I modified my mob grinder in such way that it now collects almost dead monsters in a small 2x2 area. From this area, I allow skeletons to shoot at me. As they shoot, they hit creepers and produce nice amount of music discs.

The problem is that huge portion of arrows still makes it through. I tried to reduce the damage with water, but even 3 blocks of water still aren't enough:

image description

My question therefore is: Can I make such set-up that skeletons will fire me but will never hit me?

  • 3
    Have you tried iron bars? I don't know or tested, just poped into my mind Jun 26, 2015 at 1:11
  • Don't tripwires get activated by arrows since they're entities? You could just use those and a simple piston and block so that when the arrow goes through the tripwire it closes the small piston door. Jun 26, 2015 at 14:31

3 Answers 3


You could set up a small redstone contraption in order to only expose the skeleton to you if there is a creeper there.

If you want, I can make a prototype.

Also, you don't have to risk yourself: They retaliate from attacks, and snowmen attack skeletons, so they'll attack snowmen (after it attacks them)

  • The snowmen will die though. You can make a machine to build them !
    – Ealhad
    Jun 26, 2015 at 7:49
  • I don't think a machine works, although I'm no expert on snowgolem-building machines. Also, if you implement my 1st suggestion with it, they wouldn't die. This is cool because this means you can set a bunch up and have like 18 machines running at once! All the music discs!
    – Quelklef
    Jun 26, 2015 at 7:51
  • @Quelklef I haven't watched it, but this video shows such a machine. Maybe 18 machines would be a bit of overkill, unless you want to play music across the entire map :D
    – Ealhad
    Jun 26, 2015 at 7:59
  • I was referring to a totally automatic machine -- this is semi; you still need to place the head
    – Quelklef
    Jun 26, 2015 at 8:01
  • I tried snowmen before already - for some reason, the disc yield is about 10% of what I get when I'm standing there. I think they only attack snowmen back. Jun 26, 2015 at 9:26

I don't think skeletons can see through anything. Only spiders can. But you can toughen up your mob grinder with slabs, that may stop skeletons from shooting at you but at the creepers and other mobs.


Simply don't stand there. Make a Iron golem the other side. Skeleton would try to hit it. but it will rarely hit it. Iron golems are cheap to make. 4 iron blocks and a pumpkin.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .