Minecraft has evolved plenty since its release, and this has largely been led by the addition of tons of new mobs, including both friends and foes.
With that, we’ll be taking a look at and ranking the very best Minecraft mobs so far, and with Minecraft 1.19 (The Wild Update) now in the rearview, some new contenders are here as well, so let’s dive right in!
#5 – Mountain Goat
While this list will largely be made up of hostile mobs, this seemingly innocent inclusion could easily be confused as an enemy most of the time.
Mountain goats in Minecraft are a relatively recent addition, arriving in the Minecraft 1.17 update. While they may disarm you with their cuteness, players have quickly realized just how dangerous this unique mob can be.
That’s because mountain goats in Minecraft largely congregate on the tops of tall hills and mountains, and no matter what other mobs come close to them, they will charge them and push them back (without being hostile). That means players who summit a particularly difficult climb may soon find a pack of mountain goats at the top, and can soon find themselves flying back down to where they began as a result.
While the mountain goat’s aggressive boops are very dangerous for players, their unique behavior makes them one of the more interesting and entertaining mobs in the game, as not only will they charge players, but also other mobs (including hostile enemies!).
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#4 – Enderman
Endermen are one of the most iconic mobs in Minecraft, and for good reason. Their unique behavior and haunting looks are a fantastic combination, and with their magical approach to combat, players have plenty to be intrigued and scared by from the Enderman.
For starters, Endermen are not innately hostile to players, but they’re certainly quick to anger. Endermen also will pick up and collect blocks, which can be a nuisance for base building.
Endermen are dangerous for players as when players look at an Enderman directly for too long, they will begin to attack. Endermen are no normal enemy mob either, teleporting frequently (an ability which players can earn themselves by defeating Endermen and looting Ender Pearls).
All in all, the Enderman is one of the most unique mobs in the game, and their presence keeps players on their toes in the Overworld, Nether, End, and beyond.
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#3 – Creeper
No Minecraft mob is more iconic to the game’s roots than the Creeper.
Creepers are the source of plenty of despair in Minecraft as its most lethal enemy. Creepers are such a deadly threat because they can spawn just about anywhere at any given time, have no qualms with the sunrise (like most other Minecraft foes), and lock onto then explode next to players to devastating effect.
There’s no quicker way to alert a Minecraft player than the sounds of a creeper, which often starts with the sound of them dropping from an unseen height, the sound of a fuse lighting, and the resulting boom before players are back in front of the infamous “You Died!” screen.
Whether they’re terrorizing miners underground or wandering around your precious constructions, the creeper is an often bemoaned but ultimately fantastic Minecraft mob.
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#2 – Warden
As another recent addition, arriving in Minecraft 1.19 (The Wild Update), the Warden has already taken the community by storm as its most engaging new foe.
Originally set for release in Minecraft 1.18 before being delayed, the Warden immediately caught attention as a particularly terrifying enemy. For starters, the Warden surrounds itself in a brand new block, Sculk, which through varying types can either spawn Wardens when triggered by motion, detect sound, and more.
The Warden itself is actually blind, but it finds its foe (and spawns in around them) via Sculk censors and other blocks as well as sounds players make.
As the second most formidable enemy in Minecraft, the Warden is no easy fight for players who fall into their homes underground in Deep Dark biomes, which means escaping them is often the best (and only) solution.
For its incredibly dark and creepy presence, the Warden has quickly become one of the best Minecraft mobs yet, and we can only hope others of its ilk are added in future updates.
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#1 – Ender Dragon
And we’ve finally reached it, the very best Minecraft mob yet, the Ender Dragon.
The Ender Dragon is no new addition to Minecraft, but all the same, this ultimate boss is the final thing standing between players and beating the game.
Living in its very own biome, The End, the Ender Dragon is surrounded by massive pillars and a central structure. The Ender Dragon flies around its realm above plenty of Endermen awaiting players to make their way to it and attempt to defeat it.
The Ender Dragon’s flight path rounds massive pillars with crystals at the top that heal it from the damage it may incur. For players to take on the Ender Dragon, they must first tackle these pillars.
Overall, the Ender Dragon is Minecraft’s best mob due to its massive scale, iconic boss presence, and the challenge it puts players through to finally beat the game for good. It’s a fight that most players may never even see, and one that can be tackled in plenty of unique ways (including the speedrunning tactic of damaging it by placing beds that subsequently explode in the Nether and End alike).
It is the game’s original big bad boss, and no new additions since have dethroned it just yet.