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Do I still get experience when a mob is killed indirectly? For example:

  • Killed by another mob (a skeleton's arrow for example)
  • Killed by an arrow from a dispenser
  • Killed by a fall, drowning, fire or lava
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Jeb has said that experience orbs are to be dropped only if the mob has been killed by the player, as opposed to a mob grinder.(Source)

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And the game can almost certainly track who fired a shot. Even before 1.8, creepers dropped different items (records) when killed by skeleton arrows. – Jonathan Drain Sep 14 '11 at 18:39
Can you define what "Killed by the player" entails? For example, this mob grinder uses a cactus and fall damage only. The player never makes any contact with the mobs at all? – Ben Jun 18 at 23:29

As long as you personally hit it with a bow or weapon within 5 seconds of their death.

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