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Armor Stand Minecraft

An armor stand is a utility item in Minecraft that can be used by a player to view wearable products such as Armor, Pumpkins, Elytra, or Heads. They can be framed and set up any way you want, making any kind of sculptures and scenes.

Rarity colorCommon
StackableJE: Yes (16); BE: Yes (64)
Flammable item?Yes
SizeNormal: Width: 0.5 Blocks; Height: 1.975 Blocks , Small: Width: 0.25 Blocks; Height: 0.9875 Blocks
Health points20

How to Get?

Required Materials:

  1. 6 Sticks
  2. 1 Smooth Stone Slab

Stone Slab:

It is one of the many building blocks that you can make. This block is not made with a crafting table but rather with a furnace. It is worth noting that a Stone Brick can only be made with stones and not cobblestones. Stones are made from smelting cobblestones following the recipe below:

Furnace Menu

Cobblestone is, one of the most commonly available blocks and can be mined only with a pickaxe, even a wooden variant will work. Once you have the stone prepared, place three stones in the second row of the crafting table to produce stone slabs.

Crafting Stone Slabs


A stick in Minecraft is an important simple object that is used to build several other items in the game. They are used purely for crafting material since they cannot be placed in the world or utilized on their own. 4 sticks at a time will be produced by the following crafting process:

Crafting Sticks

Open the crafting table:


Open your crafting table to begin crafting an armor stand with the obtained ingredients contained in your inventory. Once you open your crafting table you will have the 3x3 crafting grid similar to the picture below:

Crafting table UI in Minecraft

Place the items on the grid:

It is necessary for the smooth stone slab and sticks to be positioned in the exact pattern as the image below when making an armor stand. There are to be 3 sticks in the first row. In the second row, there should be 1 stick in the middle cell. 1 stick in the first box, 1 smooth stone slab in the second box, and 1 stick in the third box should be in the third row.

Crafting armor stand

Move the armor stand to your inventory:

Now all that’s left is to drag the item to your inventory.

Move the armor stand to your inventory

Usage of Armor Stand

Since the armor stand has no GUI; instead, players will have to directly interact with it. Similar to signs or banners, they may be put in various orientations. They can be propelled by pistons, driven by running water, pulled by fishing rods, and bounced by slime blocks or honey blocks, as armor stands are entities. Armor stands can be further modified using /summon with NBT Tags to have arms, pose, disobey gravity, dual wield and other items. There are thirteen possible poses for an armor stand.


Using armor on the stand positions the armor on a spot. Conversely, the armor is removed and placed in the highlighted hot-bar slot by tapping on the armor with a bare hand. Unless you are playing on Bedrock Edition, it is not possible to take or place items from the hands of the armor stand. Armor, a mob head, or a pumpkin can be automatically placed on armor stands with a dispenser.

Armor stands can be found in maps that extensively use command blocks to manage scoreboard targets that are 'global' to the map, run commands, etc. The pose of the armor stand can be changed in Bedrock Edition by clicking on the pose button, or by using a Redstone signal.


They obey gravity, making it possible for them to fall and land on non-full blocks. When the stand is destroyed, the armor on the stand fall. Armor stands will show all kinds of dyed armor and enchanted ones. When on an armor stand, the effects of most enchanted armor do not affect, but there are three exceptions. Frost Walker creates frosted ice blocks on water if an armor stand is pushed with a piston. Depth Strider slows the movement of the armor stand when being pushed with water. A player may take damage from hitting an armor stand that holds armor enchanted with Thorns.

Armor stands are not broken by cacti, but arrows will crack them. As an item, an armor stand that is destroyed by an explosion or a firework does not break; when struck by the player, the stand wobbles slightly. In Bedrock Edition, armor stands can be affected by status effects. They can be 'killed' by Harming and Decay splash potions, lava, fire, and campfires, and they play the player death sound and fall to their side and disappear, yielding no armor stand item.

How to Show/Hide Arms on an Armor Stand

Open the chat window:


The easiest way to run a command in Minecraft is within the chat window.

Type the command:

/data merge entity @e[type=armor_stand,<selector>] {ShowArms:<value>}

The aforementioned is the syntax that will be used in the command block. The value determines whether arms are displayed on the armor stand. 1=show, 0=hide. While the selector is used to narrow down the entities to one armor stand only.


/data merge entity @e[type=armor_stand,limit=1] {ShowArms:1}

This code will cause one armor stand to show their hands.


Equipping armor stands with certain blocks and items can cause rendering glitches.

Bedrock Edition has a version exclusive armor stand model, which includes posable arms.

Armor stands can only be placed in the middle of a block, but players can move it around a bit using pistons and water.


Can you name armor stands in Minecraft?

Armor stands could be named like any other mob in Minecraft. You should be able to name a name tag, then shift and right-click on PC and the armor stand will have a visible name above it.

How do you summon an armor stand with arms?

You can do this by entering the following command:

/summon armor_stand ~ ~ ~ {ShowArms:1b}

Does armor stand Despawn?

No, but if you are on a server that despawns entities then your armor stand might disappear. Additionally, versions before 1.8 had glitches with armor stands going invisible or glitching into the floor.

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