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Minecraft Mobs

Updated on June 14, 2013

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Our Minecraft mobs guide will tell you everything you need to know about the monsters and animals which inhabit Minecraft!

Introduction to the Minecraft Mobs Guide

While most of Minecraft is to do with resource collection and building, you will encounter a wide selection of mobs in Minecraft. Some of these will be friendly, and others will be dangerous. The creeper in-particular is simply downright annoying. You will quickly learn how to avoid the mobs you do not want to deal with, and make your work places mob free, expect the occasional mishap though!

There are several ways to deal with the dangerous mobs, and as you progress you may even build a mob tower to automatically harvest mob drops. But for, now, lets go over the basics.

Minecraft Mobs Guide
Minecraft Mobs Guide

Passive Mobs

Passive Minecraft mobs will not attack you, but you might want to harvest some of them for what they provide!


Pigs are usually fairly abundant in Minecraft, seemingly until you need them.  Killing a pig will usually provide you with one or two raw pork chop which will restore 1 1/2 health, or it can be cooked to give you a cooked pork chop, which will restore 4 health!


Sheep are numerous around Minecraft, and provide Wool.  Wool comes in several grayscale shades, and brown in Minecraft V 1.4.  Wool can also be dyed various colors to give you the perfect material for creating artwork!  A little tip, with some dyes you can dye a sheep first, getting 1-3 dyed wool per dye, rather than just one! To get wool off a sheep you jsut have to hit it, not kill it.


Killing cows will give you leather, using a bucket on a cow will give you a bucket full of milk.

Leather can be used to create armor While Milk is used in cooking.

Wolves in Minecraft

In Minecraft 1.4 wolves were released in to the game. These can be trained with bones, and healed with raw or cooked pork chops. You can check on your wolfs health by looking at it's tail (Up is healthy, down is low health).

Wolves will attack any mobs you engage in combat with (apart from Creepers) and follow you anywhere. If you go too far away they will spawn close by.

If you attack untamed wolves they will turn hostile.

Hostile Minecraft Mobs

There are several hostile Minecraft mobs, all of them have different attributes which yo must watch out for. You can stop mobs from spawning in an area by sufficiently lighting it with torches.


Creepers are by far the most annoying hostile Minecraft mobs, if one gets too close to you it will explode, and they have a tendency to sneak up behind you while you are building a nice new building, destroying it all. Fighting creepers is not always easy, but if your server has very little lag you will find that charging, hitting and then back-peddling then repeat is an effective technique.

Creepers always seem to get me just as dawn breaks, and don't burn up in daylight, so watch your back!

Creepers drop Gunpowder which can be used to make TNT.


Spiders can climb over walls. to prevent this you need to build either a roof or an overhang on your building!

Spiders drop string and spiders eyes


Skeletons are archers and can kill you from a distance. Defeat these guys by sidestepping to avoid the arrows. Always be prepared to lose a heart or two when engaging these guys in combat though.

Skeletons drop arrows and bones.


Zombies hit hard, but move slow, they drop rotten meat.

Zombies are fairly easy to kill by keeping a block between you and them.


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      thisisoli 4 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      @wastelander - I have updated the guide to reflect patch changes.

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      Wastelander 4 years ago

      zombies drop feathers? WRONG. They drop rotten meat

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      avalonpovoas 4 years ago

      i built a castle in creative mod and i didnt have enough time to put torches in becuase it was to wide and creepers spawned all over

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      whywantyouwork 6 years ago

      i built a giant creeper all the way to top off sky from bedrock filled it with creepers and got in and wow it was an amasing waste of 6 hours of work

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      Anonymus 6 years ago

      If creepers were removed then it would be a LOT harder to blow stuff up (which i love)

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      thisisoli 6 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      If you build a mob catcher it should be designed to kill them :P

      I would suggest building a mob tower, those things can get you mats quick :)

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      jolleyrancher 6 years ago

      I built a mob catcher one time. instead of zombies, i caught 15 creepers. they blew up at the same time and 3 hours of countless work was ruined!

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      Jacob Daniel Breazzeal Dilleshaw 6 years ago from Bakersfield

      If creepers were removed, it just wouldn't feel like Minecraft, though,I already know about all these mobs and more, it was an OK hub. You should have linked to the wiki, it gives more information.

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      thisisoli 6 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      Me too, although I really wish creepers were removed! :(

      Minecraft has taken up way too much of my time in recent weeks.

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      Garrett Mickley 6 years ago from Jupiter, Florida

      I love this game.

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      chasemillis 6 years ago

      Cool Hub!! I need to check this game out now!