Minecraft Warden: how to spawn, avoid, or fight

The terrifying new Minecraft Warden mob awaits you in The Wild Update; here's everything you need to know, including how to find them and how to avoid detection

Minecraft Warden mob guide

Want to know a little more about the new Minecraft Warden mob? This terrifying monster can be found lurking deep within Minecraft’s caves as part of the Minecraft 1.19 update. It recently made its debut in the first Minecraft snapshot.

The Minecraft Warden patrols the deepest areas of caverns and is the only blind mob in the game. So, what makes the Warden so frightening? Well, lack of sight doesn’t mean the Warden can’t track you down. Instead, the Warden uses sound to locate the player, which means you have to be very sneaky to avoid a confrontation with this new mob – if you’re smart you can throw items like snowballs to get the Warden to head in another direction. However, if you find yourself exposed and with nowhere to go, you will have to take on this powerful beast.

Join us as we go through everything Mojang has shared on one of the spookiest Minecraft mobs in the game, from its damage output and health pool, to its movement characteristics and its spawn location.

Minecraft Warden spawn

Wardens spawn in the Deep Dark biome, so you’ll need to be very far into a cavern expedition before you run across this mob. Wardens have unique spawn requirements. If the light level is lower than 11 and there isn’t another Warden nearby, a Warden will emerge from the ground whenever a player activates the Sculk Shrieker three times.

If a Warden ever enters daylight or a room with a high light level, it will immediately bury itself, disappearing for good. It will also bury itself after one minute of losing track of you.

Minecraft Warden tips

How to avoid a Minecraft Warden

Wardens shuffle around, reacting to noises they detect with the skulk in their torsos. Lights will flicker whenever a Warden passes due to the darkness debuff it emits. If you are near a Warden, your vision is also affected by this darkness.

If you opt to sneak around, the Warden will harmlessly pass by as long as you stand still and don’t make a sound. Throwing snowballs can help distract the Warden long enough to slip past.

However, if you alert a Warden to your presence by making too much noise, being too close, or by alerting a shrieker, it grows more and more agitated, before it erupts into a fit of rage and begins to chase you. You’ve got a few options; run away, fight it, or throw it off your trail.

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A Warden can outrun a player running at full speed, so if you’re going to leg it, make sure you have a clear route to the outside and enough stamina to get there in time. A word of warning though: hazards such as water won’t slow it down, and it’s immune to damage and knockback effects from both fire and lava.

You can do a couple of things to throw the Warden off your scent. Firstly, other non-Warden mobs can provoke it into attacking them instead by moving around. You can also confuse it by throwing projectiles or activating a minecart, allowing you to slip away.

How to defeat a Minecraft Warden

A Warden has a colossal 250 hearts. This health pool, combined with its high attack stat, makes them the most powerful of all naturally-spawning Minecraft mobs. Since its attack strength depends on your difficulty setting, here are the Warden’s stats:

  • Easy: 8 hearts per hit
  • Normal: 15 hearts per hit
  • Hard: 22.5 hearts per hit

Its attacks disable Minecraft shields for a time and have a long vertical reach of up to four blocks. So if you are playing on hard mode, it can instantly kill you with a single punch, even if you are wearing full Netherite armour.

If you somehow slay a Warden, you’ll get a pitiful three experience orbs for your troubles. The block it is standing on also becomes a sculk block, and the blocks surrounding it become sculk veins.

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That’s all we know about the Warden for now. It’s definitely worth your time dropping a few Minecraft candles to light up any dark passageways.