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NOTE: This article is about the normal Wither variant from vanilla Minecraft. You may be looking for information on the Wither Storm variant from Minecraft: Story Mode.

New Boss: Wither! Better craft a diaper, pal.
~ The Pretty Scary Update promo poster on the Wither.

The Wither, also simply known as the Wither Boss, is a malevolent hostile mob that violently attacks anything he comes across, and the secondary antagonist of the Minecraft franchise, serving as one of the main antagonists of the sandbox survival game Minecraft. He is also a major character in the AvM Shorts, appearing as an anti-hero in Season 1, the main antagonist of Season 2 and a minor character in Season 3.

He is one of the most well-known yet deadliest hostile mobs of the game, despite being an optional boss only. He can also be fought optionally before or after the Ender Dragon fight. However, it is up to the player to fight him or not, but it is required to obtain the Nether Star. The Wither is the second boss added to Minecraft, and was added in 1.4, 11 months after the official game's PC release. However, he does not spawn in any dimension, and actually has to be crafted by the player in order to be fought. He can be considered the boss mob for the Nether due to it being constructed of Soul Sand and Wither Skeleton skulls, items only exclusive in the Nether.


The Wither, created from Soul Sand/Soil Soil and Wither Skulls, appears as a giant, floating, three-headed Wither Skeleton. His left and right heads are smaller than the center head, and appear to either have their own necks or are stuck on the ends of its arms where his hands would be. Otherwise the Wither is limbless, with his bony body ending in a dangling spine below. When summoned, it glows blue with energy as it slowly regenerates its health before releasing a massive explosion, destroying everything nearby before flying off to attack anything it sees.


The Wither is infamous for his high aggression towards almost any mob, even mere animals, as it will ruthlessly kill every single mob it sees with no remorse, while most of mobs seeks to eliminate ONLY the player, Wither (alongside Illagers) are even willing to hurt children, even if it isn't hostile toward undead mobs such as zombies and skeletons it has no problem in murdering them due to being near its target.

His entrance will cause world to fall into darker (similar to the one where it's raining) once it's destroyed, the light will return, in pocket edition its is half of health is to be down it will summon wither skeletons as a way for help and crash through objects, ultimately breaking them due to losing ability to fly.


In the original version Wither's death is simply the same played as much as other mobs, however in pocket edition (and some others) it will turn completely white and be unstable not attacking player or doing anything but simply explode and destroying many things (or killing other mobs) after some time, therefore it could be argued if Wither has intended to commit suicide in order to eliminate the player as well.

Powers and Abilities

The Wither is a very tough boss mob with many abilities, which include:

  • Firing Wither Skulls which explode and deal major damage on contact. It has two variants: a weaker normal black variant, and a much stronger blue variant which can be deflected with a hit that it fires occasionally in java but in bedrock it fires one blue skull per 3 black skulls..
  • Flying around when it is above half health, allowing it to stay out of reach of swords, meaning only arrows can damage it unless a player sets up a bunker or ceiling beforehand.
  • Being able to destroy almost any block it touches, even obsidian.
  • has 300 health in java and an absurd 600 health in bedrock making it have the most health in vanilla Minecraft.
  • When it is at half-health, it will drop down to the ground and can no longer fly, but in exchange it gains a shield that protects it from any projectiles, meaning only melee attacks can harm it in this stage in bedrock edition it can also summon 3 to 4 wither skeletons at this time.
  • Inflicting Wither Effect upon damaging a mob or player, an effect which slowly damages its target for a specific amount of time, and unlike Poison in Minecraft it can kill the entity it affects.



The Wither is one of the two main bosses in Minecraft, that was added in the 1.4 Pretty Scary Update, to expand the player's adventure in the game's Survival mode. It's achievement can only be obtained or unlocked after defeating the Ender Dragon. It can be summoned by placing 4 soul sands in a T- form, and adding 3 wither skulls on top of it (there is a 2x painting in the game that shows how to craft it). Once summoned, It will destroy anything in its path in the player's world.


Despite being the most powerful boss in the game, there are also strategies and weaknesses against The Wither:

  • Iron golems can also kill the Wither if he is in a closed area, if you manage to summon a Wither in a closed area, the iron golems is the best fighting machine for him, as its strength and power can damage the Wither quickly.
  • Areas like the desert, or savanna, can be a perfect fighting place for the Wither, as it has no water or lava craters, or trenches. Most players primarily use bows many times to slowly deplete the Wither's health, as it is the easiest way to damage the Wither, and when it's healing armor is already seen and partially damaged, The player must attack it with a diamond sword and slowly repeat until the Wither is finished and killed.
  • Using enchanted golden apples during the Wither fight is also beneficial for health regeneration as you fight it repeatedly without being withered away so easily
  • The primary weapons for killing a Wither are bows and swords. The player can also use crossbows as an alternative while fighting it. These weapons can damage the Wither so easily and strategically, especially if it is enchanted.

Other Media

Minecraft: Story Mode

Main article: Wither Storm


Withers appear as minor characters in the Gameknight999 series. In Battle for the Nether, they are mentioned as being generals in Erebus' monster army. In Gameknight999 vs. Herobrine, Gameknight creates a Wither to distract the blaze army so it and his friends can track down Herobrine.

Animation vs. Minecraft

In Season 1 of the AvM Shorts, the Wither first appears at the end of the final episode, "Cave Spider Roller Coaster". When the Cave Spider King has defeated the Fighting Stick Figures and is about to fight with the Second Coming, a Wither suddenly jumps out of the Nether Portal behind them, and fights with the Cave Spider King. The Second Coming drags his friends through the Nether Portal.

In Season 2, it's the main antagonist, but it only has that role thanks to being the most recurring antagonist, as it's lore-irrelevant. It first appears in "Build Battle" as its secondary antagonist. When Green is building a bear, it accidentally summons a Wither. Green fights the Wither while the rest of the gang doesn't bat an eye and just check the builds. At the end of the episode, the Second Coming gives the award to Blue, before the Wither blows up the build and everyone else. It later re-appears in "Lucky Blocks" as the secondary antagonist. Yellow, possessed by an Orb, spawns multiple Withers to kill its friends. After the Second Coming gets a powerful sword, it kills the Withers in one shot.

In Season 3, a Wither appears in the "Monster School" episode as one of many students.




  • The Wither shows no mercy or remorse to any living beings, to passive, neutral, the players, or even hostile mobs. The Wither is completely emotionless and empty inside, and is by far the most powerful Minecraft mob to be ever fought, even powerful than the Ender Dragon itself. The Wither is also known to be the most challenging mob ever added by Mojang. It also almost destroy everything it ever passes through, it can even destroy an entire city depending how powerful its breakdown is.
  • Some people mistake Notch for adding the Wither Boss into the main game, even though it stepped down as lead designer during the game's official release in 2011, and gave the position to Jeb later that year. Though during an interview in Minecon 2012, it praised Jeb for adding the Wither, as it thought the addition may spice up the game's survival challenges.
  • According to Jeb, the Wither boss was inspired by the spawnable bosses found in the video game Terraria.
  • In the Legacy Console Edition of Minecraft, The Wither is by far the most dangerous and if not, the most powerful boss in the edition, even more powerful and challenging than the Ender Dragon, and is sometimes considered as the main antagonist and true final boss of the edition, depending on the player's perspective. However the Legacy Console Edition is no longer updated as of now, as the game is now primarily focused on the Java/Bedrock Edition.
  • The Wither is by far the most terrifying and deadliest of the hostile mobs, and it is only optionally fought in the final achievement of the game. The Wither's main ingredients are wither skulls and soul sands, this lead to an explanation that it is behind of all the events of the game's premise before humans disappeared. It is also seen in the chiseled red sandstone block, and many believe it already existed in the past, and the player is the only one who can summon and revive it again from the dead. Game Theorists made many possible explanations about the Wither's explanation. Since the lore is never mentioned officially by Mojang, their videos and the book Mobestiary shows the only explanation to how it existed in the game.
  • Though its actions may be more horrible than the Hostile Mobs, it only appears a very short time in the game, and its role is completely optional and only appears in the game if the player builds it, while the mobs are spawned naturally and are also the biggest threat to the player themselves.
  • The role of the Wither is very optional when it comes to the gameplay of Minecraft, whether it is created by the player so that they can slaughter it and get the Nether star to create the beacon for their home and save the Nether, or only use it for experimental shenanigans. But it is required for the players to kill it in order to beat the game's achievements once and for all. The game is also nonlinear, so it can also be fought before the player fights the Ender Dragon.
  • When it comes to the achievements of the game, The Wither is the true final boss of the game, as its achievement is only unlocked by the defeating the game's main hostile boss mob, The Ender Dragon.
  • Although the game's lore was never officially mentioned by Mojang, common theories about the Wither is that it may be somewhat involved or connected to the events which caused the disappearance of the humans before the player's arrival in their world.
    • The Wither is also theorized as one of the main catalysts (alongside Ender Dragon) of the game's events, as its cataclysmic actions may have caused the game's conflicts and is also known to be responsible for creating chaos in the player's world.

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Hostile Mobs (Wither, Illagers) | Herobrine

Minecraft: Story Mode
Hostile Mobs | Ivor
Season 1
Wither Storm | The Ocelots (Aiden, Maya & Gill) | Soren the Architect | White Pumpkin | PAMA | Hadrian | Mevia | Em
Season 2
Romeo | Stella | Prismarine Foes | Warden

Minecraft Dungeons
Illagers (Arch-Illager) | Hostile Mobs | Redstone Monstrosity | Heart of Ender

Herobrine | Hostile Mobs | Entity303 | Charybdis | Feyd | Xa-Tul | Reaper | Erebus | Malacoda | Shaivalak | Shaikulud | Oxus | Vo-Lok | Lich King | Shadow-Crafters

Animation vs. Minecraft
The Second Coming
Season 1
Hostile Mobs | Purple | Pig | Killer Bunny | Elder Guardian | Cave Spider King
Season 2
Wither | Hostile Mobs | Orbs
Season 3
King Orange | Purple | The Witch | Herobrine | Illagers | Dark Negatives