Minecaft Guide to Creatures – Equid, Bovid, and Utility Mobs

Minecraft has been existing for over a decade and is still loved and supported by players worldwide. Since its introduction in 2011, many game versions have been introduced with different contents and game mechanics. The game was even copied by other gaming companies for its unique gameplay, concept, and its famous 3D block 8-bit-like graphics.

What makes Minecraft more amazing is the introduction of non-playable creatures  in the world where players explore called Mobile Entities. Mobile Entities or Mobs are living creatures that interact with players in the dimensions of Minecraft. Like the player, they are affected by environmental hazards and physics. In this article, we’ll tackle a small category of Minecraft Mobs, the Equid Mobs, Bovid, and Utility Mobs. We’ll explain each category and its relevance to the game. Not only that, you’ll get to know a few examples for each type and share with you some tips in interacting with them. Read on!

Minecraft Guide to Creatures: Equid Mob 

Equidae animals are animals belonging to the Horse family. This includes horses in general, donkeys, zebras, mules, hinny, onagers, and others. Minecraft introduced a few Mobs belonging to the Equid family group. In this section, we’ll focus on the two common Equidae Mobs in Minecraft: the Horse and the Donkey Mob.

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The Minecraft Horse

Horses were the oldest animals that humans tamed to help them in a variety of tasks— both in-game and in real life. In Minecraft, Horses are used as a mode of transportation by mounting. They spawn in grassy plains and savannas in groups of 2 to 6. Horses belong to the Passive Mobs category in Minecraft but does not tend to run away when provoked or attacked.

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How to Tame a Minecraft Horse

Horses roam the fields freely and can be seen eating up patches of grass. Players need a tamed horse to breed it or use it as a controllable mount. To tame it, simply approach the horse and interact with it without any equipment on hand. The horse will attempt to buck off the player to dismount them in their back. Keep repeating this process until the horse stops bucking.

The chance of taming the horse with lesser attempts varies differently for each horse. When a horse is tamed, hearts appear above the horse.

Breeding Horses in Minecraft

Players may breed horses in their area instead of taming them one by one. To do this, players need a few items: a bunch of golden apples or golden carrots, a pair of horse, and an area where to breed. To start with, simply feed both horses with either golden apples or golden carrots to activate their love mode. In love mode, the two horses will mate and will eventually produce a baby horse, or a foal. The variation and fur color of the parent horses will dictate the offspring’s appearance. 

Riding your Minecraft Horse

Players can freely ride and control a tamed horse. To do this, a horse should be saddled. Players can do this by simply accessing the horse inventory and equipping a saddle to the horse’s saddle slot. Players can also equip horse armors in the Horse Armor Slot.

Once ridden, players can control the direction to where the horse will go. A mounted player will move faster compared with walking and running. Players can use items while riding a horse and may control the horse to jump.

The Minecraft Skeleton Horse

Ever heard of an undead horse that players can tame and use? Minecraft also introduced this kind of horse known as the Skeleton Horse. The Skeleton Horse is an undead version of a common horse. They spawn rarely and with certain conditions. First, a horse should be left on an open field during a thunderstorm. 

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If a lightning strikes a horse, the horse becomes a Skeleton Trap Horse unable to move from its position where the lightning hit. When players approach the skeleton trap horse within 10 blocks, it triggers and transforms the trap horse into a Skeleton Horseman.

A skeleton horseman is a hostile mob that will aggressively attack the player at a distance. It is equipped with an iron helmet and enchanted bow and rides a skeleton horse. Killing the skeleton rider will leave the skeleton horse as a passive tamed mob which players can take back to their base.

The Best Minecraft Horse

There are around 35 color variants of horses aside from the skeleton horse. Despite them having the different appearance, their stats and use are the same. Which gives the question as to what is the best Minecraft horse there is. If players prefer appearance over utility or purpose, we highly recommend the standard pure White or pure Black horse. It gives you a unique feeling of being a knight or a dark knight. For cute horses, a horse with white stockings or spots is highly recommended. It gives a friendly appearance to your horse. Lastly, if talking about utility or usage, a Skeleton Horse is recommended. Skeleton horses is one of the fastest mounts in the game. They also have a higher jumping height and can be ridden in the water of any depth. 

Below is a summary loot drop when a horse is killed.

Common HorseLeather0 – 2When killed. Increases to 0 – 5 with Looting III enchantment.
EXP1 – 3When killed by a player or a tamed wolf. Has 1 – 7 EXP after a successful breeding.
Saddle1When killed while a saddle is equipped in the horse.
Skeleton HorseBones0 – 2When killed. Increases to 0 – 5 with Looting III enchantment.
EXP1 – 3When killed by a player or a tamed wolf.
Saddle1When killed while a saddle is equipped in the horse.

The Minecraft Donkey

Like horses, Minecraft Donkeys belong to the Passive Mobs category. They can also be mounted by players but do not have an armor slot. Instead, players can equip chests in the donkey’s inventory. They spawn in groups of 1 to 3 and are found in plains, meadows, and savanna biomes.

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Donkeys are relatively smaller compared with horses. They can be distinguished from their long-standing ears and gray to brown coats. 

Taming a Minecraft Donkey

Only adult donkeys can be tamed in Minecraft. Similar to horses, taming a donkey requires repeated mounting by the player. Donkeys will tend to buck off the player when mounted. Repeat this process until hearts appear in the donkey’s body indicating that it is now tamed. The success rate of taming donkeys is different for every donkey and player.

Use and Loots

A tamed donkey can be saddled and mounted. Donkeys are considered as one of the fastest modes of transportation in Minecraft. Aside from mounts, donkeys may also serve as couriers or pack animals. They can be equipped with chests and pulled using a lead.

Below is a summary loot drop when a donkey is killed.





0 – 2

When killed. Increases to 0 – 5 with Looting III enchantment.


1 – 3

When killed by a player or a tamed wolf. Has 1 – 7 EXP after a successful breeding.



When killed while a chest  is equipped in the horse.



When killed while a saddle is equipped in the horse.

Minecraft Donkey vs Mule

Mules are the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse. They share most of their physical characteristics with a donkey such as long ears, narrow hooves, and short manes. Its body structure, however, appears more horse-like. In Minecraft, Mules can only be obtained by breeding a tamed horse with a tamed donkey.

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Mule body shape and height are much similar to a normal horse but its face shape, ears, and mane are more similar to a donkey.

Its usage in-game is very similar to a donkey. They can be mounted and serve as a pack animal by carrying chests just like a normal donkey. Its loot drop and EXP when killed are the same with both donkeys and horses.

Bovid Mobs

Bovidae animals are a family of hoofed mammals with hollowed horns. They include the deers, antelope, buffalo, bison, goats, sheep, and cows. But we’re not here to discuss the Bovidae animals. In this section, we’ll cover two of the common bovid-like mobs in Minecraft; the Ravager and the Mooshroom.

The Ravagers of Minecraft

Ravagers are beefy (pun intended) hostile mobs that attack players in raid events. They have a bull-like body structure with a strange horned head. During raid events, ravagers spawn at wave 3. They attack any players and player-controlled players within the area.


Like aggressive bulls in spanish-style bullfighting, Ravagers will attack by ramming their horns to their target. Ravagers’ horn attacks cause a knockback of around 5 blocks to players when hit. They may also bite players during close-quarter fights. Ravagers can also break certain items when charging. This includes crops, bamboos, mushrooms, and other plants.


Can Players Tame Ravagers?

While it might be interesting to find and tame ravagers, player’s can’t do so. Ravagers cannot be tamed or mounted even when a pillager riding it is killed. Besides, there are no known hostile mobs in Minecraft that can be tamed to this date.

Mooshrooms, Minecraft Cow Crossbreed

The second bovine mob to be discussed in this article is the Mooshrooms. Odd enough, Mooshorooms are cows with sprouting mushrooms on their back and head. Mooshrooms exactly resemble the physical stature of a common Minecraft cow such as its size, height, and shape. The only difference is its bright red or brown spot patches of mushroom growing on them.

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Mooshrooms belong to the Passive mobs category and can be tamed and bred. They spawn in herds of 4 – 8 only on islands with abundant mushroom biomes, which makes them one of the rarest mobs to find in Minecraft. Their appetite probably centers on the consumption of mushrooms, thus explaining the mushroom outbreak in their bodies.

The Brown Mooshrooms and Other Mooshroom Mechanics

By default, Mooshrooms are red when seen on their biome. However, Minecraft also adds a hidden mechanic for the Mooshrooms. A Mooshroom struck by lightning during a rainstorm transforms  into a burnt Brown Mooshroom. Producing numerous Brown Mooshroom with this method is quite hard, but players may also breed Mooshrooms to produce a brown variant. However, there is only a 1/1024 chance of producing a brown Mooshroom through breeding two red Mooshrooms. 

Additionally, Mooshrooms can be sheared like a common sheep mob. Shearing a Mooshroom with a shear tool removes the attached mushrooms on it and transforms them into a regular Cow. Five red or brown mushrooms are dropped after the shearing process.

Below are the obtainable resources and requirements from a Mooshroom.




Raw Beef

1 – 3

When killed. Increases to 1 – 6 with Looting III enchantment.


1 – 3

When killed while Mooshroom is on fire. Increases to 1 – 6 with Looting III enchantment.


0 – 2

When killed. Increases to 0 – 5 with Looting III enchantment.

Red/Brown Mushrooms


When sheared. Transforms the Mooshroom back into a regular cow after shearing. 

Mushroom Stew


By milking a Mooshroom with an empty bowl.


1 – 3

When killed.

1 – 7 EXP after a successful breeding.

Utility Mobs

Utility Mobs are player-created mobs that serve and protect their creator. One of the two known Utility Mob is the Iron Golem which we’ll discuss in the following sections. Why not take a break and visit our Minecraft Name Generator for NPCs, locations, PCs, and pets? Our smart name generator is powered by AI scripts which provide users with unique name ideas and alternatives. Try it now for free!

The Iron Golem Minecraft Utility Mob

The Minecraft Iron Golem is a strong utility mob created to protect and guard players and villages. They tend to attack any hostile mobs except for Creepers which may cause huge damage when triggered and explode within a village. Iron Golems can also spawn naturally (not created by players) usually in large villages. Iron Golems that spawn naturally on villages will tend to attack any mob that provokes or attack surrounding villagers– including the player and any controlled unit of the player.

How to Create Iron Golem in Minecraft?

Creating or spawning an Iron Golem requires a certain number of costly materials. To do this, players need 4x iron blocks and 1x Pumpkin. To start with, players must first craft four iron blocks. One iron block requires nine iron ingots placed on a crafting table. This means a total of 36 iron ingots is needed to fill the requirement of four iron blocks alone. Pumpkins, on the other hand, can be obtained by foraging them on grassy biomes.

To create your Iron Golem, simply place the four iron blocks in a T-shape pattern and place the pumpkin block at the top of the ‘T’. 

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Iron Golems may also spawn with certain conditions on a village. The game computes the probability of spawning an Iron Golem depending on the number of villagers living in an area. These golems, however, are passive towards the players and will tend to attack if they tend to harm any villagers within the vicinity.


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  2. https://www.minecraft.net/en-us
  3. https://minecraft.fandom.com/wiki/Horse
  4. https://minecraft.fandom.com/wiki/Saddle
  5. https://minecraft.fandom.com/wiki/Skeleton_Horse
  6. https://minecraft.fandom.com/wiki/Minecraft_Dungeons:Skeleton_Horseman
  7. https://minecraft.fandom.com/wiki/Donkey
  8. https://minecraft.fandom.com/wiki/Mule
  9. https://minecraft.fandom.com/wiki/Ravager
  10. https://minecraft-archive.fandom.com/wiki/Mooshroom
  11. https://minecraftpc.fandom.com/wiki/Category:Utility_Mobs
  12. https://minecraftpc.fandom.com/wiki/Iron_Golem

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Minecaft Guide to Creatures – Equid, Bovid, and Utility Mobs

Considered to be one of the best-selling and award-winning sandbox games of all time, Minecraft is still an ongoing game craze that millions of players still support and play. There are over hundreds of sandbox games that made their names in the international gaming community such as GTA, Mount & Blade, and Red Dead Redemption, but not as great as Minecraft who, not only captured the creativity of players but also allowed them to discover, create, and share Minecraft world to other players.

Truly, Minecraft has been a remarkable game since its official launch in 2011 and has greatly improved throughout its succeeding years. In this article, we’ll get a brief overview of Minecraft; including its history and development. We’ll tackle how your Minecraft name is influenced by usernames or Gamertags. Additionally, we’ll also cover an overview of Minecraft Name Tags and how they are used in-game. Lastly, we’ll discuss Minecraft World Names under the Single Player Mode and Minecraft Server Names in Multiplayer Mode.

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Minecraft – Where it All Started

We can never take away the name Markus Persson when it comes to Minecraft. Also known as “Notch”, he first conceptualized and created the Cave Game before Minecraft was even created. This version is based on Notch’s earlier game called RubyDung. It’s composed of Cobblestones and Grass and was made to visualize how caves are created.

Unlike Minecraft, this game is intended as a sandbox for creating landscapes from a flat surface world or exploration. It was in November 2011 that the first official Minecraft title was released in public. Minecraft was considered an unusual game at that time because most sandbox games are focused on building structures, not on gathering resources before constructing a structure or a realm.

Players of varying ages immediately got hooked by this game concept, and since then, the game has been ported to several other gaming platforms.

Minecraft: An In-Game Overview

We know you’ve heard a lot about Minecraft. When playing Minecraft, players explore a blocky 3D world with virtually infinite terrains. Here, players can discover new areas, extract materials, discover enemies, craft tools, and finally, build their structures.

The game was originally intended for players to create their Minecraft world, allowing them to build structures, land areas, landscapes, or even mining sources on random lands. After creating your cool world, you may now explore your territory and play it as you wish. However, numerous improvements were introduced in-game such as adding health bars and multiplayer options.

In 2014, Microsoft bought the Minecraft franchise for $2.5 billion. Although not all supporters and fans were in favor of this transfer, they soon enjoyed the drastic changes that kept the game to its original feel with many enjoyable contents from updates. As more updates come from the developers, Minecraft became more and more playable and entertaining. NPCs were added together with animals, hidden structures, hidden treasures, trading systems, planting, and the exciting combat system. And let’s not forget the equipment system, allowing players to equip weapons and armors including fashionable dresses, suits, and set attires.

Minecraft Names

Let’s talk about Minecraft names. After installing the game, players are required to have either a Minecraft account, Mojang account, or Microsoft account. Originally, a unique Minecraft account was first used to login into any Minecraft game. Mojang account was introduced later to provide a single account that can access all Mojang games. With Microsoft’s ownership of Minecraft, Microsoft accounts became the new account type for logins and purchase-related schemes within Minecraft. All new purchases of Minecraft are linked to a Microsoft account instead of a Mojang account after December 01, 2020 (Source here).

Upon registering accounts, players are prompted to create a username and a password that they should use in logging in to Minecraft. Take note that your usernames are also your in-game names.

Minecraft Gamertags and How to Change In-Game Name

Gamertags are only applicable for Microsoft account users. These tags are the names seen above the player’s heads in multiplayer mode in Minecraft. Ideally, these are your in-game character names (IGN). The most exciting part about the Gamertag? Changing it. Players using a Microsoft account can change their Gamertags by logging in at account.xbox.com using their Microsoft account email and password. Gamertags should be unique, always click the Check Availability button to check if your chosen Gamertag is already taken.

Take note that if your Gamertag was automatically generated, users can change it once for free. Additional Gamertag changes have costs.

For players using a Mojang account, players may change their Minecraft username by locating the Profile Name under the Minecraft service and selecting Change. Remember that changing your account username is only possible once every 30 days only. After changing your username, log in with your Mojang account and confirm by clicking Change Name. This will effectively change your in-game name when you start your game.

Minecraft Name Tags

Name Tags are in-game items that players can use to rename almost any NPC they find. These Name Tags also prevent these NPC from disappearing from your universe. Unlike most items, a Minecraft Name Tag cannot be crafted but can be acquired randomly through looting, fishing, or trading. The names provided by the player are displayed above the head of a mob or creature when you get close to them.

Using a Name Tag

For first-time players, the Name Tag should be renamed with other names or words through an anvil, which costs 1 experience level (for console editions, 5 experience levels).

To use the Name Tag, hold the Name Tag and right-click it on a mob to place the saved name from it. The new name will now be displayed above the mob’s head, same with a player’s username or Gamertag. Once a mob is granted a name, the name can never be removed.

Players may use another Name Tag to replace the existing Name Tag of a mob.

Have you thought of what name to use on your Minecraft main character when considering changing usernames or Gamertags? How about proper names for your NPCs using a Name Tag?

Check out some Minecraft name ideas from our automated Minecraft Name Generator introduced at the start of this guide. Our generators contain a huge domain of unique and creative names that players could use in their characters and mobs for free. You may also generate names to have inspiration in creating newer ones or search for fun names that you like.

Minecraft Single Player Mode

Tired of playing with strange individuals over the internet? Try the Minecraft Single Player mode!

To start this mode, select the SinglePlayer button at the home screen when starting any Minecraft game. After clicking selecting SInglePlayer, a list of all available worlds will be displayed—or if you are new to Minecraft and haven’t created any worlds, the list should be empty.

Simply click on the Create New World button to start a fresh game. The Create New World interface will appear, where game options such as Minecraft World Name, a Game Mode, and More World Options are available.

Cheats are also allowed for Singe Player mode. To allow cheats, click the More World Options and tick the Allow Cheats button.

Single Player Game Modes

There are 5 available Game Modes in the Single Player mode as follows:

  • Survival Mode – Randomly spawns the player in a New World. Players must survive the wilderness by gathering materials, building shelter, gaining experience, and fighting hostile enemies.
  • Creative Mode – Not in the mood for an adventure? This game mode allows players access to all the blocks, items, and resources of the game. It also lets the player fly and have immunity to death. The main idea of this Game Mode is to create and design a unique world and save it for future adventures with other game modes.
  • Adventure Mode – Up for some randomly generated dungeons and surprises? This game mode lets players interact with objects and quests to complete certain adventures. Perfect for players itching with solo RPG experience.
  • Spectator Mode – The player becomes invisible and cannot interact with any blocks, creatures, or items in the world. This mode is intended for players to observe other players’ created and saved worlds in case they decide to share them online.
  • Hardcore Mode – This mode is similar to the Survival Mode, but is set to a much harder difficulty. In this game mode, players cannot respawn and their world is deleted permanently after death.

For us, the most exciting part is placing a Minecraft World Name when starting a new Single Player game. Have you thought of possible Minecraft World Names? Your world should be as interesting as its name or its surroundings should be defined by your chosen world name.

For example, you may name your world The Wetlands if you want your world to be surrounded by swamps, waters, and wet soils.

You may also consider basing world names on a set of provided names from a Minecraft World Name Generator.

Minecraft Multiplayer Mode and Minecraft World Servers

Multiplayer mode from almost any game made the gaming community united and incorporated with each other. Thankfully, Minecraft also offers a Multiplayer Mode to which players can share their world by creating Minecraft Servers.

The easiest way to participate in a Multiplayer Mode is to join existing servers. These servers are readily listed once you selected the Multiplayer game mode at the start of any Minecraft game. Players may also play with friends by creating Multiplayer lobbies by setting up a Lan server. Console versions also provide a split-screen so that two to four players can play Minecraft in a common custom-made world.

Minecraft Servers

We mentioned above that a couple of Minecraft Servers are already available once you hit the Multiplayer button—or one can create their personal Minecraft Server. Creating a fully owned server is a bit difficult, but not impossible. Besides, most famous existing servers have a set of teams to maintain the world and add more additional features in it so that players may enjoy it for free.

We are not going to discuss how to create personal Minecraft servers here, but we are here to name few famous Minecraft servers that most players enjoy playing in. From PCGames.com, they compiled their 15 best Minecraft server to date. They are as follow:

  1. MINEPLEX –Minecraft Survival Server
  2. BRAWL – Minecraft Battle Royale Server
  3. GRAND THEFT MINECRAFT – Minecraft Survival Server
  4. MINESCAPE – Minecraft RPG Server
  5. MINEWIND – Minecraft Survival Server
  6. PIXELMONCRAFT – Minecraft RPG Server
  7. AMONG US PERFORMIUM – Minecraft Among Us Server
  8. MINR – Minecraft Parkour Server
  9. PIRATECRAFT – Minecraft RPG Server
  10. HYPIXEL – Minecraft Skyblock Server
  11. DESTERIA –Minecraft Faction Server
  12. MINECRAFT MIDDLE EARTH – Minecraft RPG Server
  13. RANCH N CRAFT – Minecraft RPG Server
  14. WESTEROSCRAFT – Minecraft RPG Server
  15. THE MINING DEAD – Minecraft Survival Server

Feeling a little bit bold and decided to create your own Minecraft Server? Thankfully, creating a Minecraft server can be done by any players who wish to share their premade world. However, this step is a little bit complicated and may require additional hardware on the part of the server provider.

Part of creating your server is providing your Minecraft Server name. For easy access to possible server names, you may try our Minecraft Server Name Generator. This generator will suggest a unique and unused number of server names that any server admin can use in naming their server. Try it now for free.

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