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Creeper
Creeper JE2 BE1.png
Charged Creeper Animated.gif
Health points

20♥ × 10

Behavior

Hostile

Attack
strength

Varies by proximity and difficulty.
Maximum damage:
Regular:
Easy: 22.5♥ × 11.25
Normal: 43♥ × 21.5
Hard: 64.5♥ × 32.25
Charged:
Easy: 43.5♥ × 21.75
Normal: 85♥ × 42.5
Hard: 127.5♥ × 63.75

Hitbox size

In Java Edition:
Height: 1.7 Blocks
Width: 0.6 Blocks In Bedrock Edition:
Height: 1.8 Blocks
Width: 0.6 Blocks

Spawn

Light level of 0

Usable items

A creeper is a common hostile mob that silently approaches players and explodes. Due to their distinctive appearance and high potential for killing unwary players as well as damaging the environment and players' constructions, creepers have become one of the icons of Minecraft, both among players and non-players.

Creepers are a major source of gunpowder as well as the only way to obtain most music discs. When struck by lightning, a creeper becomes charged, which amplifies its explosion power and enables mob heads to be obtained.

Spawning

Creepers naturally spawn in the Overworld on solid blocks with a light level of 0, except in mushroom fields biomes. They spawn individually in Bedrock Edition and in groups of up to four in Java Edition.

Creepers have a density limit of five creepers in the Overworld's surface.

Drops

When killed, creepers drop:

Behavior

A creeper giving chase.

Creepers chase any player within a 16 block radius. They do not voluntarily attack any other mob.

When within 3 blocks of a player, a creeper stops moving, hisses, flashes and expands and explodes after 1.5 seconds, destroying blocks in the area as well as significantly damaging the player. A creeper's detonation can be halted if the player leaves the blast radius, including by knocking it back, going out of the creeper's sight, or if the creeper is killed before the explosion. The distance with the player at which a creeper cancels its explosion is greater at higher difficulties. Normal creeper explosions have a power of 3.

A creeper explodes only if it has uninterrupted line-of-sight with the player throughout the entire 1.5-second countdown. As a result, if the creeper does not have line-of-sight with the player, it does not start hissing even at close range, even if the player is attacking it, and a detonation is cancelled if it has started. The hissing sound plays in its entirety regardless of whether the explosion happens or not.

Unlike most mobs, the creeper does not have an idle sound, nor does it have unique step sounds. Although it does make normal stepping and swimming sounds, it is hard for the player to distinguish those from sounds they make themselves. This makes the approaching of a creeper to an unwary player hard to notice until it starts hissing. That aside, if a stationary player underground hears stepping and swimming noises nearby without additional noises, they can be certain it is a creeper.

A creeper jumps down to a player if it can survive the fall. Creepers begin the 1.5-second countdown before falling, so an explosion occurs sooner after landing with higher falls.

Creepers can climb up ladders, vines and similar blocks like any other mob, but do not do so intentionally.

Using a flint and steel on a creeper forces an explosion, but fire charges don't work.

The detection range of creepers is reduced by 50% when the player is wearing a creeper head.‌[JE only]

If a player has the invisibility effect and isn't wearing any armor, the creeper does not approach the player, although attacking it or touching it (the player's hitbox must touch the creeper's) causes the creeper to explode.

Creepers flee from ocelots and cats within a 6 block radius, with faster movement than when pursuing a player. Cats and ocelots do not attack creepers. A creeper that has begun a detonation does not flee unless the player leaves its blast radius.

Creepers are not targeted by tamed wolves, iron golems or zoglins. However, they are still attacked by withers, snow golems, vindicators named "Johnny", and goats. For snow golems, this was reported as a bug and is listed as either "unresolved"[1] or "works as intended"[2]. When hit by a stray projectile (like a drowned's trident), a creeper retaliates if not already chasing a player, unless said projectile is a skeleton's arrow. When attacked by a goat, or poisoned by a pufferfish, a creeper does not retaliate.

If a creeper is attacked by any other mob, the creeper moves toward the mob that attacked it and explodes.

When a creeper is inflicted with a status effect, its explosion creates an area effect cloud of the effect.‌[JE only]

Charged creeper

Charged Creeper JE1 BE1.png

Two creepers' explosion damage radius in dirt. Comparison between a charged creeper's (left) and a normal creeper's (right). Notice that the charged creeper's explosion is way bigger than the normal creeper's explosion.

A charged creeper has a significantly increased explosion power.

A charged creeper is created only when lightning strikes within four blocks of a normal creeper. The lightning can be created by any way, including naturally, with the /summon command, by a trident with the Channeling enchantment or attracted to a lightning rod. Charged creepers are distinguished from normal creepers by their blue aura surrounding.

In Java Edition, a charged creeper can be summoned with the following command: /summon creeper ~ ~ ~ {powered:1}

In Bedrock Edition, a charged creeper can be summoned by: /summon creeper ~ ~ ~ minecraft:become_charged

Their countdown timers are the same as normal creepers, both in terms of range and time. With a power of 6, an explosion caused by a charged creeper is twice as powerful as the explosion caused by a creeper. Charged creepers' explosions are 50% more powerful than an explosion of TNT. How close the creeper was to the lightning strike does not affect the size or power of the explosion.

Charged creepers have the same entity ID as normal creepers. The only difference is that the value of the boolean powered tag is set to 1 (true).

In Java Edition, a charged creeper explosion that kills zombies, skeletons, wither skeletons, or other creepers causes one of those mobs to drop its corresponding mob head. If multiple valid mobs are killed in the explosion, the one that drops a head is chosen at random. In Bedrock Edition, a charged creeper explosion that kills zombies, skeletons, wither skeletons, or other creepers causes all the killed mobs to drop their corresponding heads.

A charged creeper does not drop its own head when it explodes, although any other charged creepers or creepers killed in the explosion drop a creeper head. Players and ender dragons do not drop their heads, nor do mobs without corresponding mob heads, such as livestock animals.

Farming

Sounds

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Creeper diesHostile CreaturesPlays when the creeper dies without exploding.entity.creeper.deathsubtitles.entity.creeper.death??16
Creeper hurtsHostile CreaturesPlays when the creeper takes damage.entity.creeper.hurtsubtitles.entity.creeper.hurt??16
Creeper hissesHostile CreaturesPlays when the creeper begins its explosion timer.entity.creeper.primedsubtitles.entity.creeper.primed?0.5[verify]16
Explosion?Plays when the creeper explodes.entity.generic.explodesubtitles.entity.generic.explode?(<1.0)16

Data values

ID

Java Edition:

NameResource locationTranslation key
Creepercreeperentity.minecraft.creeper

Bedrock Edition:

NameResource locationNumeric ID Translation key
Creepercreeper33entity.creeper.name

Entity data

Creepers have entity data associated with them that contains various properties.

Java Edition:

Main article: Entity format
  • Entity data
    • Tags common to all entities
    • Tags common to all mobs
    •  ExplosionRadius: The radius of the explosion itself, default 3.
    •  Fuse: States the initial value of the creeper's internal fuse timer (does not affect creepers that fall and explode upon impacting their victim). The internal fuse timer returns to this value if the creeper is no longer within attack range. Default 30.
    •  ignited: 1 or 0 (true/false) - Whether the creeper has been ignited by flint and steel.
    •  powered: 1 or 0 (true/false) - May not exist. True if the creeper is charged from being struck by lightning.

Bedrock Edition:

See Bedrock Edition level format/Entity format.

Achievements

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS4)
PS4 Other platforms
ArcherKill a creeper with arrows.10GBronze

Advancements

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Advancement-plain-raw.pngAdventure
Adventure, exploration, and combat Kill any entity, or be killed by any entity.adventure/root
Advancement-plain-raw.pngMonster Hunter
Kill any hostile monster AdventureKill one of these 34 mobs: Other mobs, if any, may be killed, but are ignored for this advancement. Only the riders of the chicken jockeys and skeleton horsemen are counted in this advancement.adventure/kill_a_mob
Advancement-fancy-raw.pngMonsters Hunted
Kill one of every hostile monster Monster HunterKill each of these 34 mobs: Other mobs, if any, may be killed, but are ignored for this advancement. Only the riders of the chicken jockeys and skeleton horsemen are counted in this advancement.adventure/kill_all_mobs

History

Java Edition Classic
August 20, 2009Creeper (pre-release).png Showed failed pig model. Notch commented, "it looks creepier when animated ... haha, I'll keep it for a creepy creature. =D".
September 1, 2009Creeper JE1.png Showed creepers on The Word of Notch.
Creeper (fixed shadows) JE1.png while texture itself is bright, creepers shadowed too dark than should for unknown reasons.
Creepers behave much like zombies currently do, hopping around randomly until spotting the player.
The melee attacks of creepers deal only 4♥♥ worth of damage rather than the zombies' 6♥♥♥.
When killed, creepers "lie down" like any other dead mob and cause a 4×4×4 spherical explosion that left a sizable crater, destroying plenty of blocks and severely hurting any players nearby.
The creeper is worth 250 points when killed.
0.24_SURVIVAL_TESTCreeper JE1.png Added creepers.
0.24_SURVIVAL_TEST_03Creepers no longer drop water and lava items when blowing up the liquid.
0.25 SURVIVAL TESTMobs, including creepers, are now more dangerous, respawn, despawn, and attack skeletons if shot by them.
October 20, 2009Notch mentioned that creepers no longer destroy rock-type blocks.
0.26 SURVIVAL TESTCreeper JE2 BE1.png The texture of creepers has been changed.
The explosions of creepers no longer destroy stone or stone-like blocks.
The explosions of creepers now leave smoldering.
0.27 SURVIVAL TESTThe creeper is worth 200 points when killed.
Java Edition Indev
0.3120091223-1Creepers and other mobs no longer spawn naturally.
20100202Creepers and other mobs now spawn naturally again. However, they are currently passive.
20100204-2Creepers are now hostile again, and attack by approaching and exploding near players.[verify] Previously in Survival Test, creepers dealt melee damage and exploded only when killed by the player.
20100219Creepers now drop sulphur upon death.
?Creepers no longer produce leaf particles upon explosion.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.14Added music discs "13" and "cat", which are dropped by creepers shot by skeletons.
v1.2.0?Creepers now have a new damage sound.

Old damage sounds:

Java Edition Beta
1.4Java Edition logo 7.png The 'A' in the Minecraft logo now includes a creeper face.
1.5Charged Creeper JE1 BE1.png Creepers now become charged when struck by lightning, increasing the explosion's radius and strength.
1.8Pre-releaseCreepers are now much more deadly, and can kill an unarmored player, if in a radius of 4 to 5 blocks around the creeper. This damage is also difficulty-independent.
Sound UpdateCreeper explosions now have a new sound.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Creepers and other hostile mobs no longer attack the player in Creative mode, unless provoked.
1.111w50aCreepers now drop all music discs, except for "11".
1.2.112w05bCreepers now run away from tamed cats and ocelots.
?As part of the AI overhaul, creepers no longer attack other mobs.[more information needed]
Creepers no longer strafe toward the left of the player, now stopping in front of the player.
1.3.112w30aCreepers have been made stronger. Depending on difficulty, creeper damage is scaled now with Easy: ~50% less damage, Normal: same damage as before, and Hard: ~33% more damage than before. In full diamond armor and hard difficulty, a creeper can knock players down to 2 hearts.[3]
1.4.212w38bNew creeper fall mechanics have been added; creepers now explode, if they fall on the player from a certain height.
1.4.41.4.3Creepers now drop music discs "11" and "wait".
1.6.113w18aCreepers no longer explode when hit in Creative mode.
1.7.213w36aCreepers can now be forcibly exploded using flint and steel.
1.814w05aPlayers can now see from the perspective of a creeper in Spectator mode. A green creeper shader is applied and the player is limited to the creeper's movements.
14w11aOther creepers, witches, zombies, skeletons, spiders, cave spiders and zombie pigmen now run away from creepers that are about to explode.
14w30aCharged creepers now cause zombies, skeletons, wither skeletons and other creepers to drop heads.
14w30bEach charged creeper now causes the drop of only one head, even if multiple head-dropping mobs are killed.
1.8.1pre1Mobs no longer run from creepers that are about to explode.
Creepers no longer attack iron golems.
1.915w32aThe detection range of creepers is halved when the player is wearing a creeper mob head.
15w33cThe detection range for players wearing the creeper mob head is adjusted, now 37.5% of the normal range.
15w36aThe detection range for players wearing the creeper mob head is again 50% of the normal range.
15w39aCreepers are now slightly shorter (1.7 blocks tall rather than 1.8).
15w51aCreepers no longer drop music discs when gamerule doMobLoot is false. [4]
1.1116w32aCreepers that explode while having a potion effect now leave behind an area effect cloud having that effect.
The namespaced IDs of creepers have been changed from Creeper to creeper.
1.1418w43aCreepers now drop music discs when killed by strays.
1.1721w15aCreepers now show no hostility when attacked by a goat.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.3.3Creeper JE2 BE1.png Added creepers.
They do not yet spawn naturally, and require external help to spawn.[5]
Creepers currently have old explosion sounds.
Creeper's explosions produce a white mist and have a smaller range.
Creepers strafe toward the left of the player and are as slow as zombies.
v0.4.0Creepers now spawn naturally.
v0.7.4Tapping and holding flint and steel on a creeper now causes it to automatically explode.
v0.9.0build 1Creepers no longer float 2 pixels off the ground.
build 2An ignite button is now used to automatically explode a creeper when holding flint and steel, instead of tapping and holding.
build 8Creepers now use the new AI, so now they avoid fire, cactus, lava and falling (and water when idle).
build 9Creepers now use the old AI again because of them walking faster and not detonating.
v0.9.2Creepers now have a correct explosion range.
The detonation time for creepers has been fixed (would previously explode almost instantly).
v0.11.0?Creepers can now climb ladders.
v0.12.1build 1Creepers now use the new AI again, now stopping in front of the player.
The creeper's moving speed and explosions' knockback effect has been increased.
Creepers now explode if they fall on players from a certain height.
Charged Creeper JE1 BE1.png Creepers now become charged when struck by lightning, increasing the explosion's radius and strength.
Creepers now have the new explosion sound.
Creepers now have the flashing animation and the explosions have shockwaves.
v0.14.0build 1Creepers are now slightly shorter (1.7 blocks tall rather than 1.8).
v0.16.0build 4Creepers now have idle sounds.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta 1.2.0.2Creepers now drop music discs when killed by skeletons.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Creepers now drop music discs when killed by strays.
1.16.210beta 1.16.210.51No longer attack back after being rammed by a goat.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Creeper JE2 BE1.png Added creepers.
TU5Charged Creeper JE1 BE1.png Added charged creepers.
TU12Creepers no longer attack other mobs. Before this update, a creeper shot by a skeleton would attack the skeleton, creating a crater in the process.
TU14 1.04 Creepers have been made stronger. Depending on difficulty, creeper damage is scaled now with Easy: ~50% less damage, Normal: same damage as before, and Hard: ~33% more damage than before. In full diamond armor and hard difficulty, a creeper can knock players down to 2 hearts.
A creeper is now aggressive toward the last player that hit it.
The creeper's explosions' knockback effect has been increased.
Creepers now explode if they fall on players from a certain height.
TU24CU12 1.16 The creeper's flashing animation has been updated.
TU31CU19 1.22 Patch 3Creepers can now be forcibly exploded using flint and steel.
Creepers drop a mob head when killed by a charged creeper.
TU54CU44 1.52 Patch 241.0.4Creepers that explode while having a potion effect now leave behind an area effect cloud having that effect.
1.90 Creepers now drop music discs when killed by strays.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Creeper JE2 BE1.png Added creepers.
Minecraft Earth
0.2.0Creeper JE2 BE1.png Added creepers.

Issues

Issues relating to "Creeper" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia

A sight that can scare even the most experienced Minecraft players.

A Creeper is seen on the default wallpaper of the WhatsApp application

  • Besides Steve and the removed human mob, the creeper is the oldest mob in Minecraft.
  • Notch stated on Twitter that "I imagine creepers as being made out of leaves or similar. I'm not sure why they explode.".[6]
  • When asked to describe the physical texture of a creeper, Notch said they would feel "crunchy, like dry leaves.".[7]
  • Creepers are their bright green color because Notch tried to make them well camouflaged for the original classic Minecraft foliage textures, which were bright shades of green.
  • In multiplayer, if a creeper is attacked by another player, and the other player runs out of sight, it does not attack any other players.
  • When asked how creepers trigger their explosive nature, Dinnerbone said "They're so nervous that they shake a lot, and then this sets them off the same way as how rubbing two sticks makes fire".[8]
  • If a charged creeper is given Invisibility, the "aura" effect is still visible.
  • A charged creeper explosion can inflict the greatest amount of damage any mob in the game can do at one time.
  • The creeper hiss sound uses the same sound file as when a block of TNT is primed, but played at a lower pitch.

Publicity

Creepers have a formidable reputation in the community because of their potential to hurt or kill even veteran players and destroy structures. Their distinct appearance and destructive abilities have made them a widely-recognizable Minecraft icon. Creepers are referenced in several of the items available at the Minecraft merchandise depot,[9] and have become an internet meme complete with fan art, web comic references, and demotivational posters. A central part of the meme is the creeper's unofficial catchphrase derived from the mob's tendency to sneak up on the player and hiss before detonating:

"That'sssss a very nice <random valuable object> you've got there... It'd be a ssssshame if anything were to happen to it..."[10]

Moe Szyslak took the appearance of a creeper and exploded in the Simpsons’ home with in the 17th episode of season 25.

Merchandise

Creepers have been portrayed in many Minecraft products including but not limited to:

  • The letter "A" in the Minecraft logo after Java Edition Beta 1.4 (The previous logo was just "MINECRAFT" written with cobblestone blocks)
  • Stuffed toys.
  • Action figures.
  • Bracelets.
  • T-shirts
    • The creeper anatomy T-shirt reveals the insides of a creeper, and also reveals its scientific name: Creepus Explodus.
  • LEGO Minecraft
  • Papercraft
  • Minecraft Facebook profile image
  • In the goodie-bags given out at Minecon 2011, creepers were given as a fold-able and tapable decoration for ones room or collection, along with diamond and grass block.

Appearances

TV series

  • Several creepers have appeared on TV during episodes of the TV show Mad (Criminal Minecraft and ThunderLolcats [11]) In ThunderLolcats they use the catchphrase, saying "That'ssss.. a nice wall you've got there."

Console/PC games

  • In Borderlands 2, creepers appear in a mineshaft in the most north-west part of Caustic Caverns, including dirt, coal ore, stone, gold ore, and a "Badass creeper" that is twice the strength and size of a regular Creeper.
  • In Airmech, creepers appear as a unit "skin" for the suicide bomber unit the boomer. Creepers can be either green, blue, or red, depending on the color of the team that makes them.
  • In Octodad: Dadliest Catch, a creeper head is seen on a shelf in the grocery store along with 2 Pickaxes and some grass blocks. It is part of a collection known as "Mintcraft".
  • In Awesomenauts, one of the playable characters (Clunk) has a "skin" referencing the creeper, complete with hissing and explode sound effects.
  • A creeper can be seen and interacted with in a level from the game McPixel.
  • Seen as a Halloween costume in the 2D action-adventure, open-world sandbox / platformer game, Terraria.
  • In Evoland 2, a game designed as a tribute to many classic games, "Dreaded Creepers" can be found as a mob in The Mine, present era. If the player gets killed by a Dreaded Creeper, they unlock the sssSSSSSss BOOM! achievement.
  • The Creeper makes various appearances in the crossover fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as it appears as a DLC costume for the Mii Brawler, It also appears as a "spirit", and they also appear in Steve's Final Smash, the House of Boom.

Flash games

  • In Stealing the Diamond (The Henry Stickmin Collection), when Henry Stickmin sneaks up to the museum's outer wall with a pickaxe, a creeper comes up behind him and explodes, destroying part of the wall instead.
  • At the far end of the map in Stick RPG2, a smiling creeper can be seen in a hole at ground level.
  • One of the things the player can hit in Katawa Crash is a creeper.
  • In the game Transformice, there is a creeper head that the player may purchase as a hat for their mouse.

Other games

  • In a game called Quube Twodee made by Universal Chicken in Adelaide, Australia, one of the levels has a creeper face.
  • PixelJunk Shooter 2 for the PS3 shows a small creeper in the title screen hidden among other enemies native to Shooter 2.
  • In a Notch-designed custom level for VVVVVV, "Pyramid Escape", a creeper's face can be seen carved into the background to the far left of the pyramid.
  • In Torchlight II, the creeper appears in an uncommonly generated side area of Act III's Sundred Battlefield called "Notch's Mine". As expected, the creeper's found inside run toward the player and explode, leaving behind several dirt blocks. A chest at the end of the area can contain one of five Rare swords with their own unique attributes.
  • In a game called Strollin, there is a purchasable creeper item, which makes bombs throw the player farther.
  • In Geometry Dash, beating level 16 (Hexagon Force) on normal mode rewards the player a creeper face cube. This can also be colored to make it look like a normal one.

Other

  • On Monday, June 18, 2012, a creeper was sent above the clouds into space.[12]

Gallery

Official artwork

In other media

References

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