Minecraft Guide to Creatures – Aquatic Mobs, Unique Hostile Mobs & Minecraft Dolphin

Minecraft has been around for over a decade with 9 known editions from Java to Legacy in console platforms. Since its creation in 2009, there have been many added features that made the game more exciting and enticing to players. The available sandbox maps, items, quests, easter eggs, and mob lists are updated regularly by the developers to make the game more appealing and add new features that players can enjoy and explore.

Minecraft’s universe became more alive and realistic by the introduction of creatures that act as inhabitants of the sandbox world called Mobs. There are more than 60 mobs available in the game as of 2021 in both editions from PC and consoles They are categorized according to Mob behavior (Passive, Neutral, Hostile) and Purpose (Utility, Tamable, Boss).

In this article, readers will discover a specific subcategory of Mobs based on their habitat. The so-called Aquatic Mobs or Mobs that dwell on the water environment, and unique Hostile Mobs or Mobs that have unique traits such as how they attack or how they can turn hostile to players. Keep in mind that the term ‘Hostile Mobs’ is a generic term based on the behavior of the Mob, therefore, and there might be Aquatic Mobs that can be a Hostile Mob at the same time.

Before We Start

Let’s try to have a quick review of what Mobs are. Mobs are creatures and entities controlled by Minecraft’s AI script that simulates real-life creatures such as animals and humans. They are considered as non-playable characters or NPCs and have a different use for players in the game. The word ‘mob’ was coined from the term ‘mobile entities’.

Mobs are located in different locations across the world. They spawn in different ways depending on light level, surrounding biome, and fitting environment for them. Monster mobs are mostly found in caves, dungeons, and mansions during night explorations. Animal mobs are commonly seen outside or on surfaces where their respective biome is appropriate.

We mentioned that Mobs spawn at appropriate biomes and surroundings. For this reason, Aquatic mobs became a subtype for Mobs living in waters.

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Aquatic Mobs Overview

Aquatic mobs are mobs that spawn on water biomes such as oceans and beaches. These mobs only appear in the Overworld or the outside world area. These Mobs have swimming mechanics and do not drown underwater. They can move freely in all directions for as long as they are submerged in water.

Currently, there are 11 known Aquatic Mobs in-game, and in the following sections, we’ll cover two of the common Aquatic mobs in the game—the Fish and the Dolphin.

Minecraft Fish

A Minecraft Fish is an Aquatic Mob found in river and ocean biomes. Different types of fish spawn in oceans while Salmons appear in rivers. Fish may also spawn on self-made bodies of water erected by the player for as long as it is interconnected to a river or an ocean biome. Fishes, when killed, drop raw meat equivalent of the kind of Fish.

Fish Mobs are divided into two kinds: Common Fish Mob and Fish-like Mobs. Common Fish Mobs include the Cod, Salmon, Pufferfish, and Tropical Fish. Fish-like Mobs include the Axolotl, Elder Guardian, and Guardian.

 

Common Fish Mobs

These Fish Mobs are termed common because of their abundance in oceans and rivers. Below is a summary table of Common Fish Mobs together with their identified biome and loot drops.

Fish Mob

Biome

Description

Loots

Cod

Ocean

A common passive Aquatic Mob. Swims in groups of 9 per school.

1 Raw Cod – when killed

1 cooked Cod – when killed while fish is on fire.

1 Bone meal – 5% chance when killed

1 – 2 Bones – 25% chance when killed

1 – 3 EXP points when killed

Salmon

River

A common passive Aquatic Mob. Spawns in groups of 1 to 5.

1 Raw Salmon – when killed

1 cooked Salmon – when killed while fish is on fire.

1 – 3 EXP points when killed

Pufferfish

Ocean

An uncommon passive Aquatic Mob.

Can retaliate by dealing damage when attacked.

Can inflict poison to nearby player/s

1 Pufferfish – when killed

1 bone meal – 5% chance when killed

1 – 2 Bones – 25% when killed

1 – 3 EXP points when killed

Tropical Fish

Ocean

Lush Caves

A common passive Aquatic Mob.

Spawns in groups of 3 – 5.

1 Tropical Fish – when killed

1 bone meal – 5% chance when killed

1 – 2 Bones – 25% when killed

1 – 3 EXP points when killed

 

Fish-like Mobs

Fish-like Mobs are not to be considered as Fishes but belong to the Aquatic Mob group because they belong to the same biome as Common Fish Mobs. Below is a summary table of Fish-like Mobs together with their identified biome and loot drops.

Fish Mob

Biome

Description

Loots

Axolotl

Underwater in Lush Caves

An uncommon passive Aquatic Mob.

1 – 3 EXP points when killed

Guardian

Ocean Monuments

A Hostile Aquatic Mob. Its design is similar to a pufferfish.

0 – 2 Prismarine Shards – increases to a maximum of 5 with Looting enhancements.

0 – 1 Raw Cod – 40% chance when killed

0 – 1 Prismarine Crystals – increases to 4 with Looting III.

20% chance – neither

10 EXP points

Elder Guardian

Ocean Monuments

An improved version of Guardian.

The largest and the strongest Aquatic Mob in Minecraft.

0 – 2 Prismarine Shards – increases to a maximum of 5 with Looting enhancements.

1 wet sponge – when killed

0 – 1 Raw Cod – 50% chance when killed

0 – 1 Prismarine Crystals – increases to 4 with Looting III.

1/6 chance – neither

10 EXP points

 

Minecraft Dolphins

Dolphins are considered Neutral Mobs when encountered by players. They are found in pods of 3 to 5 in any ocean biomes excluding oceans that are frozen or cold. Minecraft Dolphins are programmed to behave similarly to real-life dolphins. They can be seen in-game playing with floating items and may tend to follow players for a while when they traverse oceans. Since Dolphins are Neutral Mobs, they will tend to retaliate against players who try to attack them. Not only that, but other nearby Dolphins will also become hostile to players who attack even a single Dolphin.

To Hunt or Not to Hunt Dolphins

Dolphins can be easily killed by using a hunting trident enchanted with any level of impaling. Using this method, Dolphins can be immediately killed and makes fighting them easier. When killed, Dolphins have a small chance of dropping one raw cod and a very low EXP of 1 to 3 points.

But why hunt these friendly creatures? Their drop and EXP are not worth their lives. Rather, players can exploit Dolphins by befriending them through feeding.

Can You Tame Dolphins in Minecraft?

Unlike other Neutral Mobs, Dolphins cannot be tamed and lead back to a player’s hideout. Rather, Dolphins can be temporarily befriended by feeding them with raw cod or raw salmon. By feeding them, Dolphins became friendly towards the player and may lead players to the nearest shipwreck or underwater ruins. Let your adventurous spirit drive you and follow a Dolphin for more treasure hunting!

Make sure, however, to be quick in following them as you may lose track of where they are going in the wide ocean. Additionally, attacking them after they became friendly will still turn them hostile against you.

Riding Dolphins in Minecraft

While this idea may sound nice to you, this is not yet possible in the latest Minecraft versions. Players cannot ride Dolphins even when fed, but it can lead you to sunken shipwrecks and ruins. Also, players swimming close to dolphins grants them the Dolphin’s Grace buff. Dolphin’s Grace is a positive status buff that increases a player’s swimming speed.

 

Unique Hostile Mobs

Hostile Mobs are aggressive against players who approach them or reach their detection radius. In this part, we’ll tackle some of the unique Hostile mobs that players may encounter in-game. These are the Creepers, the Enderman, and the Ghast.

Minecraft Creeper

Creepers are considered as common Hostile mobs. They spawn randomly on solid blocks except in fields with plenty of mushrooms. They spawn individually and have a daily limit of only five creepers in the entire Overworld surface.

Why Creepers are Unique?

Ever wonder why only five Creepers spawn in the entire Overworld? Here’s why: they are fatal. Creepers are well-known for their ability to kill players and the surrounding environment through their unique way of combat: self-destructive and suicidal explosion. What makes it more deadly is it can silently approach players because it does not have an idle sound or footsteps sounds. They can follow unwary players and detonate behind them without them noticing. Below is a summary of drops of Creepers when killed.

Loot

Quantity

Requirement

Gunpowder

0 – 2

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

Music Disc

1

When killed by a skeleton or stray. Drops randomly.

Creeper head

1

When killed by a charged Creeper.

EXP

5

When killed by a player or tamed Wolf.

What Makes Creepers Annoying

Creepers will continue to follow players for as long as the players are within their line of sight. Don’t worry, players can cancel the detonation of any Creepers by knocking them back or killing them before they go kaboom. Players may also escape the explosion radius of a Creeper if they want to avoid damage.

The creeper can follow players, even in elevated areas with ladders. So, can Creepers climb ladders? The answer is yes. They can continue following players by climbing on ladders and vines. Annoying indeed.

Ghast the Minecraft Ghost

Unlike real ghosts, Ghasts in Minecraft looks like floating rectangular squid and are annoying. Ghasts are large floating hostile mobs found in the Nether area. They shoot explosive fireballs when they spot players. Ghasts commonly spawn at Basalt Deltas, Nether Waste, and Soul Sand Valley biomes—which are all located in the Nether area.

Why Ghasts are Unique?

Ghasts make a crying sound that can be heard from over 80 blocks away. They are unique ghosts that shoot fireballs from their mouth. Creepy and unique indeed! Despite this, Ghasts are commonly hunted by players for Ghast tears. Ghast tears are used as brewing and crafting ingredients. It is an essential ingredient for the End Crystal and Potion of Regeneration.

 

 Below is a summary of drops of Creepers when killed.

Loot

Quantity

Requirement

Ghast tear

0 – 1

When killed. Increases quantity to 0 – 4 with Looting III enchantment.

Gunpowder

0 – 2

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

EXP

5

When killed by a player or tamed Wolf.

What Makes Ghasts Annoying

Their screeches are a mix of creeps and weirdness. Their crying sound is like sad and mad souls that never had eternal rest. Aside from their creepy cries, Ghast can slip through solid blocks and surprise players from walls which makes them annoying. The good news is, players can kill Ghasts by going near them and letting them die from their fireball.

The Minecraft Enderman

Unlike the Ghast and the Creeper, Enderman is considered as a Neutral mob and spawns in all three dimensions of Minecraft (Overworld, The Nether, The End). Enderman looks similar to the famous fictional supernatural character, The Slender Man. It has long arms, tall stature, and a black-colored body. They have purplish eyes that look very intimidating and have hidden game mechanics.

What Makes Enderman Unique?

Unusual for other mobs, Enderman can teleport near players to attack, and pick up surrounding blocks. What makes them more unique is the hidden game mechanics in their eyes. Despite Enderman being considered as a Neutral mob, it can still be provoked by looking at its eyes. Players who look in the eyes of the Enderman will make the Enderman grumpy. Although it will only be hostile to players if they start to look away from its eyes. To prevent them from attacking, slowly walk away from the Enderman while maintaining eye contact in its eyes. When at a certain distance, the Enderman might teleport away to another location. This makes the Enderman one of the unique mobs in-game.

Below is a summary of drops of Creepers when killed.

Loot

Quantity

Requirement

Ghast tear

0 – 1

When killed. Increases quantity to 0 – 4 with Looting III enchantment.

Gunpowder

0 – 2

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

EXP

5

When killed by a player or tamed Wolf.

Why Enderman is Annoying?

Teleportation. An angry Enderman can teleport to the creature it attacks. Players cannot easily escape from a provoked Enderman. Not only that, Enderman can run fast if they are not teleporting. What makes them more annoying is the fact that range attacks are ineffective against an Enderman. When hit with arrows, Enderman teleports away, while tridents just bounce off from their body. Enderman will follow players until either they or the player is killed.

Loot

Quantity

Requirement

Ender pearl

0 – 1

When killed. Increases quantity to 0 – 4 with Looting III enchantment.

EXP

5

When killed by a player or tamed Wolf.

Block

Any Block Held

When killed.

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