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16 Things a Wither Can and Can’t Break in Minecraft

16 Things a Wither Can and Can’t Break in Minecraft

Defeating the Wither can come with its own set of unique challenges. While there are multiple methodologies to combat the wraith-like boss, it is only a matter of time before it breaks through all of them. 

If you are trying to implement bedrock suffocation or to contain the Wither in general, you might’ve noticed that there aren’t many blocks that can contain it. This undead hostile has the highest health in-game and is the sole source of nether stars.

10 Seconds after being spawned, the Wither casts an explosion in an area around it causing the nearby blocks to be destroyed. These include blast-resistant blocks including Obsidian, making Wither the only mob in the game to destroy Obsidian.

Needless to say, there are certain blocks that the Wither cannot destroy. Each of these holds certain Wither resistant properties that make them immune to Wither explosions. 

Minecraft: Wither

The Wither is one of the two main bosses in Minecraft that can be manually summoned by the player. It has the highest innate health among all mobs and can dish out deadly damage. His health points are as follows:

  • Java Edition:
    • 300♥ × 150
  • Bedrock Edition:
    • Easy: 300♥ × 150
    • Normal: 450♥ × 225
    • Hard: 600♥ × 300

After spawning, the Wither gains a substantial amount of size in the first 10 seconds and casts a centralized explosion in a 3x4x3 area around it. The Wither then turns back into its normal size and starts to chase the player.

Spawning the Wither

Unlike most mobs in Minecraft, the Wither needs to be manually spawned. You can do so by constructing a T-shaped monolith. Here are the materials to construct a one-time Wither spawner:

  • Soul Sand or Soul Soil: Soul Sand is found naturally in the Nether and ancient cities while Soul Soil can be naturally found in the soul sand valley and ancient cities. 
  • Wither Skeleton Skulls: A rate drop from a Wither Skeleton. The chances for a skull being dropped are 2.5% but can be increased by 1% per looting level with a maximum limit of 5.5%. Bedrock Edition has a 2% modifier instead of 1%, thereby increasing the limit to 8.5%.

Unbreakable Blocks for the Wither

The following blocks cannot be broken by the Wither no matter what:

Barrier

Barriers are command-oriented blocks that are used to create an impenetrable boundary. You can use them to create a safe zone for yourself and your fellow players. The block itself is invisible and lets light pass through.

Bedrock

The Bedrock blocks are present in the lowest 5 rows in the Overworld. They are virtually indestructible and cannot be broken through unless certain cheats are applied.

End Portal

These blocks can only be destroyed in creative mode. Even TNTs are unable to destroy End Portal let alone the Wither. 

End Gateway 

This block is used to teleport the player between the main island to other islands in the End. The gateway block itself is indestructible and can be placed using commands.

End Portal Frame

These blocks can only be accessed by using the creative mode inventory or commands. The End Portal Frames are indestructive in Survival or Adventure mode. 

Command Block

This block is used to execute commands and is only present in the creative mode unless cheats are used. Just like any other block in this list, the Command block cannot be destroyed by the Wither.

Structure Block

Used to generate manual structures, these blocks are primarily used to save and load certain structures. It can be placed to open a GUI as long as the player has proper permissions in Creative Mode.

Related: How to Stop Drowned from Spawning in Minecraft

Jigsaw Block

Similar to Structure Blocks, the Jigsaw blocks can be used in the generation of certain structures. They help the game spawn structures using Jigsaw blocks for a generation.

Moving Piston

This is an unobtainable block that contains part of a piston head. The block is indestructible and can only be removed with the aid of commands and TNT.  

Breakable Blocks for The Wither

This list contains certain blocks that are deemed near indestructible but can be broken by the Wither.

Obsidian

It is the strongest minable block and is found near the Lava beds below sea level. It can also be artificially created when water touches lava. 

Crying Obsidian

The Crying Obsidian is a luminous variant of the regular Obsidian and possesses similar use cases. You can also choose to craft a respawn anchor with it.

Ancient Debris

It is a rare ore available in the Nether region of Minecraft. An Ancient Debris is immune to most explosions and can bloat on lava. 

Netherite

Netherite is a crafting material from the Nether and is commonly used as an upgrade to diamond gear. The Netherite blocks are considered virtually indestructible but can be broken by blue Wither skulls.

Beacon

This block projects an upward sky beam that provident status effects in a set radius. They also function as light sources and can melt snow and ice. A beacon can be destroyed by any kind of explosion. Therefore, the Wither explosion is overkill.

Cobblestone

It is a common stone that can be obtained from mining. Every tool and explosion can destroy this block. Therefore, it is not a suitable material to suffocate the Wither. Its blast resistance is fairly decent but not great. 

Glass

This transparent block is extremely vulnerable to sources of damage and explosion. While its see-through properties are good to scout the Wither, but not good enough to stop it. The Glass block serves more of an aesthetic purpose and is available in a total of 16 color variations.


All in all, most of the mentioned indestructible blocks are not suitable for stopping the Wither due to their limitations. Therefore, it is better to focus on hindering the Wither as much as possible instead of completely stopping it. 

Doing so will give you an easier chance to escape. Keep on kiting it till it enters the second stage and you will be able to defeat it with a diamond sword.