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Symbol of the Minecraft series.
Isometric render of a Creeper from Minecraft.
Universe Minecraft
Debut Minecraft (2009, technical debut; 2011, official debut)
Smash Bros. appearances Ultimate
Most recent non-Smash appearance Minecraft Legends (2023)
Console/platform of origin Microsoft Windows
Apple Mac OS X
Species Creeper
Gender Genderless[1]
Place of origin Overworld
Created by Markus Persson
Article on Wikipedia Creeper (Minecraft)

The Creeper (クリーパー, Creeper) is a hostile mob found in Minecraft. It is one of the game's mascots, appearing in its logo, and one of its most iconic design aspects.


A Creeper exploding.

The Creeper is a hostile mob in Minecraft and spawns in the Overworld when the light level is 0. The Creeper was accidentally created when the model for a Pig had its body's height and length mistakenly flipped, resulting in a distinctive four-legged creature with a long torso and no arms. When it notices a player, the Creeper will move towards it and explode when close enough, creating a small crater; the explosions are one of the most damaging attacks in the game and can potentially kill the player; it also causes significant damage to any nearby structures, such as player-made housing. The Creeper can also explode when the player ignites the Creeper with flint and steel. When hit by lightning, the Creeper becomes charged and deals even more damage with a larger explosion radius, potentially killing the player even with full diamond armor.

Killing a Creeper accrues 5 EXP orbs, and it may drop up to two pieces of gunpowder, as well as a random music disc if it is killed by a Skeleton or a Stray. While they usually creep up behind players (hence the name), they can be identified by the distinctive hissing sound they make right before they detonate.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As a moveset element[edit]

Several Creepers appear in House of Boom, heading towards the victim before exploding. Their explosions combined with the TNT laying around seems to be what causes the titular "boom". Additionally, a Creeper is seen in one of Steve's victory poses, where it explodes before Steve lands.

As a costume[edit]

The Creeper as a Mii Costume in Ultimate.

A Creeper appears in Round 7 of DLC as a paid Mii Brawler costume. To match the Mii Brawler's model, the Creeper is given a more humanoid appearance with distinct arms and legs. The Creeper performs several Sacrificial KOs throughout the video, referencing the Creeper's attack method of detonating itself. At the end of its costume presentation, it can be seen standing next to a lightning bolt, a reference to it being struck by lightning to turn it into a charged creeper.


The Creeper also appears as an Advanced-class primary spirit in the Minecraft DLC Spirit Board.

The Creeper uses an army of Mr. Game & Watch puppet fighters and is fought on the Minecraft World stage. If the player has already purchased the Creeper DLC costume, the Creeper uses an army of Mii Brawler puppet fighters wearing the Creeper Mask and Outfit instead. During the battle, the army starts off with a Bomber, referencing the Creeper's ability to explode.

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability Series
In-game rip [1]
★★ 1 1974 7926 1203 4828 592 2378 Fire Attack ↑ Minecraft Series


A single Creeper appears in the cinematic portion of Steve's reveal trailer, blowing up behind Mario as Steve flees.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese クリーパー, Creeper
UK English Creeper
France French Creeper
Germany German Creeper
Spain Spanish Creeper
Italy Italian Creeper
China Chinese (Simplified) 爬行者
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 苦力怕, Creeper
South Korea Korean 크리퍼, Creeper
Netherlands Dutch Creeper
Russia Russian Крипер


  • Like Rex and Arsene, Creeper has an internal codename, that being "scarier".
  • Strangely, the Creeper does not appear on Minecraft World despite being one of the most iconic mobs in Minecraft.
  • The Creeper is the only character represented in Smash that is known to have originated from a programming bug.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Conditt, Jessica (July 29, 2012). Notch: Minecraft occupies a genderless world, even for that guy. Engadget. Retrieved on October 1, 2020.