The other jargon used here is spawn, which is the word for when the computer makes something appear. Hostile Mobs These minecraft leather the ones you have to worry about the most! All of them spawn in the dark — either at night-time, or in caves, or in your house if you don’t provide lighting.

Skeletons and zombies will burn up in sunlight, but watch out for some of the others even by day! Skeletons Skeletons are very common in Minecraft and will shoot at you with arrows. When they see you they will circle to their right to find a good place to shoot you from. Skeletons will catch fire if they are exposed to direct sunlight, unless they ave a helmet to protect them.

When a skeleton dies, it might drop bones or arrows for you to collect. Zombies Zombies are slow-moving monsters that, like skeletons, will die in the sunlight. If you kill a zombie, you might get some rotten flesh which you can eat if you really must, but it will likely poison you. Rarely, a zombie will drop an item of iron armour. Occasionally, an army of zombies will besiege a village, looking for tasty villagers to eat.

Creepers Creepers are strange creatures that contain explosives. They will blow up if you get too close to them, causing damage to anything near them. A creeper’s favourite trick is to sneak up behind you silently and explode. The only warning you get is a short hissing sound, like a fuse burning. Unlike skeletons and zombies, creepers don’t burn up when the sun comes, so keep an eye out for them when you leave your home in the morning. They tend to vanish by about noon, though. TNT and set off some explosions of your own.

Spiders There are two kinds of spider. The larger ones spawn anywhere it’s dark, like skeletons, zombies and creepers. The smaller ones, called Cave Spiders, are found only in abandoned mineshafts under ground. Cave spiders are poisonous, regular spiders are not. Spiders can climb and jump and get to places that other mobs cannot.