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Wither Skeletons are hostile Mobs that spawn naturally in the Nether and in Nether Fortresses. They are variants of Skeletons, being black in color instead of white. They are one of the four Mobs that can spawn wearing armor, the other three being Zombies, Zombie Pigmen, and Skeletons. They can wither you.


Wither Skeletons walk slowly and once they see the Player, they increase their speed and run towards them. Wither Skeletons attack by hitting the Player with their Sword, giving the Player the Wither Effect.


An Iron Sword and above could be useful for fighting Wither Skeletons. However, a Bow would work better as the Player should not get too close to Wither Skeletons, or the Player will get hit and they will receive the Wither Effect. They are immune to fire, so trying to burn them is useless.


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  • Wither skeletons are slightly bigger than Skeletons, standing at three blocks high instead of two.
  • Their skulls can be used to create the Wither Boss.
  • There is no such thing as a Wither Skeleton Spawn Egg in the PC and console editions, so Players on those platforms have to use a normal Skeleton Spawn Egg. The Player will have to use the Spawn Egg in the Nether, otherwise it will spawn a Skeleton, not a Wither Skeleton.