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Zombie Pigman

Now known as Zombified Piglins, these mobs were one of the first neutral mobs introduced into Minecraft. They are rather unsettling with aggressive oinks and golden swords. Leave them be and the entire group of pigmen will leave you alone. Commonly found in the nether, these mobs can be very dangerous in big groups.

Pigman in Minecraft

Where do they Spawn?

Zombified piglins will spawn in the nether and can be seen in the overworld if they travel too close to a player’s portal. They spawn in nether wastes and crimson forests. They do not spawn on nether wart blocks or shroomlight to ensure that players can grow crimson fungus without causing them to spawn in the overworld.

A regular piglin that wanders into the overworld will shudder and eventually transform into a zombified piglin. This makes sure the player has to enter the nether in order to successfully barter with piglins.

Spawning a Zombie pigman

A piglin does not last long in the overworld and after fifteen seconds will transform into a zombified piglin.

Appearance and Behavior

Zombified piglins look like piglins, but much more decayed. Their skin has begun to fall off, exposing bone, and their clothes have become tattered and their rotting pigskin is showing.

Zombie pigman


They are immune to the harsh environmental hazards of the nether and do not take lava or fire damage. Zombified Piglins are neutral mobs, when a player aggros one zombified piglin every zombified piglin in the area will attack the player. They are much more similar to zombies now as they will bang on wooden doors and in hard mode succeed in breaking the door down.

They are undead mobs so they will take damage from instant health effects and be healed by instant damage effects. They are unaffected by regeneration and poison, and they ignore wither damage. Because they are undead mobs they will take more damage from the Smite enchantment.

How to turn a Pig into a Zombie Pigman

A pig struck by lightning will turn into a zombified piglin. This can happen naturally during thunderstorms or you can use a Channeling trident to strike a pig with lightning.

Turning Pig into a Zombie Pigman

The damage from the trident and thunderbolt is normally enough to kill a pig, but due to the mechanics of the game. The pig transforms into a zombified piglin and does not drop anything.

How to Cure a Zombie Pigman

Zombified piglins are not curable. You cannot feed them any golden apples, and they are not affected by regeneration. Once a piglin or pig turns into a zombified piglin there is no saving them.


Are Zombie Pigmen Gone?

The name for zombie pigmen has simply changed to zombified piglins. This is to ensure no confusion between a zombified piglin and a regular piglin. The name zombie pigman is gone in Minecraft and in its place is the zombified piglin which behaves exactly as a zombie pigman used to.

Will Zombie Pigmen Forgive?


Zombified piglins will attack a player that aggroed them for anywhere between 20 seconds to 27 minutes. Breaking line of sight and waiting this time period will cause any hostile zombified piglin to return to its neutral state. You can attack them without fear of them constantly aggroing to you as long as you wait long enough.

Why were Zombie Pigman Removed?

When Minecraft added piglins, there was a discrepancy between the names of zombie pigman and piglins. The zombie pigman was not removed, simply renamed.

Can you Befriend a Zombie Pigman?

Zombified piglins are not capable of being tamed or bartered with. There is no way to befriend a zombified piglin, only return them to their neutral state.

Can Piglins drop Netherite?

In past editions of Minecraft, bartering with a piglin had a chance of dropping netherite hoes. This has since been removed from their bartering table and they cannot drop netherite of any kind in exchange for gold ingots.

Are Piglins replacing Pigmen?

Piglins have replaced pigmen entirely. Pigmen was the name of an unused entity in previous builds of Minecraft as the zombie counterpart already existed. They planned on adding the pigman eventually and they did so with piglins.

How do you turn a Zombie Pigman back into a Pig?

You cannot turn a zombified piglin back into a pig. There are two ways for zombified piglins to spawn and this quirk prevents a logical solution to curing zombified piglins. Would they revert to piglins or pigs? Instead the game simply does not allow it.

Why do Piglins turn into Zombified Piglins?


In a lore sense, the piglin traveled across dimensions and probably prefers its fiery wasteland as a hospitable land. Therefore, the overworld becomes dangerous for a piglin to survive in and cannot do so in the overworld. From a game sense perspective, it is to prevent players from having easy access to bartering in the overworld.

Did you Know?

The death of a Zombified Piglin will always register as a kill from the player they were targeting, regardless of if that player ever touched a zombified piglin.

During Halloween, zombified piglins have a chance to spawn with a pumpkin or jack o’lantern on their heads.

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