Zombies are common undead mobs that only spawn in the overworld.

Spawning Edit

In the Overworld, zombies spawn in groups of 4 at a light level of 7 or less. Zombies have a 5% chance to spawn as a zombie villager and a 5% chance to spawn as a baby zombie. Baby zombies have an additional 5% chance of spawning as a chicken jockey, which makes the total chance of getting a chicken jockey 2.5%. This also applies to spawn eggs.

Sieges Edit

Main article: Zombie siege

If a player is in a village with at least 10 doors and 20 villagers at midnight, up to 20 zombies may be spawned near the edge of the village regardless of light level or transparent blocks.

Monster spawners Edit

Zombies can spawn from monster spawners inside dungeons, which can be found underground.

Variants Edit

Zombie Villagers Edit

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Zombie villagers comprise 5% of all spawned zombies. They behave as ordinary zombies, but their character model's head and face is reminiscent of that of a villager, shaded with a darker green hue.

Zombie villagers can also result from zombie attacks on villagers. If any type of zombie kills a villager, there is a chance that the villager will transform into a zombie villager (100% on hard difficulty, 50% on normal, 0% on easy).

Zombie villagers can be cured by using a golden apple on them while they are under the effects of Weakness, which can be applied using a splash potion of Weakness thrown by the player or a witch. (The golden apple must be normal, not the shiny variant created with gold blocks.) A loud hissing sound will be heard if successful, and the zombie villager will begin to shudder. The transformation will take 2–5 minutes, during which time the zombie villager behaves as normal. While the zombie is being cured, it will have the strength I effect in normal difficulty (or strength II on hard difficulty), making it more important to isolate the zombie.

  • Cured villagers do not retain the trades they had before they became infected.
  • If the zombie villager is wearing any armor or wielding tools or weapons, those items disappear when the villager is cured.
  • During the curing process, it is often a good idea to keep the zombie villager away from any other zombies, because the other zombies will attack it after it is cured.
  • Conversion can be sped up by around 4% by surrounding the zombie villager with iron bars and/or bed blocks within a 9×9×9 cube centered on the zombie villager.[1]

A zombie villager cannot be cured by switching from Easy, Normal or Hard difficulty to Peaceful; they will simply disappear like all other monsters.

Baby Zombies Edit

Baby zombies make up 5% of zombie spawns. They behave similar to regular zombies, with the following oddities:

  • They do not burn in sunlight.[2]
  • They are faster than the normal zombie and they have the same HP as normal zombies.
  • The noises they make are higher-pitched than normal zombie sound effects.
  • They can ride chickens.
  • Baby zombie villagers will turn into adult villagers if cured.
  • Worn armor shrinks to fit their body size.
  • They are able to fit through 1×1 block gaps.
  • They give more Experience Orbs when killed by the player.

Baby zombie villagers are spawned when a zombie kills a baby villager, the chance of infection being the same as adult zombie villagers. Baby zombie villagers also spawn naturally, but the combined chance (5% villagers × 5% babies) is very low at 0.25% of all newly spawned zombies.

Armed Zombies Edit

Along with skeletons, some spawned zombies can pick up dropped items from the ground. These zombies will automatically hold any item they come across, but if those items happen to be armor, weapons, or tools, the zombie will use them. Some of these zombies spawn already in possession of such items, and those items may also be enchanted. The chances of that event are listed below and are taken from the game's code. Zombie villagers can spawn naturally with armor on.

Easy Normal Hard
Armor 0% 0%-15%[note 1] 0%-15%[note 1]
Weapon[note 2] 1% 1% 5%
Pick up 0% 55%[note 1] 55%[note 1]
Weapon enchantment[note 3] 0% 25%[note 1] 25%[note 1]
Armor enchantment[note 3] 0% 0-50%[note 1] 0-50%[note 1]
  1. ↑ Jump up to:a b c d e f g h iValue is based on the regional difficulty.
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13 chance of an iron sword, 23 chance of an iron shovel

  1. ↑ Jump up to:a bEnchantment is the same as on an enchantment table at level 5–22.[note 1]

If a zombie does spawn with armor, the chances of specific armor are as follows:

Armor Easy & Normal Hard
Helmet 100% 100%
Helmet & Chestplate 75% 90%
Helmet & Chestplate & Leggings 56.25% 81%
Full set 42.19% 72.9%

The chances of it being of a particular material are:

Armor Type Chance
Leather 37.06%
Gold 48.73%
Chain 12.90%
Iron 1.27%
Diamond 0.04%

Zombie armor is not damaged from most damage sources, which means it cannot "wear out" the way player armor does. Helmets (not blocks) on zombies can wear away and break if the zombie is exposed to daylight or has an anvil or other falling block dropped on its head. Zombies also have a natural armor rating of 2 (), which gives 8% damage reduction from most sources.

If any zombie has a sword in their hand, and a sword of a better type or with better enchantments is given, they will drop the existing sword (with the same chance as if killed with Looting I) and start using the better one. Zombies capable of taking items will also take mob heads, which they will wear on top of their existing head. Any zombie that spawns with equipment (picked-up items don't count) will give 1-3 extra experience points per item.

Drops Edit

When killed, zombies drop 0-2 pieces of rotten flesh.

Zombies will rarely drop iron ingots, carrots, potatoes, and any naturally spawned equipment. Any picked-up equipment has 100% chance of dropping and will drop with the same damage level it had when picked up, while any naturally spawned equipment has a 8.5% (9.5% with Looting I, 10.5% with Looting II and 11.5% with Looting III) chance of dropping and will drop with a random durability.

A zombie will drop its head if killed by a charged creeper's explosion. Zombies drop 5 experience (12 if baby zombie) when killed by a player or tamed wolf, +1-3 extra experience if the zombie has equipment.

In the Pocket Edition, zombies will not drop iron ingots at all.

Halloween Edit

If a zombie wearing a pumpkin or jack o'lantern is killed using a tool enchanted with Looting, there will be a chance equivalent to the level of Looting used to drop the pumpkin or jack o'lantern, up to a maximum of a 3% chance of a drop.

Behavior Edit

Zombies can deal damage through closed doors.

A zombie trying to break the door down instead of taking an alternative path.

A zombie with full golden armor and rotten flesh as held item, considered as a melee weapon.

The swinging arms animation.

Zombies spawn in groups of 4 and will pursue the player on sight from 40 blocks away, as opposed to 16 blocks in other hostile mobs. Zombies will attempt to avoid obstacles, including sheer cliffs and lava, and will try to find the shortest path towards the player.[3] Unlike skeletons, zombies do not try to avoid being hit, and continue to pursue the player even when being attacked. Zombies can sometimes deal damage through a closed door, as shown on the picture to the right. Like most mobs, zombies will always float on water, even if their target is below them.

At dawn, generally when the sun is 15 degrees or more above the ground (that is, when the moon can no longer be seen), most zombies will catch fire and burn once exposed to direct sunlight. Zombies with head armor are immune to sunlight, but the armor piece will take damage. They may make some attempt to seek out shade during this time, or enter bodies of water to protect themselves from burning up, but will exit protective areas to chase a nearby player or villager. If they attack an entity while burning, they may set it on fire. If wearing armor enchanted with Thorns while burning they may set players attacking them on fire with thorns damage alone.

As zombies are undead mobs, they are harmed by the status effect Healing and healed by the status effect Harming. They are also immune to regeneration and poison.

Attacking villagers Edit

Zombies will attack villagers within 42 blocks, and they can always see villagers through walls. Once a zombie has focused on a villager, the zombie will ignore any other villagers and the player, until its target is dead or a mob or player attacks.

Zombies will bang on closed wooden doors, and on Hard (and Hardcore) difficulty, up to 14.5% of them (depending on regional difficulty) can succeed in breaking them down. Otherwise, the door will crack, but not break. Iron doors are always safe. In Pocket Edition, zombies cannot break down wooden doors at all.

Attacking Iron Golems Edit

Zombies will attack iron golems within 42 blocks.

Reinforcements Edit

On hard difficulty, zombies can call other zombies in the area to “help”. When a zombie is damaged, at least by another entity or by suffocation, it will attempt to spawn one reinforcement zombie nearby (within an 80×80×80 box centered on the attacked zombie). Both the damaged zombie and the new zombie will have a reduced chance of summoning another reinforcement, so they cannot cause an infinite number of zombies to spawn, but they can multiply significantly, causing a swarm of zombies.

Damaged zombies will also call all other nearby zombies within a radius of 64 blocks to attack, regardless of difficulty, like zombie pigmen.

These effects can be negated by killing the zombie in as few hits as possible, by using environmental damage such as cactus or lava, or by ignoring them.

Console Edition Edit

In Console Edition, most of the zombie and villager reactions are present; however, the special door-breaking tag is not present and as such all zombies can punch doors.

Pocket Edition Edit

Zombies drop rotten flesh and/or more rarely a potato/carrot. As of 0.9.0 with the addition of villagers, zombies are attracted to villagers, but can't break down doors. Zombies, unlike their PC counterparts, cannot pick up armor or items, nor do they spawn with them.

NBT data Edit

Achievements Edit

Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites Actual requirements (if different) Version restriction Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Zombie Doctor Cure a zombie villager. None Throw a splash potion of weakness at a zombie villager and give it a golden apple (by facing the zombie and pressing the left trigger with a golden apple in your hand) Xbox One & PS4 40G Gold
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