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A phantom (also referred to as Mob B, or the Monster of the Night Skies) is a unique, hostile, flying mob that was added to Minecraft in 1.13 - The Update Aquatic.[1] This mob was the winner of a competition during MineCon Earth 2017, where players could vote for one of a few mobs they wanted to see added to Minecraft.[2]

Overview 

Phantoms spawn at high altitudes in groups of 3 or 4 in the overworld, and will attack players who have not utilised a bed in 3 in-game days or more.[3]

Phantoms are blue in color with some bones exposed, and have green eyes (much like the original Endermen eyes). They also emit black particles while flying, and can be recognized by sound with their distinct screech, high-pitched deathly breathing sound and the flapping noises their wings make.

Phantoms are considered undead mobs, meaning that they burn in direct sunlight, take extra damage if hit with a sword enchanted with smite, immune to poison, and invert the effects of instant health and instant damage potions

Phantoms drop 0-1 phantom membranes when they die.

Phantoms attack players by swooping down at the player, similar to the Ender Dragon, but inflict a small amount of knockback. However, if the player damages the phantom during its swooping attack (before it damages the player), it will turn around and fly back up into the sky, where it will eventually swoop back down for another attack opportunity. It is recommended to use a sword to attack a phantom as opposed to a bow, as phantoms rarely remain in one spot long enough for the player to hit them. Phantoms will always stay a specified amount of blocks away from cats. If the player is near a tamed cat, the cat will hiss at attacking phantoms, scaring them away.

Trivia

  • A phantom will not attack a player while they are swimming on the surface of a large body of water, but will dive to attack a player who is underwater.
  • Only five phantoms can be present in one world at a time in the PS4 and both Xbox additions, and they do not contribute to the amount of enemies in a world, nor do their spawn eggs appear in the upper section of the spawn eggs with all of the other enemy spawn eggs in the creative inventory. It is unknown why this is.
  • There is a command that can summon a drowned riding a phantom, also known as a phantom jockey. However, this mob does not spawn naturally. The command to summon a phantom jockey is: /summon phantom ~ ~ ~ {Passengers:[{id:drowned,HandItems:[{id:trident,Count:1b}]}]}
  • Phantoms used to spawn in the End, making The End a harder dimension to survive.
  • Like slimes, a phantom can exist in different sizes, although large sized ones won't spawn naturally.
  • Phantoms previously dropped leather instead of their membranes. Leather was also the former item that was required to repair an elytra until phantom membranes were introduced.
  • Since phantoms spawn very quietly and may attack the player from behind, if the player is standing on a high platform and is attacked unawares, they can fall to the ground and die.
  • The spawn rate of the phantom depends on how many nights you stayed up in a row. Every 60 seconds, the game will attempt to spawn a phantom. The success rate is x - 3 / x, where x is the nights you stayed up in a row.

Gallery

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References

Mobs in Minecraft
Passive Mobs
BatFace Bat OcelotFace Cat ChickenFace Chicken CowFace Cow
CodBody Fish (various) HorseHead Horse MooshroomFace Mooshroom BrownMooshroomFace Brown Mooshroom
ParrotsParrot PigFace Pig Big-rabbit-face Rabbit SheepFace Sheep
Snowgolemhead Snow Golem Squidface Squid TurtleFaceTurtle Villagerhead Villager
WanderingTraderFace Wandering Trader Fox FaceZ Fox
Neutral Mobs
DolphinHead Dolphin EndermanFace Enderman Vg face Iron Golem Big-llama-face Llama
PolarBearFace Polar Bear BetterWolfFace Wolf ZombiePigmanFace Zombie Pigman Piglin Face-0 Piglin (upcoming JE 1.16)
BeeFace Bee (upcoming JE 1.15)
Hostile Mobs
Blaze Face Blaze CaveSpiderFace Cave Spider CreeperFace Creeper Enderdragon Face Ender Dragon
EndermiteFace Endermite EvokerFace Evoker GhastFace Ghast HuskFace Husk
Magma Cube Face Magma Cube PillagerFace Pillager Big-shulker-face Shulker SilverfishFace Silverfish
SkeletonFace Skeleton SlimeFace Slime SpiderFace Spider Spider SkeletonFace Spider Jockey
50px-WitchFace Witch WitherFace Wither WitherSkeletonHead Wither Skeleton Spider WitherSkeleton Wither Skeleton Jockey
ZombieFace Zombie Drownedheaad Drowned StrayFace Stray VexFace Vex
VindicatorFace Vindicator Illager Beast Face Ravager PhantomFace Phantom Guardian Guardian
Pillager FaceZ Illager Captain Big-elder-guardian-face Elder Guardian Better zombie villager face Zombie Villager Hoglin face Hoglin (upcoming JE 1.16)
Unused/Removed/Unimplemented Mobs
BeastBoyFace Beast Boy BlackSteveFace Black Steve ZombieFace Giant Illusioner Illusioner
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