20 × 10
Easy: 2.5 × 1.25
In Java Edition:
Light level of 0
- 1 Spawning
- 2 Variants
- 3 Drops
- 4 Behavior
- 5 Sounds
- 6 Data values
- 7 Achievements
- 8 Advancements
- 9 History
- 10 Trivia
- 11 Issues
- 12 Notes
- 13 See also
- 14 Gallery
- 15 References
All zombie variants also have a 5% chance to spawn as babies.
Despite being shorter than 1 block tall, baby zombies require a 2-block tall space to spawn.
Zombies spawn with up to 5% of knockback resistance.
If a player is in a village with at least 10 beds and 20 villagers at midnight, up to 20 zombies may be spawned near the edge of the village in accordance with mob spawning rules. If a player is in a village with at least 20 beds and 40 villagers at midnight, up to 40 zombies may be spawned near the edge of the village. If a player is in a village with at least 30 beds and 60 villagers at midnight, up to 60 zombies may be spawned near the edge of the village, and so on. It can happen in any biome except the Mushroom Fields biome and its variants. Zombies spawned as a part of a siege are always normal zombies; zombie villagers, husks and drowned never spawn as a part of a siege.
Baby zombies make up 5% of zombie spawns. They behave similarly to regular zombies, with the following differences:
- They are much faster than the normal zombies, yet they have the same health.
- The noises they make are higher-pitched than adult zombie sound effects.
- If a baby zombie is riding a mob that is also rideable by a player, that mob becomes un-rideable by any player.[BE only]
- Baby zombie villagers turn into baby villagers if cured.
- Worn armor shrinks to fit their body size.
- They are able to fit through 1×1 block gaps.
- They give 12 experience points when killed by the player or a tamed wolf instead of 5.
- Unlike most other baby mobs, they remain babies indefinitely and never become adult zombies.
- They have a decreased hitbox size.
- A baby zombie has a 15% chance to become a jockey when it tries attacking.[BE only]
A baby zombie riding a chicken is known as a chicken jockey. There is a chance it could also be wearing armor, have a sword, or have both armor and a sword while riding a chicken jockey. It can even be a baby zombie villager riding a chicken jockey.
In Bedrock Edition, a baby zombie can also ride:
- Ocelots and untamed cats
- Untamed wolves
- Adult chickens (the only jockey that is in use in Java Edition)
- Zombie horses (unused jockey variant)
- Skeleton horses
- Adult zombies
- Adult zombie villagers
- Adult husk
- Adult zombified piglins (unused)
- Cave spiders
The jockey mobs ridden by the baby zombie adapt the speed of its rider.
Zombie villagers have a 5% chance of spawning in place of zombies, and may also spawn from a villager killed by a zombie. The chance of a villager turning into a zombie villager when killed by a zombie or zombie variant depends on the difficulty level. Zombies spawned from a spawner are never zombie villagers in Java Edition, although zombie spawners in Bedrock Edition are able to produce them.
Any villagers that got killed by a zombie has a chance to turn into a zombie villager with armor on harder difficulties.
Drowned spawn in rivers, most parts of oceans or when a normal zombie drowns. They are able to swim and breathe underwater as well as walk on land. Most drowned use melee attacks, but some spawn with tridents and throw them when attacking instead.
Zombies that are wearing armor and go underwater continue wearing the armor when converted to a drowned, although tools and weapons are lost.[JE only]
Zombies that convert to drowned drop all worn or held equipment with full durability and preserving existing enchantments.[BE only]
Some zombies spawn wearing armor or holding tools, both of which may be enchanted. In addition, zombies may also spawn with the ability to pick up loot that is on the ground. The chances of each of these events occurring are listed below. Zombie villagers can also spawn naturally with armor, weapons or tools. If a zombie spawns wearing multiple pieces of armor, the armor is never mismatched (i.e. all pieces are made of the same material). Zombies cannot naturally spawn with netherite armor.
|Can Pick Up Loot||0%||0%-55%[note 1]||6.875%-55%[note 1]|
|Armor||0%||0%-15%[note 1]||1.875%-15%[note 1]|
|Armor Enchantment[note 2]||0%||0-50%[note 1]||6.25%-50%[note 1]|
|Weapon Enchantment[note 2]||0%||0%-25%[note 1]||3.125%-25%[note 1]|
If a zombie does spawn with armor, the chances of specific armor are as follows:
|Armor||Easy & Normal||Hard|
|Helmet & Chestplate||75%||90%|
|Helmet & Chestplate & Leggings||56.25%||81%|
The chances of it being of a particular material are:
Armor worn by zombies is not damaged from most damage sources, which means it cannot "wear out" the way player armor does. Helmets (not blocks like pumpkins) on zombies can eventually wear away and break if the zombie is exposed to daylight or has an anvil or other falling block dropped on its head. Zombies also have a natural armor rating of 2 (), giving 1.6 - 8%[JE only]/8%[BE only] damage reduction from most sources. Zombies can also wear mob heads, although they need to be dropped by the player before the zombie can pick one up and put it on.
Any zombie that spawns with equipment gives 1–3 extra experience points per item when killed.
They can also drop one of the following when killed by a player or tamed wolf:
This drop has a 2.5% chance of occurring, increasing by 1% per level of looting. Individual items have the following chances of dropping:
- 5⁄600 (about 0.83%)
- 7⁄600 (about 1.17%) with Looting I
- 9⁄600 (1.5%) with Looting II
- 11⁄600 (about 1.83%) with Looting III
Any picked-up equipment has a 100% chance of dropping and drops without changing the damage that has accumulated on it.
- Carved Pumpkin [note 1]
- Jack o'Lantern[JE only][note 1]
- Iron Shovel (sometimes enchanted)
- Iron Sword (sometimes enchanted)
- Random Armor (sometimes enchanted, made from leather, gold, chainmail, iron, or diamond)
Zombies have an 8.5% chance of dropping their naturally-spawned equipment and drop it with a random durability. Each level of Looting increases the chance by 1 percentage point (11.5% with Looting III).
Adult zombies drop 5 and an additional 1–3 per naturally-spawned equipment if killed by player or tamed wolf. Baby zombies drop 12 and an additional 1–3 per naturally-spawned equipment if killed by player or tamed wolf.
If a zombie wearing a pumpkin or jack o'lantern[Java Edition only] is killed using a weapon enchanted with Looting, there is a chance equivalent to the level of Looting used to drop the pumpkin or jack o'lantern, up to a maximum of a 3% chance of a drop.
Attacking the player
Zombies spawn in groups of 4 and pursue the player on sight from 35 blocks away, raising their arms up[JE only], as opposed to 16 blocks for other hostile mobs.
The detection range of zombies is reduced to half of their normal range (17.5 blocks) when the player is wearing a zombie mob head.
Zombies periodically make groaning sounds, which can be heard up to 16 blocks away. Zombies attempt to avoid obstacles, including fall damage, fire, lava, magma blocks, cactus and try to find the shortest path toward the player. Unlike skeletons, zombies do not try to avoid being hit and continue to pursue the player even when being attacked. Zombies can sometimes deal damage through a closed wooden or iron door.
If a zombie sees a player and a villager together, the zombie prefers to attack the player first. A zombie already chasing a villager continues to do so even if the player is near, until the player attacks it.
Zombies sink in water, facilitating their transformation into drowned.
Burning under daylight
At dawn, generally when the sun is 15 degrees or more above the ground (when the moon can no longer be seen), zombie variants except for husks and zombified piglins burn once exposed to direct sunlight. Burning is suppressed when the zombie is:
- in a sufficiently shaded area: a sunlight level of 11 or less (a 1 block roof overhang provides sufficient protection even if it would have a sunlight level of 14);
- in water;
- wearing head armor (the helmet absorbs the damage from light but may take several day cycles to wear out completely).
- under the status effect of Fire Resistance.
- standing in cobwebs.
Zombies attempt to seek out shade during the day or enter water sources to protect themselves from burning up, but they leave protective areas to chase an enemy.
If they attack an entity while burning, they may set it on fire, with a (30×regional difficulty)% chance, and with a 2×floor (regional difficulty) second duration. If wearing armor enchanted with Thorns while burning they may set players attacking them on fire with thorns damage alone.
Zombies are undead mobs, harmed by the status effect Healing, healed by the status effect Instant Damage and are unaffected by Regeneration and Poison. The wither does not attack zombies. Zombies are affected by the Smite enchantment.
Picking up items
Some zombies are capable of automatically picking up dropped items that they come across. Jack o'lanterns[Java Edition only], mob heads and pumpkins are automatically worn on their heads. Zombies can use armor, weapons or tools. If a zombie encounters another similar item, it may drop the previous item in favor of the new one, if:
- the new item is armor or a sword and the old item was not (for example, zombies prefer swords to pickaxes and helmets to pumpkins),
- both items are armor/swords and the new item is better damage-wise (reduces higher damage for armor, or inflicts more damage for swords),
- both items are armor/swords with the same damage reduction/infliction, the new item has NBT tags while the old does not or the new item is more damaged than the old item, or
- both items are bows and the new item has NBT tags while the old does not.
Items dropped by mobs in exchange for another cannot be picked up by players or mobs for 10 game ticks (0.5 seconds, barring lag), but can be picked up by hoppers.
A zombie holding a picked-up item does not despawn when left alone.
Zombies have a higher chance of being able to pick up items in hard mode.
Picked-up items do not cause the zombie to drop more experience when killed, unlike naturally-spawned gear.
- If a zombie is attacking a villager and sees the player, it interrupts its attack on the villager to attack the player instead, even if the player has not attacked it[JE only].
- Once a zombie has targeted a villager, the zombie ignores any other villagers and the player, until its target is dead or the zombie is attacked[JE only].
Any zombie variant can transform a villager into a zombie villager. The probability depends on the difficulty:
- 0% chance in Peaceful (no zombies spawn) and Easy
- 50% chance in Normal
- 100% chance in Hardcore[JE only] or Hard
Attacking wandering traders
Zombies target wandering traders within 35 blocks and can see traders through walls. The zombie focuses solely on the trader unless it's attacked, or if either it or the target is killed or moved out of range, or if the trader is under the invisibility status effect.
Up to 10% of zombies (depending on regional difficulty) in pursuit of a target bang on closed wooden doors and on Hard (and Hardcore) difficulty can succeed in breaking them down. Otherwise, the door cracks but does not break.
The zombie also breaks down the door if the door is blocking its way.
Attacking utility mobs
Zombies pursue and attack utility mobs (golems) within 42 blocks. Iron golems and snow golems attack zombies without provocation, although snow golems deal only knockback to zombies with their snowballs.
On all difficulty levels, damaged zombie mobs (including husks, drowned and even zombified piglins) call all other zombies within a 67×67×21 to 111×111×21 area[n 1] centered on the attacked zombie to target the attacker.
In Java Edition, on Hard difficulty, zombies can spawn additional zombies to "help" when damaged. Each zombie has a "likeliness to call reinforcements" statistic ranging from 0–10%, and "leader" zombies (0–5% depending on regional difficulty) get a bonus of 50–75 percentage points to the stat. When the zombie is damaged by an entity or is damaged while targeting an entity, up to 50 attempts are made to randomly choose a spawn location (0 or ±7–40 blocks away in all three axes) that is above a block with a solid top surface, has light level 9 or lower, has no players within 7 blocks, and has no colliding entities or blocks at which to spawn the reinforcement. Both the damaged zombie and the new zombie has a 5 percentage point penalty to their "likeliness to call reinforcement" stat, preventing infinite zombies from spawning this way. Zombie reinforcements can spawn even in locations where naturally spawned zombies can't spawn, like mushroom biomes, The End, and Nether biomes. However they still can not spawn on blocks where other items like redstone dust or pressure plates are placed.
These effects can be negated by killing the zombie in as few hits as possible, by using environmental damage such as cactus or lava, or by avoiding them completely. That is, if the zombified mob drops experience, it has a chance to spawn reinforcements. Additionally, reinforcements do not spawn at all, even on Hard difficulty, if
/gamerule doMobSpawning is set to
Leader zombies are a special type of zombie that spawn with an added 50-75% chance to spawn reinforcements. The chance of a leader zombie spawning increases with clamped regional difficulty, up to a 5% chance of spawning.
If a zombie's head (the legs don't work) is submerged in water for 30 seconds, it begins converting into a drowned. The zombie shakes, similar to a zombie villager being cured and, after 15 seconds, the zombie becomes drowned. Once this process starts, it cannot be stopped. This time is not affected by the Respiration enchantment.
A newly-converted drowned always has full health even if converted from a damaged zombie.
An item being held or worn by a zombie when it becomes drowned, whether it was picked up or naturally spawned, has a 100% drop rate, which includes any naturally spawned equipment dropping with full durability[BE only].
Only normal zombies can become drowned; zombie villagers and zombified piglins cannot be converted. Husks, however, convert into zombies if they drown, and then this zombie converts into a drowned as does a normal zombie.
Same as above, any husks that convert into zombies also has full health, even when the drowned husk was damaged.
|Sound||Subtitles||Source||Description||Resource location||Translation key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation|
|Zombie groans||Hostile Creatures||Plays randomly||?||?||16|
|Door shakes||Hostile Creatures||Plays when breaking a wooden door||?||?||16|
|Block broken||?||Unused sound event[sound 1]||None||None||None|
|Door breaks||Hostile Creatures||Plays when it has fully broken a wooden door||?||?||16|
|Zombie converts to drowned||Hostile Creatures||Plays when converted to a drowned||?||?||16|
|Zombie dies||Hostile Creatures||Plays when it dies||?||?||16|
|Turtle egg stomped||Hostile Creatures||Plays when jumping on turtle eggs||?||?||16|
|Zombie hurts||Hostile Creatures||Plays when damaged||?||?||16|
|Zombie infects||Hostile Creatures||Plays when infecting a villager||?||?||16|
|Footsteps||Hostile Creatures||Plays when a zombie walks||?||?||16|
|Name||Identifier||Numeric ID||Translation key|
Zombie have entity data associated with them that contains various properties.
- Entity data
- Tags common to all entities
- Tags common to all mobs
- Tags common to all zombies
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Actual requirements (if different)||Gamerscore earned||Trophy type (PS4)|
|Monster Hunter||Attack and kill a monster.||Kill a hostile mob or one of the following neutral mobs: an enderman, a piglin, a zombified piglin, a spider, or a cave spider.||15G||Bronze|
|Sound the Alarm!||Ring the bell with a hostile enemy in the village.||—||20G||Bronze|
|Icon||Advancement||In-game description||Parent||Actual requirements (if different)||Resource location|
|Adventure||Adventure, exploration, and combat||—||Kill any entity, or be killed by any entity.|
|Monster Hunter||Kill any hostile monster||Adventure||Kill one of these 34 mobs:
|Monsters Hunted||Kill one of every hostile monster||Monster Hunter||Kill each of these 34 mobs:
|Java Edition Classic|
|June 17, 2009||Notch mentions lava zombies or troll infestations which would roam the land and break things.|
|August 14, 2009||Notch teased zombies.|
|Zombies are the second mob to be added to Minecraft.|
|Zombies can run as fast as the player.|
|Zombies occasionally appear wearing armor, but this has no protective effect on their health.|
|Zombies have arm swinging animations when they attack.|
|Killing a zombie rewards 100 points.|
|0.25 SURVIVAL TEST||Zombies are now more dangerous, respawn, despawn, and fight skeletons that shoot them.|
|Java Edition Indev|
|0.31||20091223-1||Zombies and other mobs no longer spawn naturally.|
|20100202||Zombies and other mobs now spawn naturally again. However, they are currently passive.|
|Zombies' armor has been removed, as well as their arm swinging attack animations.|
|20100204-2||Zombies are now hostile again.|
|20100213||Zombies now catch on fire when exposed to sunlight.|
|20100218||The chances of zombies catching on fire in sunlight have been tweaked.|
|Zombies now burn only when the sunlight level is greater than 7, and not due to torches at night.|
|20100219||Zombies now drop 0–2 feathers upon death. Before chickens were added in Minecraft, Notch confessed that he made zombies drop feathers because he had no idea what they should have dropped when killed.|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.8||Pre-release||Zombies now drop rotten flesh instead of feathers.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease||All mobs have the bottom texture of the face flipped, resulting in a change in the model.|
|Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4||Zombies can now be harmed by splash potions of healing, and healed by splash potions of harming.|
|Zombies have now become immune to poison and regeneration.|
|1.2.1||12w03a||The zombies' AI has been improved, giving them a much better sense of direction when pursuing the player, allowing them to navigate obstacles, and even small mazes if constructed, to get to the player.|
|Zombies have been given the ability to 'see' through windows, the first mob able to do so intelligently (not counting spiders, who are able to see through all blocks).|
|12w04a||The zombies' AI has been improved again to cope with catching fire in sunlight. If a zombie is exposed to sunlight and bursts into flames, it searches for a body of water to douse the flames or at least a shelter to hide from sun, unless in pursuit of a player.|
|12w06a||Zombies now chase and attack villagers, attack doors (breaking them on Hard and Hardcore difficulties).|
|Zombies now sometimes drop iron ingots, helmets, shovels and swords as a rare drop.|
|Zombies now sometimes attack villagers in preference to the player, and always chose the shortest way to the target, even if there is a door in the way.|
|12w07a||The drop rate of rare drops for zombies have been reduced.|
|1.4.2||?||Added baby zombies.|
|Baby zombies cannot spawn naturally and can be spawned only through map editors and NBT editing.|
|12w32a||Zombie armor has been added back into the game, and they can now wear any type of armor.|
|Zombies can now hold an iron sword or iron shovel.|
|Zombies now have a chance of dropping these items, if they have them.|
|Iron helmets, swords and shovels have been removed as rare drops from zombies.|
|Zombies now use their attack animation like they did in Survival Test. This shows only when a zombie is holding a weapon. When a zombie holds a weapon the damage it does is equal to the damage the player would do with the weapon added to the normal damage of the zombie.|
|Armor worn by zombies now work the same as it does for the player, each piece gives a certain amount of armor points, where each 1 () gives 4% damage reduction, but the total damage reduction is limited to 80%.|
|5% of zombies now spawn as zombie villagers.|
|Villagers now become infected when killed by a zombie.|
|When a zombie infects a baby villager, it now creates a baby zombie villager, which is faster than a normal zombie and does not age.|
|12w34a||Zombies now have two new rare drops – carrots and potatoes.|
|12w34b||Zombies can now pick up and equip dropped items. If killed, the zombie drops the item it is holding.|
|Zombies can now survive in sunlight, if they are wearing a helmet or a pumpkin.|
|12w36a||The zombie and zombie pigmen models and texture layouts have been changed (no visual change, but breaks texture packs).|
|12w37a||On Halloween, zombies and baby zombies can now spawn wearing pumpkins or jack o'lanterns.|
|12w38a||Zombies have been given new sounds.|
|1.5||13w03a||Zombies are now able to set the player on fire, if they are on fire and they attack the player.|
|Zombies can now call other zombies from the nearby area (radius dependent on difficulty) to attack the player, making packs of zombies approach shortly after damaging the zombie.|
|Zombies now cause more damage when their health is lower.|
|1.6.1||13w17a||When damaged, zombies now have a low chance to spawn more zombies.|
|13w21a||Zombie damage increasing with decreasing health has been removed.|
|13w23b||Zombie AI and mechanics have been changed – this has now made them much more horde-like.|
|Zombies are now able to detect the player up to 40 blocks.|
|1.6.2||pre||Baby zombies now spawn among regular zombies, with the same percentage of spawning as zombie villagers.|
|1.7.2||13w36a||Baby zombies now drop loot and experience.|
|1.7.4||13w49a||Added chicken jockeys – a rare version of the baby zombie.|
|1.8||14w11a||Zombies now run away from creepers that are about to explode.|
|14w30a||Zombies now drop their head when killed by a charged creeper.|
|1.8.1||pre1||Zombies no longer run away from creepers that are about to explode.|
|1.9||15w32a||The detection range of zombies is now halved when the player is wearing a zombie mob head.|
|15w33c||The detection range for players wearing the zombie mob head has been adjusted, now 37.5% of the normal range.|
|15w34a||Zombies now have an attack animation similar to the one they had in Survival Test, even without weapons.|
|15w36a||The detection range for players wearing the zombie mob head has been changed to 50% of the normal range again.|
|1.10||pre1||The chance of a zombie setting its target on fire when burning, and the duration of the effect, now depend on raw regional difficulty.|
|1.11||16w32a||Entity ID |
|Removed the |
|1.13||18w07a||Zombies now intentionally stomp on turtle eggs and attack baby turtles.|
|18w10d||Baby zombies now burn in the sun.|
|18w11a||Zombies now sink underwater.|
|Zombies now convert into a drowned instead of dying from drowning.|
|18w21b||Husks now convert into zombies when drowning.|
|1.14||18w43a||The textures of zombies and baby zombies have been changed.|
|19w05a||Zombies attack the new wandering trader.|
|1.17||21w13a||Zombies drop baked potatoes instead of normal potatoes if on fire when killed or killed by a fire source.|
|1.17.1||Pre-release 1||Zombies no longer pick up glow ink sacs.|
|1.18||Experimental Snapshot 1||Zombies now only spawn at light level 0.|
|21w39a||Zombies no longer spawn in dripstone caves.|
|21w40a||Zombies now spawn in dripstone caves again.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|v0.4.0||Zombies can now drop feathers.|
|v0.5.0||Zombies now have new animations.|
|v0.7.3||Zombies are now set on fire when exposed to sunlight. Previously, they emit smoke particles and take damage, but are not visually on fire.|
|v0.8.0||build 2||Zombies now spawn more frequently.|
|Zombies now have rare drops of carrots and potatoes.|
|v0.9.0||build 1||Zombie AI and mechanics have been changed – this now makes them much smarter.|
|v0.9.4||Zombies now have 2 () armor points, preventing 8% of damage.|
|v0.11.0||build 1||Added baby zombies and chicken jockeys.|
|Zombies now drop rotten flesh.|
|v0.12.1||build 1||Zombies can now spawn wearing armor.|
|Zombies can now break down doors.|
|Zombies are now able to detect the player from up to 40 blocks.|
|v0.14.0||build 1||Baby zombies and baby zombie villagers have a 15% chance of becoming a jockey. Before becoming a jockey, upon nearing the player, they check for one of the following to mount prior attacking: adult chickens, adult ocelots, adult wolves, adult zombies, adult zombie villager, adult zombie pigmen, cows, pigs, sheep, cave spiders or spiders.|
|v0.16.0||?||Adult zombie pigman are no longer ridden by baby zombie variants.|
|1.4.0||beta 220.127.116.11||Baby zombies now burn in daylight.|
|1.5.0||beta 18.104.22.168||Zombies now sink underwater.|
|Zombies now convert into a drowned instead of dying from drowning.|
|Husks now convert into zombies when drowning.|
|beta 22.214.171.124||Zombies now attack baby turtles and stomp on turtle eggs.|
|1.8.0||beta 126.96.36.199||Baby zombies can now mount adult stray cats and pandas.|
|1.10.0||beta 188.8.131.52||The textures of zombies and baby zombies have been changed.|
|Zombies now attack wandering traders.|
|1.13.0||beta 184.108.40.206||Adult zombie pigmen can now be ridden again by baby zombie variants.|
|1.16.0||beta 220.127.116.11||Zombies now have the ability to pick up items.|
|1.17.30||beta 18.104.22.168||Zombies no longer pick up glow ink sacs.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.00||Patch 1||1.0.1||Added zombies.|
|TU5||Zombies now drop rotten flesh, instead of feathers.|
|TU12||The zombies' AI has been improved, which gives them a much better sense of direction when pursuing the player, allowing them to navigate obstacles, and even small mazes if constructed, to get to the player.|
|Zombies have been given the ability to 'see' through windows.|
|If a zombie is exposed to sunlight and bursts into flames, it now search for a body of water to douse the flames.|
|Zombies now chase and attack villagers and now attack doors (breaking them on Hard difficulty).|
|Zombies now attack villagers in preference to the player, and always chose the shortest way to the target, even if there is a door in the way.|
|Zombies now sometimes drop iron ingots, helmets, shovels and swords as rare drops.|
|TU15||1.05||Zombies' rare loot drops have been changed to be carrots, potatoes or iron ingots.|
|TU19||CU7||1.12||Zombies can now pick up items.|
|Zombie armor has been added and zombies can now wear any type of armor.|
|Zombies can now hold an iron sword or iron shovel.|
|Added baby zombies.|
|TU31||CU19||1.22||Patch 3||Baby zombies now drop experience.|
|Zombies now drop their skull when killed by a charged creeper.|
|TU60||CU51||1.64||Patch 30||1.0.11||Baby zombies now have a 15% chance of becoming a jockey. Before becoming a jockey, upon nearing the player, they check for one of the following to mount prior attacking: adult chickens, adult ocelots, adult wolves, adult zombies, cows, pigs, sheep, spiders or cave spiders.|
|TU69||1.76||Patch 38||Baby zombies now burn in sunlight.|
|Zombies now sink in water.|
|Zombies now convert into a drowned instead of dying from drowning.|
|Husks now convert into zombies when drowning.|
|1.83||Baby zombies can now ride adult stray cats and pandas.|
|1.91||Zombies are now hostile toward wandering traders.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
|0.1.0||Added zombies and baby zombies.|
- The zombie is a playable DLC character in the crossover fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an alternate costume for Steve.
- Green-colored zombies are also present in Minicraft, a 2D Minecraft-inspired game also created by Notch.
- The inradius is based on the
followRangestat: base value is 35, ±5% random spawn bonus, then plus 0–50% random zombie-spawn bonus
A baby zombie "wearing" a jack o'lantern on its head on Halloween. This glitch no longer happens.
Zombie render attacking in Bedrock Edition...
...and in Java Edition
A zombie villager curing.
A zombie emerging from a dark cave.
Player, zombie and husk size comprasion.
Dying zombie mob in Bedrock Edition.
Dying zombie mob in Java Edition.
A zombie trying to break through a door.
A zombie horde that spawned outside a village hammering at a door.
A zombie wielding an iron shovel doing its attack animation.
A zombie spawned in a jungle temple.
A large horde of zombies and an iron golem.
An armored zombie that picked up a stick as a melee weapon.
Zombies wearing pumpkins on Halloween.
A zombie wearing a player head.
A zombie holding a diamond hoe and full gold armor.
In other media
A Zombie in promotional artwork for the first Caves & Cliffs update.
Zombies in promotional artwork for the second Caves & Cliffs update.
Zombie micromob (middle) from official LEGO Minecraft.
A zombie as it appears in Minecraft: Story Mode.
Punched zombie from a minecraft.net insider "How to Minecraft".
Official 8.5-inch Baby Zombie Plushie made by JINX.
The zombie's official render from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
- "[MC-62182] Webs block sunlight from burning skeletons and zombies - Jira" – Mojira, July 16, 2014.
- "[MC-14800] When zombie villagers, husks, drowned or zombified piglins are damaged, they spawn regular zombie reinforcements - Jira" – Mojira, April 27, 2013.
- "[MC-227735] Zombie reinforcements can spawn on biomes where regular zombies can't - Jira" – Mojira, June 8, 2021.
- "[MC-114016] Reinforcement zombies are not centered on a block - Jira" – Mojira, February 19, 2017.
- "[MC-127298] Zombie Villagers and Zombie Pigmans don't turn into Drowned - Jira" – Mojira, March 14, 2018.
- "Minecraft Survival development update" – Nizzotch on YouTube, August 24, 2009
- "Lost internets.. The zombies drop feathers because I don't know what they should drop, and chickens weren't around back then!" – @notch on Twitter, January 2, 2011
- ""Hey there, I think you dropped this"" – @jeb_ on Twitter, August 28, 2012
- "Intended." – @Dinnerbone on Twitter, September 6, 2012