|~ A Creeper hissing.|
They are infamously recognized for their titular ability of silently "creep" up onto the player and then exploding, causing a lot of damage to them and their constructions. Because of this, they are considered to be one of the most dangerous Minecraft mobs.
The Creepers were created from a failed pig model attempted by Notch, Minecraft's main developer.
A Creeper can easily be recognized by its tall vertical structure (roughly the size of a player), green, pixelated skin, and four legs.
The Creeper was created by accident by Notch, creator of Minecraft. Meaning to create the first ever passive mob, the pig, the code went wrong. Instead of a pig he got a tall, slim being with the face and torso the shape of a player. With no arms and 4 stubby legs, this creature became known as the Creeper, a mob that when provoked or within distance of player blows up. It has earned Minecraft billions in marketing, and is the most recognizable Minecraft mob and character, including Steve.
Creepers naturally spawn in the Overworld on top of solid blocks with a light level of 7 or less.
Creepers drop 0-2 gunpowder, and a music disc if killed by a skeleton arrow. They also drop a creeper head if killed by a charged creeper's explosion. They drop 5 experience when killed by a player or tamed wolf.
Creepers are hostile mobs that spawn in the Overworld. They come out at night, but unlike zombies and skeletons, they will not be killed by sunlight and unlike spiders, they will remain Hostile. Creepers attack the player by walking up to the player and exploding, severely injuring or even killing them. When killed, Creepers will drop between 0 and 2 gunpowder.
When struck by lightning, Creepers will become charged Creepers and will have and even more powerful explosion.
Creepers are afraid of Ocelots and Cats, and will run away from them whenever they come close.
Charged CreepersA charged creeper is created only when lightning strikes within 3–4 blocks of a normal creeper, which significantly increases its explosive power. Charged creepers are distinguished from normal creepers by the blue aura surrounding them.
Their countdown timers are the same as normal creepers, both in terms of range and time. With a power of 6, an explosion caused by a charged creeper is twice as powerful as the explosion caused by a regular creeper (see image). How close the creeper was to the lightning strike will not affect the size of the explosion.
Charged creepers have the same entity ID as normal creepers. The only difference is that the value of the boolean "powered" tag is set to "1" (true).
Charged creeper explosions will cause a zombie, skeleton, wither skeleton, or other creeper to drop the corresponding mob head, one per explosion. However, they will not drop their own head.
- Creeper's explosions are slightly less powerful than TNT, until they become a Charged Creeper.
- If killed by a Skeleton, Creepers will drop a Music Disc. If hit, the Creeper will attack the Skeleton.
- Iron Golems don't attack Creepers.
- If Creepers explode in water, it will not damage any of the environment.
- Notch stated on Twitter that "I imagine [Creepers] as being made out of leaves or similar. I'm not sure why they explode."
- In SMP, if a creeper is attacked by another player, and the other player runs out of sight, it will not attack any other players.
- When about to detonate, creepers will cease movement and its head will face directly forward. (Tested in the PC edition).
- When asked how creepers trigger their explosive nature, Dinnerbone said "They're so nervous that they shake a lot, and then this sets them off the same way as how rubbing two sticks makes fire".
- When attacking, creepers walk straight, and then once they reach detonation zone, they always strafe to the left of the target entity.
- A creeper blast at point-blank range for a player with full iron armor on hard difficulty will knock them down to 1/2 a heart, the actual amount of health left is 1/20th of a heart.
- Creepers are faster when fleeing cats than when chasing players.
Reception and Publicity
Creepers have a formidable reputation in the community because of their potential to hurt players and destroy structures. Their distinct appearance and destructive abilities have made them a widely-recognizable Minecraft icon. Creepers are referenced in several of the items available at the Minecraft merchandise depot, and have become an internet meme complete with fan art, web comic references, and demotivational posters.