Wither Skeleton

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Wither Skeleton
Wither Skeleton.png
Health points

20 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

Attack strength

Easy: 5 (Withered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Half Heart.svg)
Normal: 8 (Withered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svg)
Hard: 12 (Withered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svg)

Size

Height: 2.4 Blocks
Width: 0.7 Blocks

Spawn

Nether fortresses at light level 7 or less

First appearances

See History

Common drops
Rare drops
Natural equipment
Experience

5

Internal ID

JE: 5
BE: 48

Entity ID

wither_skeleton

Wither Skeletons! Tougher, scarier, witherer.
The Pretty Scary Update promo poster

Wither skeletons are dangerous hostile mobs that spawn in Nether fortresses.

Spawning[edit | edit source]

Wither skeletons spawn in Nether fortresses at a light level of 7 or less. They spawn in groups containing up to five mobs.

Spawning is not limited to the Nether fortresses.[Legacy Console Edition only][1]

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.

Wither[edit | edit source]

On Normal difficulty or harder, the wither will spawn 3–4 wither skeletons when below half health.[Bedrock Edition only]

Spawn eggs[edit | edit source]

A wither skeleton spawn egg can be found in the Creative inventory. This egg spawns only wither skeletons.

Drops[edit | edit source]

Wither skeletons drop:

  • 0–2
    Bone
    s
  • 0-1
    Coal
  • 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 op 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.

Halloween[edit | edit source]

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.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Wither skeletons walk slowly when idle, but will sprint at the player's walking speed when attacking. They attack with a 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 (Withered Half Heart.svg) every 2 seconds. Wither skeletons deal 4 (Withered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svg) on Easy, 7 (Withered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Half Heart.svg) on Normal and 10 (Withered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svgWithered Heart.svg) on Hard.

Like other undead mobs, wither skeletons may spawn with the ability to pick up dropped melee weapons and armor.

Immunities[edit | edit source]

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.

Data values[edit | edit source]

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

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo

Sniper DuelKill a skeleton with an arrow from more than 50 metersUse a launched arrow to kill a skeleton, wither skeleton, or a stray from 50 or more blocks away, horizontally.YesYesYesYes30GSilver

Advancements[edit | edit source]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-plain-raw.png
Spooky Scary SkeletonObtain a wither skeleton's skullA Terrible FortressGet a wither skeleton skull in your inventory.minecraft:nether/get_wither_skull
Advancement-plain-raw.png
AdventureAdventure, exploration, and combatKill any entity, or be killed by any entity.minecraft:adventure/root
Advancement-plain-raw.png
Monster HunterKill any hostile monsterAdventureKill one of these 22 mobs. Other mobs are ignored for this advancement.minecraft:adventure/kill_a_mob
Advancement-fancy-raw.png
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
Advancement-fancy-raw.png
Sniper duelKill a skeleton with an arrow from more than 50 metersTake AimUse a launched arrow to kill a skeleton from 50 or more blocks away, horizontally.minecraft:adventure/sniper_duel

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Official release
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 Skeleton to wither_skeleton, SkeletonType tag is removed.
Their in-game name is now "Wither Skeleton" instead of "Skeleton".
16w39a Wither skeletons now have their own sounds.
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%
Pocket Edition
1.1 build 1 The entity ID is changed from skeleton.wither to wither_skeleton.
Legacy Console Edition
TU19CU71.12Patch 1Added wither skeletons.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Drops skull when killed by a charged creeper.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]