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Vindicator.pngVindicator attacking.png
Health points

24 (Heart.svg × 12)

Attack strength

Easy: 7 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)
Normal: 13 (Heart.svg × 6.5)
Hard: 19 (Heart.svg × 9.5)


Height: 1.95 Blocks
Width: 0.6 Blocks


Illager patrols[upcoming: JE 1.14 & BE 1.11.0]
Raids[upcoming: JE 1.14 & BE 1.11.0]

First appearances

See § History



Internal ID

JE: 36
BE: 57

Entity ID


Marsh Davies Mojang avatar.png Here's Johnny!
Marsh Davies[1]

Vindicators are illager mobs that spawn in mansions, illager patrols[upcoming: JE 1.14 & BE 1.11.0], and raids[upcoming: JE 1.14 & BE 1.11.0]. They are equipped with iron axes.


Woodland mansions[edit]

Vindicators spawn during the generation of mansions, in particular rooms. Some rooms will contain 1, others will contain 3, and some will contain 2 accompanied by an evoker. They will not respawn after their initial spawn, thus there are a limited number of them per world. Vindicators that are generated with mansions do not naturally despawn.

Some vindicators may spawn with an enchanted iron axe, depending on the difficulty set: the chances go up as the difficulty goes up.

Illager patrols[edit]

In Java Edition, Illager patrols spawn a maximum of five pillagers (weight 55) or vindicators (weight 27) 200 blocks away from villages on grass or sand with a block light level of 0–8 and a sky light level of 10–15.‌[upcoming: JE 1.14]

In Bedrock Edition, Illagers consist of 2-5 illagers, with all illagers always being a pillager on easy and normal difficulties, and on hard 80% of them will be pillagers and 20% of them will be vindicators.‌[upcoming: BE 1.11.0]


Vindicators are able to spawn as part of raids.‌[upcoming: JE 1.14 & BE 1.11.0]


Vindicators only drop loot when killed by a player or tamed wolf. They will drop when they die:

In Bedrock Edition 1.11.0, if vindicators spawn from raids, they can additionally drop:

  • 0-1 Emerald (up to 4 with looting III)

And has ?% chance to drop one of these items:

  • 2-3 Emerald (up to 6 with looting III)
  • 4-5 Emerald (up to 8 with looting III)
  • Enchanted Book (enchantment level 30)
  • Iron Sword (will be badly damaged, can be enchanted with random enchantment)
  • Iron Helmet (will be badly damaged, can be enchanted with random enchantment)
  • Iron Chestplate (will be badly damaged, can be enchanted with random enchantment)
  • Iron Leggings (will be badly damaged, can be enchanted with random enchantment)
  • Iron Boots (will be badly damaged, can be enchanted with random enchantment)
  • Iron Axe (will be badly damaged, can be enchanted with random enchantment)
  • Iron Pickaxe (will be badly damaged, can be enchanted with random enchantment)
  • Iron Shovel (will be badly damaged, can be enchanted with random enchantment)


A vindicator chasing a villager.

Vindicators are hostile towards players, iron golems, villagers or adult villagers[upcoming: BE 1.11.0], and wandering traders[upcoming: JE 1.14] They will try to attack them, raising their main hand and brandishing an iron axe. When in pursuit of their target they will sprint toward them, slightly faster than the player's walking speed. When not attacking, they cross their arms similar to a villager, and don't show the axe in their hand.

A vindicator will not pursue the player through the iron door of any naturally occurring woodland mansion jail cells, and after a time, will cease hostility as long as the player remains inside.‌[Java Edition only][until JE 1.14]

If a vindicator is named Johnny (using a name tag, named spawn egg, etc., or has its Johnny tag set to 1b), it will be hostile to every mob, except for evokers, illusioners, pillagers[upcoming: JE 1.14], ghasts, ravagers[Bedrock Edition only] and other vindicators. It will even be hostile to vexes and ravagers[Java Edition only][upcoming: JE 1.14]. All hostile or neutral mobs, except for endermites, phantoms, guardians, slimes, magma cubes and ravagers, will try to attack the vindicator in return. The Johnny tag overrides its name; the player can give the vindicator any other name and set the Johnny tag to 1b and it will still be hostile in the same way as described. Conversely, you can name the vindicator Johnny and set the Johnny tag to 0b, and the vindicator will not be hostile as described; it will act as a normal vindicator.

Naming a vindicator spawn egg "Johnny" and using it on a spawner will make the spawner spawn normal vindicators, not vindicators named Johnny.‌[Bedrock, and Legacy Console editions only]

Data values[edit]

Vindicators have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob.


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
Monster HunterAttack and destroy a monsterKill a hostile mob or one of the following neutral mobs: enderman, zombie pigman, spider, cave spider.Xbox OneYesYesYes15GBronze
Xbox 360Alt20G


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-plain-raw.pngAdventureAdventure, exploration, and combatKill any entity, or be killed by any entity.minecraft:adventure/root
Advancement-plain-raw.pngMonster HunterKill any hostile monsterAdventureKill one of these 24 mobs. In 1.14,‌[upcoming] you can also earn this by killing one of these 2 mobs. Other mobs are ignored for this advancement.minecraft:adventure/kill_a_mob
Advancement-fancy-raw.pngMonsters HuntedKill one of every hostile monsterMonster HunterKill each of these 24 mobs. In 1.14,‌[upcoming] also kill each of these 2 mobs. Other mobs may be killed, but are ignored for the advancement.minecraft:adventure/kill_all_mobs


Java Edition
1.11 16w39a Added vindicators.
16w40a "Johnny" vindicators are now activated by a custom tag in addition to a custom name.
The vindicators' axes are now one of their HandItems, whereas before it was purely a visual effect. This means their attack will now disable shields.
Vindicators have now been heavily buffed - their attack damage on Easy has now been increased from 3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg) to 7 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg), on Normal 5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) to 13 (Heart.svg × 6.5), and on Hard, 7 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) to 19 (Heart.svg × 9.5).
1.13 pre5 The entity ID for vindicators has now been changed from vindication_illager to vindicator.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.14 18w45a Vindicators can now spawn in illager patrols.
Vindicators can now sometimes spawn as a patrol leader in illager patrols.
18w47a Vindicators can now spawn as part of raids.
Vindicators can now break doors.
19w05a Vindicators are hostile towards the new wandering traders.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0 alpha Added vindicators.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.10.0 beta Vindicators are now hostile towards the new wandering traders.
1.11.0 beta Vindicators can now spawn as part of illager patrols and raids.
Vindicators can now spawn as illager captains.
Vindicators no longer attack baby villagers.
beta Vindicators that spawn from raids now have special drops upon death.
Legacy Console Edition
TU54CU441.52Patch 24Patch s4Added vindicators.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.9.19 Added vindicators.


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Vindicator Mobestiary.jpeg
  • According to Jeb, naming a vindicator "Johnny" will cause the vindicator to become hostile towards every mob, except other illagers; a reference to The Shining.[2]