In today’s post, you will learn about Piglins in Minecraft. You can use the table of contents above to navigate quickly.

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Piglin Head

The Piglin.

Piglins Overview


A group of Piglins roaming in the Nether.

Piglins are hostile mobs found in the Nether. They can be neutral to the player if the player wears Golden Armor (this includes Golden Helmet, Golden Chestplate, Golden Leggings, and Golden Boots). Even if the player wears one of them, the Piglins won’t attack.


However, there are certain conditions where Piglins will still attack the player even if the player wears Golden Armor, so Piglins will attack if the player:

  1. Attack them directly.
  2. Break a Gold Blocks, Gold Ore, Gilden Blackstone, or Nether Gold Ore within 16 blocks far from the Piglins.
  3. Open or destroy a Chest, Trapped Chest, Ender Chest, Barrel, or Shulker Box near them.

Piglins attack in a group, So if you provoke 1 Piglin, the others will follow. Just like the Bees and Hoglins.

Piglins spawned carrying either a Crossbow or a Golden Sword and they’re sometimes wearing Golden Armor. Piglins always attack Wither Skeletons, Withers, and Hoglins but they’re afraid of Zoglins, Zombified Piglins, and Soul Fire (this includes Soul Campfires, Soul Torches, and Soul Lanterns).

They sometimes will do a celebration dance after killing a Hoglin.

Piglins spawn in Crimson Forest, Bastion Remnant, and Nether Wastes

The Piglins spawn in Crimson Forest, Bastion Remnant, and Nether Wastes.

Piglins spawn in Nether Wastes, Crimson Forest, and Bastion Remnant. They usually spawn in a group, sometimes with the baby.

Even though they spawn in the Nether, they still can take damage from fire or lava.

Piglins examining Gold Ingot

The Piglins attracted to Gold items.

Piglins are attracted to Gold related items. So, if you drop one of them in front of Piglins, they will run and take it and sometimes even use it. They’re also snorting when the player holds a Gold related item near them.


Unlike any hostile mob, Piglins can open and close Wooden Doors (Fence Gates not included). They can also use some equipable items like Armor parts.

Baby Piglins are passive, but make sure you don’t attack them near the adult Piglins. The Baby Piglins also cannot grow up into an adult Piglin.

piglin and zombified piglin

Piglin | Zombiefied Piglin

If Piglins stay on Overworld (Normal World) or the End they will become Zombified Piglins.

Players can trade items with the adult Piglins using a Gold Ingot.

Piglins Variant

Brute Piglin at the edge of Bastion Remnant.

Brute Piglin at the edge of Bastion Remnant.

Piglins have a variant too, the Brute Piglins. So, what makes Brute Piglins different than the normal Piglins in Minecraft?

1. Brute Piglins only spawn in the Bastion Remnant

Unlike the normal Piglins spawn in Nether Wastes, Crimson Forest, and Bastion Remnant.

2. Brute Piglins use Golden Ax only, and they never use armor

While normal Piglins use Crossbow and Golden Sword as their weapon, Brute Piglins only use Golden Ax as their weapon and never spawn with Gold armor.


3. Brute Piglins are way stronger and smarter compared to normal Piglins

Brute Piglins deal heavy damage and they have more health too. They also smarter, they won’t be distracted with Gold items. Brute Piglins won’t run from Soul Fire, Zoglin, and Zombiefied Piglins.

I guess it safe to say that Brute Piglins are bosses among the normal Piglins. 2 things that are noticeable from Brute Piglins from normal Piglins are that they wear black clothes and use Golden Ax.

Piglins and Brute Piglins Stats 

Piglin and Brute Piglin

Piglin | Brute Piglin

Piglins HP (Hit Point) or Health is 16 (8 Hearts).

Piglin melee damage (without wearing armor) based on the difficulty setting (Java Edition):

  • Easy: 5 (2 and a half hearts)
  • Normal: 8 (4 Hearts)
  • Hard: 12 (6 Hearts)

Piglin melee damage (without wearing armor) based on the difficulty setting (Bedrock Edition):

  • Easy: 5 (2 and a half hearts)
  • Normal: 8 (4 and a half hearts)
  • Hard: 12 (6 and a half hearts)

Ranged: 1 – 5 (a half heart to 2 and a half heart)

Brute Piglins HP (Hit Point) or Health is 50 (25 Hearts).


Brute Piglin melee damage (without wearing armor) based on the difficulty setting (Java Edition):

  • Easy: 7 (4 and a half hearts)
  • Normal: 13 (6 and a half hearts)
  • Hard: 19 (9 and a half hearts)

Brute Piglin melee damage (without wearing armor) based on the difficulty setting (Bedrock Edition):

  • Easy: 6 (3 Hearts)
  • Normal: 10 (5 Hearts)
  • Hard: 15 (7 and a half hearts)

Piglins may drop a Crossbow, Golden Sword, Golden Helmet, Chestplate, Leggings and, Boots. While Brute Piglins only may drop a Golden Ax.

How to Barter with a Piglin

Piglin examining Gold Ingot for a barter

A Piglin examining a Gold Ingot.

To trade an item with a Piglin, you need a Gold Ingot and the Piglin, of course. But make sure you wear Golden Armor parts to make the Piglins neutral.

After that, throw Golden Ingot at the Piglin or right-click Piglins with Gold Ingot in your hand. Let it examine it for a second. And they will throw you random items with a random amount. The items include:

Piglins Barter Items
Enchanted Book, Soul Speed Enchanted Book
Enchanted Iron Boots, Soul Speed Enchanted Iron Boots
Splash Potion Of Fire Resistance, Splash Potion of Fire Resistance
Potion Of Fire Resistance, Potion of Fire Resistance
Iron Nugget, Iron Nugget
Ender Pearl, Ender Pearl
String, String
Nether Quartz, Nether Quartz
Obsidian, Obsidian
Crying Obsidian, Crying Obsidian
Fire Charge, Fire Charge
Leather, Leather
Soul Sand, Soul Sand
Gravel, Gravel
Nether Brick, Nether Brick (Java Edition only)
Spectral Arrow, Spectral Arrow (Java Edition only)
Blackstone, Blackstone (Java Edition only)
Water Bottle, Water Bottle (Java Edition only)
Netherite Hoe, Netherite Hoe (Bedrock Edition only)
Glowstone Dust, Glowstone Dust (Bedrock Edition only)
Magma Cream, Magma Cream (Bedrock Edition only)
Nether Bricks, Nether Bricks (Bedrock Edition only)

Baby Piglins can’t trade with the player. Only the adult ones.

Piglins Minecraft Tips

Here are some tips that might help you when you meet the Piglins in Minecraft.

1. Use Golden Armor parts

It can be Boots or other parts, the thing is, you don’t want the Piglins suddenly attack you when you’re walking around the Nether. 

2. Use Shield and Stronger Weapon

Shield, combined with Nether Sword, for example, can help when fighting with Piglins and Brute Piglins. But you still have to watch your back.

3. Use Soul Fire-related items (or Soul Fire itself) to scare Piglins away

Probably the safest and effective way to defeat them. Set up a Soul Campfire and start attack and retreat. 

You can also place Soul Torch or Soul Lantern when they attack in a large group. You will be safe.

4. Go near the Zombified Piglins for safety

Since Piglins are afraid of Zombified Piglins and Zombified Piglins are neutral (as long as you don’t attack them) you, will be saved from The Piglins. 

5. Throw Gold related items at the Piglins to make them busy for a second

Like I said before, Piglins are obsessed with Golds. When you throw Gold related items at them, they will examine them for a second. In that period, they will only be focused on the Gold (distracted). 

When they are distracted, you can do pretty much anything you can’t do when they aren’t distracted. Like mining Nether Gold Ore, open up a Chest, or even attack them.


But Keep in mind, the distraction lasts about 7 – 8 seconds. Also, I would suggest using the Gold Ingots.

6. Throw Gold Ingots as many as you want, if you want a continuous barter

The Piglins will take the Gold Ingots as long as they’re on the ground. They will take it, examine it, and give random items. They will repeat this over and over. 

7. Be prepared when about to enter the Bastion Remnant

Since Bastion Remnant like a ruin, it would be tough to move and run while Brute Piglins and Piglins walking around. They are also some “trap” in the inside, like Gold Blocks, Gilded Blackstone, and Chest. It makes you want to take them, which leads to provocations. Don’t be greedy.

That’s pretty much what I can cover for Piglins in Minecraft. For more guides like this, see Mob Guides. Thank you for reading the article.

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