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Two Wither Skeletons on a Nether Fortress.

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A Wither Skeleton with its sword.

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This Wither Skeleton stands next to a Blaze in a Nether Fortress.

Wither Skeletons
, skeletal minions of the Wither, are a fairly rare mob that occurs naturally only in or near Nether Fortresses. They are just like Skeletons, except they wield a stone sword and are a bit taller, and are a charcoal gray, possibly because of a lifetime spent in the fiery Nether. If you spawn a Skeleton in the Nether, there is an 80% chance it will be a Wither Skeleton. They can inflict the Wither effect on you. This effect turns the health bar black and also does additional health damage overtime for 30 seconds. There is also another very rare chance one will ride a Spider, making a Wither Skeleton Jockey.

It is possible to summon a Wither Skeleton using the command:

/summon Skeleton ~ ~1 ~ {SkeletonType:1}

Fighting Wither Skeletons

Wither Skeletons are dangerous due to the Wither ability they possess. However, bows are a good weapon to use against them. If you have no bow, you can use a high-powered sword, but this is not advised because the skeleton's sword is as long as yours and therefore can hit you when you can hit it. 

Where they live naturally

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A Wither Skeleton Jockey

Behavior

Wither Skeletons, like most undead mobs, seem to kill for the sake of killing. They will heedlessly charge the player without any regard for their own safety. This points to the fact that they're not very smart.

Buffs/Debuffs

  • Fire resistant
  • Can inflict Wither (any difficulty)

Drops

Trivia

  • When a Skeleton is spawned in the Nether by the player, it has an 80% percent chance of being a Wither Skeleton. 
  • Wither Skeletons almost always spawn in Nether Fortresses.
  • Wither Skeletons, Zombie Pigmen, and Skeletons are the only mobs with a default weapon.
  • There is no cobblestone in the Nether to make the Stone Sword, so Wither Skeletons are possibly trans-dimensional.
  • It has been calculated that Wither Skeletons can kill you (with no armor) in one hit and five seconds if left unchecked on Hard Mode.
  • Although Wither Skeletons can inflict Wither on all modes (except peaceful when it is not present), the Wither boss cannot. This is possibly to tune down the boss's difficulty and ramp up that of its minions.
  • Due to a Wither Skeleton's size, it looks rather comical in a Wither Spider Jockey.
  • Wither Skeletons have the same mob ID as Skeletons- variation 0 versus variation 1.
  • It is impossible to spawn wither skeletons in the Overworld under Vanilla circumstances, as there is no separate spawn egg.
Mobs
Hostile Wither Skeleton Wither SkeletonSkeleton SkeletonSilverfish SilverfishWitch WitchSpider Jockey Spider JockeyGhast GhastMagma Cube Magma CubeChicken Jockey Chicken JockeyZombie Villager Zombie VillagerEndermite EndermiteBlaze BlazeSlime SlimeCreeper CreeperCave Spider Cave SpiderZombie Zombie
Neutral Spider Jockey Spider JockeyChicken Jockey Chicken JockeyEnderman EndermanSpider SpiderWolf Wolf16px Iron Golem16px Zombie Pigman
Friendly 16px Squid16px OcelotChicken Chicken16px Villager16px Bat16px CowMooshroom MooshroomHorse HorsePig Pig16px Snow GolemPig Pig16px Sheep
Unimplemented 16px Fish (Mob)16px Friendly Wither16px Redstone Bug16px Giant16px Human16px Rana
Boss 16px Wither16px Ender Dragon
Modded 16px Mods/Harken Scythe/Harbinger16px Mods/Natura/Heatscar Spider16px Mods/Tinker's Construct/Nitro Creeper16px Mods/Twilight Forest/Carminite Ghastguard16px Mods/Twilight Forest/Carminite Ghastling16px Mods/Twilight Forest/Hydra16px Mods/Twilight Forest/Minoshroom16px Mods/Twilight Forest/Naga16px Mods/Twilight Forest/Twilight Lich16px Mods/Twilight Forest/Twilight Wraith16px Mods/OreSpawn/Attack Squid16px Mods/Twilight Forest/Ur-Ghast

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