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A ravager (Formerly known as an illager beast) is a hostile mob that joins pillagers in raids.[1] They are one of the strongest and most dangerous mobs in the game.


A ravager will destroy crops in villages (leaves, snow, and many other plants and decoration in Bedrock Edition), as it raids a village with pillagers. Players can prevent ravagers from destroying crops by entering the following command: /gamerule mobgriefing false.

Ravagers spawn in waves 3, 5 and 7 of a village raid, sometimes with pillagers riding them. A ravager can drop a saddle when killed, making it a renewable source of saddles.

Ravagers have 100 health and will try to damage anything in their path. They are hostile to players, villagers, iron golems, and wandering traders. They also deal knockback damage upon impact, but it will be halved if the player uses a shield.


Ravagers are extremely durable mobs, so it's a bad idea to attack this beast head-on without caution. One strategy for fighting them is by using any ranged weapon such as a bow (it is recommended for it to have the infinity enchantment as ravagers have a large amount of health). Another way of fighting them is to be accompanied by iron golems; let the golems tank the damage while you attack the ravagers from behind. A rare but lethal tactic is using lava, which damages them while also making them immobile. You can also try to use a bucket of water to push one back if it gets too close. You could also use flint and steel to set one on fire, but it is not recommended, as you'd have to get very close to the mob and there might be something flammable nearby. (This is especially dangerous to use in raids in a village.) If a player attacks the ravager in a melee fashion, then they must have equipped a shield with them to protect themselves from its heavy attacks. The player must also be aware of the ravager's roar after successfully blocking an attack from it.


  • Other than fishing, generated chests, or trading with villagers, killing a ravager is one of the only ways to obtain a saddle.
  • In Java Edition, ravagers can't break pumpkins and melons when they are already grown into a solid block. This does not apply to Bedrock Edition.
  • The ravager must be hit a few times to knock it back.
  • An early ravager design shows it as a pillager or illager hunched over and spread out, much like a spider.
  • Ravagers will stick out their heads when they do their headbutt attack, much like how a piston extends. It resembles real-life bulls goring victims.
  • Ravagers will not be able to cut across magma blocks or through sweet berry bushes, bamboo, and many other plants acting as a defense. However, this is only effective in Java Edition, as nearly all crops, plants and foods are destroyed in Bedrock Edition except for Nether wart.
  • A ravager will get temporarily stunned if it charges a player who is blocking with a shield. After it recovers from the stun, it will do a roar attack that damages anything in its area. For some reason, it will only knockback other illager variants and not damage them.
  • In earlier versions, the ravager had a strange feature; it was scared of rabbits. This refers to the “Elephant and the Mouse fable”.
  • The ravager is the only non-humanoid illager variant in the game.
  • The ravager's voice is a distorted version of a villager's.


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Mobs in Minecraft
Passive Mobs
BatFace.png Bat OcelotFace.png Cat ChickenFace.png Chicken CowFace.png Cow
CodBody.png Fish (various) Link=Fox Fox Glow Squid Face.png Glow Squid HorseHead.png Horse
MooshroomFace.png Mooshroom BrownMooshroomFace.png Brown Mooshroom OcelotFace.png Ocelot ParrotFace.pngParrot
PigFace.png Pig Big-rabbit-face.png Rabbit SheepFace.png Sheep Snowgolemhead.png Snow Golem
Squidface.png Squid StriderFace.png Strider TurtleFace.pngTurtle Villagerhead.png Villager
WanderingTraderFace.png Wandering Trader
Neutral Mobs
AxolotlFace.png Axolotl BeeFace.png Bee DolphinHead.png Dolphin EndermanFace.png Enderman
GoatFace.png Goat Vg face.png Iron Golem Big-llama-face.png Llama Panda FaceZ.png Panda
PiglinFace.png Piglin PolarBearFace.png Polar Bear SpiderFace.png Spider CaveSpiderFace.png Cave Spider
BetterWolfFace.png Wolf ZombifiedPiglinFace.png Zombified Piglin
Hostile Mobs
Blaze Face.png Blaze CreeperFace.png Creeper Drownedheaad.png Drowned Enderdragon Face.png Ender Dragon
EndermiteFace.png Endermite EvokerFace.png Evoker Link=Evoker Fang Evoker Fang GhastFace.png Ghast
Link=Guardian Guardian Big-elder-guardian-face.png Elder Guardian Hoglin face.pngHoglin HuskFace.png Husk
Magma Cube Face.png Magma Cube PhantomFace.png Phantom PiglinBruteFace.png Piglin Brute PillagerFace.png Pillager
RavagerFace.png Ravager Big-shulker-face.png Shulker SilverfishFace.png Silverfish SkeletonFace.png Skeleton
SlimeFace.png Slime Spider SkeletonFace.png Spider Jockey StrayFace.png Stray VexFace.png Vex
VindicatorFace.png Vindicator Warden Face.png Warden 50px-WitchFace.png Witch Wither face.png Wither
WitherSkeletonHead.png Wither Skeleton Spider WitherSkeleton.png Wither Skeleton Jockey ZoglinFace.pngZoglin ZombieFace.png Zombie
ZombieVillagerFace.png Zombie Villager