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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.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


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

Vindicators are hostile illager mobs that spawn in woodland mansions. They are equipped with iron axes.


Natural generation[edit]

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


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


A vindicator chasing a villager.

Vindicators are hostile towards players, iron golems and villagers. 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.

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 any kind of mob, except for evokers, ghasts, illusioners and other vindicators. It will even be hostile to vexes. All mobs, except for endermites, phantoms, 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.

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]

See also: Chunk format

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


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. minecraft:adventure/root
Monster Hunter Kill any hostile monster Adventure Kill one of these 24 mobs. Other mobs are ignored for this advancement. minecraft:adventure/kill_a_mob
Monsters Hunted Kill one of every hostile monster Monster Hunter Kill each of these 24 mobs. Other mobs may be killed, but are ignored for the advancement. minecraft:adventure/kill_all_mobs


Java Edition
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).
1.13 pre5 The entity ID is changed from vindication_illager to vindicator.
Pocket Edition
1.1 build 1 Added vindicators.
Legacy Console Edition
TU54 CU44 1.52 Patch 24 Patch 4 Added vindicators.


Issues relating to "Vindicator" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • According to Jeb, naming a vindicator "Johnny" would be hostile to every mob, except other illagers; a reference to The Shining.[2]


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