Zombies are somewhat easy to defeat. They are slow and have no ranged attacks, but if shot with an Arrow, they will attack with however many zombies are next to it. They will also do the same if attacked with a sword (As of 1.5). Zombies can be defeated with any weapon. A good sword will easily dispatch a zombie. The only hazard about zombies is their tendency to spawn in groups, which makes them a danger for unprepared or unskilled players. They are also capable of spawning with armor, pumpkins, and Jack o` Lanterns on as well, giving them extra durability. Zombies wearing headgear will not burn up in sunlight, but their headgear`s durability will eventually run out and break, leaving it exposed to the Sun. Also, be aware that, since 1.6.4, zombies will call other zombies to "help". Within seconds, more zombies will pursue the player. The way to prevent this is to kill the zombie as quick as possible.


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If a player is in a village with at least 10 doors and 20 villagers at midnight, up to 20 zombies may be spawned near the edge of the village regardless of light level or transparent blocks. It can happen in any biome, even if it is Mushroom Island.

Monster spawners

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Zombie villagers

A zombie villager farmer with an enchanted iron sword.
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Zombie villagers comprise 5% of all spawned zombies (1% in desert, desert hills and desert M biomes A river bisecting a jungle biome. At the top right is a forest. A river running through a mesa biome with mesa plateaus, with a savanna biome in the bottom right. “ In case you minecraft , including husks Zombie Health points 20 () Armor points 2 () Attack strength Easy: 2 () Normal: 3 () Hard: 4 () Size Adult: Height: 1.95 Blocks Width: 0.6 Blocks Baby: Height: 0.975 Blocks Width: 0.3 Blocks Spawn minecraft ). They behave as ordinary zombies, but their character model`s head and face is reminiscent of that of a villager Villager Health points 20 () Size Adult: Height: 1.95 Blocks Width: 0.6 Blocks Baby: Height: 0.975 Blocks Width: 0.3 Blocks Spawn Village When a zombie villager is cured First appearances See History Drops None Experience minecraft , shaded with a darker green hue. Zombie villagers retain their professions and clothes (Zombie villagers won`t retain their professions and clothes in Console edition Console Edition Author(s) Mojang AB 4J Studios Platform(s) Written in C++ Latest version Xbox 360 - TU53 Xbox One - CU43 PS3 - 1.51 PS4 - 1.50 PSVita - 1.51 Wii U - Patch 23 minecraft ), which have a tattered appearance.

Zombie villagers can also result from zombie attacks on villagers. If any type of zombie kills a villager, there is a chance that the villager will transform into a zombie villager (100% on Hard difficulty, 50% on Normal, 0% on Easy).

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  • Cured villagers do not retain any trades they had before they became infected.
  • If the zombie villager is wearing any armor or wielding tools or weapons, those items disappear when the villager is cured.
  • During the curing process, it is often a good idea to keep the zombie villager away from any other zombies, because the other zombies will attack it after it is cured.
  • Conversion can be sped up by around 4% by surrounding the zombie villager with iron bars and/or bed blocks within a 9⃗9⃗9 cube centered on the zombie villager.

A zombie villager cannot be cured by switching from Easy, Normal or Hard difficulty to Peaceful; they will simply despawn like all other monsters.

Baby zombies

A baby zombie.
An armored baby zombie riding a chicken.

Baby zombies make up 5% of zombie spawns. They behave similar to regular zombies, with the following oddities:

Baby zombie villagers are spawned when a zombie kills a baby villager, the chance of infection being the same as adult zombie villagers. Baby zombie villagers also spawn naturally, but the combined chance (5% villagers ℂₗ 5% babies) is very low at 0.25% of all newly spawned zombies. Baby husks can also spawn in warm biomes, as well as husk chicken jockeys.

Armed zombies

A zombie with full golden armor and rotten flesh as held item, considered as a melee weapon.

Along with skeletons Skeleton Health points 20 () Attack strength Bow: Easy: 1 () - 4 () Normal: 1 () - 4 () Hard: 1 () - 5 () Sword: Easy: 2 () Normal: 2 () Hard: 3 minecraft , some zombies are capable of picking up dropped items. These zombies will automatically hold any item they come across (except that jack o`lanterns 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 , mob heads 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 , and pumpkins 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 will be worn on their heads), but if those items happen to be armor Armor Type Wearable items Durability See Durability Renewable Yes Stackable No Data values See Data values Name See Data values For the armor that can be worn by horses, see Horse Armor. Armor classes. From minecraft , weapons Weapons may refer to: Sword - A melee weapon that has a sweep attack. Bow - A ranged weapon that shoots arrows to deal damage. Arrow, Spectral Arrow and Tipped Arrow - Items that can , or tools, the zombie will use them. If they encounter another similar item, they will pick it up and drop their previous item:

Items dropped by mobs in exchange for another cannot be picked up by players or mobs for 10 game ticks (0.5 seconds, barring lag), but can be picked up by hoppers.

Armor worn by zombies is not damaged from most damage sources, which means it cannot "wear out" the way player armor does. Helmets (not blocks like pumpkins) on zombies can wear away and break if the zombie is exposed to daylight or has an anvil or other falling block dropped on its head. Zombies also have a natural armor rating of 2(), which gives 4% damage reduction from most sources.

Some zombies which can pick up items spawn already in possession of such items, and those items may also be enchanted. The chances of that event are listed below. Zombie villagers can also spawn naturally with armor, weapons or tools. If a zombie spawns wearing multiple pieces of armor, the armor will never be mismatched (i.e. all pieces will be made of the same material).

Chances of zombies wearing or picking up armor, per difficulty
Easy Normal Hard
Can Pick Up Loot 0% 0%-55% 6.875%-55%
Armor 0% 0%-15% 1.875%-15%
Armor Enchantment 0% 0-50% 6.25%-50%
Weapon 1% 1% 5%
Weapon Enchantment 0% 0%-25% 3.125%-25%
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  3. 13 chance of an iron sword, 23 chance of an iron shovel

If a zombie does spawn with armor, the chances of specific armor are as follows:

Chances of different armor pieces, per difficulty
Armor Easy & Normal Hard
Helmet 100% 100%
Helmet & Chestplate 75% 90%
Helmet & Chestplate & Leggings 56.25% 81%
Full set 42.19% 72.9%

The chances of it being of a particular material are:

Chances of different armor types
Armor Type Chance
Leather 37.06%
Gold 48.73%
Chain 12.90%
Iron 1.27%
Diamond 0.04%

Any zombie that spawns with equipment (picked-up items don`t count) will give 1–3 extra experience points per item.


A husk.
A husk and baby variant.

80% of zombies spawned directly under the sky in desert, desert hills, and desert M biomes will be husks. Like normal zombies, there is a 5% chance for baby husks to be spawned, and an additional 5% chance to spawn as a chicken jockey.

They behave similar to regular zombies, with the following differences:


When killed, zombies drop 0⃢₀ₓ2 pieces of rotten flesh.

Zombies will rarely drop iron ingots, carrots, potatoes, and any naturally spawned equipment. Any picked-up equipment has 100% chance of dropping and will drop with the same damage level it had when picked up, while any naturally spawned equipment has a 8.5% (9.5% with Looting I, 10.5% with Looting II and 11.5% with Looting III) chance of dropping and will drop with a random durability.

A zombie will drop its head if killed by a charged creeper`s explosion.

Zombies drop 5 experience when killed by a player or tamed wolf, and an extra 1⃢₀ₓ3 experience if the zombie has equipment. If the zombie is a baby, it will drop an additional 7 experience.


If a zombie wearing a pumpkin or jack o`lantern is killed using a weapon 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.

Attacking the player

Zombies can deal damage through closed doors.

Zombies spawn in groups of 4 and will pursue the player on sight from 40 blocks away, as opposed to 16 blocks in other hostile mobs. The detection range of zombies is reduced to half of their normal range (20 blocks) when the player is wearing a zombie mob head (except in the Console or Pocket Editions). Zombies will attempt to avoid obstacles, including sheer cliffs and lava, and will try to find the shortest path towards the player. Unlike skeletons, zombies do not try to avoid being hit, and continue to pursue the player even when being attacked. Zombies can sometimes deal damage through a closed door, as shown in the picture to the right. Like most mobs, zombies will always float on water, even if their target is below them.

Burning under daylight

At dawn, generally when the sun is 15 degrees or more above the ground (that is, when the moon can no longer be seen), most zombies will catch fire and burn once exposed to direct sunlight. They won`t burn:

  • if they`re in a sufficiently shaded area: a sunlight level of 11 or less;
  • if they`re in water;
  • if they`re caught in cobwebs;
  • If they`re standing in soul sand;
  • If they`re affected by Fire Resistance;
  • if they`re wearing head armor (but the armor will take damage);
  • if they`re either baby zombies or husks.

Zombies may make some attempt to seek out shade during the day, or enter bodies of water to protect themselves from burning up, but will exit protective areas to chase a nearby player or villager.

If they attack an entity while burning, they may set it on fire, with a (30 ℂₗ regional difficulty)% chance, and with a 2 ℂₗ floor (regional difficulty) second duration. If wearing armor enchanted with Thorns while burning they may set players attacking them on fire with thorns damage alone.

Reactions to status effects

As zombies are undead mobs, they are harmed by the status effect Healing and healed by the status effect Harming. They are also unaffected by Regeneration and Poison.

Picking up items

A zombie holding an item it picked up will not despawn when left alone.

Attacking villagers

A zombie trying to break the door down instead of taking an alternative path.

Zombies will attack villagers within 42 blocks, and they can always see villagers through walls. Once a zombie has focused on a villager, the zombie will ignore any other villagers and the player, until its target is dead or the zombie is attacked.

Breaking doors

Zombies in pursuit of a target will bang on closed wooden doors, and on Hard (and Hardcore) difficulty, up to 14.5% of them (depending on regional difficulty) can succeed in breaking them down. Else, the door will crack, but not break. Iron doors are always safe.

Attacking iron golems

Zombies will attack iron golems within 42 blocks.


On all difficulty levels, damaged zombies will also call all other zombies within a 67⃗67⃗21 to 111⃗111⃗21 area centered on the attacked zombie to target the attacking player, like zombie pigmen.

On Hard difficulty, zombies can spawn additional zombies to “help” when damaged. Each zombie has a "likeliness to call reinforcements" statistic which ranges from 0–10%, and "leader" zombies (0–5% depending on regional difficulty) get a bonus of 50–75 percentage points to the stat. When the zombie is damaged by an entity or is damaged while targeting an entity, up to 50 attempts will be made to randomly choose a spawn location (0 or ₱7–40 blocks away in all three axes) that is above a block with a solid top surface, has light level 9 or lower, has no players within 7 blocks, and has no colliding entities or blocks at which to spawn the reinforcement. Both the damaged zombie and the new zombie will have a 5 percentage point penalty to their "likeliness to call reinforcement" stat, making it less likely that an infinite number of zombies will spawn.

These effects can be negated by killing the zombie in as few hits as possible, by using environmental damage such as cactus or lava, or by avoiding them completely.

Data values

See also: Chunk format

Zombies, zombie villagers and husks have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob. Their entity IDs are zombie, zombie_villager and husk respectively.


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

    • IsBaby: 1 or 0 (true/false) - true if this zombie is a baby. May be absent.

    • CanBreakDoors: 1 or 0 (true/false) - true if the zombie can break doors (default value is 0).
Zombie villager

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

    • IsBaby: 1 or 0 (true/false) - true if this zombie is a baby. May be absent.

    • CanBreakDoors: 1 or 0 (true/false) - true if the zombie can break doors (default value is 0).

    • Profession: 0: farmer, 1: librarian, 2: priest, 3: blacksmith, 4: butcher, 5: nitwit (default value is 0).

    • ConversionTime: -1 when not being converted back to a villager, positive for the number of ticks until conversion back into a villager. The regeneration effect will parallel this.

    • ConversionPlayerLeast: Least significant bits of the Universally Unique IDentifier of the player who started curing the zombie, to be joined with ConversionPlayerMost to form a unique ID.

    • ConversionPlayerMost: Most significant bits of the Universally Unique IDentifier of the player who started curing the zombie, to be joined with ConversionPlayerLeast to form a unique ID.

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

    • IsBaby: 1 or 0 (true/false) - true if this zombie is a baby. May be absent.

    • CanBreakDoors: 1 or 0 (true/false) - true if the zombie can break doors (default value is 0).


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

Zombie Doctor Cure a zombie villager. Throw a splash potion of weakness at a zombie villager and give it a golden apple (by facing the zombie and pressing the use key with a golden apple in your hand) Yes Yes Yes Yes 40G Gold


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Zombie Doctor Weaken and then cure a zombie villager We Need to Go Deeper Throw a splash potion of weakness at a zombie villager and give it a golden apple (by facing the zombie and pressing the use key with a golden apple in your hand). minecraft:story/cure_zombie_villager
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




    Zombies are sometimes considered the least dangerous hostile mob in the game because they are slow and can only use close-range melee attacks. However, it is possible for several zombies to collaborate and attack as a team, making them more difficult to overcome. Zombies can spawn in two slightly different appearances. The most common appearance mostly resembles the default player skin (Steve), except in zombie form. The other is the zombie villager form, but only 5% of zombies spawned will have this appearance.

    A Zombie will target a player when he or she is within a 200 block radius. Zombies can jump 1 block up and will crowd around doors when in pursuit of players and villagers (in Hard mode, they will break wooden doors down). Zombies also occasionally spawn with the ability to equip dropped Armor and Weapons. Any item equipped in this way will be dropped after the zombie is killed. Zombies will also not drop down into an area if the ledge is taller than five blocks. Once implemented, zombies will have a small chance of spawning another zombie to assist it. This is very buggy, albeit, and it can turn a handful of zombies into a horde in a short amount of time. This ability is activated upon any zombie taking damage, whether it`s environmental or player caused.

    Zombies spawn in unlit areas either above ground or underground. They will attempt to break down one`s door. When the sun rises, they will burn to death above ground. As of Minecraft 1.2.3, they also have a chance of spawning with a Pumpkin or Jack o` Lantern on their head (especially around Halloween), wearing a random type of armor, or wielding an iron Sword or Shovel. Zombies normally drop Rotten Flesh, Iron Ingots (Rarely), Carrots (Rarely), Potatoes (Rarely), armor and weapons (Rarely, if equipped), and their head (if killed by a Charged Creeper).

    Occasionally, zombies will attack Villagers. However, Zombie Villagers can be healed by using a splash Potion of Weakness on them and then giving them a Golden Apple. They heal faster by making a makeshift jail cell for the villager with Iron Bars and a bed.


    When killed, zombies drop 0⃢₀ₓ2 pieces of Rotten Flesh. Rotten Flesh can be eaten by the player, but it has an 80% chance of giving the player Food Poisoning. Rotten Flesh can safely be used to heal and breed tamed wolves without any risk of the wolf being poisoned, as wolves are immune to rotten flesh poisoning. Also, for some reason, players can trade Rotten Flesh with Villagers.

    Because they also drop carrots and potatoes on occasion, a player can use a Zombie Dungeon Spawner to potentially collect carrots and potatoes in order to start or supplement a vegetable garden.

    Zombies will rarely drop shovels, swords, carrots, potatoes, and armor (if equipped). The Looting enchantment increases the chance for these items to drop. Zombies can spawn with and drop chain armor. These items will only drop from zombies killed by the player. Zombies, along with Skeletons, Wither Skeletons, and Zombie Pigmen can also spawn wearing a Pumpkin or Jack o` Lantern as a helmet during Halloween (October 31).


    A Golden-armored Zombie, as of 1.6

    A baby Zombie, spawned with a Spawn Egg.

    Zombies are easily identified by their green skin and blue shirts. They also wear dark blue/purple trousers, and are the only mobs that are dressed like the default player (Steve). This makes them easy to identify if playing on single player, due to the fact that there are no other players. They make constant moaning noises when they are nearby, giving away their location and allowing the player to prepare to fight. This can be used when mining underground. Following the moaning noises can assist the player in finding a cave.

    Baby Zombies

    One of the rarest mobs in the game: the Chicken Jockey.

    Baby Zombies are a mini version of regular zombies which have a rare chance to spawn in either Creative Mode or Survival Mode, with cheats, or with a Spawn Egg. In 1.6.2, normal baby zombies would spawn, but rarely. Since 1.7, it is now common for a baby zombie to spawn, and there is an extremely rare chance for a Baby Zombie to spawn riding a Chicken. This is called a Chicken Jockey. Baby Zombies (and Baby Zombie Villagers) are the same as Zombies (and Zombie Villagers) with these exceptions:

    • They will not burn in Sunlight.
    • They move faster than regular zombies, yet they have the same health as their adult counterparts. This makes them more dangerous than adult zombies.
    • They do not grow up unless cured.
    • When they wear armor, it shrinks to fit their body size.
    • Baby zombies can also ride on a regular zombie, spiders, or other animals.

    Baby Villagers are made by Villagers when there are a sufficient amount of doors in a village. Baby Villagers may turn into Baby Zombie Villagers when they are killed by Zombies.


    Because they can only use melee attacks, they`re easy to farm if one is prepared correctly. Just get a Ladder, in a building 4 blocks high, with a roof, then make a door, and then attack a zombie, and then let him follow. Then, when the zombie comes in, shut the door, climb up the ladder, and get out. Also, placing glass around the building allows for a good view. Just make a hole 4 blocks deep, and then put a trap door at top, and then follow it with Redstone with a Lever, then pull the lever when a zombie comes.

    Another way to farm zombies is to wall off a Zombie Spawner, make a hole a single block wide into the Spawner, and chop at the zombies` feet. Make sure to be sealed off from the surrounding cavern, if applicable, and be careful. Baby Zombies can still run through the hole and attack. This will have the benefit of collecting massive quantities of Rotten Flesh, as well as the possibility of harvesting Carrots and Potatoes.