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For the mob in Minecraft Dungeons, see MCD:Piglin Brute. For other uses, see Piglin (disambiguation).
Piglin Brute
Piglin Brute.pngPiglin Brute attacking.png
Health points

50♥ × 25


Passive (in peaceful difficulty)‌[BE only]

Attack strength

Java Edition
Easy: 7♥♥♥♥
Normal: 13♥ × 6.5
Hard: 19♥ × 9.5
Easy: 4♥♥
Normal: 7♥♥♥♥
Hard: 10♥♥♥♥♥
Bedrock Edition
Easy: 7.5♥ × 3.75
Normal: 13.5♥ × 6.75
Hard: 17♥ × 8.5

Hitbox size

In Java Edition:
Height: 1.95 Blocks
Width: 0.6 Blocks

In Bedrock Edition:
Height: 1.9 Blocks
Width: 0.6 Blocks


Bastion remnant

Natural equipment

A piglin brute is a hostile and stronger variant of piglins that appears in all types of bastion remnants. They always attack the player. They do not barter, they do not retreat, and cannot be distracted by gold.


A small number of piglin brutes spawn in bastion remnants only upon generation and in some rooms. They do not have a baby variant.

Piglin brutes spawn with a golden axe, occasionally with enchantments. They never spawn with armor and do not equip armor from the ground, although they can still be equipped with armor via dispensers or commands.


  • A piglin brute has 8.5% chance of dropping a golden axe with a random item durability, increased by 1% with each level of Looting, with a total 11.5% chance with looting III.
  • 20 experience points are dropped upon death if killed by a player or a tamed wolf.


A piglin brute attacking.

Piglin brutes attack players, wither skeletons, and withers within 16 blocks and are not distracted by golden items or blocks. They also attack any mob that attacks any piglin, or piglin brute, either by accident or purposefully. Examples include retaliation for attacks by snow golems and iron golems. Other mobs that accidently shoot another piglin or another piglin brute causes the piglin brute to become hostile toward that mob.

Piglin brutes, along with vindicators, deal the highest amount of raw melee damage in the game, inflicting an alarming 19♥ × 9.5 points of damage on Hard difficulty. They pose a serious threat even to well-prepared and heavily armored players.

Piglin brutes spawn in all difficulty settings. In Peaceful difficulty, piglin brutes despawn‌[JE only] or are passive only toward players.‌[BE only]

Behaviors shared by both piglins and piglin brutes:

  • Can open wooden doors.
  • Call nearby piglins and other piglin brutes once attacked by a mob or a player, no matter whether the player wears golden armor or not.
  • Are not naturally immune to fire or lava.
  • Join in hunts. ‌[BE only]
  • Turns into a zombified piglin when in the overworld or the end for more than 15 seconds.

Behaviors specific to piglin brutes:

  • Piglin brutes attack players on sight.
  • Piglin brutes do not retreat from soul fire items nor from zoglins or zombified piglins.
  • Piglin brutes do not do a "victory dance".
  • Piglin brutes are not alerted by opening/mining of containers or the breaking of gold-type blocks, or if the player doesn't wear gold armor.
  • Piglin brutes do not follow players that hold a gold item or a gold-related, unlike piglins. This includes holding a gold item in creative mode.
  • Piglin brutes cannot barter, as the player cannot use a gold ingot on them.
  • Piglin brutes pick up regular or enchanted golden axes only if walking over them. Unlike piglins, piglin brutes ignore all other golden items or gold ingots, meaning they cannot equip armor. However, they can still be equipped via dispensers or commands.
  • Piglin brutes do not ride hoglins, unlike baby piglins.
  • They do not have a baby variant.
  • They are incapable of using crossbows.
  • If spawned in bastion remnants during world generation they will remember their home and attempt to return to it when not engaged in combat.
  • Do not join hunts; will not attack hoglins. ‌[JE only] [1]

Like regular piglins, piglin brutes cannot swim; they sink in water and eventually drown. They also burn in fire or lava.[2]


A piglin brute turning into a zombified piglin.

When in the Overworld or the End, piglin brutes transform into zombified piglins after 15 seconds. Upon transformation, the spawned zombified piglin has the Nausea effect for 10 seconds. This Nausea effect is purely cosmetic. When turned into a zombified piglin, a piglin brute keeps its axe.

Piglin brutes summoned in the overworld with no AI do not zombify and do not pick up items.

Commands for keeping a piglin brute alive in the Overworld[]

If you want to keep a piglin brute in the overworld but don't want the piglin brute to zombify then you can copy these commands that keeps the piglin brute alive and doesn't shake.

/summon piglin_brute ~ ~1 ~ {IsImmuneToZombification:1}

The piglin brute loses its weapon when its spawned using that command, if you want the piglin brute to keep its weapon when spawned, the command below spawns a piglin brute with its golden axe and does not zombify.

/summon piglin_brute ~ ~1 ~ {IsImmuneToZombification:1,HandItems:[{Count:1,id:golden_axe},{}]}

This works only in Java Edition. Bedrock Edition doesn't have NBT commands.


SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Piglin Brute snortsHostile CreaturesPiglin Brute randomly snorts.entity.piglin_brute.ambientsubtitles.entity.piglin_brute.ambient0.9??
Piglin Brute snorts angrilyHostile CreaturesPiglin Brute finds a player breaking into the bastion.entity.piglin_brute.angrysubtitles.entity.piglin_brute.angry0.9??
Piglin Brute hurtsHostile CreaturesPiglin Brute is attacked by the player.entity.piglin_brute.hurtsubtitles.entity.piglin_brute.hurt0.64??
Piglin Brute diesHostile CreaturesPiglin Brute is killed by the player.entity.piglin_brute.deathsubtitles.entity.piglin_brute.death0.8??
Piglin Brute stepsHostile CreaturesPiglin Brute walks around the bastion.entity.piglin_brute.stepsubtitles.entity.piglin_brute.step0.75??
Piglin Brute converts to Zombified PiglinHostile CreaturesPiglin Brute converts into a zombified piglin via the overworld or the end.entity.piglin_brute.converted_to_zombifiedsubtitles.entity.piglin_brute.converted_to_zombified1.00.9?

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Piglin Brutepiglin_bruteentity.minecraft.piglin_brute

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Piglin Brutepiglin_brute127entity.piglin_brute.name

Entity data[]

See also: Chunk format

Piglin brutes have entity data associated with them that contains various properties.

  • Entity data
    • Tags common to all entities
    • Tags common to all mobs


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID
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.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.adventure/kill_all_mobs


Java Edition
June 25, 2020Piglin brutes are mentioned to come to Java Edition in a 1.16.x release.
1.16.220w27aPiglin Brute.png Added piglin brutes.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.20beta Brute.png Added piglin brutes.
beta axe that is wielded by piglin brutes may be enchanted now.
beta attack animation of unarmed piglin brutes has been changed.
1.16.100beta brutes no longer spawn with enchanted axes.
Piglin brutes now drop 20 experience points, instead of 10.
beta piglins that are converted from piglin brutes now keep their golden axes.


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

See also[]


  • Piglin brutes were created late in 1.16's development, so they were pushed to a minor release as the developers did not want to add a new feature so close to release.[3]
  • The golden arm guard is meant to work as a "protection" and is the reason behind their high health.[4]
  • Piglin brutes have no pupils, unlike Overworld pigs.
  • Sounds that are used by the piglins are lower-pitched when used by the piglin brute (like the converted_to_zombifiedsound).
  • Piglin brutes were made to trigger normal piglins when attacked, as to encourage players to avoid or maneuver around them.[5]