Some hostile mobs in Minecraft could use a rework to make them more engaging, and the following are the most in need of one.
Those who are well-versed in Minecraft’s survival gameplay are also well-versed in the game’s abundance of hostile mobs, ready to hunt the player when night falls. Mojang has steadily added new hostile mobs such as Illagers, Piglin Brutes, and others over the years to keep the game fresh and engaging.
However, some of the game’s older enemies are long overdue for a refresh. Some Minecraft elements could be altered to make them scarier, more potent, or more meaningful. Other, more recent mobs have the potential to be more engaging, but are still relatively tedious to deal with. Here are the hostile mobs in Minecraft that require an upgrade.
The Phantom, a mantis-like creature that flies through the air when the player hasn’t slept for three nights in a row, is an unpopular mob. The biggest question seems to be why Mojang felt the need to add this mob in the first place, given that interacting with it is more annoying than fun, scary, or exciting.
Phantoms do indeed drop a valuable resource, Phantom Membrane. This item is used to repair the Elytra, so this may be Mojang’s way of achieving balance in Minecraft. Nevertheless, given their lack of popularity among players, it is evident that they are something that pulls players out of their immersion in the game rather than enhancing it.
The slimes on this list may be contentious. Granted, this mob appears iconic, and neither its appearance nor its animation requires modification. What must be altered is the lore surrounding it, specifically where it can be found easily outside of the swamp biome, which is considered its natural habitat.
The majority of players are familiar with slime chunks, an aspect of the game that is not integral to the game’s lore. Wouldn’t it be cool if slimes had their own underground mini-biome where slime chunks reside? Given the abundance of slime chunks, this could potentially backfire, but it is something to consider.
Additional biome-based variants, such as blue and red slimes, could be added to the slime as a potential change. Perhaps even the ability to breed them, as a nod to Slime Rancher.
The Ravager is a mob that players will likely only encounter if they enter a village while affected by the Bad Omen debuff. This will immediately initiate a raid with multiple waves, and one of the enemy types players will face is the formidable Ravager.
The Ravager is advantageous because it drops 20 XP orbs and has a decent appearance. Unfortunately, it only drops one saddle. The Ravager, one of the most tanky mobs in a raid, has the potential to drop better loot.
This list previously mentioned slimes, so it’s only fitting to discuss the Magma Cube, the most uninteresting hostile Nether mob. Magma Cubes do not pose much of a threat to players, and apart from their unique appearance and ability to swim in lava, as well as the Magma Cream they drop, they are neither particularly interesting nor dangerous.
And yet, an entire biome is devoted to Magma Cubes. Perhaps a stronger variant could be created, or the Magma Cube could gain an additional ability, such as the ability to spit out a ball of fire or lava with a shorter range than the Blaze.
The inclusion of zombies on this list may also be controversial, given how iconic their appearance is, but zombies haven’t changed much over the years and are by far the most overdue for something new.
The good news is that they are available in two variants: Drowned and Husks. There are even Zombie Villagers and Baby Zombies with terrifying speed in the game. In spite of this, they are the least desirable mob to farm for loot drops, as something about them still feels a bit bland and uninteresting.
Mojang is understandably unwilling to alter the Ender Dragon, as it represents a significant portion of Minecraft’s lore. And that’s fine, because the Ender Dragon is fine as it is, but players who have been playing the game for years will agree that the Ender Dragon battle is a bit of a bore.
Perhaps it is time for Mojang to take drastic action. Maybe the fight’s mechanics need to be altered. Perhaps the arena for the boss could be altered. Perhaps the Ender Dragon simply requires a new, improved appearance with more detailed textures, new attacks, and animations. Given that the block textures were recently altered, even a minor visual change could make the Ender Dragon feel more relevant once more.