Minecraft Creatures Guide

Minecraft has been making a name for over a decade since its release in 2011. Throughout the years, a lot of modifications, improvements, and updates have been catered by Microsoft since their title ownership of the franchise. From vast open maps, ready-made sandbox options, multiplayer modes, and additional features such as easter eggs, Minecraft surely become more exciting and enticing to new and old returning players alike.

One of the most highly distinguished add-on in Minecraft is its introduction of multiple new creatures. These creatures are randomly appearing in the player’s world when exploring ruins or can be spawned when creating a home-brew world from scratch. Such creatures in the world of Minecraft are generally termed as a “mobile entity” or simply, a Mob. A mob is an in-game entity controlled by Minecraft’s AI scripts. They are also considered as NPCs which interacts and produce a variety of behaviors towards the player. They spawn randomly and in locations that are appropriate or fit as habitat across the player’s world.

In Essence, mobs generally represent living creatures, such as an animal or a person, to simulate an actual real-world wilderness or community. Mobs that represent animals can be tamed, attacked, or captured by the player. Some of these mobs, however, can be aggressive and may attack players at sight.

In this article, we’ll guide you to a list of basic mob behavior category and share few mob examples for each. You’ll get to know each mob and identify some of its traits, features, encounters, and loots. Ready? Read on!

Getting to Know the Mobs

As mentioned, mobs are NPC creatures that roam and spawn randomly on different locations of the player’s world. Interestingly, Minecraft developers spawn specific mobs that are appropriate to its surroundings and ecosystem. Humanoid mobs live in groups and can breed randomly among themselves. Animal mobs can be seen in specific locations that are fit as their habitat.
Mobs may also despawn from a world depending on circumstances. For example, monster mobs are randomly placed across ruins, caves, and dungeons, but most likely spawns only when the player is nearby and despawns when a player is far away.
Mobs are also affected by the environment as much as the players. They receive the damage from environmental effects that players also receive. This includes falling damage, fire damage, drowning, and weapon damage. Since mobs are placed according to their fitting environment, some mobs also have resistance to certain hazards. For example, aquatic mobs or mobs that dwell in water are, of course, immune from drowning.
Attacking mobs with weapons can kill them and prompt them to drop loot resources and experience points necessary for the player’s survival.

Minecraft Mob Types According to Behavior

Mobs are categorized according to their distinct nature or behavior towards the players. In this section, we’ll cover the three basic mob categories according to their behavior in Minecraft.

Passive Mobs

Passive Mobs are creatures that are harmless and timid. They are not hostile against players and would rather flee when being attacked. Most, not all, passive mobs can be tamed and bred. That is why passive mobs are ideal as pets or as farm creatures.

Passive Mob Examples

There are 27 known passive mobs to date, each with distinct model, characteristics, and behavior. In this section, we’ll cover the three common passive mobs in the game: the Chickens, the Ocelot, and the Cat.

The Minecraft Chickens

Chickens are considered a common passive mob. They are well abundant on grassy blocks around the world and spawn in groups of 4. Chicken spawns on the grassy blocks with an available light levels of at least 9 or more. During exploration, there is a 5% chance for players to encounter a spawned Chicken group with chicks.
Because of their quantity, they are the main source of Chicken meat, feathers, and eggs. Below is a quick summary table about Chicken drops.

Feathers0 – 2When killed. Increases maximum quantity by 1 for each level on Looting enchantment (to a maximum of 5 pieces)
Raw Chicken1When killed. Increases maximum quantity by 1 for each level on Looting enchantment (to a maximum of 4 pieces)
Cooked Chicken1When killed while Chicken is on fire. Increases maximum quantity by 1 for each level on Looting enchantment (to a maximum of 4 pieces)
EXP1 – 3When killed by a player or a tamed wolf companion.

Chickens are a good source of eggs and EXP points through Chicken farming. Minecraft Chicken coops are a common way to gather relevant resources gained from Chickens. With the right amount of Chicken and available space, players can harvest several raw and cooked Chicken, feathers, and eggs.

Creating a Chicken Farm in Minecraft

Maybe you’re interested in creating your own Minecraft Chicken coop in-game. We’ll share some quick tips here for players to follow in creating a basic Chicken farm.
To start with, consider that your coop should be open. The purpose of this is to create a somehow realistic coop wherein you can monitor your Chickens from outside, while the Chickens are free to roam within your coop area. This is best done by creating wooden fences around the area where you want your coop.
Pro Tip: You can also dig a hole and place a fence within it to make sure that no Chickens can escape your coop. Chickens can jump over fences if it is not high enough.
Don’t forget to add aesthetics around the Chicken coop to make it realistic and more pleasing in the eyes. Add random barrels, bushes, and of course, a door.
Lastly, add your Chickens to your coop. You can obtain Chickens by either hatching eggs or collecting wild Chickens. Wild Chickens automatically lay eggs but you will have to collect them as they disappear every 5 minutes. For captured Chickens, you can breed them by feeding grass seeds or wheat.

The Ocelots of Minecraft

Unlike Chickens, Ocelots are considered to be  very rare passive mobs.They dwell mostly in jungle areas of the world. Commonly, Ocelots are seen alone or in pairs. They are programmed to attack Chickens and small turtles as if they were doing this to hunt. Because of this, Ocelots can be a nuisance if you place your Chicken coop near a jungle area where a possible Ocelot can spawn. Ocelots can easily destroy fences and doors, rendering your Chickens unsafe if they’re around. Ocelots belong to the feline family and are immune to fall damage.
Below is a quick summary table about Ocelot drops.

EXP1 – 3When killed by player or wolf companion.
Gives 1 – 7 EXP when successfully bred.

How to Tame an Ocelot

We mentioned earlier that passive mobs can also be tamed. This includes the Ocelot. To tame an Ocelot, we need simply feed it using its favorite food.
What do Ocelots eat? Salmon and cod! Hold a raw salmon or a raw cod and approach the Ocelot. Do not approach too near the Ocelot because it may sprint away from you. Instead, let it approach you and feed it with your equipped cod or salmon until a heart icon around it. Ocelots only approach players if they either hold a raw cod or raw salmon. Dropping or removing the food in your inventory will prompt the Ocelot to flee.
When heart icons start to pop out from the Ocelot when feeding it, the Ocelot will no longer attempt to flee from the player.
Continuously feeding cod or salmon to the Ocelot yields a chance of gaining its trust. Once the Ocelot’s trust is gained, it will never despawn from the area where it was located, unless the player strays too far away in it.

The Cats of Minecraft

Unlike Chickens and Ocelots, Cats are found in populated villages and huts instead of the wilderness. They are also passive mobs that can be tamed by players. Usually, untamed cats spawn in an area with at least one living villager. Creating villages also triggers spawning a Cat in the area. Black cats sometimes spawn near witch huts in a swampland location.
Cats share the same behavior as Ocelots. They are also immune to fall damage and tend to attack Chickens, rabbits, and baby turtles. Despite Cats spawning on villages, they are programmed not to stay in an area, but rather roam.
Below is a quick summary table about Cat drops.

String0 – 2When killed. Not affected by level of Looting enchantment.
EXP1 – 3

When killed by player or wolf companion.

Gives 1 – 7 EXP after a successful breeding.

How to Tame a Cat in Minecraft

Similar to Ocelots, Cats will approach players when they hold a raw cod or salmon. Slowly approach the untamed Cat and stop by a certain distance (around 10 blocks) while holding either a raw cod or salmon and let the Cat approach you. Interacting with the Cat in this manner feeds the Cat and gives a chance to tame it.
Once a Cat is tamed, it will follow the player anywhere and will not despawn from the world.
Taming Cats will never be complete without naming them. Use a name tag and apply a personalized name for your loyal Cats. We have a smart Minecraft name generator that can help you formulate names in almost all characters in Minecraft. Try it now for free.

Breeding Cats in Minecraft

Tired of walking around trying to collect as many cats as you can because you’re a cat-loving player? You can instead breed Cats to produce more in your game. To do this, players need a few things: a raw cod or salmon, a pair of tamed Cats, and a space.
For starters, go to a space where your Cats can breed. Let both Cats follow you in that space. Next, hold a raw cod or a raw salmon and feed it to the Cats. You’ll notice that small cute hearts starts to pop out from both Cats. This means that they are now in what we call the “love mode”.
Love mode in pets have dual purpose; to initiate a command such as “ sit” or “stand”, and to prepare the pet mob for breeding. Make sure that both Cats are close to each other before entering them in love mode. Wait for a while and a new kitten will spawn afterward. Players can repeat these steps if they wish for more Cats, but keep in mind that a pair of Cats used for breeding cannot breed again for the next 5 minutes.

Hostile Mobs

Unlike passive mobs, Hostile mobs are aggressive towards players. They will tend to attack when players are near and within their detection radius. Hostile mobs include both monster mobs and boss mobs. They can deal serious damage to players especially if they are unaware while exploring ruins and dungeons. Hostile mobs roam different areas and spawn when players are nearby. They despawn if players go too far away from their spawn locations.

Hostile Mob Examples

There are at least 37 known hostile mobs including boss mobs and monster mobs. In this section, we’ll focus on one of the common hostile monster mob, the Blaze.

The Minecraft Blaze

Blazes are uncommon hostile mobs found in the Nether area. They can easily be spotted from afar because it sets themselves ablaze when they attempt to attack the player. When not attacking, Blazes are nested on the ground and start to fly when moving.
Blazes are damaged with water and snowballs. Rain also damages blazes every second. Blazes can detect players within a 48-block radius. They also alarm other Blazes within the same radius and prompt them to attack the player altogether. Blazes shoot fireballs at long distances and can cause fire damage.
Below is a summary drop of Blaze when killed.

Blaze Rods0-1When killed. Blaze is the only known mob to drop blaze rods. Gives an additional 0-4 pieces with Looting III.
EXP10When killed by player or wolf companion.

Blaze Rods are exclusive resources found in the Nether that can be obtained by killing Blaze mobs. These rods are important ingredient in brewing and smelting, serving as a source of fuel. Blaze rod is also used to craft material requirements to go to the End area. It can be obtained by killing Blazes in the Nether area. Note that no blaze rods will drop if the Blaze is killed by other source of damage aside from the player.
Crafting with blaze rods allows players to obtain the following items:
Blaze Powder – a common craft item used for fueling brew stands, creating strength potions, and eye of ender. 1 blaze rod produces 2 blaze powder.
Brewing Stand – a block instrument used in brewing potions. A brewing stand can be crafted with 1 blaze rod and an additional stone-tier block.
End Rod – a light source that can also be used as decoration in-game. Can be crafted with 1 blaze rod and 1 popped chorus fruit.

Neutral Mobs

The last type of mobs belongs to the neutral behavior category called Neutral Mobs. Neutral mobs are either passive or hostile. They tend to attack players if provoked but usually ignore players if left alone. Despite this neutral behavior, players can still exploit these mobs by taming them. In this section, we’ll focus on one of the most beloved neutral mobs in the game, the Llama

The Minecraft Llama

Llamas are located in areas with grass blocks within savanna plateaus. They are commonly seen in herds of 4 to 6 and have four color variants of brown, white, cream, and gray. There is a 10% chance that a baby Llama spawn in these herds. When attacked, Llamas spit on its attacker. When wild Llamas encounter wild wolves, they initiate a fight and attack even if not provoked.
Aside from them being neutral to players, Llama still remains awesome and cute in-game. Players can equip them with carpets in their carpet slots to change their coloring patterns. Some players may find this cute, but other players use this to have a color coding scheme for their item storage. Minecraft Llama plush is one of the most famous Minecraft collectibles available online.
Below is a summary drop of Llamas when killed.

Leather0 – 2When killed. Gives an additional 0-5 pieces with Looting III.
Carpets and ChestALLWhen killed by player or wolf companion. A Llama equipped with a carpet and chest will drop them when killed.
Any Items in their inventoryALLWhen killed by player or wolf companion. A Llama will drop any item from its inventory when killed.

Taming Llamas in Minecraft

Why tame a Llama? The most amazing feature of a tamed Llama is its ability to hold chests for up to 15 slots of space. Who doesn’t want them as a traveling companion? They are very useful in exploration especially if players intend to gather resource materials.
Llamas can be tamed by repeatedly attempting to ride them. By repeatedly interacting with the Llama your character will attempt to ride it. However, players will need to attempt repeatedly because the Llama will dismount you from its back repeatedly until tamed. During these attempts, the chance taming the Llama is computed by the game randomly. Therefore, the success rate of taming them will be different for every player and every Llama. A Llama is successfully tamed when hearts start to pop out from it and when the Llama no longer bucks you off from its back. Beware! Tamed Llamas tend to attack the player if they accidentally hit them. So. Be careful when handling Llamas especially in huge quantities.

Riding a Llama and Some Limitations

Now that we were able to tame Llamas, maybe we can ride it? You can ride a Llama by simply interacting with it. However, this only allows you to ride the Llama, not control them. A player will remain mounted on a Llama but is not able to move using it. Llamas can be moved and carried with the player by using leads. Leads are used to attach a leash on neutral animals, golems, and a few monsters. Attaching leads to Llama allows players to move Llamas. A Llama with an attached lead will follow the player until it is removed. Players can also take advantage of the fact that a leashed Llama will trigger nearby Llamas to follow it as it follows the player. This allows the players to bring multiple Llamas into an area and create their own caravan of Llamas. Imagine how much luggage you can create by bringing numerous Llamas with chests! The rest is for players to find out.

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