Wither Skeleton

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Wither Skeleton
Wither Skeleton.pngWither Skeleton Targeting.png
Health points

20♥ × 10

Behavior

Hostile

Attack strength

Melee:
Easy: 5♥♥♥
Normal: 8♥♥♥♥
Hard: 12♥ × 6
Wither:
1♥ per 2 sec
Wither (status effect) for 10 sec (♥♥)

Size

Height: 2.4 Blocks
Width: 0.7 Blocks

Spawn

Nether fortresses at light level 7 or less
When a wither reaches half health ‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Natural equipment
Internal ID*

JE: 5
BE: 48

Namespaced ID*

wither_skeleton

Wither skeletons are hostile mobs with stone swords found in fortresses.

Spawning[edit]

Wither skeletons spawn in fortresses at a light level of 7 or less, in groups of 5.

Spiders and cave spiders spawned in the Nether have a 0.8% chance of spawning as a wither jockey.‌[BE only]

Wither

On normal or hard difficulties, the wither spawns 4 wither skeletons when below half health.‌[BE only]

Drops[edit]

  • 0 to 2 bones.
  • 13 chance to drop a single coal. With Looting the chance of a wither skeleton not dropping any coal can be found using the formula 2 / (Looting Level + 3). For example, Looting III gives a 13 chance of not dropping any coal.
  • 2.5% chance to drop 1 wither skeleton skull when killed by the player or tamed wolf. Looting increases the chance by 1% per level. Their skull is always dropped if killed by a charged creeper.
  • 8.5% chance of dropping their stone sword, which has a random durability and is unenchanted.
  • They drop 5 when killed by a player or tamed wolf. If it has armor, more 1 to 3 experience is dropped.

Halloween in Java Edition[edit]

Wither Skeletons! Tougher, scarier, witherer.

The Pretty Scary Update promo poster

On Halloween, wither skeletons have a 22.5% chance of spawning wearing a pumpkin and a 2.5% chance of spawning wearing a jack o'lantern.

If a wither skeleton wearing a pumpkin or jack o'lantern is killed using a tool enchanted with Looting, there is a chance equivalent to the level of Looting used to drop the pumpkin or jack o'lantern, a maximum of a 3% chance of a drop.

Behavior[edit]

Wither skeletons wander when idle, but sprint to attack players, snow golems, iron golems, baby turtles and piglins[upcoming: JE 1.16 & BE 1.16] within 16 blocks. When an entity is attacked, it is inflicted with the wither effect for 10 seconds in any difficulty, which turns the health bar black (♥ × 10) and decreases it by 1♥ every 2 seconds, similarly to poison. A wither doesn't attack them.

Depending of regional difficulty, up to 55% of wither skeletons pick up dropped iron, diamond or netherite swords and armor in normal or hard. Although they may, wither skeletons never take bows; if they hold a bow (which can be with /summon wither_skeleton ~ ~ ~ {HandItems:[{id:bow,Count:1b}]}) they shoot flaming arrows even if their bows are unenchanted.

Wither skeletons are immune to regeneration, poison, fire and the wither effect. They still seek for shade and water whereas under sunlight; they sink in water, don't swim and they don't drown. They sprint away from wolves and cannot use crossbows.

Sounds[edit]

The following sounds section uses an outdated format and should be redone using {{Sound table}}.
You can help by converting the contents of this section into a sound table template.
Examples can be seen at Bee#Sounds and Ladder#Sounds.
The wikicode should be laid out neatly as in these examples for improved readability.
Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Wither Skeleton rattles entity.wither_skeleton.ambient subtitles.entity.wither_skeleton.ambient ? ? ? 16
Wither Skeleton dies entity.wither_skeleton.death subtitles.entity.wither_skeleton.death ? ? ? 16
Wither Skeleton hurts entity.wither_skeleton.hurt subtitles.entity.wither_skeleton.hurt ? ? ? 16
Step Sounds entity.wither_skeleton.step (Step sounds) ? ? ? 16

Data values[edit]

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

Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Sniper DuelKill 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.30GBronze

Advancements[edit]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID

Advancement-plain-raw.png

Spooky Scary SkeletonObtain a Wither Skeleton's skullA Terrible FortressHave a wither skeleton skull in your inventory.nether/get_wither_skull

Advancement-plain-raw.png

AdventureAdventure, exploration, and combatKill any entity, or be killed by any entity.adventure/root

Advancement-plain-raw.png

Monster HunterKill any hostile monsterAdventureKill one of these 25 mobs. ‌In Java Edition 1.16, elder guardians, ender dragons, endermites, hoglins, piglins, vexes, withers, and zoglins can also be killed for this advancement. Other mobs may be killed, but are ignored for the advancement.adventure/kill_a_mob

Advancement-fancy-raw.png

Monsters HuntedKill one of every hostile monsterMonster HunterKill each of these 25 mobs. ‌In Java Edition 1.16, elder guardians, ender dragons, endermites, hoglins, piglins, vexes, withers and zoglins are also required for the advancement. Other mobs may be killed, but are ignored for the advancement.adventure/kill_all_mobs

History[edit]

Java Edition
1.4.212w36aWither Skeleton Revision 1.png Added wither skeletons.
12w38bWither skeletons now spawn more frequently.
1.4.4?Wither skeletons can now sprint toward the player.
1.814w11aWither skeletons now run away from creepers that are about to explode.
14w30aWither skeletons now drop their skull when killed by a charged creeper.
Wither Skeleton Revision 2.png The weapon holding position of wither skeletons has now been changed.
1.8.1pre1Wither skeletons no longer run away from creepers that are about to explode.
1.915w31aWither Skeleton Revision 3.png 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.
15w39aWither skeletons are now slightly shorter (2.4 blocks tall rather than 2.535) and narrower (0.7 blocks instead of 0.72).
1.1016w20aAdded wither skeleton spawn eggs, which can be used to spawn wither skeletons.
pre2The wither skeleton spawn egg has now been removed.
1.1116w32aThe wither skeleton spawn egg has now been re-added.
Entity ID has now been changed changed from Skeleton to wither_skeleton, SkeletonType tag is removed.
The wither skeleton's in-game name is now "Wither Skeleton" instead of "Skeleton".
16w39aWither skeletons now have their own sounds.
1.1318w19aWither skeletons now sink underwater.
Wither skeletons no longer drown underwater.
1.1418w43aWither Skeleton.png The texture of wither skeletons has now been changed.
Wither skeletons are now immune to the wither effect.
September 28, 2019Announced piglins, which attack wither skeletons.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1620w07aAdded Piglins which attack Wither Skeletons.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.1build 1Wither Skeleton Revision 1.png Added wither skeletons.
build 9Wither skeletons are now larger than regular skeletons.
build 12Added new sounds for dying wither skeletons.
0.15.0build 1Wither Skeleton Revision 3.png Wither skeletons now lower their arms when idle and swing their arms when damaging something.
Added wither skeleton spawn eggs, which can be used to spawn wither skeletons.
0.16.0build 4Wither skeletons now spawn when a wither's health reaches 50%.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0The entity ID has now been changed from skeleton.wither to wither_skeleton.
Bedrock Edition
?Wither skeletons no longer spawn with gear (or enchanted gear).
1.5.0beta 1.5.0.0Wither skeletons now sink in water, and don't drown.
beta 1.5.0.4Wither skeletons now seek and attack baby turtles.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Wither Skeleton.png The texture of wither skeletons has now been changed.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.51Wither skeletons now have ability to pick up items.
Added Piglins which attack Wither Skeletons.
Legacy Console Edition
TU19CU71.12Patch 1-Wither Skeleton Revision 1.png Added wither skeletons.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Wither skeletons now drop their skull when killed by a charged creeper.
TU46CU261.47Patch 14Wither Skeleton Revision 3.png Wither skeletons now lower their arms when idle and swing their arms when damaging something.
TU54CU441.52Patch 241.0.4Added wither skeleton spawn eggs, which can be used to spawn wither skeletons.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Wither Skeleton.png The texture of wither skeletons has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Wither Skeleton Revision 1.png Added wither skeletons.

Issues[edit]

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