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A ravager (Formerly known as an illager beast) is a hostile mob that joins pillagers in raids.[1] They are one of the strongest and most dangerous mobs in the game.


A ravager will destroy crops in villages (leaves, snow, and many other plants and decoration in Bedrock Edition), as it raids a village with pillagers. Players can prevent ravagers from destroying crops by entering the following command: /gamerule mobgriefing false.

Ravagers spawn in waves 3, 5 and 7 of a village raid, sometimes with pillagers riding them. A ravager can drop a saddle when killed, making it a renewable source of saddles.

Ravagers have 100 health and will try to damage anything in their path. They are hostile to players, villagers, iron golems, and wandering traders. They also deal knockback damage upon impact, but it will be halved if the player uses a shield.


Ravagers are extremely durable mobs, so it's a bad idea to attack this beast head-on without caution. One strategy for fighting them is by using any ranged weapon such as a bow (it is recommended for it to have the infinity enchantment as ravagers have a large amount of health). Another way of fighting them is to be accompanied by iron golems; let the golems tank the damage while you attack the ravagers from behind. A rare but lethal tactic is using lava, which damages them while also making them immobile. You can also try to use a bucket of water to push one back if it gets too close. You could also use flint and steel to set one on fire, but it is not recommended, as you'd have to get very close to the mob and there might be something flammable nearby. (This is especially dangerous to use in raids in a village.) If a player attacks the ravager in a melee fashion, then they must have equipped a shield with them to protect themselves from its heavy attacks. The player must also be aware of the ravager's roar after successfully blocking an attack from it.


  • Other than fishing, generated chests, or trading with villagers, killing a ravager is one of the only ways to obtain a saddle.
  • In Java Edition, ravagers can't break pumpkins and melons when they are already grown into a solid block. This does not apply to Bedrock Edition.
  • The ravager must be hit a few times to knock it back.
  • An early ravager design shows it as a pillager or illager hunched over and spread out, much like a spider.
  • Ravagers will stick out their heads when they do their headbutt attack, much like how a piston extends. It resembles real-life bulls goring victims.
  • Ravagers will not be able to cut across magma blocks or through sweet berry bushes, bamboo, and many other plants acting as a defense. However, this is only effective in Java Edition, as nearly all crops, plants and foods are destroyed in Bedrock Edition except for Nether wart.
  • A ravager will get temporarily stunned if it charges a player who is blocking with a shield. After it recovers from the stun, it will do a roar attack that damages anything in its area. For some reason, it will only knockback other illager variants and not damage them.
  • In earlier versions, the ravager had a strange feature; it was scared of rabbits. This refers to the “Elephant and the Mouse fable”.
  • The ravager is the only non-humanoid illager variant in the game.
  • The ravager's voice is a distorted version of a villager's.


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Passive Mobs
File:BatFace.png Bat File:OcelotFace.png Cat File:ChickenFace.png Chicken File:CowFace.png Cow
File:CodBody.png Fish (various) Link=Fox Fox File:Glow Squid Face.png Glow Squid File:HorseHead.png Horse
File:MooshroomFace.png Mooshroom File:BrownMooshroomFace.png Brown Mooshroom File:OcelotFace.png Ocelot File:ParrotFace.pngParrot
File:PigFace.png Pig File:Big-rabbit-face.png Rabbit File:SheepFace.png Sheep File:Snowgolemhead.png Snow Golem
File:Squidface.png Squid File:StriderFace.png Strider File:TurtleFace.pngTurtle File:Villagerhead.png Villager
File:WanderingTraderFace.png Wandering Trader
Neutral Mobs
File:AxolotlFace.png Axolotl File:BeeFace.png Bee File:DolphinHead.png Dolphin File:EndermanFace.png Enderman
File:GoatFace.png Goat File:Vg face.png Iron Golem File:Big-llama-face.png Llama File:Panda FaceZ.png Panda
File:PiglinFace.png Piglin File:PolarBearFace.png Polar Bear File:SpiderFace.png Spider File:CaveSpiderFace.png Cave Spider
File:BetterWolfFace.png Wolf File:ZombifiedPiglinFace.png Zombified Piglin
Hostile Mobs
File:Blaze Face.png Blaze File:CreeperFace.png Creeper File:Drownedheaad.png Drowned File:Enderdragon Face.png Ender Dragon
File:EndermiteFace.png Endermite File:EvokerFace.png Evoker Link=Evoker Fang Evoker Fang File:GhastFace.png Ghast
Link=Guardian Guardian File:Big-elder-guardian-face.png Elder Guardian File:Hoglin face.pngHoglin File:HuskFace.png Husk
File:Magma Cube Face.png Magma Cube File:PhantomFace.png Phantom File:PiglinBruteFace.png Piglin Brute File:PillagerFace.png Pillager
File:RavagerFace.png Ravager File:Big-shulker-face.png Shulker File:SilverfishFace.png Silverfish File:SkeletonFace.png Skeleton
File:SlimeFace.png Slime File:Spider SkeletonFace.png Spider Jockey File:StrayFace.png Stray File:VexFace.png Vex
File:VindicatorFace.png Vindicator File:Warden Face.png Warden File:50px-WitchFace.png Witch File:Wither face.png Wither
File:WitherSkeletonHead.png Wither Skeleton File:Spider WitherSkeleton.png Wither Skeleton Jockey File:ZoglinFace.pngZoglin File:ZombieFace.png Zombie
File:ZombieVillagerFace.png Zombie Villager