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Health 20 HP (10x Heart)
Spawn Light Level of 7 or less
Attack Strength Easy
3 HP (1.5x Heart)
4 HP (2x Heart)
6 HP (3x Heart)
Drops Common
1-2 Rotten Flesh
Iron Ingot
Experience 5 Experience Points

A Zombie is a hostile mob that closely resembles the player. Zombies spawn in areas of light less than a rating of 7, and will attack the player by slowly moving toward them, touching them and thereby inflicting damage. Like Skeletons, Zombies catch fire in sunlight, however neither will burn if not in direct sunlight, e.g. underneath a tree.


Zombies have green skin, empty eye sockets, and identical clothing to the player. They are 2 blocks tall, 1 block wide, and 0.25 blocks thick.


Zombies moan and wander around aimlessly, but snarl and gurgle when attacking or injured. Zombies will attempt to avoid obstacles, including sheer cliffs and lava, and would try to find the shortest path towards the player. Unlike Skeletons, Zombies do not try to avoid being hit, and continue to pursue the player even when being attacked.

At dawn (when the Sun is 15 degrees or more above the ground), Zombies will catch fire and burn once exposed to direct sunlight. However, Zombies will make some attempt to seek out shade from the sunlight, or enter bodies of water to protect themselves from burning up. Being in water negates the effects of direct sunlight, preventing them from burning. If they exit the water, they will again be vulnerable to direct sunlight. Rain will also prevent Zombies from burning. When spawned(creative mode) they will not burn until they are hurt.

In NPC Villages, zombies will attack the villagers in large numbers. They will knock down wooden doors on hard-mode and kill villagers inside houses. Their ability to knock down doors also works anywhere, which means they can and will knock down doors that are yours too.


  • Zombies will not burn from sunlight if they are standing on Soul Sand.
  • Despite being nocturnal, zombies are the most common mobs in Minecraft, extremely common in dark places like caves, strongholds, dungeons, etc., and outside at night, even more so than the other mobs.
  • Zombies are unaffected by poison potions.
  • Potions of Harming will heal Zombies and potions of Healing will harm zombies.
  • Before an unknown update, Zombies dropped Feathers.


When killed Zombies drop 0-2 Rotten Flesh. They also have rare drops of iron helmets, swords, shovels, ingots, carrots and potatoes. They do not currently drop carrots and potatoes. This is a bug.

Skin Packs

The Zombie features in Skin Pack 1 and the Festive Skin Pack.

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