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A Stray is a variation of the skeleton mob that is usually found only in cold biomes. They were introduced alongside the polar bear and husk mobs.

Overview

The stray is one of three mobs added in The Frostburn Update. This mob is biome-specific. It is a variation of a skeleton that wears torn clothing. Its behavior is also similar to a skeleton.

Like the skeleton, strays are hard to fight head on without proper equipment.

Effects

When the stray hits a player with an arrow, the player will be temporarily affected by Slowness. It will only inflict Slowness I, which means it can get away from a player easier if it wishes to do so and if they're not already cornered.

Strategy

  • Despite the Stray's slowness effect, fighting it is relatively similar to fighting a regular skeleton.
  • A player can jump and sprint right at a lone stray with a sword and rapid click at it to kill it without taking any damage in the Windows 10 Edition, so long as the sword can kill the stray in three or less hits.
  • A bow with either the Power IV or Power V enchantment can kill a stray in one or two hits. 
  • Bringing a wolf is considered a strategy for fighting a stray as strays will avoid wolves just like skeletons and wither skeletons would.

Spawn

The stray will only spawn in colder biomes, such as the Taiga or Ice Plains. In these biomes, strays have an 80% chance of spawning instead of a skeleton when spawned directly under the sky.

Drops

Trivia

  • This is one of only three biome-specific mob variants, the other ones being the Husk and the Drowned.
  • Despite using arrows of slowness, the stray itself is not immune to arrows of slowness that are being used on it.
  • Some people believe the stray's torn clothing is torn dyed leather armor. However, it appears to be purely cosmetic, as Strays have been sighted wearing different kinds of armor.
  • There is a glitch in the Pocket Edition where strays equipped with leather armor appears to be dyed white. 

Gallery

Click for full Stray gallery.


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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

Zoglin

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Warden Face.png Warden
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