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Wither
Wither
The Wither
Health Points: 300HP (150x Heart)
Attack Strength: Easy: 5HP (2.5x Heart)

Normal: 8HP (4x Heart)  + Wither Debuff
Hard: 12HP (6x Heart)  + Wither Debuff

Drops: 1 Nether Star
Location: Anywhere it is created
First Appearance: 12w34a (disabled)
12w36a (official)
Network ID: 64
Savegame ID: wither
Experience Points: 50

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The Wither is a floating, three-headed, ghostly, boss mob with a skeletal appearance. It is the second boss mob introduced and added to the game after the Ender Dragon.

Appearance

A Wither looks like an emaciated creature, and a black, skeletal beast with 3 wither skulls as heads and body consist of wither spine and prehensile rib-cages. It also has white eyes and white mouths.

Behavior

The Wither is an extremely aggressive monster that acts hostile to the player and all mobs except undead mobs (Skeletons, Zombies, Zombie Pigmen, Wither Skeletons, Husks, Strays, and other Withers). Upon noticing non-undead mobs, the Wither attacks them with a projectile called the “wither skull”. Each head fires independently, allowing a wither to attack up to three different mobs/players at the same time. Should no mobs around, Wither would wanders and fire blue wither skull on random location to attract/forced its foe to get out from hiding.

When provoked by a skeleton or another Wither, they will only remain hostile toward each other for a moment before returning to friendly status. If it is spawned in The End, it will prefer to attack any nearby Endermen, but it will also attempt to pursue and attack the Ender Dragon if there are no other nearby targets.

Abilities

The Wither can move very quickly. Upon noticing a mob, the Wither will attack them with a projectile called the “Wither Skull”. Wither Skulls inflict a status effect called "Wither II" on Normal and Hard difficulties for about 10 to 40 seconds, respectively. This effect is similar to Poison except that it can kill the player, and it turns the health bar black which makes it difficult to tell at a glance how many hearts are still full. The wither is able to break any block except Bedrock and End Portal Frames. It can also destroy Obsidian which is well known for it's immunity to TNT and long mining time.

Each head is fired individually, allowing a Wither to attack up to three different mobs at the same time or fire very quickly on a single mob. The middle-head Wither shoots a blue Wither skull which will give the player the Wither effect while its other heads shoot their own skulls. Withers need at least a 5 block high airspace to fit, regardless, they can't be trapped and suffocated in smaller rooms. When attacked, the Wither will break any block that comes into contact with it except bedrock and end portal frames.

The Wither has the ability to destroy blocks similar to that of the Ender Dragon's ability. When near any block that can be destroyed by a player, it will produce an audible smashing sound. For example, this could happen by having the Wither on one side of a wall and the player on the other, so the Wither would have to make a path through the wall in order to attack. The Wither will then instantly destroy a 3x3 hole in the wall in order to pass through it.

The Wither's boss health bar is only shown when a player is looking in the direction of a Wither, and it can also be seen through walls when the player is looking in the Wither's direction. When it reaches half health, the Wither will gain the "Wither Armor" effect which makes it immune to Arrows and Potions but not melee attacks as well as having a visual effect surrounding it similar to that of a Charged Creeper. While in this state, the Wither cannot fly. The Wither, when calm, cannot fly, and instead it simply hovers above the ground, but it cannot "jump" up one block. When angered by the player, the Wither will fly at the same height as the player. Like other undead mobs, such as zombies, skeletons, etc., the Wither is harmed by Potions of Healing and healed by Potions of Harming. It also regenerates health over time (about a Heart per second). The Wither will explode when it is done powering up, so the player should steer clear of it when it's spawned.

Summoning the Wither

To create the Wither, the player must arrange four Soul Sand blocks in a capital "T" shape, and place three wither skeleton skulls on top. The Wither will appear instantly, staying still, while beginning charging its health and cannot be damaged in this time. Once fully charged, a large explosion happens around it, and it begins attacking anything in sight aside from other Undead monsters (Zombies, Skeletons, etc.).

The Wither can destroy any block except Bedrock, and therefore cannot be contained. Once the player has worn it down to half health, it forms "Wither Armor" that protects it from arrows. The player must then finish it off at close range. When killed, it drops the Nether Star, an ingredient to the Beacon, a powerful block that gives the player enhanced powers.

Note: The wither is not created in a crafting table. Instead, the components of the wither must be placed/stacked in a particular shape (similar to an Iron Golem), following the shape outlined in the table below.

*The last block placed MUST be a Wither Skeleton head, or this will not work.

Wither
BlockCSS
Wither Skeleton Head
BlockCSS
Wither Skeleton Head
BlockCSS
Wither Skeleton Head
BlockCSS
Soul Sand
BlockCSS
Soul Sand
BlockCSS
Soul Sand
None
BlockCSS
Soul Sand
None


Trivia

  • The name 'Wither' means dead, and it refers to the materials needed in order to create one which comes from Minecraft's "Hell" where dead souls supposedly go.
  • The Wither had a glitch where it would spin around in circles while shooting Wither Skulls.
  • There was a glitch where the Wither couldn't fly in Superflat worlds.
  • Withers cannot be trapped inside any material excluding bedrock (in creative mode).
  • The wither skeleton skull can be placed with a Dispenser.
  • There is a 2x2 Wither Painting that can be placed.
  • It is possible to change the Wither's size using commands which is similar to that of the Slime and the Magma Cube. It can become up to 256 blocks tall, but it won't attack.
  • There was a glitch where the Wither could destroy the End portal even though the End portal is indestructible.
  • If the player attempts to spawn the wither in peaceful mode, the blocks will stay there and not turn into the actual Wither.
  • In the Minecraft 1.4 Update, The Wither is able to ride a Minecart.
  • The player can spawn the Wither horizontally, but it will always spawn vertically.
  • The Wither can see the player, even if they have an invisibility potion effect.
  • The Wither appears on all the faces of the Red Chiseled Sandstone.
  • If the player is playing on Easy difficulty then the Wither will not shoot the blue Wither Skulls which give the Wither effect to the player.
  • If the Wither is given a Name Tag, then the text that appears on the top of the screen will change to the name of the name tag given.
  • The wither has the most health of any mob in Minecraft, with 300 HP.

Gallery

Mobs in Minecraft
Passive Mobs
BatFace Bat OcelotFace Cat ChickenFace Chicken CowFace Cow
HorseHead Horse MooshroomFace Mooshroom OcelotFace Ocelot PigFace Pig
SheepFace Sheep Snowgolemhead Snow Golem Squidface Squid Villagerhead Villager
Neutral Mobs
EndermanFace Enderman Vg face Iron Golem BetterWolfFace Wolf ZombiePigmanFace Zombie Pigman
Llama
Hostile Mobs
Blaze Face Blaze CaveSpiderFace Cave Spider CreeperFace Creeper Enderdragon Face Ender Dragon
EndermiteFace Endermite EvokerFace Evoker GhastFace Ghast HuskFace Husk
Magma Cube Face Magma Cube SilverfishFace Silverfish SkeletonFace Skeleton SlimeFace Slime
SpiderFace Spider Spider SkeletonFace Spider Jockey 50px-WitchFace Witch WitherFace Wither
WitherSkeletonHead Wither Skeleton Spider WitherSkeleton Wither Skeleton Jockey ZombieFace Zombie Shulker Shulker
StrayFace Stray VexFace Vex VindicatorFace Vindicator
Unused/Removed/Unimplemented Mobs
150px-Beast Boy Beast Boy Black Steve Black Steve ZombieFace Giant 150px-Mob1 Human
PigFace Pigmen 150px-Rana Rana Red Dragon 100px-SteveSteve

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