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Vindicator attacking.png
Health points

24 (Heart.svg × 12)

Attack strength

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


Height: 1.95 Blocks
Width: 0.6 Blocks


Woodland Mansion

Common drops
Natural equipment

Iron Axe



Internal ID

JE: 36
BE: 57

Entity ID

JE: vindication_illager
BE: vindicator

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

Vindicators are hostile mobs. They are one of the three types of illagers, which are offshoot villagers – the other two being the illusioner and the evoker.

Spawning[edit | edit source]

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Vindicators spawn during the generation of woodland 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 will spawn with an enchanted iron axe. This depends on the difficulty set. The chances go up as the difficulty goes up.

Drops[edit | edit source]

Vindicators only drop loot when killed by a player. They will drop 0–1 emeralds, with the maximum increasing by 1 for every level of Looting. They also have a 8.5% chance of dropping their axe which increases by 1 percentage point per level of Looting.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

A vindicator chasing a villager.

Vindicators are hostile towards players and villagers. They will try to attack them, raising their main hand and wielding an iron axe. When in pursuit of their target they will sprint toward them. 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.

If a vindicator is named Johnny or has its Johnny tag set to 1b, it will be hostile to any kind of mob, except for evokers, ghasts, illusioners and other vindicators. It will even be hostile to vexes. All mobs, except for guardians, slimes and magma cubes, will try to attack the vindicator in return. The 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.

Data values[edit | edit source]

See also: Chunk format

Vindicators have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob. Their entity ID is vindication_illager.

Advancements[edit | edit source]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
AdventureAdventure, exploration, and combatKill any entity, or be killed by any entity.minecraft:adventure/root
Monster HunterKill any hostile monsterAdventureKill one of these 22 mobs. Other mobs are ignored for this advancement.minecraft:adventure/kill_a_mob
Monsters HuntedKill one of every hostile monsterMonster HunterKill each of these 22 mobs. Other mobs may be killed, but are ignored for the advancement.minecraft:adventure/kill_all_mobs

History[edit | edit source]

Official release
1.11 16w39a Vindicators added.
16w40a "Johnny" vindicators are now activated by a custom tag in addition to a custom name.
Their axe is now one of their HandItems, whereas before it was purely a visual effect. This means their attack now disables shields.
Vindicators have been heavily buffed - their attack damage on Easy has 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.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg), and on Hard, 7 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) to 19 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg).
Pocket Edition
1.1 build 1 Added vindicators.
Legacy Console Edition
TU54CU441.52Patch 24Patch 4Added vindicators.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Vindicator” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • According to Jeb, naming a vindicator "Johnny" would kill everything that it saw; a reference to The Shining.[2]

References[edit | edit source]