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I luckily trapped a skeleton and I did something special so they shoot at a block and I tried to collect them but it wouldn't work. I really did think you could do that?

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From the Wiki

[...] However, arrows shot by a skeleton cannot be picked up.

Note: If you absolutely want/need those skeleton arrows, there are mods which make it so that you can pick them up.

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You can't actually pick them up and put them in your inventory, but you can still use them. You could make a cannon with slime blocks and TNT. When you shoot the arrows (or make the skeleton shoot arrows) into a slime block, then push the slime block up with a piston, the arrows will fly into the air. You can use a nearby TNT explosion to propel them toward a target.

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    That's just amazing. Wasting explosives to reuse some arrows. I like the way you think.
    – Arperum
    Commented Apr 8, 2015 at 12:31
  • Does this really work? xD
    – SaintSix_
    Commented Apr 8, 2015 at 13:44
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    @SaintSix_ Yes, it really does work. Try breaking a block that has a skeleton arrow stuck in it while standing underneath. You will take damage from the falling arrow.
    – Rainbolt
    Commented Apr 8, 2015 at 15:22
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    Interestingly, as long as the arrows stay loaded, the game should remember them being fired by the Skeleton. docm77 and JL recently put up a video using this for getting killed by someone who is not even logged on.
    – MrLemon
    Commented Apr 10, 2015 at 9:16
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Skeleton shot arrows cannot be picked up by you or any other entity.

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No, in vanilla Minecraft, you cannot pick up arrows shot by Skeletons, but you can find mods to let you pick them up if you really want to.

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    This adds absolutely nothing beyond what 5pike's answer already states.
    – MrLemon
    Commented Apr 10, 2015 at 9:17

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