In today’s post will cover everything you should know about phantom in Minecraft. From its behavior to tips on how you can defeat it.

Phantom Overview

2 phantom flying around

Phantoms are the hostile mob that flies and have green eyes that glow-in-the-dark. Once this mob spawned, this mob will fly around in a circle before launch its attack.

Phantoms will swoop down to attack the player (once phantoms swoop down, it’s very difficult to dodge and you will likely get a hit unless you attack it). Phantoms burn in sunlight just like zombies and skeletons.

For some reason, The wither doesn’t attack phantoms. Phantoms are afraid of cats and ocelots.

Phantom’s Stats

phantom flying

Phantom HP (Hit Point) or health is 20 (ten hearts)

Phantom damage (without wearing armor) based on the difficulty setting (Java Edition):
Easy: 2 (one heart)
Normal: 2 (one heart)
Hard: 3 (one and a half heart)

Phantom damage (without wearing armor) based on the difficulty setting (Bedrock Edition):
Easy: 4 (two hearts)
Normal: 6 (three hearts)
Hard: 9 (four and a half hearts)

Here is how many hit/attacks you need, to kill the phantom based on your weapons and the edition of Minecraft:

Weapon's NameHow Many Hits/Attacks You Need to Kill Phantom in Java EditonHow Many Hits/Attacks You Need to Kill Phantom in Bedrock Editon
Wooden Sword (unenchanted)6 normal hits4 normal hits
Stone Sword (unenchanted)5 normal hits4 normal hits
Golden Sword (unenchanted)6 normal hits4 normal hits
Iron Sword (unenchanted)4 normal hits3 normal hits
Diamond Sword (unenchanted)3 normal hits3 normal hits
Netherite Sword (unenchanted)3 normal hits3 normal hits
Bow (unenchanted)It depends on the range and how long you charged the bow.
Trident (unenchanted) Melee/Direct Attack3 normal hits3 normal hits
Trident (unenchanted)
Ranged
3 normal hits3 normal hits
Crossbow (unenchanted)It also depends on your range and how long you charged it (but the damage is much higher compared to the bow)
The "normal hits" means attack that isn't critical nor sweep attack.

Phantom Drop Item

phantom membrane

You can get a phantom membrane if you kill a phantom (you can increase your dropped loot using looting enchantment). You can use the phantom membrane to fix elytra or use it to make the slow falling potion.

Where, When, and Why Phantom Spawn

phantom flying in the night sky

Phantom in Minecraft only spawns if the player is not taking sleep for 3 (or more) days in the game. Phantom will spawn above the player in the night (especially if the player is outdoor). Usually, the player will get attack first before knowing that the phantoms have spawned.

Tips for Fighting Phantom

Phantom flying around village

Bring a cat or ocelot with you, phantoms won’t go near a cat or ocelot because they’re afraid of them. But if you don’t have a cat or ocelot stay indoor if you can, or try to find some cave or tree if you’re on the outside (there are some condition where the phantom can attack you even if hide under the tree and inside a cave for example if the cave’s entrance is too big or the tree is too tall).

Try attack phantoms when they’re about to attack you (swoop down), if you successfully attacked them, they will back off and try another attack (you won’t get any damage if you attack first). Also use a shield to protect you and the obvious tip is to use stronger weapons.

I hope this little guide can help you understand the phantom in Minecraft. If you need another mob’s guide go here.

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