Take the 2-minute tour ×
Arqade is a question and answer site for passionate videogamers on all platforms. It's 100% free, no registration required.

When a creeper settled on the only part of rail in miles that had powered rails, I shrugged it off. When two creepers dropped on me from above without giving me a second of chance, just as I was passing over a lake of fire, I thought "bad luck". But when I ran naked at night, after a respawn, to a shelter with iron door, chased by a crowd of mobs, only to find the one specific block with the door button removed by an enderman, I began suspecting there's more to it than "hide in random dark place", "move blocks at random" etc.

Is there a specific code in Minecraft, responsible for mobs trying to damage critical infrastructure on purpose? e.g. an enderman preferring that one block with a button on it versus 300 other blocks of the house?

share|improve this question
    
So: are mobs programmed to troll players? Interesting ... –  5pike Jun 24 '13 at 10:31
    
Nope, they are truly random. If you know any Java, you can verify this fact for yourself by downloading the Minecraft Coder Pack –  Ruirize Jun 24 '13 at 10:38
20  
@Ruirize Maybe the Endermen removed the code block that showed their true motivations. –  Alex Jun 24 '13 at 10:54
    
Are you running any mods? A mod that looks normal enough might do something like this. Just a thought –  pattyd Jun 24 '13 at 16:34
7  
Hmmm...advice on Enderman-proofing your house from someone called Ender is not suspicious at all... –  Alex Jun 24 '13 at 23:54
show 2 more comments

2 Answers

up vote 25 down vote accepted

I'm not aware of any there being any "infrastructure targeting" code in Minecraft.

The situations you describe however, seem to have three possible explanations:

  1. The random number generator hates you. This is a known phenomenon dating all the way back to early dice games. Simply put, the random number generator appears to actively work to destroy you. Short of making a shrine to the RNG gods, no solution to this problem is known.

  2. Selective memory. You are simply remembering the times you were horribly griefed more vividly than the times mobs spawned out in the open where you could easily take them on, even if they are equally common.

  3. Death from above. The first two situations you gave sound like you were in an enclosed, partially lit cave. This type of environment would increase the spawn chance in other nearby areas. In such a scenario, mobs using "Death from Above" tactics is for more likely, especially in abandoned mine-shafts. The Enderman case you describe just sounds like bad luck (See point 1).

share|improve this answer
12  
+1 for mentioning selective memory! Also, there is code that makes Creeper's fuse shorter when they are above a player, so they are indeed trained in combat drops. –  Orc JMR Jun 24 '13 at 15:22
1  
Why hasn't this been chosen as the answer yet? –  avestar101 Jun 24 '13 at 16:36
1  
Asker is probably AFK. –  legacy Jun 24 '13 at 17:12
    
Creepers are devious creatures anyway. I'm pretty sure they're programmed to hide around corners and yell SSSSSURPRISE! –  Nathan C Jun 28 '13 at 11:55
    
Nope, just drop from above. –  legacy Jun 28 '13 at 12:18
add comment

There is no such code, it's completely random.

It looks like the "troll-engine" is playing with you (or maybe it's Herobrine's work... nobody knows).

share|improve this answer
9  
I think Herobrine was removed in some version. –  Joachim Sauer Jun 24 '13 at 14:16
2  
he has never been in minecraft. they say he has be removed in every update, its like a tradition. –  RustyMembers Jun 24 '13 at 14:21
3  
I know ... I even linked to the wiki article explaining that ... maybe I should have left that smiley face in that comment ;-) –  Joachim Sauer Jun 24 '13 at 14:22
    
its fun im always like: "what the heck, have i played minecraft with him running around?????" ;D –  RustyMembers Jun 24 '13 at 14:24
    
@RustyMembers Yes. He has been following you around. Watching you from behind trees. Standing over you while you sleep, feeding on your dreams. –  Coronus Jun 24 '13 at 18:28
show 1 more comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.