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While playing on a Minecraft SMP bukkit server, I tried using the /thor command to manipulate lightning on a few pigs with my pickaxe.

lightning on pigs

But it seems that I can't kill it, I even tried putting them in a pit and hitting them with a diamond sword, to no avail. However, they still make the damage sound.

zombie pigmen in a pit

I even tried using the /butcher command provided with WorldEdit, but it still would not work!

/butcher does not work

So, how do I kill the zombie pigmen?

I know that restarting the server, unloading the chunk on the server etc. will despawn the mob, but what I want to do is to kill it. So,

  1. Is this a bug?
  2. Does it happen in other servers?
  3. What can I do to fix it?
  • 1
    You could always just bury them, and forget about them.
    – GnomeSlice
    May 15, 2011 at 15:20
  • 3
    Burying them alive is cruel, I prefer killing them swiftly :P
    – user8949
    May 15, 2011 at 15:24
  • 9
    Might this be a client-server bug? Perhaps the zombie pigmen exist only in your client—since damage is server-side, you wouldn't be able to kill them. Disconnecting and reconnecting would fix it, if that's the case. May 15, 2011 at 15:39
  • Had to ask: Texture Pack?
    – fredley
    May 15, 2011 at 22:42
  • the texture pack is SimpleCraft.
    – user8949
    May 16, 2011 at 0:08

3 Answers 3


This is a glitch with Minecraft that it also spawns multiple pigmen from one pig. The easiest way is to disconnect and reconnect. They should disappear.

This has happened in my server.

And it IS a client side bug like SevenSidedDie said.


I had the same issue with invulnerable pigs appearing client-side only from a chicken spawner. Dis- and reconnecting makes them vanish. This is a bug, you cannot kill them.


Try getting everyone on the server to leave the area, and come back. The easiest way I can think of to achieve this if there are a lot of people playing is to try a server reset. This should cause them to despawn.

Edit As I've found out on my own server, this is purely client-side. Logging out and back in should make them disappear.

  • I had a similar experience, but it's not necessary for anyone else to disconnect since this bug is client-side
    – Zommuter
    May 16, 2011 at 5:06
  • -0 - since bckbck accepted SmilingDevil's answer, yours is incorrect (in this case) and its execution would be unnecessarily inconvenient for players. Then again, this could help for other issues so I won't downvote either
    – Zommuter
    May 18, 2011 at 5:05

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