For other articles about jockey mobs, see Jockey (Disambiguation).

A Spider Jockey is a rare hostile mob that consists of a skeleton riding a spider or cave spider.


1% of the time when a spider would normally spawn in the Overworld (either naturally, or by spawn egg), a skeleton will spawn on the spider's back. This can be a deadly combination for beginners, as spiders move very fast, can climb walls, and skeletons shoot arrows from a distance. This mob is treated as two separate mobs, so when one dies, the other survives and continues the attack.


An effective strategy for fighting spider jockeys is to use a bow, while using an object for cover (such as a tree), as it can block the skeleton's arrows. A sword can be effective, but getting close to the mob is inadvisable.


Cave Spider Variant

A "cave spider jockey" variant.

A cave spider jockey (only available in Pocket Edition) is a variant of the spider jockey, where the skeleton is riding a cave spider, instead of a normal one. Like regular spider jockeys, they have a 1% chance to spawn naturally in the Overworld, and a small chance to be spawned when a cave spider spawn egg is used.


This type of jockey is more dangerous than the rest, as it shoots poisonous arrows at players, afflicting them with the poison status effect. When the skeleton dies, the spider will continue to poison players as it attacks them.

Wither Skeleton Variant

In the Nether, a spider spawn egg has 1% chance of spawning a spider with a wither skeleton riding it, instead of a normal skeleton, called a Wither Skeleton Jockey.

Stray Variant

In snow biomes, a spider can spawn with a stray on it, instead of a normal skeleton. If there is an abandoned mineshaft underneath a snow biome, there's a small chance of spawning a cave spider stray jockey.


  • When it's raining, the spider will become neutral because it is light enough, yet the skeleton will not burn because it is dark enough.
  • Tamed wolves will attack the mob a player hits first, so if fighting with wolves, it is recommended to hit the spider, as wolves might not be able to reach the skeleton if that is their target.
  • Sometimes, when one quits the game and loads the world again, the skeleton will no longer be there.
  • If a spider jockey is named "Dinnerbone" or "Grumm", only the skeleton will be upside down.
  • The spider will often climb under tight spaces, suffocating the skeleton.
  • If the spider is killed first, the skeleton will remain in a sitting position for a brief moment.
  • Cave spider jockeys were added to Minecraft: Pocket Edition in update 0.11.0.
  • The skeleton can sometimes shoot the spider (instead of a player) while it is jumping, or if a player is underneath them. This will cause a strange fight between the two mobs.
  • Unlike a normal skeleton, if the jockey skeleton shoots and kills a creeper, it won't drop a music disc.


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Mobs in Minecraft
Passive Mobs
BatFace.png Bat OcelotFace.png Cat ChickenFace.png Chicken CowFace.png Cow
CodBody.png Fish (various) HorseHead.png Horse MooshroomFace.png Mooshroom BrownMooshroomFace.png Brown Mooshroom
ParrotFace.pngParrot PigFace.png Pig Big-rabbit-face.png Rabbit SheepFace.png Sheep
Snowgolemhead.png Snow Golem Squidface.png Squid TurtleFace.pngTurtle Villagerhead.png Villager
WanderingTraderFace.png Wandering Trader Link=Fox Fox StriderFace.png Strider
Neutral Mobs
Big-llama-face.png Llama DolphinHead.png Dolphin EndermanFace.png Enderman Vg face.png Iron Golem
Panda FaceZ.png Panda BeeFace.png Bee SpiderFace.png Spider (12 Neutral) CaveSpiderFace.png Cave Spider (12 Neutral)
Hostile Mobs
Blaze Face.png Blaze CreeperFace.png Creeper Enderdragon Face.png Ender Dragon EndermiteFace.png Endermite
EvokerFace.png Evoker GhastFace.png Ghast HuskFace.png Husk Magma Cube Face.png Magma Cube
PillagerFace.png Pillager Big-shulker-face.png Shulker SilverfishFace.png Silverfish SkeletonFace.png Skeleton
SlimeFace.png Slime Spider SkeletonFace.png Spider Jockey 50px-WitchFace.png Witch Wither face.png Wither
WitherSkeletonHead.png Wither Skeleton Spider WitherSkeleton.png Wither Skeleton Jockey ZombieFace.png Zombie Drownedheaad.png Drowned
StrayFace.png Stray VexFace.png Vex VindicatorFace.png Vindicator RavagerFace.png Ravager
PhantomFace.png Phantom Link=Guardian Guardian Link=Evocation Fang Evocation Fang Big-elder-guardian-face.png Elder Guardian
ZombieVillagerFace.png Zombie Villager Hoglin face.pngHoglin ZoglinFace.png


PiglinBruteFace.png Piglin Brute
Warden Face.png Warden
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