MINECRAFT: DID YOU KNOW…?

Vol. 10

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Anna Adams, Staff Writer/ Editor

Spiders

The original spider design was brown with black eyes; the black and red design was implemented after a suggestion was made on a forum.

The original spider texture.

When the gamemode is set to Hard, spiders can spawn under the Regeneration, Strength, Swiftness, or Invisibility effect; these effects will also have an infinite duration.

Spiders do not actually touch the ground; rather, they float just above it.

Spiders never touch the ground.

Spiders’ eyes glow in the dark.

The ordinary spider jockey consists of a skeleton atop a spider, though some versions include the cave spider. Wither jockeys consist of wither skeletons atop spiders. 

A spider jockey.
A cave spider jockey.

Naming any mob Dinnerbone or Grumm with a name tag will flip it upside down, but on a spider jockey, only one mob will be affected, depending on which one was targeted.

The skeleton has been renamed ‘Dinnerbone’ while the spider remains unaffected.

When shot by the player, the spider will walk in the direction from which the arrow was fired, even if the player is too far away for the spider to detect.

When spiders are under the Invisibility effect, their eyes will remain visible; this also applies to cave spiders. 

A cave spider has been given the Invisibility effect.

When a skeleton accidentally shoots its own spider, the spider will fight its own rider. 

Iron Golems

Iron golems are most likely to spawn when all of the villagers congregate at the village bell. However, the village must have at least 10 villagers and 21 doors for it to spawn. Their spawning rate has a chance of 1 in 7,000 per game tick, or 1 spawn every 6 minutes (in real time).

Iron golems are neutral toward the player but attack all hostile mobs, with the exception of the creeper.

An iron golem attacks a blaze.

To craft an iron golem, four blocks of iron must be placed in a T formation and topped with a jack o’ lantern or carved pumpkin head; an ordinary pumpkin will not work. They can be crafted upright, horizontally, upside down, and even sideways. After being crafted, it will automatically wander to the nearest village.

A player crafts an iron golem horizontally.
The iron golem spawns successfully.

Iron golems have 100 health points (50 hearts), making it the third most resilient mob. They are immune to the Looting enchantment, drowning, and fall damage.

Using an iron ingot on an iron golem restores a quarter of its health.

An iron golem has been damaged.
An iron ingot restores a quarter of its health.

Depending on the difficulty mode, iron golems can deal 3.5 to 10.5 health points’ (7 to 21 hearts) worth of damage.

When iron golems hold out poppies to baby villagers, it is an in-game reference to the film Laputa: Castle in the Sky.

Pillager outposts sometimes feature caged iron golems. The iron golem will help fight pillagers for the player if freed.

Bonus Fact

Using commands enables the player to spawn mobs with no AI, which means that the mob in question will not move nor take knockback when hit. More advanced commands can also prevent mobs without AI from despawning or producing sound effects.

A bat with no AI retains the flapping animation of its wings but does not move away from its current position.

Citations:

“✔ Minecraft: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Spider.” YouTube, uploaded by MagmaMusen, 6 Sept. 2016, www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyjluHBSfag.

Gamergirl159. “4 Things You Did Not Know about the SPIDER!!” Minecraft | Aminoapps.Com, 31 Jan. 2016, aminoapps.com/c/minecraft/page/blog/4-things-you-did-not-know-about-the-spider/q5uR_uww0Y2vedPWRgGQBgGdWElmop.

“✔ Minecraft: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Iron Golem.” YouTube, uploaded by MagmaMusen, 7 Dec. 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJbF5X6fxAw.

Maillot, A. (2020, February 22). Minecraft: 10 things to know about the IRON GOLEM. TheGamer. Retrieved September 12, 2021, from https://www.thegamer.com/minecraft-things-know-about-iron-golem/. 

“✔ 25 Strange Minecraft Facts.” YouTube, uploaded by MagmaMusen, 16 Oct. 2020, www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEA0NSzIsKM.

Personal experience (and experiments!).