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Minecraft Mobs

Mobs refer to all living beings in Minecraft that can communicate with players or other mobs and are impacted by physics. These can be categorized according to their behavior into passive, neutral, and hostile mobs. Apart from these, there are some mobs can be only spawned with a command, and some exclusively added as a joke for April Fools' Day. Each kind of mob in Minecraft has a certain AI system with various behaviors and dynamics and while most mobs are affected by the environment in the same ways as the player, some mobs may be resistant or immune to certain hazards.

Minecraft Mobs

Mobs are living beings that can communicate with players or other mobs and are impacted by physics. By falling, being attacked by a player or another mob, falling into the void, etc., all mobs can be affected, and some of them can also drown or catch fire.

Types of Mobs in Minecraft

Mobs can be categorized into three types of behavior: passive, neutral, and hostile. In reaction to certain conditions, some mobs may change their behavior, like pandas when they are threatened. When killed, mobs usually drop items and experience points, with aggressive and "boss" mobs preferring to drop rarer and higher-quality items, as well as slightly more experience.

Passive Mobs

Passive Mobs

Passive mobs are harmless and will usually escape if attacked. They provide players with useful items if the proper tool is used (eg. shears to collect wool). Some mobs become passive only after they are tamed such as utility mobs. Some of these can also protect a player from hostile mobs. They have the ability to breed, so baby animals will frequent the area.

SheepTropical fish
BatWandering trader
MooshroomSkeleton horse

Neutral Mobs:

Only when provoked would neutral mobs target a player. They do not attack the player and otherwise have distinct actions under normal circumstances. They even target other mobs. Untamed wolves, for instance, can attack any rabbits, sheep, baby turtles, and skeletons nearby. Many neutral mobs become hostile only when attacked first, but other neutral mobs have other ways of being provoked. Some may be naturally hostile with provocation.

Polar bearIron golem
Trader llamaSpider
LlamaCave Spider
WolfZombie Pigman

Hostile mobs:

Hostile Mobs

In Minecraft, hostile mobs are unsafe and vicious and will attack you within a certain range, normally 16 blocks. Some mobs are, however, able to spot you from 100 blocks away. Flying mobs will spawn overhead, like a Minecraft phantom, and try to swoop down and attack you.

VindicatorMagma Cube
Chicken JockeySpider Jockey
GuardianZombie Villager
Elder GuardianDrowned
ShulkerWither Skeleton
Skeleton HorsemanWitch

Other mobs:

Boss mob:

A boss mob is a special form of hostile, like the ender dragon and the Minecraft wither, which has a greater range of detection and even more health. They are confronted intentionally by players, rather than spawning randomly and targeting you. They also have a boss bar featuring their name and health. Boss mobs provide unique challenges but also equivalent rewards.

  1. Ender Dragon
  2. Wither

Unused mobs:

Unused Mobs

Some mobs do not spawn naturally and can be only spawned with the /summon command.

  1. Giant ‌(JE only)
  2. Zombie Horse
  3. The Killer Bunny‌ (JE only)
  4. Illusioner‌ (JE only)
  5. Old Villager ‌(BE only)
  6. Old Zombie Villager ‌(BE only)

Joke mob:

Mobs that were added as a joke for April Fools' Day in Java Edition.

HorseDiamond Chicken
PonyNerd Creeper
Pink WitherRedstone Bug

Behavior of Mobs in Minecraft

Mobs are affected by the environment in the same ways as the player: they are subject to physics, and they can be hurt by the same things that harm the player. Some mobs may be resistant or immune to certain hazards, such as Nether mobs, which are immune to fire, and aquatic mobs immune to drowning.

After being attacked, passive mobs scatter in random directions, while hostile mobs face and chase and attack the player as soon as the player gets close. Neutral mobs remain neutral until a player or mob provokes it, at which stage the neutral mob becomes hostile to the party that strikes it and threatens it.

Mobs can ride minecarts, and ladders may scramble up other mobs. They turn to dust when mobs are killed, and drop objects that could be valuable tools. In Minecraft, each kind of mob has a certain AI system with various behaviors and dynamics. If there is a player nearby, mobs normally move around at random and generally avoid walking off blocks high enough to inflict fall damage. Many mobs within 16 blocks of them are mindful of players, but others can see further. In contrast, players can hear mobs up to 16 blocks away.


  1. Renaming a mob "Dinnerbone" or "Grumm" using a spawn egg or name tag causes it to flip upside down.

  1. Renaming a sheep "jeb_" makes its wool change color with a smooth transition between colors. Note that the sheep named "jeb_" drops only the color of wool it had when named.

  1. Renaming a vindicator "Johnny" makes it attack all nearby mobs, except other illagers.

  1. Spiders, cave spiders, slimes, silverfish, and illusioners are some of the few mobs that can see players behind walls.

  1. Cats and villagers can see players with the invisibility effect.


Q. Which is the rarest mob in Minecraft?

The rarest mob is a baby husk with equipment and armor riding a brown panda, which has a one in 3.472 trillion chance of spawning.

Q. Which is the most powerful mob in Minecraft?

The two boss mobs: Ender Dragon and Wither have a tie for the most powerful mob. The reason being the fact that the Wither has greater health points than the Ender Dragon but less attack strength. The difference in each of these aspects levels out the race for the most powerful mob.

Q. What is the smallest mob in Minecraft?

Baby turtles are the smallest mob that can be found in all of Minecraft. Once a turtle grows up, they become substantially larger, but while they are babies, they are tiny.

Q. What is the largest mob in Minecraft?

The Ender Dragon is, without question, the largest mob in Minecraft.

Q. Who is stronger wither or Ender Dragon?

Withers have the greatest natural health of all vanilla mobs in Minecraft, making it brawnier than even the ender dragon. The wither, however, is slower and deals less damage than the ender dragon.

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