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Can the Wither Break Obsidian in Minecraft?

Can the Wither Break Obsidian in Minecraft?

Minecraft’s sandbox has tons of different materials to create the world of your imagination. Although many of the materials can be destroyed by the plethora of baddies in the game so you will have to fortify your creations with the sturdiest of materials.

Amongst the strongest material in the game is Obsidian which requires a lot of effort to destroy and no enemies can penetrate. But what about the strongest of the bunch i.e. Wither? Can the Wither Break Obsidian in Minecraft? Let us find out.

Yes, the Wither can break Obsidian in Minecraft. It is the only enemy in the game that can do it. However, not all of the Wither’s attacks can destroy Obsidian, just the Blue wither skull projectiles will obliterate Obsidian. Wither’s dash attack can also destroy Obsidian.

Wither in Minecraft

Wither in Minecraft
Wither Construction

The Wither is a player-made boss enemy that flies and shoots explosive skull projectiles at the players and other mobs around it. It is created by placing 4 blocks of soul sand and/or soul soil in a T shape and placing 3 Wither Skeleton Skulls on top of the T i.e. three upper blocks (as seen in the picture on the right).

The last block placed must be one of the three skulls and can be placed by the player or a dispenser. Air blocks are required on either side of the base soul sand or soul soil under the upper blocks (non-solid blocks such as grass and flowers prevent the wither from spawning).

The Wither building pattern can have any orientation (including horizontal and upside-down) as well as the skulls; the wither always spawns at the foot of the pattern.

When the wither has successfully spawned, it is angered and creates an explosion around itself.

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It is the only source of Nether Stars, which are used to craft beacons.

Although, Wither is extremely dangerous and can destroy most blocks in its way there are some blocks that can resist his attacks:

  • Barrier
  • Bedrock
  • End Portal, Portal Frame, and/or Gateway
  • Command Block
  • Structure Block
  • Jigsaw Block
  • Light Block
  • Moving Piston
  • Moving Block‌[Bedrock Edition only]
  • Reinforced Deepslate

Obsidian in Minecraft


Obsidian is a naturally occurring block in all dimensions usually found near lava areas. It can also be formed when water flows over a lava source. It is one of the strongest block/building materials in Minecraft with high hardness and blast resistance. Owing to its strength, it is immune to normal explosions. It can be mined from both renewable and non-renewable sources.

Obsidian is the go-to material to create explosion-resistant structures due to its blast resistance of 1,200. It is so strong that not even the Ender Dragon can destroy it. Although it can traverse the Obsidian blocks with ease without destroying them.

These qualities make obsidian an extremely effective defensive block, and it is commonly used in many bases in multiplayer servers as protection from griefers.

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Can Wither Break Obsidian in Minecraft?

Can Wither Break Obsidian in Minecraft?

Obsidian is the strongest material in Minecraft and Wither is the strongest enemy.

Sadly, even the mighty Obsidian falls short in front of the dark monstrosity that is the Wither. Wither’s normal Black Wither Skull projectiles lack the power to destroy Obsidian. However, Wither’s Blue Wither Skull projectiles have the property to ignore blast resistance and hence can easily obliterate Obsidian.

The Wither also sends out an AOE attack once it takes damage which destroys all blocks in a radius of 3×4×3 area including Obsidian. In the Bedrock Edition of Minecraft only, the Wither performs a dash attack that too can destroy Obsidian.

The Wither is the only mob/enemy in Minecraft that can destroy Obsidian.

Obsidian is a hard nut to crack but it can not withstand the menacing Wither. You can create multiple layers of Obsidian wall to somewhat contain Wither but it will be destroyed in just a few attacks.

So either you don’t create this monster that will ruin your Obsidian creations or try to spawn it in an open area where any loss can be kept to a minimum.