Mob of the Month: Skeleton

Hello, Minecraft beginners! Welcome to our monthly blog post where we dive into the fascinating world of mobs in Minecraft. Last month we started this series by taking a closer look at the Creeper, which is an iconic mob in Minecraft.

The goal of this blog post series is to introduce all you Minecraft beginners out there to all the different kinds of mobs there are in Minecraft. There are a lot of mobs, and when you are just starting your journey into the world of Minecraft, it can be hard to keep track of them all.

For this reason, we want to give you a crash course in Minecraft mobs. So, today we shine the spotlight on a classic, bone-chilling enemy that has been a staple of the game since its early days – the Skeleton!

Meet the Skeleton

Ah, the Skeleton, a bony foe with an itchy trigger finger! This hostile mob has been keeping players on their toes, lurking in the darkest corners of the Overworld, Nether, and even the End dimension. You will recognize it by their bones rattling as they come near you.

The Skeleton is an undead hostile mob that will perform ranged attacks with their bow, which is their preferred weapon of choice. Their health amount is 20, which makes them fairly easy to kill. Though on occasion you will see them wearing an enchanted armor.

As the name suggests, the Skeleton appears as a skeletal humanoid, and its iconic bow and arrow give it a fearsome advantage from a distance. Even though the Skeletons do not have any muscles on their arms, they will draw their bow with power and arrows fly at a decent length.

Their relentless pursuit can make them quite the challenging foe to take on, especially in groups. The best you can do is to take cover and strike when you get the chance. Running away with your back to your foe will most certainly end with an arrow in your back.

During the day, Skeletons might seek shelter from the harsh sunlight, hiding under trees or in caves. But beware, as they remain active in the shadows, and if you venture too close, they won’t hesitate to ambush you.

Rewards and Loot

Defeating a Skeleton can be quite rewarding. Upon defeat, they may drop valuable items such as bones, arrows, and sometimes even their coveted bow! If you’re lucky, you might even stumble upon rare enchanted bows or armor, adding to the excitement of facing these bony adversaries.

Here’s a fun fact, if a skeleton happens to kill a Creeper with its arrow, a rare music disc will drop. This disc can then be played in a jukebox.

Tips for Fighting Skeletons:

Keep Your Distance: Skeletons are most dangerous when they can shoot you from afar, so avoid charging into combat without a plan. Use blocks or terrain to your advantage and close the distance cautiously.

Shield Up: If you have a shield, make sure to use it! Raising your shield will block incoming arrows and significantly reduce damage taken.

Time Your Strikes: Pay attention to their attack patterns and take advantage of their brief pauses between shots. Use this time to strike back without risking getting hit.

Flank Them: Attacking from different angles can disorient Skeletons, making it easier to land a critical hit or avoid their arrows.

Bring a Bow: Fight fire with fire! If you have a bow and some arrows, engage them from a distance. Remember that Skeletons are vulnerable to arrows, just like you are! Also, if you manage to hit a skeleton from 50m with your bow and arrow, you will get an achievement.

Skeleton Variants

Just as in real life, body shapes (and skeletons) comes in all shapes and sizes. The world of Minecraft is no different. Some skeletons even comes with a horse skeleton companion, while others come with clothes on.

As you can see from the images below, Minecraft offers several unique variants:

Strays: These chilly Skeletons spawn in icy biomes and can inflict players with a slowing effect when hit.

Wither Skeletons: Found only in Nether fortresses, these blackened Skeletons wield stone swords and have the added ability to inflict the wither effect. On rare occasion, the Wither Skeleton will drop their head, which creates the possibility for a Wither boss fight.

Skeleton Horseman: A truly rare sight to behold! This fearsome Skeleton variant can be seen riding a skeletal horse, making it a force to be reckoned with.


The Skeleton mob in Minecraft is a testament to the game’s rich and diverse world of creatures. While they might be a thorn in your side, they add a layer of challenge and excitement to the gameplay experience. So, the next time you hear those familiar bones rattling nearby, do not run away! Take on the Skeletons with courage and strategy!

We hope you enjoyed our second blog post of Mob of the Month, and hopefully you learned something about skeletons in Minecraft. If you want to read our first Mob of the Month blog post about the Creeper, follow this link.

Stay tuned for more exciting insights into the world of Minecraft mobs! If you’re looking to fight skeletons and immerse yourself in the adventures of Minecraft, remember that we’ve got your back with top-notch hosting services and support. Go here to get started. Take care!