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So I made a simple water trap in Minecraft, but for some reason made it right next to my furnace and crafting table. I trapped a creeper in it, but now I realize I can't kill it without getting hurt because:

  1. I have no snowballs or arrows to fire.
  2. I can't set it on fire with flint and steel.
  3. It is below me so it is hard to hit it with my sword. How do I kill it? Here is a picture:

this was a bad idea

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Drop sand on it? –  user98085 Jul 27 '13 at 0:48
    
Move the furnace and crafting table? –  Batophobia Jul 27 '13 at 1:13
    
@Batophobia too close to it methinks –  isthisbetter Jul 27 '13 at 2:08
    
"How do I kill it?" -> By jumping next to it. –  Menno Gouw Jul 27 '13 at 9:05

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The easiest way to deal with situations like this is usually to not kill the creeper at all. Just despawn it.

From that wiki link:

  • A mob will immediately despawn if ever there is no player within 128 blocks of it. Note that this appears to be a sphere, not a cylinder from map top to bottom.
  • A mob that has had no player within 32 blocks of it for more than 30 seconds has a 1 in 800 chance of despawning on each game tick (1/20th of a second). Therefore, the half-life of monsters not within 32 blocks of a player is 27.73 seconds, after the initial 30 seconds have elapsed.

So, either wander a short distance away and wait, or wander a longer distance away, and the creeper will simply cease to exist, making the area safe again, at least until something else spawns in.

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Also light the area so no new mobs will be spawned and trapped again? –  Alvin Wong Jul 28 '13 at 10:09

Based on the screenshot, you've got sufficent armor to survive a creeper blast. Hit the bugger with your sword until he either blows up or dies. Since he's in water, he won't be able to do any environmental damage.

Alternatively, grab a bow/arrow if you can scavenge one. Suffocation with sand or gravel also functions. These methods will allow you to collect exp and that gunpowder as well.

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Since it's standing in water, its explosion will not break blocks, only hurt the player. The furnace and table are safe! –  SevenSidedDie Jul 27 '13 at 7:16
    
@SevenSidedDie Thanks, edited accordingly. –  iananananan Jul 27 '13 at 7:59

Use sand to kill it!

Even if it blew up...it wouldn't be the end of the world. It's only a crafting table and furnace, just be glad it's not a chest.

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If you're in SMP or you have cheats enabled, you can use /gamerule mobGriefing false.

Then, attack the creeper with reckless abandon!

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You can just hit it and then back off immediately and then repeat!
I guess it'd be the simplest way to do it.

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