasts are so big but now I've read this talk article I am almost certain that it was because the head is transparent. Anyone else wanna confirm?
I can confirm it anecdotally. There are also a few videos on YouTube of Ghast heads clipping through ceilings which further supports the hitbox theory. Does anyone know how tall the tentacles are in blocks? If the hitbox is just 4x4x4 and the bottom of the tentacles is the bottom of the box then some of the 'head' might still be in there. RestfulMonad 21:17, 14 February 2011 (UTC)
I can confirm it from the game. I'm lacking a screenshot, but when the player presses F3, the Ghast's ID appears immediately above the tentacles. Will try to take a screenie soon. BRB.--SpyroCraft007 was here 21:01, 4 May 2011 (UTC)
There you go.The code is somewhat notiecable, sorry for not being able to get any closer.(EDIT: Uploaded better image) Also, I fail at making the picture either resized or a link. Can someone help me out with that?(EDIT: Thank you!)--SpyroCraft007 was here 21:41, 4 May 2011 (UTC)
I cant seem to confirm this, but i would like someone else to check to see if the hitbox has been fixed. i bring this up because i saw a ghast trying to get to me, but it was trapped behind a netherrack outcropping. the outcropping came out to about it's right eye - the tentacles were fully uncovered. maybe this was fixed? Zoythrus 03:32, 23 September 2011 (UTC)
I may have proof that the hitbox was fixed. I shot one right between the eyes with an arrow, and it was hurt. This means that the hitbox is no longer just around the tentacles. Zoythrus 15:39, 1 November 2011 (UTC)
Scaled the pic down a bit for you. Firebastard 23:24, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

Wierd becuse i still only can damage them by hitting the tenicals and im useing the latest snapshot....this is is wierd.Louise4589TheEpic 14:10, 14 October 2012 (UTC)

Spawning in the real world[edit]

Does anyone have proof of this? Whether it is code analysis, a post by notch, or a legit youtube video does not matter. Unless you provide actual proof, please do not remove the [citation needed] tag.

Yesterday, i've seen a ghast on a SMP server. There were no nether portals around, and it was far away from spawn (no admin spawn)... Unfortunately, hadn't time to screenshot. Calinou 19:37, 21 March 2011 (UTC)

As far as I can tell from the nearly fully de-obfuscated source code (client & server) there is nothing that will cause a ghast to spawn in the real world. If they spawn on someone's server perhaps they have added it themselves. Kovert 01:41, 31 March 2011 (UTC)

I second what Kovert says, there doesn't seem to be anything in the code to suggest they can spawn in the real world. The cited video fades out immediately before the Ghast appears adjacent to the player, which all seems very suspicious to me. The Ghast spawning algorithm simply says they can spawn anywhere in which they have enough space but the game will only call this method when a mob is in the spawning list for a particular world. Ghasts do not appear in the list for the real world, only in the Nether list. --SilPho 15:44, 12 June 2011 (UTC) They do when i was in singe player i was fishing on a rainy day and i saw a ghast in the air flying away i was running after it because i didnt know what is was but after i goed to the nether i realised it was the same thing

Jeb said he didn't yet implement this on Twitter. Bronek0990 13:42, 16 May 2012 (UTC)

This just in- Is this official in the latest snapshot? Ultramario1998 18:08, 24 August 2012 (UTC)

Since newest snapshot, all mobs can travel through netherportal, both to and from Nether. But I don't think ghast could fit in 3x2 space of obsidian frame, but maybe barely touching portal enabled him to teleport. Xeoxer 09:47, 2 September 2012 (UTC)

Correct.-Louise4589TheEpic 14:10, 14 October 2012 (UTC)

This page lies[edit]

Ghasts are not fireproof, neither are zombie pigmen. I can confirm this because I saw a Ghast run into a pillar of lava. Shortly after it got out and was still on fire, it died. For Pigmen, I set one on fire constantly, and eventually it died.

No mob in the game is fireproof. - TyrannoFanTF's TalkContributions - 15:31, 25 February 2011 (UTC)

I'd like to second the claim that Zombie Pigmen are not lavaproof; the first time I visited the Nether I spawned in a small alcove containing a shallow lava puddle, too shallow for a zombie pigman to drown in, and I witnessed zombie pigmen stepping in the lava and burning to death multiple times, allowing me to collect free grilled pork. 00:10, 3 May 2011 (UTC)

As of at least Beta 1.8, spawning a Zombie Pigman in lava will not kill it from burning. I have on multiple occasions winessed Zombie Pigmen swimming in lava. Also, the same thing applies to Ghasts. --Apocalyptic Builder 20:45, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

If you want proof that zombie pigmen are lava proof, hit a pig man and then allow him to jump off a cliff into a lake of lava in the nether. No matter how big it is, if you go slow enough, he will emerge on the other side with you and continue the chase. I know because on several occasions I have jumped into lakes with fire resistance to get away from a horde of angry zombie pigmen. I must have swam more than 200 blocks, and the things were still coming after me. As for ghasts, you could fill the nether up with lava and they would still try to kill you with their fireballs and would never die. Plus if a ghast took fire damage, you would hear the screams. The pigman that you saw die in lava was probably a pig from the overworld that went through your portal. The fact that it dropped cooked pork shows this because zombie pigmen drop rotten flesh.--Jamesbond0194 22:14, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

Impossible! No Nether mobs can be burned to death. They're immune to heat, hence their home. PrinceGhast (talk) 12:59, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Preventing portal closing[edit]

Sometimes there is a barrage of Ghast fireballs that keep closing a portal even when the teleport has initiated. The interval between hits leaving insufficient time for the teleport to complete. The solution is to use a Flint and Steel to repeatedly reignite the portal during the teleport initiation. This will prevent portal shutdown by the incoming fireballs.

Can anyone confirm this? It seems like you'd have to make sure the portal blocks were still there every single game tick, which is 1/20 of a second(I think), meaning you'd need to click at a rate 20 times a second when the fireballs are about to threaten. Alphap 08:14, 22 March 2011 (UTC)

This confuses me, but it seems like he's saying that a set of ghasts might fire a lot of fireballs at the portal. This would quickly de-activate and activate the portal, thus making the optimal strategy to be to wait. If you are attempting to constantly re-activate it while teleporting out, this likewise seems impossible. Ticks vary based on FPS but it would not be possible to reactivate the portal at the exact moment as the fireball, thus there would be a point where it was de-activated, likely breaking the attempt to teleport. The blocks of the portal are obsidian, and would likely not be destroyed. –The preceding unsigned comment was added by Darkid (Talk|Contribs) . Please sign your posts with ~~~~!

People, people, relax. Why do you even have your portal out in the open. first of all, dig a basement in your house and line the walls with something at least as blast resistant and cobblestone. then destroy your portal outside and bring the obsidian down to the basement. Rebuild your portal their! There you just got a way to protect your portal with destroying a flint and steel in 30 seconds. –The preceding unsigned comment was added by ImaNiceCreeper (Talk|Contribs) . Please sign your posts with ~~~~!

Drowning Ghast image, deletion?[edit]

I think the image is too small, and it may use a texture pack. I also find it quite useless. Anyone agrees? Calinou 19:33, 5 April 2011 (UTC)

I agree. --Rocĸetor talk 21:29, 6 April 2011 (UTC)


I know the damage varies, but we need a 'direct hit' amount like creepers. Can somebody do this? --Rocĸetor talk 21:27, 6 April 2011 (UTC)

Just tested this on 1.4. It appears that even the direct damage varies. Sometimes I could running headfirst into a fireball, be hit right in the head by it and take no damage(which was actually kinda rare), and sometimes it would do 3.5 hearts; that was the most I ever saw. Difficulty did not affect it whatsoever. -AlphapUser talk:Alphap~Special:Contributions/Alphap 03:23, 7 April 2011 (UTC)

...birth to creepers...[edit]

"Ghasts may give birth to creepers at a 0.003% rate, causing the creeper to drop down from the current height of the Ghast, mostly dropping it in lava."

WTF. The picture doesn't really confirms anything. Do someone have a video?--SpyroCraft007 was here 00:47, 21 April 2011 (UTC)

ive detained a group of ghasts in a cobblestone chamber, no creepers so far. i see he clouds in the back too, so yea it should be removed--Higbey 22:08, 22 April 2011 (UTC)

You can see the clouds in the background on the picture. Thus, shopped or editing program, and therefore fake.TurtleMiner 21:52, 22 April 2011 (UTC)

Done. its been removed by idunno.-Louise4589TheEpic 14:10, 14 October 2012 (UTC)

6 drops[edit]

who keeps making all these drops up? its only ever 0-2. if someone proves me wrong here i wont change it.Toadbert

It's hard to count the drops, since ghasts are always on midair and mostly over lava seas. So far I've managed to kill about 3 ghasts in a flat netherrack surface, only the last one dropped a single unit of sulphur.--SpyroCraft007 was here 17:57, 23 April 2011 (UTC)
Ive killed plenty and seen their drops. its always 0-2.Toadbert
The drops are now of course affected by the Looting sword enchantment. I have seen up to 4, maybe even 5 gunpowder and/or ghast tears drop with the Looting III enchantment. Stewlacher54

Spawning in overworld WITHOUT a portal?[edit]

As I was in a dungeon, I heard a ghast whining, I dug my way out and saw the ghast. I exited minecraft and looked about for the portal in MCEdit

There was none. SAraisXenoQueen 08:11, 27 April 2011 (UTC)

Were you in SMP? --Rocĸetor talk 21:04, 25 May 2011 (UTC)

Wasn't it a custom map? People love to put Ghast spawners in such ones... Bronek0990 13:45, 16 May 2012 (UTC)

It looks like your world is haunted. PrinceGhast (talk) 12:07, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

Ability to spawn in overworld added "in 1.5"[edit]

This is not true. They have always done this. I think. Not editing because I don't know for sure. Bpx95 05:28, 1 May 2011 (UTC)

  • They have always (well, since they were added anyway) been able to spawn near portals, not certain if it was similar to the missing slimes though and 1.5 changed the chance of it happening.--Urian 07:33, 1 May 2011 (UTC)
They could before because of a bug. It's officially released in 1.5.--SpyroCraft007 was here 04:20, 14 May 2011 (UTC)

No, I don't think it was a bug. If I remember correctly, Notch said something about it on his blog or Twitter. I'll try to find a reference. --Apocalyptic Builder 20:47, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

They do it as a feature in 1.4-Louise4589TheEpic 14:10, 14 October 2012 (UTC) i can prove it

Ghasts may give "birth" to creepers at a 0.003% chance[edit]

From the trivia:

  • Ghasts may give "birth" to creepers at a 0.003% chance; the creeper drops down from the current height of the ghast, mostly into lava. However, it may still catch the player by surprise if they're under a ghast fighting it and suddenly a creeper drops down. [citation needed]

I have a really, really, REALLY hard time believing this. Can someone confirm? Otherwise I'm tempted to just remove it. --Warlock 20:06, 25 May 2011 (UTC)

Wtf?! Just because they both drop sulphur (sorry, gunpowder) doesn't mean they are a family. I mean who could mistake a ghast for a creeper? I

l'll get rid of this. This has been spotted ONCE and only because somebody in SMP used an invisible command, got into the ghast and spawned a creeper. --Rocĸetor talk 21:04, 25 May 2011 (UTC)

See, Warlock? Have a bit more faith in the Wiki system (saw your post). --Kaff 21:06, 25 May 2011 (UTC)

Ghast seeing player through walls since 1.6?[edit]

Could it be that Ghast can see through walls now? The last time I was in Nether (after the update), on my way through my "bunker" (just to keep me safe from them), I heard continuous a ghast firing and explosions from distance.

I have found this to, but it does not happen with all Ghast's! For example, I am working away at my tunnel, then I hear the continuous firing of a Ghast, a few minutes later I have fire balls flying past, they seem to be able to see me though glass and though Netherrack, but maybe only though recently placed glass or recently mined Netherrack. - BlueIce
I made a glass barrier and the ghasts sometimes fire at me, the most often when they're at the edge of that wall. So yes, I have really hard time with ghasts's new type of seeing while making a minecraft zoo... Xeoxer 16:10, 16 July 2011 (UTC)
I have found that ghasts, much like skeletons in a way, fire the fireball projectile 1 block forward from there mouths, my solution is a 2 block thick window so there isnt an adiquite space to spawn a for them seeing through walls, Im not entirely sure
Not only is my safe house under siege but I'm taking damage from the fireballs (so are the zombie pigmen) through freaking cobble. THROUGH the cobble. kaonevar 17:36, 15 January, 2011 (UTC)

Ok. il test.-Louise4589TheEpic 14:10, 14 October 2012 (UTC)


If half-blocks are placed every other block, forming a wall that you can (kind of) see through, can Ghasts see through the half-spaces and launch fireballs at you? IOf they can see you, can the fireballs even fit through the spaces? This would be a clever alternative to using glass in the Nether, as Stone will not break when hit by a fireball. Asbecker 20:10, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

Yes, Ghasts can see and target you through the gaps and the fireballs can fit through, though it's fairly rare. Maloncanth 04:55, 3 July 2011 (UTC)

I've made a house with half-block walls before (in the Overworld - v. 1.0.0,) and skeletons were able to see and shoot me when I was inside, so this effect is not limited to the Ghast. Just FYI. Hydraxan14 21:11, 23 November 2011 (UTC)

What about staircases? can they see through staircases?...I've got a nether fortress with a bunch of staircases worked into the walls.

Ghast name original with Lovecraft[edit]

Just curious how the name: ghast, got appropriated for this game. It is an entirely different creature in Lovecraft's story: The Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath, which was created decades ago. Kinda bothers me that now people will think ghasts are these weird blobs, and not the original beast. Any answers?

The first that came to my mind about ghasts was like GHOST + GHASTLY = GHAST. What do you think about this? Xeoxer 16:11, 16 July 2011 (UTC)
Agreed. (That came to my mind too.) Hydraxan14 21:23, 23 November 2011 (UTC)

Isent ghastly from pokemon?-Louise4589TheEpic 14:10, 14 October 2012 (UTC)

(chuckles) That "Ghastly" is a Pokemon. However, THIS "ghastly" means pale or scary.--PrinceGhast (talk) 11:35, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

Fire ghast image[edit]

Can someone add a firing ghast isometric render, like on the Wolf page for tamed/angry wolves ? Under the normal ghast. Calinou - talk × contribs » 14:12, 9 June 2011 (UTC)

  • Signed, also this should be done with creeper (charged). Xeoxer 12:42, 16 July 2011 (UTC)


Is it just me or do ghasts "glow" in the dark? --Trollrilla 10:59, 10 June 2011 (UTC)

They don't, but most of the texture is white. Gold/Diamond ore also "glows" this way in the dark. Calinou - talk × contribs » 11:12, 10 June 2011 (UTC)

actually, no. it's because their brightness is not affected by how light the surrounding area is. It is fully bright all the time. it does not, however glow.--Kizzycocoa 11:15, 10 June 2011 (UTC)

the brightness of their texture does not darken with the environment. If it did we'd all be screwed. The nether's only lighting is from lava and the random flames that appear on the netherrack earth. Almost none of this appears in the sky. Don't think of it as "glowing", think of it as "lit up". It does not give off any light. If it did I'd make a ghast lamp. :3 Mybabypetghast 22:44, 27 July 2011 (UTC)

Did you mean that Ghast emits light? Well, that is possible. I summoned a Blaze in the darkest 'room' and noticed that the Blaze is still as bright as it's in the daylight.--PrinceGhast (talk) 11:41, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

Kill a ghast by reflecting his fireballs[edit]

Please have a look at this video, where at 13:40 the player kills a Ghast by reflecting two of his fireballs at him.

I think we should remove the sentence “It is not possible to kill Ghasts by reflecting their attacks back at them even considering their low health and high attack damage, even though you can still hear the Ghast's "hurt" clip being played when hit”.

NiavlysB 14:44, 15 June 2011 (UTC)

No. As of 1.6.6, you cannot kill ghasts by reflecting the fireballs BACK AT THEM. However, they will still take damage and can be killed if their own fireball explodes on blocks very close to them, and it is within the blast radius. Bobbobbob 11:48, 16 June 2011 (UTC)bobbobbob

Please clarify. Do you mean that the fireball doesn't explode on a ghast? Do you mean that even if it does explode they take no damage? If the former, consider the above discussion on hitboxes, and re-aim for the tentacles. If either, please clarify the article. Darkid 14:09, 19 June 2011 (UTC)
I can confirm that reflected fireballs can kill ghasts, at least in 1.9pre3; you only have to remember that their hitbox is their tentacles, not their head. --Mokunen 20:08, 9 October 2011 (UTC)

As of 1.7.10, if you press F3+B, you can see the hit box is inside the head. Perhaps hitting the hitbox from below does more damage tho. 18:19, 3 November 2014 (UTC) Mactso

Fireballs now make fire[edit]

In 1.7.3 , it seems that ghast-fireballs make fire like they used too. In SMP today every fireball lit a block on fire. Can anyone confirm this in SSP?

Bukkit feautres a fix for fireballs not causing fire. Yes, this is a bug. Calinou - talk × contribs » 21:15, 15 July 2011 (UTC)

Firey fireballs have been readded in 2.0, just for the record.

Ghasts sometimes randomly shoot at the player even though there's a glass barrier. Bug?[edit]

I decided to make a Minecraft zoo and it's going fine, but when I tested the Ghast cage, one of the ghasts sometimes randomly shoot a fireball to me even though there's a glass barrier (I made sure it has no holes) between me and them. I have to switch to peaceful immediately then and repair the cage. I made a 4x stone ceiling so they cannot partially penetrate to the outside and I made the additional glass barrier so it's a double layer wall now. My question is, why they shoot fireballs sometimes, as they shoulnd't? In other cages, even skeletons who clearly see me through the door never attempt to shoot me, and the creepers never attempt to explode. Here's the image: [1] The first part is from the outside, and second from inside the cage (that ghast silhouette is just a spawner).

Is at a bug, or ghast sees me because of obliquely-block-line of sight that may be somewhere or what? What do you think? Xeoxer 19:32, 15 July 2011 (UTC)

I can attest to the likelihood that this is a bug, not a legitimate LOS attainment. My nether fortress has now been under siege for 12 hours, 18 minutes by a ghast that is apparently trapped underneath my structure's floor. It's pretty annoying as when I head out to my current tunnel project the projectiles are coming from the lava at the same rate of fire that they are when they are scorching me from the (now exposed) floor of my cobblestone structure. Before the onslaught began I used ONLY cobblestone, no glass, no gaps of any kind in the walls or floor, so it does not seem possible in any currently specified manner for the ghast to have legitimate LOS on me. Not to mention this behavior is persisting across multiple sessions and multiple trips to the nether. Azaragan 04:21, 27 August 2011 (UTC)

  • With the introduction of iron bars, which are nearly as visible-through as glass (and they're resistant to ghast's fireballs) the problem solved. Even though the bug is still present in 1.8.1, they can't hurt the bars. :) Xeoxer 11:03, 18 September 2011 (UTC)
  • Not only is my safe house under siege but I'm taking damage from the fireballs (so are the zombie pigmen) through freaking cobble. THROUGH the cobble. kaonevar 17:36, 15 January, 2011 (UTC)

Changing Colors Now?[edit]

Is it just me, or do ghasts change colors now (after the 1.8 update). Mine are brown, then grey, then brown again. Cacti11 05:27, 15 September 2011 (UTC)Cacti11

It may have something to do with the new lighting and the fact that ghasts "glow" in the dark like spider's eyes. --Trollrilla 06:46, 15 September 2011 (UTC)

Ghast Image[edit]

Should the ghast image in the {mob} template box be changed into an animation between open and closed eyes/mouth, like the bow page? --HexZyle 02:42, 26 September 2011 (UTC)

That's a GIF animation, and I agree with that.--PrinceGhast (talk) 11:44, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

ghost of mineing[edit]

I was in my mine mining diamonds and then the cave music stops. I hear like charging noise and then a screech. I started to get hurt so i swung everywhere then i was teleported to my bed. weird right. The next day he same thing in the same spot. I never went back again because it flodded my mine and burnt my house down. –The preceding unsigned comment was added by (Talk) Please sign your posts with ~~~~

Hmmmk. Sounds like either a mod or you made it up. Either way, doesn't belong on the wiki. Verhalthur (talk)(contribs) 17:08, 29 September 2011 (UTC)
Music stops, well music is never constant. noises and screeches are "ambience". teleprocessing to your bed, you probably died and returned to your (bed) spawnpoint. Flooded you mine and burned your house down? Sounds like lava to me. Swpe 17:15, 29 September 2011 (UTC)

You either have installed a weird mod or just trying to create another meme (like it happened with Herobrine) Bronek0990 13:54, 16 May 2012 (UTC)

Possible Bug[edit]

Image Of Bug: :File:ToolbarBug.png
Notice the tool bar is a transparent color and white. This only happens when you look at a ghast, happen to anyone else? --Throex 02:14, 5 October 2011 (UTC)

This was made using mods; this can't be confirmed until someone does it with no mods. Cool12309(T|C) 04:01, 5 October 2011 (UTC)
Its any mob in the nether, I noticed that zombie pigman do it as well and yes I have zombe mod installed, but it should not effect me toolbar when I look at mobs. It don't happen when I am in the overworld and look at mobs.. only nether mobs. --Throex 21:14, 5 October 2011 (UTC)
Pretty sure this is already mentioned on the Nether page --HexZyle 11:52, 6 October 2011 (UTC)

Death rattle[edit]

The article says that ghasts make a death rattle when killed as of 1.9pre, but this is incorrect; the ghasts I kill in 1.8.1 (full version) already make this sound (they might have in 1.8, but I'm not sure). I've already made the edit; I just felt I should explain myself in case the original poster sees the change and desires an explanation. Cobalt32 22:51, 10 October 2011 (UTC)

1.9 Damage increase?[edit]

The article says that the maximum damage from a fireball is 3.5 hearts, but I just took one to the face in easy and it killed me in one shot... 20:30, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

I think a lot of things have been revamped to do with damage in the 1.9 pre-releases, especially pre-release 3, such as weapons and mob health. --HexZyle 02:25, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
Yeah, ghasts are pretty ridiculous now. I lost 5 hearts with leather armor (which got destroyed in a single hit at about half remaining durability), and got hit for 8.5 hearts without armor just shortly after - and that wasn't even a direct hit. I'm not entirely sure, but their explosions seem to do about as much damage as creepers now. I haven't done much testing, though.
Sorry, forgot the tildes. That comment just now was by me. 23:00, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
HELL NO! I'm running a Pre-release 4 server for my brother, sister and I, the server is on easy, and not once have we survived a creeper blast, even when it's in a hole or we have tried to run away first. I have no idea what happened, but creepers are now so OP! --HexZyle 00:19, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
I can confirm the Ghast's increased fire power with 1.9 prerelease 4. I spend my time in the nether, I am very used to ghast, and I had never been killed before in a single hit (full 10 hearts). Now it happens. And I often get hit for 4 or 5 hearts per blast.--Gregowar 22:27, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
Looking at the explosions page, it seems that the maximum damage a ghast explosion can deal is 8.5 hearts. This seems fairly accurate, except in one case - if the player takes a direct hit from the fireball itself. After reports of players being one-shotted by ghast fireballs, the possibility that the fireball itself also deals some pretty nasty amount of damage if it directly hits the player, similarly to the blaze's version, should be taken into consideration. 14:50, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
So, has it been proven that taking a direct hit from the fireball deals more than 8.5 hearts of damage? If so, the damage data should finally be updated. I'll go update the explosion damage now, in any case. 16:36, 1 November 2011 (UTC)
I've taken some direct hits in the full version while wearing Iron armor and survived... Cobalt32 23:48, 22 November 2011 (UTC)
Yeah, Ghast fireballs have been nerfed big time in the full release. I can take a ghast fireball to the face with no armor equipped and only take two hearts of damage on Normal difficulty. However, I'm not sure if difficulty does now affect explosion damage from mobs again, so I'm hesitant to update the page, and I don't really feel like purposely letting ghasts shoot into my face on Easy and Hard right now to test it. I'll leave that to somebody else. 00:08, 6 January 2012 (UTC)

Starting fire[edit]

"Blocks originally ignited once struck, adding an extra hazard to fighting Ghasts; however, the fire is extinguished immediately afterwards because of a bug." Seems to be fixed in 1.9 pre 4. Combine that with increased damage and nerfed weapons and you have an enemy that is MUCH more formidable (not to mention irritating) than the old ghast.--Lirtsi 20:10, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

Bah. Just reflect fireballs for massive damage. Mattpoppybros 23:25, 10 February 2012 (UTC)

Hitbox fixed?[edit]

I have reason to believe that the Ghast's hitbox was fixed in 1.9pre. I was able to harm one by shooting it right between the eyes. Also, I recently saw one get stuck behind and overhang, even though it's tentacles were completely uncovered. Zoythrus 02:42, 4 November 2011 (UTC)

Talk:Ghast#Ghast Hitbox the having its top part of the body stuck has always been like that it seems. Don't know about the shooting part though. You should do extensive tests before confirming this claim. --HexZyle 03:27, 4 November 2011 (UTC)
A friend of mine was able to shoot it in the face as well. And, I would test this more, but I'm having a hard time finding ghasts in my Nether (do you think that the dragon running rampant has something to do with it?). Zoythrus 14:16, 7 November 2011 (UTC)
Ghast spawner. Use MCEdit to get one. --HexZyle 16:34, 7 November 2011 (UTC)
That's how I got some Ghasts to shoot at. Strangely, the Ghast doll is not centered in the spawner (only its tentacles are). That doesn't explain why I can hit it in the face for damage. So, Hex, are you able to hit it anywhere other than the tentacles? Zoythrus 14:13, 8 November 2011 (UTC)

Not bigger than enderdragons - WRONG![edit]

"Ghasts are the largest currently implemented mob, (being dethroned by enderdragons in next update) standing eight times as large as the largest variation of slime.". This is absolutely wrong. I used SPC to spawn a ghast riding a dragon and the ghast is quite bigger.


A ghast riding a dragon? We're all screwed! But seriously, that thing is obviously bigger than the dragon...Zoythrus 03:08, 9 November 2011 (UTC)
Side pic or I call shenanigans. --Saphireking65 03:45, 9 November 2011 (UTC)
Same. --HexZyle 19:26, 9 November 2011 (UTC)
Hmmmmm........ Well, the Ghast is 64 blocks total(4x4x4 cube)and the Enderdragon is 61 cuboids total, so the ghast is barely bigger. But still, if this were on my server, I would call down the Zepplin Mod for help. It would be EPIC.From Moi, Ajc_1254 06:47, 7 January 2012 (UTC)

Ghast screams[edit]

Lol... is it just me or do you think the Ghast screams sound like dying babies or screaming children? Seriously..their cry sounds horrible and messed up. - Asterick6 03:17, 24 November 2011 (UTC)

It's not just you. I don't like the current sounds very much, but unfortunately, I can't think of any to replace them. Hydraxan14 21:32, 23 November 2011 (UTC)

Apparently, the Ghast sounds are the sounds C418's cat makes in his sleep. Imagine if you had a cat doing that suddenly at night... --Apocalyptic Builder 20:54, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

--PrinceGhast (talk) 12:02, 30 April 2014 (UTC) Leave the crybaby be. He/She's just heartbroken. See [2].

Page cleanup required?[edit]

There's a banner saying the page requires cleanup to meet quality standards. I don't see anything really wrong with it though, and I don't see any complaints on this page that haven't already been fixed. Is there still questionable info on this page, or has it all been taken care of?

It says ghasts can spawn anywhere. Does this mean even in air with no solid blocks underneath them? Lunakki 22:14, 10 December 2011 (UTC)

Yes. Yes it does. YOUR FLOATING FORTRESS ISN'T SAFE NOW!From Moi, Ajc_1254 06:49, 7 January 2012 (UTC)
Air counts as a block (ID: 0), so it can be used as a spawn for any mob, as long as the mob's spawn code is coded to handle that block. I'm sure a modder could make it RAIN CREEPERS during the night if they wanted to. —Iyeru 09:26, 13 January 2012 (UTC)
But in the page about spawning, it says all mobs which are not squids need an opaque block below them. Can they spawn in midair or not? Either case, the ghast page or the spawn page needs to be changed.-- 10:52, 20 May 2012 (UTC)

i stuck creeper spawners on the bottom of a floating island. 10 seconds later, it was RAINING CREEPERS!!! 01:18, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

Spawners can spawn mobs mid-air. Thats something else.-- 10:52, 20 May 2012 (UTC)

Water, Fireballs, and the sky.[edit]

I spawned a ghast in the overworld, and noticed something peculiar in 1.1. First, fireballs, when they trail the water surface, they leave a path of bubbles behind, evidence that the fireball is an entity that can be obstructed by anything. Second, when the fireball travels through water, the fireball slows speed. During the day in the overworld, if you hit a fireball to send it back to the ghast, and it misses, you'll notice that the fireball is not deleted upon reaching the 128 height or so: (Don't CLICK, copy/paste in a new tab.) This shows two fireballs past the fog. —Iyeru 09:24, 13 January 2012 (UTC)

Well yes ghast fireballs do count as an entity so I wouldn't be suprised to see it getting slowed by water.And because they are an entity they can go past y coordinate 128 with ease

Ghasts Spawning on Peaceful Glitch[edit]

I was playing in Myselfoverwhelmed's castle world, and I remade a nether portal in the castle. I was on peaceful, BTW/ by the way. I entered, and climbed up the stairs (the portal's in a cave). I made it to a wide open area, and I saw two ghasts! On peaceful! They just stood there doing nothing. I have pictures for proof. I just don't know how you post them, but I do have some! This link MAY help. file:///C:/Users/Ormguard/AppData/Roaming/.minecraft/screenshots/2012-01-19_10.39.39.png

Do you have MobSpawner Gui? Were the ghasts just models in a spawner? –Preceding unsigned comment was added by (Talk|Contribs) 17:42, 2 February 2012. Please sign your posts with ~~~~
Links to files on your computer are useless; you need to upload it to one of the many hosting sites for anyone else to see it. -- Orthotope 17:52, 2 February 2012 (UTC)
I can vouch for him; one time, on Beta 1.4, I believe it was, I was in the Nether, saw two Ghasts, switched it to Peaceful, and they were still there, only frozen. They were probably client-side, though. --Apocalyptic Builder 20:57, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

Please somebody FINALLY UPLOAD better main images for Ghast[edit]

Better images are needed: one of the regular Ghast, and one of Ghast's texture while firing a fireball. It should be done as it is on Wolf's page. Xeoxer 15:55, 27 January 2012 (UTC)

Ghasts dropping gunpowder?[edit]

I can't confirm with a video or picture, because it only happened to me once and just recently, but I killed a ghast and it dropped 2 gunpowder. --FelesMortis 03:14, 5 February 2012 (UTC)

Umm, so? It's said that on the page since the ghast was added to minecraft. –User:Ultradude25 (User:Ultradude25/t|User:Ultradude25/c) at 03:35, 5 February 2012 (UTC)

I have seen it happen many times. Mattpoppybros 23:22, 10 February 2012 (UTC)

Ghast fireballs destroy cobbles[edit]

This page gives me the impression that ghast fireballs would be completely absorbed by cobblestone and anything tougher. Yet it seems to have similar destructive power at destroying blocks to a creeper. Not entirely sure of the sums on this point but after experimenting with a cobblestone shelter, bits of it were certainly being blown off.

If this has changed from previous versions then this needs updating. 07:32, 8 April 2012 (UTC)

Do you have any mods? Ghast fireballs do not destroy cobble. If their blast power was the same as creepers, it would make them overpowered and would ruin the gameplay experience.

Ghast fireballs don't have unlimited range[edit]

I spawned many ghasts in survival mode in the overworld and after a while noticed their fireballs would stop moving at a certain distance. After getting closer they would move a bit more than stop again. I think its range was restricted by my view distance(which was far).

It's not the view distance,it's the chunks loaded thats why they stop but if you were to load the chunks it would keep going forever(or until it hit something lol)also you are supposed to sign your post using 4 squiggly lines(~)(idk what its actually called) Russell4 15:01, 26 July 2012 (UTC)

when replying, start the first line you put in with a colon (:). the wavy davy line is (~) called a tilde. it says so in the Please note: section under the save page button.

Robstar14... anything but! 18:06, 1 May 2013 (UTC)

Incorrect Information on Page[edit]

On the page it says that the ghast fireball has the image of a snowball before Beta 1.9 and after, the Fire Charge. I think that's wrong, because the Fire Charge hasn't been made until either 1.1 or 1.2. Not sure, someone else confirm please. 23:13, 14 May 2012 (UTC)

Just confirmed, on the Fire Charge page, it specifically states: The Fire Charge was added in snapshot 12w04a, although its texture was used as a Ghast's fireball in 1.1. One of the two needs to be fixed, and I believe the Fire Charge one is correct.

Ghast Spawning Area[edit]

Affectionate scream in 1.1?[edit]

The wiki says that the affectionate scream of the Ghast was added in 1.1 but however, I have seen before, I think even I have seen in 1.7.3

Ghast spawning conditions[edit]

The wiki says the ghasts only spawn in an open 5x5x5 area, but I've got a nether tunnel that is 5 wide and 4 tall on the SMP server I play on, and I've experienced several ghasts. Has the spawning area changed? When they spawn, they don't appear to be able to move, they just sit and spit fireballs at me. –Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) at 00:12, 16 June 2012‎ (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~

The wiki says (trivia part) : "Contrary to popular belief, Ghasts must spawn on blocks. They can't spawn on transparent blocks no matter how high the roof is. If any transparent blocks protrude into their spawning area (5x5) they cannot spawn. They need a flat 5x5 of non transparent blocks to spawn on." Well, I have build a big building in the nether. I am absolutely positive there is no 5x5 horizontal flat area in it. I have been very careful with it. Still ghasts spawn in it on a very regular basis. (Which is pretty annoying) Well there 5x5 flat vertical areas... And the roof is flat too... Gregowar 21:32, 28 June 2012 (UTC)

The 5x5x5 area to spawn was wrong. They need a 4x4x4 area, but there must be a solid block under the center of the area. –Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) at 21:42, 14 August 2012‎ (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~

Personally, I'm starting to wonder about the light requirements... Gregowar, how well is your building lit? --Mental Mouse 12:51, 2 September 2012 (UTC)

Combat and Awareness Ranges[edit]

In short, the data about Ghast's fighting range and vision range is misleading, since Ghasts start firing their balls from ranges definitely longer than 16, but definitely less than 100, and they do NOT pursue their targets, which makes the vision range meaningless.

For detailed elaboration, please check this topic: [3]

I don't really have proper data to replace what's currently present, but I hope it gets fixed at one point, cheers.

Ktx2skd 22:13, 6 August 2012 (UTC)

Crying faker?[edit]

I dont get why ghasts cry. I think it is a trap. Like your walking along the nether and see a crying ghast and as you stop moveing and stare at it hopeing it cheers up-BOOM!!!!!! but i dunno. what do you think?- 22:01, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

Kind of obvious, don't you think? I mean, they're in HELL. Moreover, they may be ghosts of your green or white victims in the overworld ;) -Decimator1337 –Preceding unsigned comment was added by (Talk) 16:09, 28 February 2013‎ (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~

Actually, the Ghast is heartbroken. See for the reason why ghasts are sad. --PrinceGhast (talk) 12:11, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

firing texture?[edit]

Somebody should add ghast's texture when it fires fireballs. I don't know how to make such images ;/ Xeoxer 09:43, 2 September 2012 (UTC)

Seeing through walls[edit]

In 1.5.2, I've had ghasts try to blast their way through walls (made of netherrack) to try to get to me when they could not see me. Has the ability for ghasts to see through walls been added, or is this a bug? Firebastard 01:05, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

Stupid Ghast[edit]

Enderman eye throwererer again! My mate recently visited the Nether and a ghast flew into some lava and caught fire. It realised it was hurt and flew out again, but then flew back into the lava again! This made us laugh so much! In total it flew into the lava 3 times and had 2 near misses, so 5 attempts of suicide or was the ghast a little stupid? We hovered the cross thing over it and it said "thank you!" (or rather "haaark hooo!"), so this was weird, yeah. -- 06:30, 17 June 2013 (UTC)

Like all Nether mobs, ghasts are immune to fire, including lava. They can wander in and out of lava streams forever, or hide in the lava sea to shoot at you, and they don't care if they're on fire. And since they also fly, they can't be hurt by the "falling damage" bug that occasionally kills Zombie Pigmen in lava pools. Also, that wasn't "thank you" it was saying. ;-) --Mental Mouse 10:03, 17 June 2013 (UTC)

The "Fireproof" Ghast[edit]

I have noticed that everyone says they are fire/waterproof but Ghasts can burn/drown!!!! Someone please confirm this. ~TW

All you have to do is go into the Nether and watch a Ghast for a minute or two. You could also go into the Overworld in creative, spawn a Ghast, and pour water and lava on it. User:Meeples10 User talk:Meeples10
12:19, 15 July 2013 (UTC)
I spawned a Ghast in an overworld ocean, and it died without any help from me. I'd say that they can at least drown. 02:16, 14 October 2014 (UTC) Stoat Patronus

Ghast Power I bow[edit]

If you enchant a bow with 1 level, you will get Protection I. If you hit a Ghast with Protection I, he will die. I think this deserves to be written somewhere better than just the Trivia section, because this, this is awesome.

Ghasts can't spawn in nether fortresses[edit]

In in the trivia it states that ghasts can not spawn in nether fortress due to having it's own list of mobs that can spawn there, and ghasts are not one of them. However, in the trivia of this article, it says that ghasts can spawn in nether fortresses.

TheQxQ (talk) 17:49, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

Ghasts and Barriers[edit]

I've been trying to make a very basic adventure map in the newest snapshot (14w10c) to help beginners learn the game. In the hostile mob area, I've been experimenting with barriers so I can keep the player safe while they learn (and to keep them from straying into areas they shouldn't), and had hopes that they could help explosion-proof the Ghast room without covering it with obsidian or bedrock. Turns out that Ghasts cannot see through or travel through the barriers, and with a blast-resistance of 18 thousand the fireballs don't stand a chance of breaking it. Hopefully this remains the case should barriers be added to the game. -- 18:23, 11 March 2014 (UTC)

About Ghast[edit]

I have 3-5 questions (ignore any mistakes):

  1. I knew that every Ghast has red eyes that can only be seen when gasping. However, I've seen some YouTube videos and noticed that the Ghasts have yellow pupil. Mind if I want to see a Ghast's eyes left open?
  2. If Ghast is ghost-like, and is not an undead, I suppose that it's 'the dead'. Am I right?
  3. Is Ghast a female, or a male with a high-pitched voice?
  4. Why Ghasts are sad? (Some people asked this question)
  5. The head is 4 blocks tall, 4 blocks wide, and 4 blocks thick. What is the size of its tentacles? –Preceding unsigned comment was added by PrinceGhast (talkcontribs) at 12:38, 31 March 2014 (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~