One of the leading icons in the game and the subject of many jumpscare stories in Minecraft, creepers have long been seen as the silent but deadly hostile mobs. Ruining most artificial structures in the game and causing the demise of almost all artificial structures of players, everyone fears creepers.
In Minecraft, mobile entities—otherwise known as mobs—roam the world in all of the game’s three dimensions. These mobs are categorized based on how they interact with the player: whether passive, neutral, or hostile towards the player. Most of the hostile mobs in the game are stronger due to the amount of damage they deal per hit and their high health bars, such as the ravager, the wither, and the ender dragon. Some hostile mobs become stronger when fighting in numbers, such as a horde of zombies, piglins, zombified piglins, and a group of pillagers in raids. But one mob, in particular, is strong enough on its own even without the high health bar or the strength in numbers to work with. And this specific hostile mob is called the creeper.
Creepers are hostile green mobs in Minecraft that make no noise when approaching the player and detonate themselves in a suicidal fashion to deal massive damage in a certain radius around itself. Due to their quiet approach towards the player and strong explosion power, many have met their demise at the hands of these silent but deadly killers. Players must always stay alert and keep their attention focused, especially in dark areas, as creepers can spawn anywhere in the overworld as long as the light level is 0. This also means that players must keep their base and other structures well lighted to prevent these sneaky mobs from detonating and destroying the walls and other items inside the blast radius. Because of this, players should defeat creepers as quickly and as far away as possible to prevent them from being able to trigger their explosive power in the first place. And this Minecraft guide will teach you how to defeat a creeper in the game—all while keeping your equipment, gears, and other items intact.
How To Defeat A Creeper in Minecraft
1. Kiting the creeper with your melee weapon
A creeper’s behavior is to get as close to the player as possible before detonating. Creepers will not explode until they get at least three blocks near the player which means that players can use this game mechanic. Generally, it is ideal to defeat the creeper with a ranged weapon such as a trident, a bow, or a crossbow since creepers only detonate within range. But even players with only melee weapons can still defeat creepers if they kite them out. Players can kite out the creepers before triggering the explosion by using their sword or ax to hit the creeper then running away as soon as they get near. Repeating this method can help prevent the creeper from triggering its explosion, keeping the player and the surrounding area safe, and killing the creeper simultaneously. As a good alternative, players may enchant their melee weapon with the Knockback enchantment to significantly increase the knockback effect of the weapon’s attack. This will ensure the creepers can never get near enough to detonate and, at the same time, send them flying backward.
2. Break the line of sight from the creeper
Like other hostile mobs in the game, creepers will only begin approaching a player to attack them when they are seen. Considering creepers will only trigger their explosion when they are near the player, players can use this to their advantage by simply breaking a creeper’s line of sight. By hiding from creepers without being seen, players can potentially kill creepers from behind them through sneaking. This will make things easier for the player and effectively defeat the creeper from afar.
3. Taking advantage of their fear of cats
A few players do not know creepers are scared of cats. Generally, creepers can spawn anywhere in the overworld if the light level is 0. But through the use of cats, even newly generated creepers will automatically run away as soon as they are close to even a single cat in the area. Using this game mechanic to a player’s survival advantage, keeping cats as pets, and using them in fighting creepers can allow players to defeat them without much effort. And fortunately, since cats will also provide players with gifts in the morning when they get up from bed, keeping cats around your base will be a win-win scenario in providing for the player and keeping the nasty creepers at bay.
4. Containment trap and an EXP farm
An excellent way to defeat nearly any hostile mob in Minecraft is to use some Redstone mechanism to trap them in a particular area. Most veteran players use this as a survival mechanic to create an experience farm—or EXP farm for short—where all hostile mobs are gathered in a specific containment area and easily kill these mobs to gain experience quickly. This can be used to level up and collect gunpowder in massive amounts for creepers. By using Redstone to move pistons and other Redstone contraptions, players can create structures built as an automatic mob farm that can easily kill and collect the mob’s drops repeatedly. Some players even use this to their advantage by creating a creeper mob farm where creepers can be secured in a specific location and killed without fear of them detonating at any given moment.
5. Killing creepers using a ranged weapon
Typically, killing creepers using a ranged weapon such as a bow, crossbow, or trident is the ideal way to deal with them. Since creepers need to get near enough to start the detonation countdown, players can kill them using a bow from afar. In this way, players will not have to worry about the creepers destroying anything simultaneously. Keep themselves as safely far from them as possible. Once a creeper is attacked using a ranged weapon, they will become provoked into attacking whoever shot the arrow. Therefore, the player must deal with the creeper as quickly and shoot as accurately as possible to keep the creepers at bay.