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A Wither Skeleton Jockey is an extremely rare combination of mobs which consists of the already-rare Wither Skeleton riding atop a Spider or Cave Spider.

Spawning

1% of wither skeletons naturally spawning in the Nether or from Spawn Eggs become jockeys. However, to be able to spawn one, a player must be in the Nether.

Attack

Wither skeleton jockeys will attack the Player as soon as they see them. If the wither skeleton touches players with its Stone Sword, a player will be instantly affected with the Wither status effect. Once the wither skeleton is killed, the spider will start attacking a player. Likewise, if a spider is killed, the wither skeleton will start attacking the player on its own. Note that the spider's speed merges with the wither skeleton's rage speed (a plus speed when detecting the player) making this jockey very fast and deadly.

Strategy

The best strategy to kill a wither skeleton jockey is to use a Bow since one should keep their distance in order to avoid getting the wither effect. However, an iron or diamond sword can easily kill a wither skeleton jockey if melee is unavoidable. It is recommended to wear Armor when fighting these and to bring a bucket of milk to remove the Wither effect. Golden Apples are also advisable to bring. A Shield can be used to block/mitigate the damage sustained from both mobs.

Drops

When the wither skeleton dies, it may drop:

The spider, once killed, may drop:

Trivia

  • Wither skeletons can be spawned riding a Cave Spider, but this only happens in Pocket Edition.
  • Wither skeleton jockeys are not able to be spawned in the Overworld, but spider jockeys have a small chance to spawn in the nether since 20% of wither skeletons spawned become regular skeletons.
  • Wither skeleton jockeys were added to Pocket Edition in Update 0.15.0 when the wither skeleton was added.
  • Spiders, by themselves, cannot spawn naturally in the Nether.
  • A wither skeleton riding a cave spider can be too much for a player without good equipment and lots of milk, as well as getting the wither, the player will also get poison.

Gallery


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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