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Here's Johnny!

Marsh Davies[1]

Vindicators are dangerous illager mobs that spawn in mansions, illager patrols, and raids. They are equipped with iron axes and do the second-highest damage of all the non-boss mobs, first being the Iron Golem and third being the Ravager.


Woodland mansions[edit]

Vindicators spawn during the generation of mansions, in particular rooms. Some rooms will contain 1, others will contain 3, some can rarely spawn in the corridors and some will contain 2 accompanied by an evoker. They will not respawn after their initial spawn. 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.

In Bedrock Edition, Illager patrols 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.


Vindicators are able to spawn as part of raids. They appear less frequently during earlier waves and at easier difficulties but are more common in later waves and at higher difficulties.


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

In Bedrock Edition, if vindicators spawn from raids can drops:

And an additionally drop depend on difficulty, 65% chance of dropping on easy and normal, while 80% chance of dropping on hard
They can drop one of these;


  • Iron equipment from raider drops has 50% chance of being enchanted with random enchantment.
  • Iron equipment from raider drops will be badly damaged.
  • These drop also affected by Looting enchantment.
  • Emerald is both a regular raider drop and an additional raider drop.
    • With Looting III enchantment, a vindicator spawn from raid can drop up to 16 emeralds upon death, but the chance is 3.328% on easy or normal, and 4.096% on hard.
  • It is possible for a vindicator spawn from raid to drop both its naturally-spawned iron axe and a second iron axe from its additional raid drops (In easy and normal difficulty 0.3536% chance, 0.3952% chance with Looting I, 0.4368% chance with Looting II, and 0.4784% chance with Looting III)(while in hard difficulty 0.4352% chance, 0.4864% chance with Looting I, 0.5376% chance with Looting II, and 0.5888% chance with Looting III).


A vindicator chasing a villager.

Vindicators are hostile towards players, iron golems, villagers or adult villagers‌[Bedrock Edition only],wandering traders and snow golems[Bedrock Edition only]. 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.

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[BE only], ghasts, and other vindicators. It will even be hostile to vexes and ravagers[Java Edition only]. 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]

During raids, vindicators can break doors. If raiding vindicators killed all the villagers in the village or the beds were destroyed, vindicators will celebrate their victory by laughing and raising their arms.

Vindicators are able to spawn reinforcements if one of them was attacked by an invisible player or visible mob that they don't naturally attack and there weren't any villagers or iron golems or visible players.

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 25 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 25 mobs. Other mobs may be killed, but are ignored for the advancement.minecraft:adventure/kill_all_mobs


Java Edition
1.1116w39aAdded 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).
1.13pre5The entity ID for vindicators has now been changed from vindication_illager to vindicator.
1.1418w45aVindicators can now spawn in illager patrols.
Vindicators can now sometimes spawn as a patrol leader in illager patrols.
18w47aVindicators can now spawn as part of raids.
Vindicators can now break doors.
19w05aVindicators are hostile towards the new wandering traders.
19w13aIf raiding vindicators killed all the villagers in the village or the beds were destroyed, vindicators will celebrate their victory by laughing and raising their arms.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha vindicators.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta are now hostile towards the new wandering traders.
1.11.0beta can now spawn as part of illager patrols and raids.
Vindicators can now spawn as raid captains.
Vindicators no longer attack baby villagers.
beta that spawn from raids now have special drops upon death.
beta can now break wooden doors.
Legacy Console Edition
TU54CU441.52Patch 24Patch s4Added vindicators.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.9.19Added vindicators.


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  • 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]