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How to make the Wither in Minecraft

Ready to beat the toughest boss in Minecraft? Check out this guide on how to build the Wither and spawn it in your Overworld.

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Wither in Minecraft and two Wither skulls

The Wither is arguably the most terrifying boss in Minecraft as it boasts more health points than the Ender Dragon and knows many lethal attacks. Here’s how you can make a Soul Sand structure that spawns the Wither in Minecraft.

The Wither is quite popular among Minecraft players for several reasons. It is the only boss/mob that doesn’t spawn naturally anywhere in the Overworld, the Nether, or the End. The Wither also drops the rare Nether Star that lets players set up pyramid beacons.

It is no surprise that beating The Wither is one of the toughest challenges in Minecraft. However, the game allows you to spawn this boss whenever you’re ready, and here’s how to do it.

Minecraft Wither boss

Materials required to build the Wither in Minecraft

You need the following materials to make the Wither in Minecraft:

  • 4 blocks of Soul Sand or Soul Soil (both can be used to make the Wither)
  • 3 Wither Skeleton Skulls

Now, let’s learn how to get Soul Sand/ Soul Soil and Wither Skeleton skulls.

How to get Soul Sand in Minecraft

You can get Soul Sand from the Nether in Minecraft. It naturally spawns below Y=34 in the Nether and you can also search for it in the Nether Wart rooms of Nether Fortresses.

Other sources of Soul Sand include:

  • Hoglin Stables
  • Bastion Remnants
  • Soul Sand Valley biome in the Nether

You can mine Soul Sand with any tool but shovels are the quickest for this purpose. Do note that the movement speed of your character and other mobs is reduced while walking on this unique type of sand.

Soul Sand in Minecraft's Nether

How to get Soul Soil in Minecraft

Soul Soil in Minecraft is exclusively found in the Soul Sand Valleys of the Nether. You can use any tool to mine it but shovels break Soul Soil faster than other tools.

Unlike Soul Sand, Soul Soil doesn’t reduce the movement speed of characters/mobs walking over it.

How to get Wither Skeleton Skulls in Minecraft

You can get Wither Skeleton Skulls in Minecraft only after beating Wither Skeletons that spawn in Nether Fortresses. These mobs are basically tall black variants of skeletons with stone swords that inflict a Wither effect.

When killed by a player or a tamed wolf, there’s a 2.5% chance of Wither Skeletons dropping a Wither Skeleton Skull. The Looting enchantment in the game increases these odds by 1% per level in Java edition and 2%per level in Bedrock edition.

Hence, with Looting III, you can expect a 5.5% chance of getting Wither Skeleton Skulls from these mobs in Minecraft Java edition and an 8.5% chance in Bedrock edition.

A Wither Skull placed on Netherrack fence post

Although you’ll be able to find Wither Skeletons easily, it is evident that getting their skulls can be a long and tiring process depending on your luck.

How to spawn the Wither in Minecraft

Place the four blocks of Soul Sand/Soul Soil in a T shape, and then place the thee Wither Skeleton Skulls above the structure. It should look like this upon completion:

Structure to spawn the Wither in Minecraft

When you place the third and final Wither Skeleton Skull on the T-shaped structure of the Soul Soil/Soul Sand, the Wither spawns exactly at the foot of the structure.

This method only fails in two scenarios:

  • The Soul Sand/Soul Soil block that creates the base of the structure should be surrounded by Air Blocks. Grass or other blocks can prevent the Wither from spawning.
  • The Wither doesn’t spawn if the player has selected Peaceful mode in settings.

Be ready for an intimidating battle with the Wither as soon as you spawn it. From explosions to Wither Skulls, there’s a wide range of threats that you need to avoid in order to beat the boss.


For similar content on the sandbox title, make sure to check out these guides on how to tame parrots, how to make TNT, and how to make an elevator.

Image Credits: Mojang