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The Zombie from Minecraft
Symbol of the Minecraft series.
Isometric render of a Zombie 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 Zombie
Gender Genderless[1]
Place of origin Overworld
Created by Markus Persson

The Zombie (ゾンビ, Zombie) is a hostile mob found in Minecraft.


Zombies appear as the most common and basic enemies in Minecraft, spawning in groups of 4 in areas with a light level of 0, being commonly found inside unexplored caves for that reason. They spawn only in the Overworld, and have several variants. These include Baby Zombies, which are smaller and faster and can ride a variety of other mobs, although the ability to climb onto other mobs is currently exclusive to the Bedrock version; Zombie Villagers, which can be cured into regular Villagers by the player; Husks, dehydrated zombies that appear in deserts, are immune to sunlight, and inflict hunger on attack; and Drowned, aquatic zombies found in rivers and oceans. A Husk will turn into a regular Zombie if submerged underwater for 30 seconds, and then into a Drowned if it stays submerged for an additional 30 seconds. Additionally, zombies can spawn in a special structure called a Dungeon, which consists of a small room made of mossy cobblestone with a mob spawner and a chest inside.

Zombies can spawn wearing different types of armor and wielding all sorts of tools. Both the armor and the tools can be enchanted. They will burn in the sunlight, unless if they have a helmet equipped, are standing beneath a structure, or are within water. When killed, zombies may drop up to two pieces of rotten flesh, with a chance of rarely dropping one iron ingot, carrot, or potato, as well as any equipment they spawned with. Killing a zombie awards the player 5 natural EXP orbs, with additional 1-3 orbs depending on their naturally-spawned equipment. Baby zombies drop 12 EXP orbs.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Steve (SSBU)
Zombie, as it appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

In the October 1st, 2020 presentation, Zombie was revealed to be an alternate costume for Steve.

As a moveset element[edit]

Several zombies appear alongside Creepers as part of House of Boom.

As a background element[edit]

Zombies appear in the background of Minecraft World. They appear during nighttime alongside other monsters, scaring away Villagers, and remain until the sun rises, when they catch fire and burn up.


Zombie also appears as a Novice-class primary spirit in the Minecraft DLC Spirit Board. Zombie is one of the only character-swapping alternate costumes that lacks a fighter spirit, instead appearing solely as a primary spirit. It shares this trait with Enderman.

Zombie uses an army of Steve puppet fighters in the Zombie alternate costume and is fought on the Minecraft World stage's nighttime layout. During the battle, the Zombie Team is equipped with slow super armor, referencing how the Zombies have low speed but can occasionally wear armor. One of the Zombies is also small, referencing Baby Zombie.

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability Series
In-game rip [1]
0 1346 6737 855 4276 440 2202 Fire Weakness Minecraft Series


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese ゾンビ, Zombie
UK English Zombie
France French Zombie
Germany German Zombie
Spain Spanish Zombi
Italy Italian Zombi
China Chinese (Simplified) 僵尸, Zombie
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 殭屍, Zombie
South Korea Korean 좀비, Zombie
Netherlands Dutch Zombie
Russia Russian Зомби


  • Zombie is the only alternate character to not use a different model from their base character, as its model is identical to Steve's, despite the Zombies in Minecraft being slightly taller (around 1.9 blocks tall where the player is 1.8 blocks tall).
  • Zombie (alongside Enderman) is the second common enemy to become playable in Smash, after Piranha Plant; they are also the first third-party fighters to not be primary playable characters in their home series. However, both Zombie and Enderman are alternate costumes for Steve, unlike Piranha Plant who is a unique fighter.
  • The Zombie alternate costume in Ultimate, similarly to Steve himself, is taken from an outdated texture of the mob, which was replaced in the "Village & Pillage" update to Minecraft in 2019.
  • Although they are able to do so in Smash due to being alternate costumes for Steve, Zombies and Endermen are never seen eating food or crafting within Minecraft itself.


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

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