Scales with zombie's health
Light level of 7 or less and 1×2 space anywhere but blocks marked as transparent (half blocks, glass, TNT etc).
Rotten Flesh (0–2) on death.
Zombies are hostile mobs that spawn in dark or dimly lit areas, and will attack the player by slowly moving toward them and inflicting damage by making contact. Like Skeletons and Zombie Pigmen, Zombies catch fire in sunlight. Zombies can be heard making moaning and growling noises when near.
In addition to generic Zombies, which closely resemble an "undead" version of The Player, several rarer Zombie forms may spawn.
- Zombies have green skin, empty eye sockets, and identical clothing to the player and other humans. They are 2 blocks tall, 1 block wide, and 0.24 blocks thick.
- Zombie Villagers have the same bodies as original Zombies, but their heads appear as undead versions of Villager heads.
- Armored and/or Armed Zombies resemble either ordinary or Villager types, but wear armor and/or wield weapons or tools.
 Zombie Villager
Zombie Villagers comprise 5% of all spawned Zombies. They generally behave as ordinary Zombies, but their character model's head and face is reminiscent of that of a villager, especially the nose. Zombie Villagers may occur in easy, normal, hard, or hardcore game modes.
Zombie Villagers can (but do not always) result from Zombie attacks on ordinary Villagers. If any type of Zombie kills a Villager, there is a chance that the Villager will transform into a Zombie Villager (100% in hard difficulty, 50% in normal, 0% in easy and peaceful). This often occurs during sieges.
Zombie Villagers can be cured by throwing a Splash Potion of Weakness at them, then giving them a Golden Apple by right-clicking on the Zombie Villager with it. A loud hissing sound will be heard if successful, and the Zombie Villager will begin to shudder. The transformation will take between 2 and 5 minutes, during which time the Zombie Villager will still attack and must be protected from other attacks and Sun damage.
- Cured Villagers do not retain the same trades they had before they became infected.
- If the Zombie Villager is wearing any Armor or wielding Tools or Weapons, those items disappear when the villager is cured.
 Baby Zombies
Baby Zombie Villagers are created by infecting a Baby Villager. The chance of infection are the same as standard Zombie Villagers: 100% on Hard difficulty, 50% chance on Normal, and 0% chance on Easy. They are the same as regular Zombies, with the following exceptions:
- They will not burn in sunlight.
- They move faster than regular zombies.
- They do not grow up unless cured.
- When they wear armor it shrinks to fit their body size
 Armed Zombie
Along with Skeletons and Zombie Pigmen, some Zombies (10% of the time on easy, 15% on normal, 45% on hard) spawn with the ability to pick up dropped items from the ground. These Zombies will automatically hold nearly any item they come across, but if those items happen to be Armor, Weapons, or Tools, the Zombie will wear/use them. Some of these Zombies spawn already sporting such items, and those items may also be enchanted. If you give armor to a zombie he won't despawn.
- If any Zombie has a Sword in their hand, and you give them a better Sword, they will drop the existing Sword and start using the better one.
- Zombies capable of taking items will also take mob heads, which they will wear, and will become their new head.
- Zombies with head armor are immune to sunlight.
When killed, Zombies drop 0–2 pieces of Rotten Flesh. These can be eaten by the player, but have an 80% chance of giving the player food poisoning. Rotten flesh can safely be used to heal and breed tamed Wolves without any risk of the Wolf becoming poisoned.
Zombies will rarely drop iron ingots, carrots and potatoes. Zombies will also, very rarely, drop Iron Helmets, even if the Zombie is wearing no armor. If a Zombie spawns with a Sword, Shovel or some Armor there is a small chance of it dropping one or more of its items. This is one of four ways to get the uncraftable Chain Armor in Survival, the other three being the use of an inventory editor, trading with a blacksmith, or having cheats enabled and switching the gamemode to Creative.
Zombies spawn in groups of 1-6 and will pursue the player on sight. Zombies will attempt to avoid obstacles, including sheer cliffs and lava, and would try to find the shortest path towards the player. Here's a video demonstating the Zombíe's path finding. 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 door, as shown on the picture to the right. Like most mobs, Zombies will always float on water, even if their target is below them.
Zombies can call other Zombies in the area to "help", and in a matter of seconds, more Zombies will target the player. The "calling range" of Zombies is affected by the difficulty setting.
At dawn, generally when the Sun is 15 degrees or more above the ground (that is, when the moon can no longer be seen), Zombies will catch fire and burn once exposed to direct sunlight. They may make some attempt to seek out shade during this time, or enter bodies of Water to protect themselves from burning up. Being in Water bodies, rain, or shade negates the effects of direct sunlight, preventing them from burning. Zombies will exit protective areas to chase a close player or Villager, whereupon they will again be vulnerable to burning. Zombies wearing headgear will also be protected from burning.
Zombies will attack Villagers within 16 blocks. Once a Zombie has focused on a Villager, the Zombie will ignore any other Villagers, and the player, until its target is killed or the player attacks.
As of snapshot 13w04a, if you attack a zombie while you are in Creative mode, more Zombies will follow you and swarm you (similar to the behavior of Zombie Pigmen), and no matter how far you run or fly, they will follow you.
As of 1.6, if a zombie is attacking a villager and is hurt by another mob, then the zombie will retaliate and attack the offending mob.
Zombies do not pose much of a threat unless encountered in large groups or in narrow spaces. A player on sufficiently high ground can repeatedly hit a Zombie as it approaches, knocking it away consistently before it gets close enough to cause damage. Placing yourself so that you are 1 block lower than the Zombie makes it easier to prevent contact. Like Zombie Pigmen and skeletons, Zombies have a chance of spawning equipped with armor, enchanted or not, wielding an iron sword or iron shovel.
Zombies are vulnerable to daylight, lava, fire, and contact with cacti. Surface Zombie populations can be controlled if the player regularly sleeps in a bed at dusk, since Zombies will only spawn at night if the player is awake.
Should a player be trapped on the surface outside at dusk, they can dig pit and seal it off above them. The pit should be at least 10 blocks deep to avoid Creepers as well. Another method is jump up and place blocks below you until you build a tower high enough to keep you safe until sunrise. Be sure to make the tower high enough to be out of range of Skeletons; an overhang platform at the top is also advisable, so that Spiders can't climb up to you.
If the player places a door rotated so having one "closed" appears "open" and vice versa, zombies will not attempt to break them, simply standing in front of them if they wish to enter. Another popular method of protecting your shelter from Zombies in Hard mode, without wasting iron, is to place a fence gate and wooden pressure plate in front of your door. That way, the zombie cannot get to the door to break it, and you stay protected from the arrows of Skeletons and the detection of other mobs as you would with a door in your shelter.
|0.24 (August 14, 2009)||Zombies were the second mob to be added to Minecraft, after humans. They were the fastest mob in the game before Spiders were added in 0.26 and 0.27, and could run as fast as the player. They would occasionally appear wearing armor, but this had no protective effect on their health. When killed, zombies gave 80 points each to the player, but they did not drop their armor. Zombies also had arm swinging animations when they attacked.|
|Zombies' armor was removed, as well as their arm swinging attack animations.|
|February 19, 2010||Zombies dropped 0-2 feathers upon death. Before chickens existed in Minecraft, Notch confessed that he made zombies drop feathers because he had no idea what they should have dropped when killed.|
|1.8||Zombies now dropped Rotten Flesh instead of Feathers.|
|1.9pre4||Zombies were harmed by Splash Potions of Healing, and healed by Splash Potions of Harming. They also became immune to poison, although Splash Potions of Regeneration did not affect them.|
|1.2.1||12w03a||The zombies' AI was 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. They were also 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 was improved again to cope with catching fire in sunlight. If a zombie is exposed to sunlight and bursts into flames, it will search for a body of water to douse the flames. The same goes for skeletons, whose AI has been improved also, so they run for shelter when exposed to sunlight.|
|12w06a||Zombies chased and attacked villagers, attacked doors (breaking them on Hard and Hardcore difficulties), and sometimes dropped Iron Ingots, Helmets, Shovels and Swords as a rare drop. Sometimes zombies attacked villagers in preference to the player, and always chose the shortest way to the target, even if there was a door in the way.|
|12w07a||The drop rate of rare drops was reduced.|
|1.4.2||12w32a||Zombie armor was added back into the game, and they could wear any type of armor. Zombies could now also hold an Iron Sword or Iron Shovel. There is a 0.5% chance that, when allowed, can spawn all 4 zombie clad with armor and weapons, or zombie villagers with full armor and enchanted swords. Zombies had a chance of dropping these items if they had them. Iron Helmets, Swords, and Shovels were removed as rare drops.|
|Zombies use their attack animation like they did in Classic 0.24. This only shows 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 (3 () for the Iron Shovel, 6 () for the Iron Sword) added to the normal damage of the zombie (4 () on normal difficulty). So on normal difficulty a zombie with a shovel will do 7 () damage, and one with a sword will do 10 ().|
|Armor worn by zombies works 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 total damage reduction is limited to 80%. In addition to the base 2 () armor points, a zombie in full diamond armor would have a total of 22 ( × 11) armor points, but provides only 80% damage reduction.|
|Zombie villagers could now also spawn, and villagers now become infected when killed by a zombie. 5% of zombies spawned are zombie villagers. Infecting a baby villager creates a baby zombie villager which is faster than a normal zombie and does not age. Zombie villagers under the effects of a Potion of Weakness can be cured by using a Golden Apple on them. There is also a bug where zombies don't burn up in the sun.|
|12w34a||Zombies have two new rare drops - carrots and potatoes. Zombies are the only source for these two foodstuffs other than picking them in NPC Villages in snapshot 12w36a.|
|12w34b||Zombies can pick up and equip dropped items. If killed, the zombie drops whatever it is holding.|
|Zombies can survive sunlight if they are wearing a helmet or a pumpkin.|
|12w36a||The zombie and Zombie Pigmen models and textures have changed (no visual change, but breaks texture packs).|
|1.5||13w03a||Zombies are now able to set the player on fire if they are on fire and they attack the player.|
|1.5||Zombies can 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 cause more damage when their health is lower.|
|1.6||13w17a||When damaged, zombies have a low chance to spawn more zombies.|
|1.6||13w23b||Zombie AI and mechanics changed, Made much more horde-like.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.2.0||Sheep and zombies were added, making them the first mobs in the Pocket Edition.|
|0.4.0||Zombies can drop feathers.|
|0.5.0||Zombies, skeletons and zombie pigmen have new animations.|
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- You can give Zombies a bow, and make an artificial Skeleton by giving them a skeleton head, a bow, and iron armor. However, the Zombie will use the bow as a melee weapon, and cannot shoot. Skeletons can also be turned into an artificial Zombie by giving them a zombie head, green leather armor, and a sword.
- If you are lucky enough to find a zombie with a sword, then even more lucky to get it to drop, it will be very damaged, sometimes with only a few uses left.
- Zombies can spawn with colored leather armor. However, this is very rare.
- Both the Zombie and The Player skins share the same model, thus the Zombie skin can be used as the player's skin and vice versa.
- Despite being nocturnal, zombies are the most common Mobs in Minecraft, found extremely commonly in dark places like caves, strongholds, dungeons, etc, and outside at night, even more so than the other Mobs.
- A Giant is an unused huge variation of a zombie that can only be spawned through third party programs or SMP commands. Its appearance is identical to the zombie's, but it has 50 hearts of health, deals 25 damage in a single hit, and is unable to damage the player unless they are right beneath it.
- A Splash Potion of Fire Resistance can be used to prevent zombies from burning in direct sunlight.
- Zombies and Zombie Villagers will get hurt by a Splash Potion of Healing, and get healed by a Splash Potion of Harming. Splash Potions of Regeneration and Poison have no effect on them. This applies for all the undead mobs, like skeletons.
- Zombie armor has no durability score, which means it can never "wear out" the way player armor does. Two points () of armor gives 8% damage reduction from most sources. This means the player would need to deal 22 ( × 11) physical damage to kill a zombie. When dropped from a height of 23 blocks, a zombie would have its health dropped to half a heart but still takes two unarmed hits to kill. As unarmed hits deal half a heart each hit, the first hit would be reduced by the armor and send the zombie's health down below half a heart, thus a second hit is required. There is no one-hit (unarmed) method to kill zombies in a falling trap.
- In the 12w04a snapshot, when spawning a Zombie in daylight with an egg on Soul Sand, it will not catch fire.
- When in daylight while raining, a zombie might make a hissing sound, due to the fact that it will catch on fire and immediately be burned out.
- Even if attacked by an entity other than the player, the zombie will still be focused on attacking the player.
- Zombies can climb ladders, but will only do so if their path finding runs them into one.
- Starting snapshot 12w32a, zombie NBT tags can be edited to make them use any item in the game with any enchantment as a weapon and wear any armor with any enchantment.
- Zombie Villagers have brown eyes, but normal villagers have green eyes.
- When the Zombie Villager was first introduced, the texture for their body depended on the body texture of the regular Zombie, located in the "zombie.png" image file. This made it impossible to give the villager Zombie and the regular Zombie distinct body texture when using a texture pack. However, in one of the following snapshots, Villager Zombies were given their own texture file called "zombie_villager.png" which fixed this annoyance.
- Zombie Villagers are thinner and slightly taller than Villagers.
- This is due to the fact that Zombie Villagers are modeled as Zombies with alternate heads instead of using the model of the villager. However, it could be intentional in order to avoid confusions.
- Zombie Villagers also have their noses sticking through a pumpkin if they are wearing one.
- When walking in a space that is 2 blocks tall, the top of the Zombie Villager is higher than the ceiling, and goes through it with no effect.
- Before 12w34a, when zombie villagers were added, the textures that could be used did not require modification to be a player skin.
- The attribute applied to allow them to pick up items is called CanPickUpLoot.
- On Halloween, zombies sometimes spawn with pumpkins or Jack 'o' Lanterns on their heads.
- Since Zombies can pick up items, this can make them useful for preventing items from despawning, however the zombie itself will despawn if you walk out of a certain radius, which is approximately 32 blocks for allowed despawn and 128 blocks for instant despawn. A better method that still displays the item in question is to put them into item frames.
- Any Zombie wearing a helmet, pumpkin, or head will not catch on fire, however this uses up durability if it is wearing a helmet and may eventually be destroyed, causing the zombie to burn.
- Very rarely, a zombie can pick up its loot as it is dying.
- Zombies are one of the two mobs (the other being the Skeletons) to be able to actually pick up any dropped block/item and use it.
- Even if a zombie has complete diamond armor, it is limited to 20 armor points (80% damage reduction).
- A zombie with armor has a 40% chance of it being leather, 49% gold, 9% chain, 1.8% iron, and 0.2% diamond.
- When a zombie villager child equips a decorative head, the head will float above it.
- In 13w05b, due to the fact that Zombie Pigmen share many of the same codes as zombies, zombies will act like their pig counterparts in that all the zombies within a certain area will target a player who has attacked one zombie. Game mode and invisibility potions do not matter.
- Zombies can frighten villagers from behind walls of glass. Villagers will even run into a fire to "escape" from zombies behind glass.
- Zombies attack range is a bit higher in the Xbox version then the PC version hence making it harder to kill in the Xbox edition
- If a zombie spawns wearing multiple pieces of armor, the armor will never be mismatched (i.e. all pieces will be made of the same material); the same applies for skeletons.
- The hat part of zombie texture can be used to zombie villagers, but it will be cubic insted of paralelepipedical.
- When making a texture pack, using a regular player skin for the zombie texture results in the zombie's face being on the back of its legs.
- Zombies will not catch fire if they are caught in Cobwebs.
- A Zombie holding an item given by a player will not despawn when left alone.
- If you look at the zombie's arms, they are not straight, they are bent sloping down inwards.
- Due to the zombie summoning ability, if a large number of zombies are caught in sunlight, it will cause, to be described best, raining zombies.