Wither Skeleton

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This article is about the skeleton variant. For the boss, see Wither.
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 (♥♥♥)

Hitbox size

In Java Edition:
Height: 2.4 Blocks
Width: 0.7 Blocks

In Bedrock Edition:
Height: 2.412 Blocks
Width: 0.864 Blocks

Spawn

Nether Fortress
When a wither reaches half health ‌[BE only]

Natural equipment

Wither skeletons are hostile mobs and variants of Skeletons with stone swords found in nether fortresses.

Spawning[edit]

Wither skeletons spawn in fortresses in the Nether at a light level of 7 or less, in groups of 4. Unlike any other mob, they can also spawn on wither roses in fortresses.

Halloween[edit]

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This feature is exclusive to Java Edition.

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

Withers[edit]

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This feature is exclusive to Bedrock Edition.

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

Jockeys[edit]

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This feature is exclusive to Bedrock Edition.

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

Drops[edit]

  • 0 to 2 bones. The maximum drop is increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 0-5 bones with Looting III.
  • 13 chance to drop a single coal. Each level of Looting increases the maximum drop by 1, so that Looting I drops 0-2 coal with an average of 0.67 coal per kill, Looting II drops 0-3 coal with an average of 1.11 coal per kill, and Looting III drops 0-4 coal with an average of 1.58 coal per kill.
  • 2.5% chance to drop a wither skeleton skull when killed by a player or tamed wolf. Looting increases the chance by 1% per level, for a maximum of 5.5% chance with Looting III. 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. This chance increases by 1% per level of Looting, for a maximum of 11.5% chance with Looting III.
  • They drop 5 when killed by a player or tamed wolf. If it has armor, an additional 1 to 3 experience is dropped per piece.

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, piglins, and piglin brutes. They also run from wolves. When an entity is attacked by a Wither Skeleton, 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, except that it can kill.

In normal or hard difficulties, some Wither Skeletons may have the capacity to pick up dropped gear. The chance depends on regional difficulty, with up to 55% of them equipping dropped iron, diamond or netherite swords and any armor. Although they may hold them, Wither Skeletons never take bows; if they hold a bow (which can be done with /summon wither_skeleton ~ ~ ~ {HandItems:[{id:bow,Count:1b}]}) they shoot flaming arrows even if their bows are unenchanted. They cannot use crossbows.

Wither Skeletons are immune to regeneration, poison, fire, and the Wither effect. Despite their immunity to fire, they still seek shade or water during daylight if they are in the Overworld. They sink in water, do not swim and do not drown like other Undead Mobs. They are healed by instant damage and harmed by instant health effects. The Wither does not attack Wither Skeletons.

Sounds[edit]

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Wither Skeleton rattles??entity.wither_skeleton.ambientsubtitles.entity.wither_skeleton.ambient??16
Wither Skeleton dies??entity.wither_skeleton.deathsubtitles.entity.wither_skeleton.death??16
Wither Skeleton hurts??entity.wither_skeleton.hurtsubtitles.entity.wither_skeleton.hurt??16
Footsteps??entity.wither_skeleton.step{{{1}}}??16

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDEntity tags (JE)Translation key
Wither Skeletonwither_skeleton skeletonsentity.minecraft.wither_skeleton

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Wither Skeletonwither_skeleton 48entity.wither_skeleton.name

Entity data[edit]

See also: Chunk format

Wither skeleton have entity data associated with them that contains various properties. The wither skeleton is taller than the skeleton.

Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
Sniper Duel.pngSniper 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 Skeleton
Obtain a Wither Skeleton's skullA Terrible FortressHave a wither skeleton skull in your inventory.nether/get_wither_skull

Advancement-plain-raw.png

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

Advancement-plain-raw.png

Monster Hunter
Kill any hostile monsterAdventureKill one of these 34 mobs. Other mobs, if any, may be killed, but are ignored for this advancement.adventure/kill_a_mob

Advancement-fancy-raw.png

Monsters Hunted
Kill one of every hostile monsterMonster HunterKill each of these 34 mobs. Other mobs, if any, may be killed, but are ignored for this advancement.adventure/kill_all_mobs

Advancement-fancy-raw.png

Sniper Duel
Kill a Skeleton from at least 50 meters awayTake AimKill a skeleton with a projectile while being at least 50 blocks away horizontally.adventure/sniper_duel

History[edit]

Java Edition
1.4.212w36aWither Skeleton Revision 1.png Added wither skeletons.
12w38bWither skeletons now spawn more frequently.
1.4.41.4.3Wither 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 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 (11% of times) 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, used to spawn wither skeletons.
pre2The wither skeleton spawn egg has been removed.
1.1116w32aThe wither skeleton spawn egg has been re-added.
The entity ID has 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 been changed.
Wither skeletons are now immune to the wither effect.
September 28, 2019Announced piglins, which attack wither skeletons.
1.1620w07aAdded piglins, which attack wither skeletons.
20w21aWither skeletons are now the only mobs that can spawn on wither roses.
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, 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 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.
Wither skeletons no longer drown underwater.
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 been changed.
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.51Wither skeletons now have ability to pick up items.
Added piglins, which attack wither skeletons.
Legacy Console Edition
TU19CU7 1.12 Patch 11.0.1Wither Skeleton Revision 1.png Added wither skeletons.
TU31CU19 1.22 Patch 3Wither skeletons now drop their skull when killed by a charged creeper.
TU46CU36 1.38 Patch 15Wither Skeleton Revision 3.png Wither skeletons now lower their arms when idle and swing their arms when damaging something.
TU54CU44 1.52 Patch 241.0.4Added wither skeleton spawn eggs, used to spawn wither skeletons.
TU57CU49 1.56 Patch 271.0.7Wither skeletons no longer fear daylight and attack anything that lives.
TU60CU51 1.64 Patch 301.0.11Wither skeletons now spawn when a wither's health reaches 50%.
TU69 1.76 Patch 38Wither skeletons now sink in water.
Wither skeletons no longer drown underwater.
1.90 Wither Skeleton.png The texture of wither skeletons has been changed.
1.91 Wither skeletons now have the same sounds as in Java Edition.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Wither Skeleton Revision 1.png Added wither skeletons.

Issues[edit]

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