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Experience Points are small, glowing orbs that, when gathered, can total up to Experience levels that can be used in Enchanting or for repairing items in an Anvil. The Player can obtain experience orbs by killing Mobs, Breeding, Smelting, Fishing, Mining some blocks and using Bottle o' Enchanting as seen below.

Large mobs that are difficult to kill, such as the Ender Dragon and Wither, will drop a lot of experience points when killed. Experience points will gravitate towards the player, but they will move slowly if the player is farther away. They will move towards the player quickly if the player is closer. The Experience Bar can be found at the bottom of the screen, and it is above the player's HUD. The experience bar will gradually fill up with glowing green sections every time Experience orbs are collected.
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Experience


Experience Point Source Chart

Source 

Experience

Animals
Chicken, Cow, Mushroom Cow, Ocelot (cat), Pig, Sheep, Squid, Wolf (dog), 1–3
Bats and All Baby Animals 0
Golems
Iron Golem, Snow Golem 0
Monsters

Cave Spider, Creeper, Enderman, Ghast, Silverfish, Skeleton, Spider


Wither Skeleton, Zombie, Zombie Pigman

5
Slime (Large), Magma Cubes (Large) 4
Slime (Small), Magma Cubes (Small) 2
Slime (Tiny), Magma Cubes (Tiny) 1

Spider Jockey

5 for spider, 5 for Skeleton

Blaze

10
NPCs
Villagers 0
Witch 5
Bosses
Ender Dragon 12,000
Wither 50
Mining blocks
Coal Ore 0–2
Diamond Ore, Emerald Ore 3–7
Nether Quartz Ore, Lapis Lazuli Ore 2–5
Redstone Ore 1–5
Monster Spawner 15–43
Smelting/Cooking
Gold Ore, Emerald Ore, Diamond Ore 1.0
Iron Ore, Redstone Ore 0.7
Potato, Raw Beef, Raw Chicken, Raw Fish, Raw Porkchop 0.35
Clay 0.3
Cactus 0.2
Wood 0.15

Sand, Coal, Netherrack, Cobblestone

0.1
Other
Bottle 'O Enchanting 3–11
Breeding animals 1–4
Catching Raw Fish

1–3

History

Experience Points were added to Minecraft during the first part of the Adventure Update. They were originally revealed by Jeb during an interview. Experience can be obtained by gathering Experience Orbs from defeated mobs and players.

Benefits

During Beta 1.8, there was no measurable benefit to gaining Experience Orbs and levels. They were probably just for display.

As of Beta 1.9 Pre-release 3, experience levels are indicated by a number above the experience bar which will increase by one every time the bar is filled.

The ability to spend experience levels for the enchantment of items with an Enchantment Table was added in the Beta 1.9 Pre-release 3, but it had no actual effect until Beta 1.9 Pre-release 4.

Sounds

  • Levelup
    This sound is played for every five levels attained.
  • Orb
    This sound is played when an experience orb is collected.

Trivia

  • In Beta 1.8 Pre-release 1, when the player died, they dropped all of their experience orbs individually. This created a problem with the retrieval of drops if the player had accumulated a large sum of experience due to the extremely large amount of orb items created at the specific point. On SMP servers, this could be enough to even crash a server.
  • In Beta 1.9 Pre-release, the player gained Experience from jumping. This was part of the code left in by Jeb for testing Experience.
  • Sometimes, in Multiplayer, the Experience Orbs will orbit the player.
  • At their death, Withers and the Ender Dragon will drop noticeably large orbs along with dozens of regular ones because they are bosses. Withers will drop fewer experience points than the Ender Dragon does.
  • Single-player maps brought into Multiplayer will cause a bug where the Player will have their experience reset.
  • Experience points are abbreviated to XP.
  • The maximum level of Experience is 2,147,483,647 (2^31) levels.
  • The colors of the experience orbs are either green or yellow.
  • In Minecraft: Pocket Edition, the max level a player can reach is 24,791. However, achieving this level is impossible unless a player uses the /xp command.

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