Mob heads are great decoration items that Minecraft players can acquire. Some heads are needed to spawn the Wither while others can even be worn on top of the player's head. In this article, Gurugamer is going to showcase how to get mob heads in Minecraft 1.20.

With the release of Minecraft snapshot 22w46a, we have 7 mob heads in Minecraft: player (only Steve's head), zombie, skeleton, wither skeleton, creeper, piglin and dragon.

1. How to get Zombie/Skeleton/Creeper/Piglin heads

Get Charged Creepers

In order to get mob heads, players first need to acquire Charged Creepers. A Charged Creeper is a stronger variant of the normal Creeper that appears when a Creeper is struck by lightning. It has a significantly increased explosion power, dealing up to 127 damage points on the hardest difficulty. A normal creeper can only deal up to 64 damage.

Charged Creeper Minecraft
The Charged Creeper can create a devastating explosion.

To create a charged creeper, players need to:

  • Hit a Creeper with an Enchanted Trident that has the Channeling Enchantment. Don't actually hit it - just use the trident within 5 blocks of the creeper.
  • Build a barrier to trap the creeper then place a Lightning rod right next to it.

Find the corresponding mobs

In Java Edition, a charged creeper explosion that kills zombies, skeletons, wither skeletons, or other creepers causes one of those mobs to drop its corresponding mob head. Only one mob can drop with a single creeper explosion, so if multiple valid mobs are killed the one that drops a head is chosen at random.

2. How to get Wither Skeleton heads

Wither skeletons are tall variants of skeletons equipped with stone swords that inflict the deadly Wither effect. They mainly spawn in nether fortresses at a light level of 0 and in groups of 4. They drop bones, coal, stone swords and wither skeleton skulls.

They are the Nether version of normal skeletons, whose heads are needed to summon the Wither. Their heads can drop normally without the need for a creeper.

Wither Skeleton
Wither Skeleton inflicts a deadly Wither effect that drains the player's HP over time.

The skulls have a fairly low chance to drop, so if players want to collect them, the most optimal choice is to create a wither skeleton farm.

3. How to get Minecraft Dragon heads

Dragon heads are special items that can only be looted from the End ships. These heads are much larger than the usual mob heads in Minecraft and even have their own animations.

Dragon Head In Minecraft 3
The Dragon Head is the biggest piece of headwear the player can equip.

The only way to acquire them is to explore the end and locate End ships. As players usually go there to look for the Elytra anyway, the Dragon head is not that easy to miss. It is placed at the very front of the ship.

An End ship is a structure composed entirely out of purpur blocks and End stone bricks, with obsidian floors. They can sometimes be found floating above an End city.

4. Get mob heads with console commands

If you are too lazy to farm for heads in Minecraft, the only other way to get them is to use cheat code. The command for giving an item in Minecraft is /give [amount] [dataTag]

As you might have guessed at this point, there is no way to obtain a player mob head in the survival or adventure modes of Minecraft. At least, not without cheating and using Minecraft commands.

head mods
Heads in Minecraft can also be modded in.

To do this, players need to enable cheat codes before creating their world.

Skeleton Skull block.minecraft.skeleton_skull
Wither Skeleton Skull block.minecraft.wither_skeleton_skull
Zombie Head block.minecraft.zombie_head
Player Head block.minecraft.player_head
Creeper Head block.minecraft.creeper_head
Dragon Head block.minecraft.dragon_head
Piglin Head block.minecraft.piglin_head

5. How to use Mob Heads to make sound in Minecraft

With the release of Minecraft 1.20, Mojang is introducing a new mechanic that lets you place mob heads on note blocks to play ambient mob sounds. It is a fun new mechanic that players can use to pull pranks or as doorbells. For example, the creeper mob head makes the sound of an exploding creeper. To learn how to use a mob head for custom sounds, follow the steps below:

First, craft a note block on the crafting table and place it on the surface.

Create A Note Block 1
step 1

Then, place a wooden pressure plate next to the note block. You can also use a lever, a button, or any other Redstone component as well.

Pressure Plate And Note Block
step 2

Finally, place the mob head on top of the note block.

Minecraft Mob Head On Top Of The Note Block
step 3

Afterward, players can just step on the pressure plate for the mob head to make a sound corresponding to that mob. The player heads obviously would make no sound whatsoever, as the player character in Minecraft does not talk.

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