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.

    Hostile Mobs

    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.

    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.

    gumby in water

    "I would put a tax on all people who keep moving my blocks around"

    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.


    These strange creatures spawn only underground, and only in certain areas. Some players complain they have never seen one, others are besieged. Slimes come in 3 sizes and when you kill a large slime, it can split into several smaller ones.

    Killing a small slime might yield a slimeball, which is used to make sticky pistons, and in brewing potions.


    Silverfish are a mob found only in Strongholds. They emerge from spawners, or from certain blocks when broken, sometimes in great swarms.

    Nether Mobs

    When you venture into The Nether, you will encounter a new set of mobs who live there.

    passive mobsPassive Mobs

    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.

    Other Mobs


    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!min

    Minecraft OcelotOcelots

    Ocelots are wild jungle cats that can be tamed by feeding them raw fish. Tame cats will generally get in the way by climbing on top of chests and beds, but they do scare off creepers.


    As with wolves, feeding tame cats will get them to have kittens. Awww, cute!

    Minecraft VillagersVillagers

    If you find a village when you are exploring, it will likely be inhabited by these guys. You can trade with the villagers; they buy raw materials, sell finished goods and perform services.

    Minecraft Iron GolemIron Golems

    Iron golems are constructed by villagers to protect the village. You can also build them yourself, from iron blocks and a pumpkin.

    Don't pick a fight with an iron golem: you'll probably regret it!


    snow golemSnow Golems

    You can create a snow golem by placing two snow blocks on top of one another, and placing a pumpkin on top of that.

    The snow golem will help you fight your enemies. (To create snow blocks, collect snowballs by breaking snow on the ground with a shovel, and combine them to make blocks).

    Where Do Mobs Come From?

    Random Spawning

    Hostile mobs (Skeletons, Zombies, Creepers, Endermen and Spiders) spawn at random in dark places (where the light-level is 7 or less) and there is a suitable surface (not glass, water or certain other blocks). This can happen at any time.

    Passive mobs will only spawn on grass, in reasonably well-lit conditions. This happens at the time you first explore a particular area, and only rarely after that. This means that if you kill all the animals in an area, you will probably have to go elsewhere to find more.

    Mob Spawners

    In addition to randomly-spawned mobs, certain places you visit might contain blocks called mob spawners.

    mob spawners

    These blocks spawn monsters of a particular type every 25 seconds or so, when the player is nearby (within 16 blocks). Mobs can be prevented from spawning by making sure that the area around the spawner s very well lit up with torches. Spawners can be destroyed with a pickaxe.

    Skeleton, zombie and spider spawners can be found in underground dungeons.

    Cave-spider spawners can be found in abandoned mine-shafts.

    Blaze spawners are found in Nether Fortresses.

    Strongholds contain silverfish spawners.

    Protecting Your Property From Monsters

    Make sure everything is well-lit so mobs don't spawn. Nothing should be more than 8 blocks from a torch. Alternately, cover your floor with blocks that prevent spawning: these include glass, and wooden, stone or cobblestone slabs.

    To prevent mobs coming in, use physical barriers. Most mobs are blocked by a fence or a 2-block high wall, the exception being spiders who are good climbers.

    Skeletons, zombies and creepers are the same size as the player, , 2 blocks high by 1 block wide, and can fit through doorways. Spiders are 2 blocks wide and only 1 block high, so can fit through different gaps. Cave spiders will fit through a 1x1 gap but are only found in mineshafts. Endermen are 3 blocks high and can be kept out by low ceilings.

    mob proof wall

    This kind of wall can keep almost all mobs out: the overhangs with narrow gaps stop spiders from climbing up. Endermen can teleport through though!