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Wither Skeletons
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Wither Skeletons




20 (10 x Heart)


0-1 (+Loot Level) Coal,
0-2 (+Loot Level) Bones,
0-1 Wither Skulls,
0-1 Stone Swords

First Appearance

Update 0.12.1

Wither Skeletons are Hostile Mobs that were added in Update 0.12.1. They are the Nether equivalents of Skeletons.


Wither Skeletons spawn naturally in Nether Fortresses. After Update 0.15.0, the Wither Skeleton Spawn Eggs can also be used.

Alternatively, when used in the Nether, a Skeleton Spawn Egg has an 80% chance to spawn a Wither Skeleton.

They have a small chance to spawn wearing Armor.


Wither Skeletons walk slowly when idle, but when they see the Player, they pursue quickly and attack using a Stone Sword. They have a chance to inflict the Player with the Wither I Status Effect, which is similar to Poison, but can kill the Player.


Wither Skeletons are best fought using a Bow, as getting close may be lethal to the Player, but using a Diamond Sword is also a considerable option.


  • Wither Skeleton Skulls can be used to spawn the Wither Boss as of Update 0.16.0.
    • Version Exclusive: Wither Skeletons spawn when the Wither is at 50% Health.
  • Wither Skeletons have a small chance to drop their Skull without having to be blown up by a Charged Creeper, the only mob to do so.
  • Wither Skeletons have a larger hitbox than normal Skeletons, thus making them easier to kill as they can't travel through 2-Block high gaps.
  • Wither Skeletons, being from the Nether, do not burn in Sunlight.
  • Wither Skeletons are the second Mobs in MCPE that apply Status Effects to the Player, the 1st being the Cave Spider.
  • As of Update 0.15.0, Wither Skeletons have a new AI.
Zombie (Zombie VillagerHusk)Skeleton (Stray)CreeperSlimeSpiderCave SpiderGuardianVexVindicator EvokerGhastBlazeMagma CubeWither SkeletonWitchEndermiteShulkerSilverfish
Zombie PigmanEndermanSpiderCave SpiderPolar Bear
Ender DragonWitherElder Guardian
Utility Mobs
Iron GolemSnow Golem
Spider JockeyChicken Jockey

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