Height: 2.4 Blocks
|“||Wither Skeletons! Tougher, scarier, witherer.||„|
|—The Pretty Scary Update promo poster|
Wither skeletons spawn in Nether fortresses at a light level of 7 or less. They spawn in groups containing up to five mobs.
A wither skeleton spawn egg can be found in the Creative inventory. This egg spawns only wither skeletons.
Wither skeletons drop:
- They have 2.5% chance of dropping a
Wither Skeleton Skull when killed by the player, and Looting increases the chance by 1 percentage point per level (up to 5.5% chance of a drop with Looting III).
- If the wither skeleton is killed by a charged creeper's explosion, they will always drop their skull.
- 8.5% chance of dropping their stone sword, which will have a random durabillity, and will be always non-enchanted[Legacy Console and Java editions only](may be enchanted[Bedrock Edition only] ).
- They may spawn with armor in normal or hard, which they have 8.5% chance to drop.[Bedrock Edition only]
- They drop 5 experience when killed by a player or tamed wolf.
If a wither skeleton wearing a pumpkin or jack o'lantern is killed using a tool enchanted with Looting, there will be a chance equivalent to the level of Looting used to drop the pumpkin or jack o'lantern, up to a maximum of a 3% chance of a drop.
Wither skeletons walk aimlessy when idle, but will sprint at the player's walking speed when attacking, with their stone sword. When the player is attacked by a wither skeleton, they are inflicted with the
Wither I effect for 10 seconds, which turns the health bar black () and decreases the health by 1 () every 2 seconds. Wither skeletons deal 5 () on Easy, 8 () on Normal and 12 () on Hard. Like other undead mobs, wither skeletons may spawn with the ability to pick up dropped melee weapons and armor.
Like most Nether mobs, wither skeletons are immune to fire damage, and thus are not affected by fire blocks or lava. Wither skeletons are undead mobs, causing Wither bosses to not attempt to attack them. Their immunity to fire prevents them from burning in sunlight if transported through a nether portal or manually spawned in the Overworld, but they will still seek shade and water.
Wither skeletons have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob. Their entity ID is
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Actual requirements (if different)||Availability||Xbox points earned||Trophy type (PS)|
||Sniper Duel||Kill a skeleton with an arrow from more than 50 meters||Use a launched arrow to kill a skeleton, wither skeleton, or a stray from 50 or more blocks away, horizontally.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||30G||Silver|
|Icon||Advancement||In-game description||Parent||Actual requirements (if different)||Internal ID|
|Spooky Scary Skeleton||Obtain a wither skeleton's skull||A Terrible Fortress||Get a wither skeleton skull in your inventory.|
|Adventure||Adventure, exploration, and combat||—||Kill any entity, or be killed by any entity.|
|Monster Hunter||Kill any hostile monster||Adventure||Kill one of these 24 mobs (2 added in 1.13[upcoming]). Other mobs are ignored for this advancement.|
|Monsters Hunted||Kill one of every hostile monster||Monster Hunter||Kill each of these 24 mobs (2 added in 1.13[upcoming]). Other mobs may be killed, but are ignored for the advancement.|
|Sniper duel||Kill a skeleton with an arrow from more than 50 meters||Take Aim||Use a launched arrow to kill a skeleton from 50 or more blocks away, horizontally.|
|1.4.2||12w36a||Added wither skeletons.|
|12w38b||Wither skeletons spawn more frequently.|
|1.4.4||Wither skeletons can sprint towards the player.|
|1.8||14w11a||Now run away from creepers that are about to explode.|
|14w30a||Drops skull when killed by a charged creeper.|
|1.8.1||1.8.1-pre1||No longer runs away from creepers that are about to explode.|
|1.9||15w31a||Wither skeletons now lower their arms when idle and swing their arms when damaging something.|
|Wither skeletons now sometimes spawn with their left hand as their main hand.|
|Wither skeletons now have the ability to hold items in both of their hands.|
|15w39a||Wither skeletons are slightly shorter (2.4 blocks tall rather than 2.535) and narrower (0.7 blocks instead of 0.72).|
|1.10||16w20a||Added wither skeleton spawn egg.|
|1.10-pre2||Removed wither skeleton spawn egg.|
|1.11||16w32a||Re-added wither skeleton spawn egg.|
|Entity ID is changed from |
|Their in-game name is now "Wither Skeleton" instead of "Skeleton".|
|16w39a||Wither skeletons now have their own sounds.|
|Upcoming Java Edition|
|1.13||18w19a||Wither skeletons now sink underwater.|
|Wither skeletons no longer drown underwater.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.12.1||build 1||Added wither skeletons.|
|build 9||Wither skeletons are now larger than regular skeletons.|
|build 12||New sounds for dying wither skeletons.|
|0.15.0||build 1||Wither skeletons now lower their arms when idle and swing their arms when damaging something.|
|Added wither skeleton spawn egg.|
|0.16.0||build 4||Wither skeletons now spawn when a wither's health reaches 50%|
|1.1||build 1||The entity ID is changed from |
|Upcoming Bedrock Edition|
|1.4||build 10||Now Sink Underwater.|
|Wither Skeleton now can breath underwater.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU19||CU7||1.12||Patch 1||Added wither skeletons.|
|TU31||CU19||1.22||Patch 3||Drops skull when killed by a charged creeper.|
Issues relating to "Wither Skeleton" are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.
- If hit by a wither's skull, wither skeletons can be afflicted with the Wither effect.
- Spiders spawned in the nether (via spawn egg, monster spawner, etc.), have a 0.8% chance of spawning as a Wither Jockey.[Bedrock Edition only]
- Although they may spawn with the ability to pick up items, wither skeletons will never pick up a bow under any circumstances.
- If a wither skeleton is wielding a bow (through the use of commands), it will use it like an ordinary skeleton, but the arrows it shoots will always be set on fire, regardless of enchantments.
- If a normal skeleton enters through a Nether portal and gets teleported to the Nether, it will turn into a wither skeleton, this is the only way to manually spawn a wither skeleton in survival.
A wither skeleton in the Overworld, with a normal skeleton burning behind it