The 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 7 or less, 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.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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


  • 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).
    • Additionally, skins based on the Zombie and Enderman appear in the "Bedrock" Edition of Minecraft.
    • Coincidentally, both the Zombie and the Enderman are not the exact same size as Steve in Minecraft, but they are as tall as Steve in Smash, with the Zombie being slightly taller than Steve in Minecraft (although this is barely noticeable).
  • 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.
  • Zombies and Endermen are never seen eating food within Minecraft.
    • Unlike Zombies, however, Endermen can place or break blocks.
  • Zombie and Enderman are the only character-swapping alternate costumes that do not have fighter spirits, instead appearing solely as primary spirits.
    • They are also the only alternate costumes to be background characters in the same game.
  • In Minecraft, after being submerged for a total of 30 seconds, Zombies transform into an aquatic variant of themselves known as "Drowned"; in Smash, however, no such transformation occurs, and the Zombie swims as normal. This is due to it being an alternate costume of Steve, who has no such transformation.
  • Zombie is the only alternate character to not use a different model from their base character, as its model is identical to Steve's.