Wither Skeleton


Wither skeletons walk slowly when idle, but will sprint at the player`s walking speed when attacking. They attack with a stone sword. When the player is attacked by a wither skeleton, they are inflicted with the Wither I effect for 10 seconds, which turns the health bar black and decreases the health by 1 () every 2 seconds. Wither skeletons deal 4 () on Easy, 7 () on Normal and 10 () on Hard.

Like other undead mobs, wither skeletons may spawn with the ability to pick up dropped melee weapons and armor.


  • Using the /summon command, wither skeletons can be spawned with bows like skeletons. Unlike skeletons, if they shoot you, you will be on fire.
  • In creative mode, a spider egg has a 0.8% chance of spawning a spider jockey with a wither skeleton.
  • Wither skeletons appear to be bigger than normal skeletons.
  • Wither Skeleton can also spawn left handed with sword, like normal skeletons.
  • When on Normal and Hard difficulty, the Wither Skeleton can put the Wither Effect on you when it attacks you.
  • When you spawn a Spider in the Nether, there is a 2% chance of it spawning as a Wither Skeleton Jockey.
  • Wither Skeletons cannot spawn in the Overworld, but can travel there through a⃂₠Portal.


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  • If hit by a wither`s skull, wither skeletons can be afflicted with the Wither effect.
  • Spiders spawned in the nether (by the player, monster spawner, etc.), it has a 0.8% chance of spawning as a Wither Jockey.
  • Although they may spawn with the ability to pick up items, wither skeletons will never pick up a bow under any circumstances.
    • If a wither skeleton is wielding a bow (through the use of commands), it will use it like an ordinary skeleton, but the arrows it shoots will always be set on fire, regardless of enchantments.


Wither skeletons spawn in Nether fortresses at a light level of 7 or less. They spawn in groups containing up to five mobs.

On console versions spawning is not limited to the Nether fortresses.

On Halloween, wither skeletons have a 22.5% chance of spawning wearing a pumpkin Pumpkin Transparency Partial (blocks light) Luminance No Blast resistance 5 Tool Renewable Yes Stackable Yes (64) Flammable No Drops Itself Data value dec: 86 hex: 56 bin: 1010110 Name pumpkin See the pumpkin block. For minecraft and a 2.5% chance of spawning wearing a jack o`lantern Jack o Lantern Transparency Partial (blocks light) Luminance Yes, 15 Blast resistance 5 Tool Renewable Yes Stackable Yes (64) Flammable No Drops Itself Data value dec: 91 hex: 5B bin: 1011011 Name lit_pumpkin “ Jack-o -lanterns: great looks, super powers. minecraft .


On Normal difficulty or harder, the wither Wither Health points 300 ( × 150) 600 ( × 300) Pocket edition only] Armor points 4 () Attack strength Easy: 5 () Normal: 8 () Hard: 12 () Size Height: 3.5 Blocks Width: 0.9 Blocks Spawn minecraft will spawn 3-4 wither skeletons when below half health.Pocket⃂edition only


Wither skeletons drop 0–1 coal and 0–2 bones. They have a 2.5% chance of dropping their skull Mob head Type Wearable items; Solid Block Physics No Transparency Yes Luminance No Blast resistance 5 Hardness 1 Tool Any tool Renewable Wither skeleton, skeleton, zombie, creeper Yes Player, Dragon No Stackable Yes (64) Flammable minecraft when killed by the player, 3.5% with Looting I, 4.5% with Looting II, and 5.5% with Looting III. If the wither skeleton is killed by a charged creeper`s explosion, they will always drop their skull. They may also rarely drop their stone sword, which will usually be badly damaged, and always unenchanted. They can spawn with armor, which they will always drop. Pocketedition only Pocket Edition Author(s) Mojang AB Jens Bergensten Aron Nieminen Daniel Kaplan Tommaso Checchi Shoghi Cervantes Jason Major Daniel Wustenhoff Tomas Alaeus Mikael "Slicedlime" Hedberg @@@#@@@Microsoft(microsoft.com)###@### Studios 1] Platform(s) Written in C++ 2] Latest version 1.1.2 minecraft They drop 5 experience when killed by a player or tamed wolf.


If a wither skeleton wearing a pumpkin or jack o`lantern is killed using a tool enchanted with Looting, there will be a chance equivalent to the level of Looting used to drop the pumpkin or jack o`lantern, up to a maximum of a 3% chance of a drop.


Like most Nether mobs, wither skeletons are immune to fire damage, and thus are not affected by fire blocks or lava. Wither skeletons are undead mobs, causing Wither bosses to not attempt to attack them. Their immunity to fire prevents them from burning in sunlight if transported through a Nether portal or manually spawned in the Overworld, but they will still seek shade and water.

Data values

Wither skeletons have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob. Their entity ID is wither_skeleton

  • Entity data
    • Tags common to all entities see Template:Nbt inherit/entity/template
    • Tags common to all mobs see Template:Nbt inherit/mob/template


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Pocket Wii U

Sniper Duel Kill a skeleton with an arrow from more than 50 meters Use a launched arrow to kill a skeleton, wither skeleton, or a stray from 50 or more blocks away, horizontally. Yes Yes Yes Yes 30G Silver


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Spooky Scary Skeleton Obtain a wither skeleton`s skull A Terrible Fortress Get a wither skeleton skull Mob head Type Wearable items; Solid Block Physics No Transparency Yes Luminance No Blast resistance 5 Hardness 1 Tool Any tool Renewable Wither skeleton, skeleton, zombie, creeper Yes Player, Dragon No Stackable Yes (64) Flammable minecraft in your inventory. minecraft:nether/get_wither_skull
Adventure Adventure, exploration, and combat ⃢₀ₔ Kill any entity, or be killed by any entity. minecraft:adventure/root
Monster Hunter Kill any hostile monster Adventure Kill one of these 22 mobs. Other mobs are ignored for this advancement. minecraft:adventure/kill_a_mob
Monsters Hunted Kill one of every hostile monster Monster Hunter Kill each of these 22 mobs. Other mobs may be killed, but are ignored for the advancement. minecraft:adventure/kill_all_mobs
Sniper duel Kill a skeleton with an arrow from more than 50 meters Take Aim Use a launched arrow to kill a skeleton from 50 or more blocks away, horizontally. minecraft:adventure/sniper_duel



Official release
1.4.2 12w36a Added wither skeletons.
12w38b Wither skeletons spawn more frequently.
1.4.4 Wither skeletons can sprint towards the player.
1.8 14w11a Now run away from creepers that are about to explode.
14w30a Drops skull when killed by a charged creeper.
1.8.1 1.8.1-pre1 No longer runs away from creepers that are about to explode.
1.9 15w31a Wither skeletons now lower their arms when idle and swing their arms when damaging something.
Wither skeletons now sometimes spawn with their left hand as their main hand.
Wither skeletons now have the ability to hold items in both of their hands.
15w39a Wither skeletons are slightly shorter (2.4 blocks tall rather than 2.535) and narrower (0.7 blocks instead of 0.72).
1.10 16w20a Added wither skeleton spawn egg.
1.10-pre2 Removed wither skeleton spawn egg.
1.11 16w32a Re-added wither skeleton spawn egg.
Entity ID is changed from Skeleton to wither_skeleton, SkeletonType tag is removed.
Their in-game name is now "Wither Skeleton" instead of entity.Skeleton.name.
16w39a Wither skeletons now have their own sounds.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.1 build 1 Added wither skeletons.
build 9 Wither skeletons are now larger than regular skeletons.
build 12 New sounds for dying wither skeletons.
0.15.0 build 1 Wither skeletons now lower their arms when idle and swing their arms when damaging something.
Added wither skeleton spawn egg.
0.16.0 build 4 Wither skeletons now spawn when a wither`s health reaches 50%
Pocket Edition
1.1 build 1 The entity ID is changed from skeleton.wither to wither_skeleton.
Console Edition
TU19 CU7 1.12 Patch 1 Added wither skeletons.
TU31 CU19 1.22 Patch 3 Drops skull when killed by a charged creeper.


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    A Wither Skeleton at a Nether fortress

    Upon death, a Wither Skeleton will drop Coal, Bones, a Stone Sword, and rarely (1 in 50 chance) their Head. Three Wither Skeleton Heads and four Soul Sand blocks are required in order to spawn The Wither.

    Wither Skeletons will only spawn within Nether Fortresses as of the 1.4 pre-release. It is assumed that they follow the same rules for spawning as blazes, which will only spawn naturally, and not from a spawn where the pack spawn is selected within a nether fortress. From this pack spawn, the mobs can be spawned in close to or even inside the fortress.

    Unlike regular Skeletons, wither skeletons carry swords instead of bows. In appearance, they are black and slightly taller than the usual skeletons. If the player is hit by a wither skeleton, the player will be infected with the wither effect, which will slowly drain their health. Unlike poison, however, it can kill the player. Using a Skeleton Spawn egg in Creative Mode in the Nether has a 75% chance of forming a Wither Skeleton instead of a regular skeleton.


    The Wither Skeleton is taller than the regular skeleton and is slightly shorter than the Enderman making it the third tallest hostile mob in the game. It almost looks charred, possibly because of fire and lava, or because of the wither effect`s color. It holds a stone sword instead of a bow.


    • Due to the Wither Skeleton sharing its entity ID with Skeletons, they have a bug where they run away from sunlight, even though they cannot burn.
    • Because of the same bug, they can spawn in a two block high space, despite being three blocks tall, and will suffocate.
    • Summoning a wither skeleton, every 10-15 seconds, it will be on fire for a split second.