Mobs in Minecraft
The animals and monsters in minecraft are known as mobs — a bit of gaming jargon that is short for “mobile”. The other jargon used here is spawn, which is the word for when the computer makes something appear.
These are the ones you have to worry about the most! All of them spawn in the dark — either at night-time, or in caves, or in your house if you don’t provide lighting. Skeletons and zombies will burn up in sunlight, but watch out for some of the others even by day!
Skeletons are very common in Minecraft and will shoot at you with arrows. When they see you they will circle to their right to find a good place to shoot you from.
Skeletons will catch fire if they are exposed to direct sunlight, unless they ave a helmet to protect them.
When a skeleton dies, it might drop bones or arrows for you to collect. Occasionally a skeleton will drop a bow; if you’re veery lucky it might be an enchanted one.
Zombies are slow-moving monsters that, like skeletons, will die in the sunlight. If you kill a zombie, you might get some rotten flesh which you can eat if you really must, but it will likely poison you. Rarely, a zombie will drop an item of iron armour.
Occasionally, an army of zombies will besiege a village, looking for tasty villagers to eat.
Creepers are strange creatures that contain explosives. They will blow upif you get too close to them, causing damage to anything near them.
A creeper’s favourite trick is to sneak up behind you silently and explode. The only warning you get is a short hissing sound, like a fuse burning.
Unlike skeletons and zombies, creepers don’t burn up when the sun comes, so keep an eye out for them when you leave your home in the morning. They tend to vanish by about noon, though.
When a creeper dies, it may leave some gunpowder; collect enough of this and you can make TNT and set off some explosions of your own.
There are two kinds of spider. The larger ones spawn anywhere it’s dark, like skeletons, zombies and creepers. The smaller ones, called Cave Spiders, are found only in abandoned mineshafts under ground.
Cave spiders are poisonous, regular spiders are not.
Spiders can climb and jump and get to places that other mobs cannot. In the daylight, spiders will usually not attack you unless you attack them first. Underground or at night they are very aggressive, and they can detect you even through walls and might follow you around. A spider that is following youat night will attack evenin daylight.
When killed, spiders may drop string, which is useful for making bows and fishing lines, or spider eyes, used in making potions.
Endermen are visitors from another dimension called The End, which you will have to visit if you want to win the game. They pick up blocks and move them around, which can be every bit as annoying as it sounds.
Endermen will mind their own business unless you look directly at them (i.e. if you place the white cross in the centre of the screen directly over one). At this point they will stop moving and stare at you until you look away, at which point they will attack. You can avoid conflict by wearing a pumpkin on your head so the Endermen can’t see you looking at them. No, really.
Endermen teleport from place to place whilst attacking you, which makes them hard to fight. They don’t like water, however, and take damage and teleport away when they come into contact with it, so standing in or near water can be helpful when fighting Endermen.
Endermen may drop an Ender Pearl when killed — you’re going to need at least 12 of these, probably more, if you want to get to The End.
Endermites are new mobs that sometimes appear when an Enderman teleports or when you throw an Ender Pearl. Endermites will attack you on sight, and you don’t get anything good if you kill them.
These strange creatures spawn at night in swamp biomes, and also deep underground in certain areas. They hop around and will bump into you if they can. Slimes can swim.
Slimes come in three sizes; Large, small and tiny. The large and small ones cause damage when they hit you, and any size might knock you off a ledge or into lava.
When you attack a large slime it will break into 2–4 small ones. A small slime will break into 2–4 tiny slimes.
Silverfish are a mob found only in Strongholds. They emerge from spawners, or from certain blocks when broken, sometimes in great swarms.
Witches live in huts in swamps, and are very dangerous enemies. They are well-armed with potions which they use to attack you and defend themselves. Stay out of potion-chucking range and shoot them with arrows!
In addition to their huts in swamps, Witches also spawn in the dark like other mobs. And if a Villager is struck by lightning, they will turn in to a Witch too!
TIP: A bucket of milk will remove any harmful effects from a Witch’s potions.</div>
When you venture into The Nether, you will encounter a new set of mobs who live there.
Ocean Monuments are inhabited by dangerous fish-like creatures called Guardians. These underwater mobs will attack you with a kind of laser beam. They also have spikes, which can damage any player who is attacking them.
These Guardians are very aggressive and will attack any players (or squid!) who come near them.
Each Ocean Monument is also guarded by one Elder Guardian. This, more powerful version of the Guardian is bigger. stronger and nastier than the ordinary kind. In addition to the spines and beam attack, it casts a spell called “Mining Fatigue” that makes it harder for you to break blocks.
Another set of mobs you will encounter is the passive mobs. Instead of fearing them, you are more likely to eat them. These animals are described in more detail in the farming guides.
Squid live in water, and despite their fearsome-looking mouths, are harmless. Kill them if you want to get some ink.
Bats can be found in dark places. They are not harmful in any way, but they are very cute. Killing them won’t gain you anything but sadness.
Tameable Mobs (Pets)
A number of mobs are wild animals that can be tamed.
These neutral mobs will not attack you, but will fight back if attacked. They can be tamed and kept as pets if you right-click on them whilst holding a bone (it might take several tries). Tame wolves are just like real dogs; they follow you around, get in the way and beg for food. They will also fight your enemies.
Care and feeding of wolves
A tame wolf will follow you around, unless you right-click it to tell it to sit and stay put. Another right click will tell it to follow you again. You can tell the state of a wolf’s health by looking at its tail. A healthy wolf holds its tail up, and an injured wolf holds its tail down. Heal your wolves by feeding them any kind of meat, cooked or raw, even zombie flesh. Wolves don’t care.
If you feed two tame wolves that are already at full health (tails fully up) then they will come together to make puppies!
Wolves will chase and attack any skeletons that they see. I guess they like the bones.
Ocelots are wild jungle cats that can be tamed by feeding them raw fish.
Once tamed, your pet cats will generally get in the way by climbing on top of beds and chests, but they do scare off creepers.
To tame a cat, head to a jungle biome and find some ocelots. When you get close, they will run away unless you have fish in your hand and move slowly.