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A Witch is a ranged mob added in 1.4.2 - The Pretty Scary Update.[1] Witches are hostile and are found mostly in swamp biomes wandering around their houses. When a witch gets hit by a player, they begin to viciously attack them with splash potions. Witches also can regenerate health. It fires splash potions of weakness, slowness, poison, and instant harming to weaken a player so it makes it easier to attack a player. Because of this, a player's armor is rendered useless, regardless of the armor's material and/or enchantments. 

Spawning

Since 1.7.2, witches now spawn naturally, though they are rarer than Endermen. Before this update, they could only be found in witch huts. They also spawn when a villager is struck with lightning.

Fighting

A witch relies on using harmful potions, such as poison, for ranged attack. The best way to fight a witch is to get in close and not let it get away. Keep hitting it, and they will fall quickly. Damage must be consistently dealt to a witch to kill it, as it can use healing potions to regenerate health.

Another effective way is to take it out with a bow, as a player will outrange the witch's splash potions. As with melee fighting, a constant barrage of arrows must be maintained to ensure the witch cannot continually drink health potions.

Trivia

  • The witch is the one of a few hostile (if they are in a raid) ranged mobs found in the Overworld, the others being skeletons, strays, evokers, illusioners and pillagers.[2]
  • The witch has an animation involving its nose.
  • A witch will only drop a potion if it is killed while holding/drinking one. The types of potions that can be dropped include: fire resistance, instant healing, regeneration, swiftness, or water breathing.
  • The witch is the second gender-specific mob in Minecraft, the first being the Ender Dragon.
  • As of 15w49a/1.9, witches now make sounds.
  • Witches are the only mob that uses potions to attack and heal themselves and others.
  • A witch's nose magically wiggles.
  • A witch's texture is a texture that is worked off from the villager. 
  • Witches have mouths, but they are very tiny. It can be seen if they decide to drink a potion.
  • A villager will turn into a witch if struck by lightning. However, witches do not attack villagers. 
    • If a baby villager is struck by lightning, they will still become an adult witch. 
  • In 1.14, witches are a part of Illager Raids, supporting the illagers with healing potions. Despite being part of raids, they will not attack villagers.
    • In the same update, witches were formerly neutral to the player and were wearing a hood. Sadly, this feature has been reverted due to it being an unintentional change.
  • A player can change what a witch is holding with the /replaceitem command.
    • By using this command, the witch in question will appear to drink something by raising its nose. The witch's face will be stuck like this until it drinks a potion.

Gallery

Click for full Witch gallery.

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References

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
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