Minecraft Enemies Tutorial (Xbox 360)

You'll come across many enemies in Minecraft, each with their own characteristics and ways to be killed.
You'll come across many enemies in Minecraft, each with their own characteristics and ways to be killed.

Your Worst Nightmares

Even in the peaceful world of Minecraft, danger is everywhere. It's not safe to go out at night. Torches must be placed strategically around your home to ward off intruders. Exploring caves proves to be a bigger hazard than originally thought.

Never fear. This tutorial is here to breakdown the baddies, one by one, and their attributes. Also, if you're lucky, I'll tell you how best to kill them.

Skeletons. They can be a bit of a problem, especially that part where they can kill you at a distance.
Skeletons. They can be a bit of a problem, especially that part where they can kill you at a distance.

Skeleton

Skeletons are a nuisance for anyone who knows anything about Minecraft. Their main way of killing you is by bow and arrow. Which really becomes a pain, because it means that they can kill you at a distance. And no one likes being killed on Minecraft. No one.

The good news is, these guys really only survive at night and in the rain. Like the zombies, they burn once dawn comes and the sunlight hits. However, if it starts to rain in the beginning of the day, the skeletons will survive.

Killing them is pretty much an all out attack. Don't waste your time trying to sneak around them or do the old hit and run. The amount of arrows you'll take in the process isn't even worth it.

Defeat them by equipping a sword (the stronger the ore, the better, e.g. iron) and continuously hit them until they keel over and die. They usually drop bones which can then be used to tame wolves.

Skeletons will burn in the daylight, giving you the advantage. Take note that they will not burn in the rain, even if it is a daytime.
Skeletons will burn in the daylight, giving you the advantage. Take note that they will not burn in the rain, even if it is a daytime.
Zombies are a tough foe, and they do a lot of damage. Armor and stronger weapons definitely give you the upper hand.
Zombies are a tough foe, and they do a lot of damage. Armor and stronger weapons definitely give you the upper hand.

Zombie

That's right. The undead are not exempt from the Minecraft universe. And what's even worse is these guys pack a punch. Zombies, like skeletons, will burn once exposed to sunlight, however, will still survive in the rain.

Zombies do major damage, and can kill your player with a few good swipes if no armor is equipped. Killing them by hand is not such an easy task either, and takes a bit of skill and enough experience of dealing with these walking dead foes.

How to kill them: Prepare yourself. Wear armor. Armor protects you from falls and damage taken by enemies. Zombies are a large part of why armor is necessary. Using a tough sword will also give you an advantage, and the way in which you kill them can ensure you don't take any damage in the process.

Zombies will jump back once hit, which means that you need to move forward and strike again before they get the chance to run at you. This will cause them to keep jumping back with every consecutive hit. This is a neat trick that will ensure you don't lose any hearts from the battle, and will help kill him off quick.

Important note: Zombies can break down doors to your house. This is called bashing. Which means that the more zombies there are at your door, the higher chance there is of them breaking down the door and coming into your home to kill you.

Zombies are capable of breaking down doors, which means that its a good idea to create stronger doors, e.g. iron.
Zombies are capable of breaking down doors, which means that it's a good idea to create stronger doors, e.g. iron.

Try making iron doors to your home, as these are tougher and will take more of a beating from a zombie or multiple zombies. Be warned that the door will not last forever, so it's a good idea to equip yourself with armor and weapons, or simply get out of the house or into a safer area.

Zombies drop raw meat once killed, which can be eaten at your own risk.

Creepers. Perhaps one of the most feared enemies in Minecraft.
Creepers. Perhaps one of the most feared enemies in Minecraft.

Creeper

They're green. They're loathed. And worst of all, they're dead silent. You'll never know a creeper is coming until it's too late. And by that time, you'll hear the 'sssss' sound and then it's all over.

Creepers have this wonderful tendency of blowing themselves up. Which means if you're out exploring in a deep cave somewhere, and a creeper blows you to kingdom come, you will be respawned somewhere far away, and all you items will be lost in that dark, cold cave somewhere. What a waste.

The good news is, creepers can be killed. But the key is to notice them first, which is difficult. A good rule of thumb is that creepers will glow white and stay still seconds before they blow up. This gives you precious seconds to move out of the way of the blast area. Chances are, you'll sustain some damage, but if you're wearing armor (which is highly recommended), that'll cushion the amount of hurt you take on.

Please note, having wolves will not help your situation. Wolves will attack all enemies except creepers.

Kill creepers with swords and use the hit and run method. Having a stronger sword will kill it off quicker. A good tactic is to strike it and move away at just the right timing, so it blows itself up, yet gives you enough time to escape the blast radius.

Yes. Yes it would be.
Yes. Yes it would be.
Spiders. Two kinds. Only one is poisonous. So how do you tell the difference?
Spiders. Two kinds. Only one is poisonous. So how do you tell the difference?

Spider

It's a teen girl's worst nightmare. Gigantic spiders. In the Minecraft world, they can get to be a real pain. And there's a few things about them that you should know:

1) Webs. Spiders love doing things. Included in those things is web making. They love making webs everywhere. All the time. It's just that much fun. However, for you, not so much. Getting caught in a spider's web will slow you down by a lot. So if you are under attack by multiple spiders and happen to get caught in their webs, there's a good chance you'll be killed. Webs can be destroyed fastest using swords. But the main point is to avoid them.

2) Poison. Yes, spiders are poisonous but not all of them are. The way to tell the difference? Color. Black spiders are non-venemous. So if you get bitten, you won't receive the nasty after effects of poison. Blue spiders, however, are venemous and will result in you taking extra damage after a spider bite. Kill them off quick.

3) Speed. Spiders are fairly quick. Not as fast as you, of course, but fighting multiple ones can be a bit of a problem. A good idea is to have a Potion of Swiftness handy to make your feet a bit lighter and give you the upper hand against these eight legged monstrosities.

Spider infestations can be a pain. Kill them off and pick up the webs they drop to make string for bows. Also use their spider eyes in potions.
Spider infestations can be a pain. Kill them off and pick up the webs they drop to make string for bows. Also use their spider eyes in potions.
Creepy? Yes. Loves to move around your furniture? Also, oddly enough, yes.
Creepy? Yes. Loves to move around your furniture? Also, oddly enough, yes.

Enderman

Endermen are...unique. In the Minecraft world, endermen serve one sole purpose. To grab blocks and move them around. Wow. What a destiny.

Endermen are often found in caves, usually with blocks in their hands. If they spawn in your house, this can become a problem, because endermen like to take whatever blocks they please, and put them somewhere else...where they also please.

Note: Endermen are completely harmless unless you:

1) Attack them first
2) Look them in the eyes.

That's right. If an enderman catches you looking him in the eyes, it's game on. And the weird thing about these guys? They can move incredibly fast to the point that they will disappear out of your sight. That's right. They can transport themselves far away from you in the blink of an eye, only to reappear behind you and attack. That's why it's important to wear armor and use powerful weapons. Once an enderman is hit too many times, he will transport himself away from you. Be on edge. An enderman does not forget. And killing these guys is a bit of a task all its own.

Slimes. They love math. In the sense that they love to multiply and multiply and multiply...
Slimes. They love math. In the sense that they love to multiply and multiply and multiply...

Slime

Slimes are a fairly easy foe. Slimes spawn deep underground, and can see you through cave walls. They jump in the direction of the player, despite any obstacles that may be in their way. A slime, once hit enough times, will then split into smaller slimes. The player must kill these individual slimes until you get the smallest of them. The smallest ones will not split up, but instead drop slimeballs, which are a crucial ingredient when making sticky pistons. Also, slimeballs can be used with blaze powder to make some fire resistance potions.

Slimes cause the most damage in their full form, so its a good idea to split these green guys up and kill them off one by one. Also keep note that although the small slimes might not cause damage, they can still push your player off cliffs or into lava. So take precautions.

A tough foe. Even armed with a diamond sword, this enemy can be very hard to beat.
A tough foe. Even armed with a diamond sword, this enemy can be very hard to beat.

Spider Jockey

The dreaded spider jockey. For this enemy, there's some good news and some bad news. The good news is, this enemy is extremely rare. How rare you may ask? Spiders have a 1% chance of spawning with a skeleton riding it. If you ask me, that's a pretty slim chance.

The bad news is that an encounter with a spider jockey can kill your player within seconds if not equipped with the right weapons and equipment. Spider jockeys are armed with the agility, sight, and wall crawling abilities of the spider, along with the arrow-shooting capabilities of the skeleton.

When faced with this foe, it is best to attack the skeleton first at a distance. Enchanted bows are a good bet, but if you don't have one of those, don't sweat it. Just do your best to take out the skeleton whether at close range or long. This will then leave you the spider, which you can finish off with your sword.

Take note, it is not a good idea to use wolves to attack spider jockeys. (Unless you have a large pack with you). Wolves will only attack the last enemy to deal it damage, because in Minecraft, the spider and the skeleton are treated as separate entities. So while the spider might be the one killing you off slowly, your wolves might be preoccupied trying to kill the skeleton instead. Bad news for you. So it's advised you don't do that.

A skeleton riding a spider. Cool. Just what you needed right about now.
A skeleton riding a spider. Cool. Just what you needed right about now.
Despite their appearance, zombie pigmen are harmless unless attacked first.
Despite their appearance, zombie pigmen are harmless unless attacked first.

Zombie Pigman

They're half zombie. Half pig. Half...something else. Regardless if that equals an improper fraction, this foe is practically harmless, unless attacked first. Zombie pigmen share the same trait as wolves: they will not attack unless provoked. And if they are provoked, not only will they attack you, but any zombie pigmen in the general area will also become hostile and attack you as well.

This enemy is only found in the Nether, so there's nothing to worry about in the real world. Also keep in mind that some zombie pigmen carry weapons with them, so it might not be so keen to initiate a fight with them, especially if you don't have armor.

One of the more frustrating enemies in the Minecraft world. You'll be needing a bow and arrow for sure.
One of the more frustrating enemies in the Minecraft world. You'll be needing a bow and arrow for sure.

Ghast

Ah the lovely Ghast. Although these floating pains can only be found in the Nether, they make your time spent there absolutely horrible. Ghasts have this nasty tendency of shooting fireball bombs at you that explode and set every inch of you in flames. Cool, right? And what's worse is that there are often more than one. Even worse? They can fly. So swords and axes are useless unless one happens to float down on your level. (Which would suck even worse, because now he has extremely good aim with those fireballs in his mouth)

Ghasts can be defeated by bow and arrow (and they make a horrifying, nightmarish sound as well when hurt) and it's best to have an enchantment of some sort to assist in the damage. Ghasts's fireballs can destroy blocks that you've built in the Nether, so it's best to use cobblestone when you're building anything. Cobblestone is immune to Ghast fireballs and will provide a safe hideout for you in the land of fire and lava.

Blaze. A name well fitting for this Nether-bred monster.
Blaze. A name well fitting for this Nether-bred monster.

Blaze

A blaze is a monster only found in the Nether, and makes a metallic breathing sound (it's very distinguishable). Blazes can fly, making them difficult to kill. As far as their attacks go, they send volleys of fire blasts in groups of three. This can be a real pain for several reasons. For one, swords are pretty much useless against them. Secondly, using a bow and arrow has its downsides as well, because it takes time to charge the attack, which in turn gives the Blast time to rain down upon you another healthy dose of fire bombs.

These enemies only spawn inside of Nether fortresses, so be careful when exploring these. Your best bet at defeating these guys? Simple. Think...cold.

Snowballs. Snow is easily retrievable, especially from the colder biomes in the Minecraft world. And throwing snowballs is much faster than a bow and arrow. Just make sure you have plenty of snowballs handy when exploring Nether fortresses, and you should have no problem with these fiery monstrosities.

A blaze. Lovely things. Especially that part about them hailing you with...fire. Awesome.
A blaze. Lovely things. Especially that part about them hailing you with...fire. Awesome.

Enemies Shmenemies

So there you have it. All the enemies in the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft. Of course, there are several other enemies in the PC version that we haven't gone through, but that's a different Hub for a different day. For now, just read up on these annoying baddies and learn well on how to defeat them. You never know when this information just might come in handy in the world of right angles and blocks.

Minecraft on, my friends. Minecraft on.

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ilikegames 2 years ago from Australia

Great overview of Minecraft enemies, a must read for new Minecraft players.


mhgigo 2 years ago

Azim

is so cool I want to play everydayis so cool I want to play


THECRAZYGAMER 3 weeks ago

SOOOOOOO FREAKEN AWSOME. I LOOOOOOOOVE MINCRAFT

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