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For other uses, see Bat (disambiguation).

A bat is a flying ambient[1] passive mob that spawns in dark areas underground.


Bats can spawn in groups of 8‌[JE only]/2‌[BE only] in the Overworld at a light level of 3 or less on opaque blocks below layer 63. They also need at least 2 air blocks (or alternatively, a top trapdoor or top slab in the block above foot level). In Java Edition, between October 20 and November 3, they require a light level of 6 or less to spawn. On Superflat worlds, bats spawn below the top non-air layer, ignoring the usual layer-63 limitation.


Bats do not drop any items or experience upon death.


Bats are small, less than a block tall and wide. They squeak randomly. They often fly around aimlessly, tending to favor the east, and sometimes fly into lava and catch on fire.

Bats hang upside down on the underside of a solid block when idle, though they cannot hang on transparent or non-solid blocks. If a player approaches a bat hanging upside down, even if the player is invisible, it flies away. This also happens if the player breaks the block the bat is hanging from.

Bats despawn when too far away from the player (over 32 blocks away).

Bats' collision boxes do not interact with the player or redstone components.


Java Edition:
Bats use the Friendly Creatures sound category for entity-dependent sound events.

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Bat screechesFriendly CreaturesRandomly while flyingentity.bat.ambientsubtitles.entity.bat.ambient0.10.76-1.1416
Bat diesFriendly CreaturesWhen a bat diesentity.bat.deathsubtitles.entity.bat.death0.10.76-1.1416
Bat hurtsFriendly CreaturesWhen a bat is damagedentity.bat.hurtsubtitles.entity.bat.hurt0.10.76-1.1416
None[sound 2]NoneUnused sound event [sound 1]entity.bat.loopNone[sound 2]NoneNoneNone
Bat takes offFriendly CreaturesWhen a bat starts flyingentity.bat.takeoffsubtitles.entity.bat.takeoff0.050.8-1.216

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
Friendly CreaturesRandomlymob.bat.idle0.10.76-1.14
Friendly CreaturesWhen a bat diesmob.bat.death0.10.76-1.14
Friendly CreaturesWhen a bat is damagedmob.bat.hurt0.10.76-1.14
Friendly CreaturesWhen a bat starts flyingmob.bat.takeoff0.050.8-1.2

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierTranslation key

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID Translation key

Entity data[]

Bats have entity data associated with them that contain various properties.

Java Edition:

Main article: Entity format
  • Entity data
    • Tags common to all entities
    • Tags common to all mobs
    •  BatFlags: 1 or 0 (true/false) - true if the bat is hanging upside-down from a block, false if the bat is flying.

Bedrock Edition:

See Bedrock Edition level format/Entity format.


Java Edition
1.4.212w38aBat JE1 BE1 Bat (Hang) JE1 BE1 Bat JE1 BE1 Added bats.
12w42aBats no longer "trample" crops nor do they activate pressure plates.[2]
1.4-preAdded bat sounds: entity.bat.ambient, entity.bat.hurt, entity.bat.death, entity.bat.takeoff
1.1116w32aThe entity ID has been changed from Bat to minecraft:bat.
1.1418w43aBat JE2 BE2 Bat (Hang) JE2 BE2 Bat The texture of bats has been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.11.0build 1Bat JE1 BE1 Bat (Hang) JE1 BE1 Bat JE1 BE1 Added bats.
Bedrock Edition
[[{{{1}}} 1.10.0|1.10.0]]beta JE2 BE2 Bat (Hang) JE2 BE2 Bat The texture of bats has been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU19CU7 1.12 Patch 11.0.1Bat JE1 BE1 Bat (Hang) JE1 BE1 Bat JE1 BE1 Added bats.
1.90 Bat JE2 BE2 Bat (Hang) JE2 BE2 Bat The texture of bats has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Bat JE1 BE1 Bat (Hang) JE1 BE1 Bat JE1 BE1 Added bats.


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  • According to Jeb, the bat is an example of an ambient mob – a mob that constantly spawns, similar to the squid, but also constantly despawns because when a player is not around it does not serve any purpose.[1]
  • Between 20 October and 3 November, bats spawn more frequently as a small easter egg in homage to Halloween.‌[Java Edition only]



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