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This article is about the regular zombie. For the zombified version of villagers, see Zombie Villager.
For the zombie variation found only in desert biomes, see Husk.
For the zombie variation found only in ocean biomes, see Drowned.
For the zombie variation that spawns in the Nether, see Zombie Pigman.
Zombie
Zombie
Health Points: 20HP (10x Heart)
Attack Strength: Easy
3HP (1.5x Heart)

Normal
4HP (2x Heart)

Hard
6HP (3x Heart)

Drops: Common
0-2 Rotten Flesh
Uncommon
Iron Ingot, Equiped armor, Iron Shovel, Iron Sword, Potato, Carrot
Location: Overworld
First Appearance: Classic 0.24
Experience Points: 5
Technical Name minecraft:zombie

[view][talk] Zombies are melee, hostile mobs that spawn in areas with a light level of 7 or less. They are found within nearly all Minecraft Biomes.

Behavior

Zombies are sometimes considered the least dangerous hostile mob in the game because they are slow and can only use close-range melee attacks. However, it is possible for several zombies to collaborate and attack as a team, making them more difficult to overcome. Zombies come in many different variations as well, each with their own unique attacking abilities, or inflict a certain effect.

A zombie will target a player when he or she is within a 40 block radius. Zombies can jump 1 block up and will crowd around doors when in pursuit of players and Villagers (in Hard mode, they will break wooden doors down). Zombies also occasionally spawn with the ability to equip dropped Armor and Weapons. Any item equipped in this way will be dropped after the zombie is killed. Zombies will also not drop down into an area if the ledge is taller than five blocks. Once implemented, zombies will have a small chance of spawning another zombie to assist it.[citation needed] This is very buggy, albeit, and it can turn a handful of zombies into a horde in a short amount of time. This ability is activated upon any zombie taking damage, whether it's environmental or player caused.

Zombies spawn in unlit areas either above ground or underground. They will attempt to break down one's door. When the sun rises, they will burn to death above ground. As of Minecraft 1.2.3, they also have a chance of spawning with a Pumpkin or Jack o' Lantern on their head (during Halloween), wearing a random type of armor, or wielding an iron Sword or Shovel. Zombies normally drop Rotten Flesh, Iron Ingots (Rarely), Carrots (Rarely), Potatoes (Rarely), armor and weapons (Rarely, if equipped), and their head (if killed by a Charged Creeper).

Occasionally, zombies will attack villagers. However, zombie villagers can be healed by using a splash Potion of weakness on them and then giving them a Golden Apple. They heal faster by making a makeshift jail cell for the villager with Iron Bars and a bed.

Uses

When killed, zombies drop 0–2 pieces of rotten flesh. Rotten flesh can be eaten by a player, but it has an 80% chance of giving a player Food Poisoning. Rotten flesh can safely be used to heal and breed tamed wolves without any risk of the wolf being poisoned, as wolves are immune to rotten flesh poisoning. Also, players can trade rotten flesh with villagers.

Because they also drop carrots and potatoes on occasion, a player can use a zombie Mob Spawner from a Dungeon to potentially collect carrots and potatoes in order to start or supplement a vegetable garden.

Zombies will rarely drop shovels, swords, carrots, potatoes, and armor (if equipped). The Looting enchantment increases the chance for these items to drop. Zombies can spawn with and drop chain armor. These items will only drop from zombies killed by a player.

Appearance

GoldArmored zombie

A Golden-armored Zombie, as of 1.6

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A baby Zombie, spawned with a Spawn Egg.

Zombies are easily identified by their green skin and blue shirts. They also wear dark blue/purple trousers, and are the only mobs that are dressed like the default player (Steve). This makes them easy to identify if playing on single player, due to the fact that there are no other players. They make constant moaning noises when they are nearby, giving away their location and allowing a player to prepare to fight. This can be used when mining underground. Following the moaning noises can assist a player in finding a cave, or dungeon. Other zombie types wear different clothing. (eg. a Husk wears a desert outfit, and a Zombie Villager is a dead Villager)

Baby Zombies

ChickenJockey

One of the rarest mobs in the game: the Chicken Jockey.

Baby zombies are a mini version of regular zombies which have a rare chance to spawn in either Creative Mode or Survival Mode, with cheats, or with a Spawn Egg. In 1.6.2, normal baby zombies would spawn, but rarely. Since 1.7, it is now common for a baby zombie to spawn, and there is an extremely rare chance for a baby zombie to spawn riding a Chicken. This is called a Chicken Jockey. Since 1.13, baby zombies now burn in sunlight (except for Zombie Pigman and Husks). Baby zombies (and their counterparts) are the same as zombies with these exceptions:

  • They move faster than regular zombies, they can fit through one-block high spaces, yet they have the same health as their adult counterparts, making them more dangerous than adult zombies.
  • They do not grow into adult zombies unlike Villagers. This also applies to their variants.
  • When they wear armor, it shrinks to fit their body size.
  • Baby zombies can also ride on a regular zombie, spiders, or other animals, doing damage to players while making the animals charge.
  • In the Bedrock Edition, Baby Zombie can ride adult Zombies.

Baby villagers are made by villagers when there are a sufficient amount of doors in a village. Baby villagers may turn into baby zombie villagers when they are killed by zombies.

Farming

Because they can only use melee attacks, they're easy to farm if one is prepared correctly. Just get a Ladder, in a building 4 blocks high, with a roof, then make a door, and then attack a zombie, and then let him follow. Then, when the zombie comes in, shut the door, climb up the ladder, and get out. Also, placing glass around the building allows for a good view. Just make a hole 4 blocks deep, and then put a trap door at top, and then follow it with Redstone with a Lever, then pull the lever when a zombie comes.

Another way to farm zombies is to wall off a Zombie Spawner, make a hole a single block wide into the Spawner, and chop at the zombies' feet. Make sure to be sealed off from the surrounding cavern, if applicable, and be careful. Baby Zombies can still run through the hole and attack. This will have the benefit of collecting massive quantities of Rotten Flesh, as well as the possibility of harvesting Carrots, Potatoes, and the occasional Iron ingot.

The most basic way is to find a dungeon with a spawner in it, then make a 2 block high pit, which then you can safely kill them all. Extending pit depth to around 10 blocks will allow the player to kill zombies more easily after they're weakened by damage from falling.

Strategy

Zombies are somewhat easy to defeat. They are slow and have no ranged attacks, but if shot with an Arrow, they will attack with however many zombies are next to it. They will also do the same if attacked with a sword (As of 1.5). Zombies can be defeated with any weapon. A good sword will easily dispatch a zombie. The only hazard about zombies is their tendency to spawn in groups, which makes them a danger for unprepared or unskilled players. They are also capable of spawning with armor, giving them extra durability. Zombies wearing headgear will not burn up in sunlight, but their headgear's durability will eventually run out and break, leaving it exposed to the Sun. Also, be aware that, since 1.6.4, zombies will call other zombies to "help." Within seconds, more zombies will pursue a player. The way to prevent this is to kill the zombie as quick as possible.

Variants

Note: Each variant has their own pages, and will lead you to another article.


Regular Zombies

Regular zombies wear default (Steve-like) clothing, and the most basic and common type of zombie. They were the second hostile mob to be added followed by the human mob, which was removed.

Zombie Villagers

Zombie villagers are zombies that have a 5% chance to spawn in place of a regular zombie. They also spawn when a villager successfully gets killed by a zombie. This will also happen on the current difficulty. As of 1.11, zombie villagers have new sounds.

Husks

Husks spawn in deserts. They have an 80% chance to spawn under the desert sky in place of a regular zombie. Unlike regular zombies though, husks don't burn in sunlight, and can also inflict the hunger effect.

Zombie Pigman

Unlike most other zombies, zombie pigmen are neutral. They will also not chase villagers. Zombie pigmen only spawn in the Nether, or when a pig is struck by lightning. They will also spawn holding a gold sword and are immune to fire damage.

Zombie Horse

Zombie horses are passive mobs and cannot be spawned in normal gameplay. However, they can be summoned via commands or by a spawn egg in the creative inventory.

Drowned

Drowneds are hostile zombie like mobs, that, similar to the husk, spawn in exclusive biomes, but only in the ocean. They meet the criteria, as they drop rotten flesh. They do have a rare chance to wield a trident, or a fishing rod, and have an 8.5% chance to drop them. Drowned mobs will also chase villagers.

Trivia

  • Before the Beta 1.8 update, instead of rotten flesh, zombies would drop Feathers on death, making them a difficult alternative to chickens.
  • When they come into contact with sunlight, they will catch on Fire unless they are wearing any headgear, a baby zombie (or a baby zombie villager), or in Water.
  • Since the 1.2 release, zombies are able to break down wooden doors on hard mode. This makes them even more dangerous at night, since a player or Villager cannot easily hide in their home. The zombie will continue to pursue unless it is killed, a player is killed, or a player runs far away. In 1.3.2, zombies can break down wooden doors on any difficulty exept easy. However, zombies cannot break down iron doors.
  • A group of 4–10 zombies is considered to be a horde, and it is quite rare to encounter one outside of a zombie-spawning dungeon. Thus, the presence of a horde of zombies is a good indicator that there may be a zombie spawner nearby.
  • The sound made by zombies can help players pinpoint the existence of a cave when digging underground.
  • It is very rare for zombies to spawn with dyed leather armor.
  • Zombie attack range is higher in Xbox version than PC version, hence, making it harder to kill in Xbox Edition.
  • Zombies have a chance of spawning with the ability to pick up items.
  • Zombie sieges can spawn in villages. (Which is when a large group of zombies spawn in Villages)
  • Zombies will attempt to avoid dangerous things (lava, cliffs, cacti), but will accidently walk out into sunlight.
  • Because they are undead mobs, zombies heal when hit with a potion of harming or poison, but they take damage when hit with a potion of healing or regeneration.
  • Farming a zombie spawner on higher difficulties is one of the few ways of legitimately obtaining chain armor.
  • Zombies during the Minecraft Survival Test were stronger in comparison to the recent versions.
  • When a zombie is distracted by a villager, a player can touch the zombie without being damaged. Damage will be dealt, however, if the zombie is distracted in any way and attacks a player.
  • The zombie's outfit is the same as Steve (The default male player).
  • Zombies could originally run as fast as the player.
  • The carrots and potatoes they rarely drop is possibly because they picked up the items when they attack npc villages. This is a reference due to the villager's farms growing crops.
  • There is a glitch when baby zombie's pumpkins were still regualr size, but float on top of the baby zombie's head.
  • Zombies have the most variant types of any other mob, having 6 different types.

Gallery

Zombie

Click for full Zombie gallery.

Mobs in Minecraft
Passive Mobs
BatFace Bat OcelotFace Cat ChickenFace Chicken CowFace Cow
HorseHead Horse MooshroomFace Mooshroom OcelotFace Ocelot Parrot
PigFace Pig Big-rabbit-face Rabbit SheepFace Sheep Snowgolemhead Snow Golem
Squidface Squid Villagerhead Villager Turtle
Neutral Mobs
EndermanFace Enderman Vg face Iron Golem BetterWolfFace Wolf ZombiePigmanFace Zombie Pigman
Big-llama-face Llama PolarBearFace Polar Bear Dolphin
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 Drowned
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