Experience points (XP) are one of the most important things for Minecraft players to have easy access to.
With these, you can upgrade your gear from good to great, through things like the Mending, Fortune, or Protection enchantments. While the first makes items nearly unbreakable, Fortune multiplies item drops, and the third makes armor much stronger.
Because of how useful XP is, it’s vital to know which of the mobs in the game will give players the highest number. Below are the five that drop the most XP when killed.
5 Best Minecraft Mobs For XP Yield, Ranked
5) Brute Piglin
Piglin Brutes were going to make it to this list no matter what, as they are tied with Ravagers for fourth best mob in experience. The only real question was whether they deserved the place above the Ravagers or below them.
While they do offer 20 XP, there is one major issue that is holding them back, and that is that they do not spawn naturally. There are a set number of Brutes that spawn along with a Remnant Stronghold. As such, they’re not inherently very easy to grind, which puts them in fifth place on this list.
Ravagers are very similar to Piglin Brutes in that they are closer to mini-bosses than regular mobs and in that they lose 20 experience points upon death.
However, the former rank highest on the list for one important reason: they are a renewable mob. Where Piglin Brutes spawn in limited numbers and don’t spawn again, Ravagers can be farmed through village raids.
This makes Ravagers a much better way for players to rack up XP, even though they appear to be the same as Piglin Brutes on paper.
3) magma/slime cubes
Magma Cubes and Overworld Slime are an interesting addition to this list. They are technically the third highest XP-yielding mob in all of Minecraft; however, this is due to RNG. Each of the three different sizes of Slime drop different amounts of experience, with the large ones dropping four XP, the medium sizes dropping two, and the small creatures dropping one each.
Magma Cubes and Slimes will split into a random number of smaller versions when killed, ranging from two to four. This means that if players are lucky and each Slime size is split into as many as possible, they can end up getting a total of 28 XP from a single mob. This isn’t very likely though, with XP closer to 16 or 18 being more average.
The Wither is the second mob boss in the game, and is the only other one outside of the Ender Dragon. While the latter is necessary to win the game, Wither is entirely optional. Some also consider him much more difficult than the other due to his regenerative abilities and explosive shots.
The Wither is the second best individual mob in the entire game when it comes to XP. Every time the player manages to defeat him, he will be rewarded with 50 XP, almost more than double the potential of the mob with the third highest experience yield. The Wither also drops a nether star upon death, incredibly useful for crafting beacons, making them a great target for players.
1) Ender Dragon
The Ender Dragon is by far the best mob to kill in the entire game. Every time he is defeated for the first time, he drops a whopping 12k XP. This is enough to take a player from level zero up to level 68.
And while killing the Ender Dragon additional times after this initial one doesn’t yield a huge amount, they will net the player a total of 500 XP each time. This means that at worst, Ender Dragon is still 10x better than killing the next best mob in the game, experience wise.
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