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We hear this a lot; that ghasts (bunny-ears) "sometimes" spawn near portals in the "real world"; but I can't for the life of me remember having seen any actual evidence of this being true…

Do ghasts actually spawn near portals, or is this another Herobrine?

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From the Minecraft Wiki

Notch added a small chance for Ghasts to spawn in the Overworld near Portals in Beta 1.5. A Ghast spawned outside of the Nether will fly everywhere, mainly above the clouds. Can even spawn extremely rarely without a portal.

Notch's actual confirmation

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I'm tempted to go with "That's not an answer, as it more or less confirms the base assumption of the question: 'We often hear that ghasts (bunny-ears) spawn near portals.'", but that would be crass. – Williham Totland Jul 3 '11 at 0:36
Here is a link to the youtube video that that comment cites: – Raven Dreamer Jul 3 '11 at 0:40
@Williham - I feel like a wiki article is more reliable than hearsay, but you're right nonetheless. I added Notch's actual twitter comment on the subject. – user9983 Jul 3 '11 at 1:09
@Raven - From what I have read, it has always happened, but before 1.5 it was due to a bug and now it is official. – user9983 Jul 3 '11 at 1:48
@Raven: The video fades out for a second, and when it comes back a ghast has materialized directly where he was staring. Seems legit to me. – BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Jul 3 '11 at 10:15

This is my understanding of the situation:

  • Notch planned to have ghasts spawning near portals, before the Halloween update.
  • It was not actually implemented in the Halloween update or any later one.

I believe the latter has been found to be the case by those who have studied the code of Minecraft, but I don't have a citation handy. Minecraft Forums would be the place to look for one.

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As a modder I've decompiled the game for its source code, I'll take a quick look around to confirm this. I will agree though that I do not THINK that this would have been added. The only cases I can remember ghasts getting into the overworld is through oversized portals or spawn eggs. – caucow Jul 25 '15 at 20:35

It can spawn if the portal is at least 4x4 blocks high. While extremely rare, they can also spawn without a portal.

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