Experience Points are 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, as seen below. Experience Points can also be gathered when smelting, fishing, and breeding livestock. Bosses, such as the Ender Dragon and Wither boss, will drop a lot of experience points when killed.
Experience Point Source Chart
|Chicken, Cow, Mushroom Cow, Ocelot (cat), Pig, Sheep, Squid, Wolf (dog),||1–3|
|Bats and All Baby Animals||0|
|Iron Golem, Snow Golem||0|
Cave Spider, Creeper, Enderman, Ghast, Silverfish, Skeleton, Spider
|Slime (Large), Magma Cubes (Large)||4|
|Slime (Small), Magma Cubes (Small)||2|
|Slime (Tiny), Magma Cubes (Tiny)||1|
|5 + 5|
|Diamond Ore, Emerald Ore||3–7|
|Nether Quartz Ore, Lapis Lazuli Ore||2–5|
|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|
Sand, Coal, Netherrack, Cobblestone
|Bottle 'O Enchanting||3–11|
|Catching Raw Fish||
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.
As of Beta 1.8, there was no measurable benefit to gaining Experience Orbs and levels. They were probably just for display.
As of 1.9 Pre-release 3, experience levels are indicated by a number above the experience bar, which increases 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 1.9 Pre-release 3, but had no actual effect until 1.9 Pre-release 4.
- In Beta 1.8 Pre-release 1, when the player died, they dropped all of their experience orbs individually. This created a problem with 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 code left in by Jeb for testing Experience.
- Sometimes, in Multiplayer, the Experience Orbs will orbit the player.
- Expericence may or may not be updated in the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft.
- At their death, Withers and the Ender Dragon drop noticeably large orbs along with dozens of regular ones. Withers drop less.
- Singleplayer maps brought into Multiplayer will cause a bug where the Player will have their experience reset.