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How can I make skeletons shoot arrows that explode in Minecraft?

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Exploding arrows! I don't care how much work it takes, this is worth it. –  authenticgeek Apr 14 '13 at 3:43
    
Modding Minecraft is probably involved, so according to the faq it should be asked on Game Development. –  Alvin Wong Apr 14 '13 at 4:02
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@Alvin There may already be such a mod. I don't think this asker is asking how to make a mod… I don't get any "programmer vibe" off this. –  SevenSidedDie Apr 14 '13 at 4:45
    
I believe Notch actually did this to Minecraft during a live stream. Of course he had full access to the Minecraft source code. So you would definitely need a mod for this. –  Dracs Apr 14 '13 at 7:23
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The simple answer is, that currently, there is no 'native' way to do this in minecraft. (At least not from what I've seen).

From 'native' I mean producing the desired effect without making any modifications to your Minecraft Client.

Meaning, right now, there are only two ways to get skeletons to shoot explosive arrows:

  • Wait till it's added into minecraft (Though, no guarantees that it will be ever officially added into minecraft)
  • Suggest a mod idea here. (More info below)

The link is to minecraft forum's "Requests / Ideas For Mods" section, which is where you will be able to (hopefully) find someone who is willing to fulfill your request.

Hope this helps.

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At this point you have two options to get that feature implemented:

Of course, there is also the remote possibility of making an insane Redstone contraption using TNT spawners and such, but that is probably harder than implementing it using a mod.

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It is possible to make exploding arrows not shot by skeletons:

  • Fire an arrow, and exit the game before it lands
  • Use SethBlings MCEdit filter for stacking entities to stack primed TNT on top of the arrow and make a spawner
  • You now have a spawner that fires exploding arrows!
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This is answering a different question... –  Alex Apr 15 '13 at 15:53
    
@Alex Not a lot of detail is given in the question, this could potentially still be useful to op. –  fredley Apr 15 '13 at 15:56
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