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I have a really simple grinder set up in my base. Mobs fall about 30 blocks on top of a hopper, which feeds to another hopper and finally to a chest.

But I'm not getting any bows from the skeletons! Any ideas why?

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Bows only drop when the skeleton is killed by the player.

Your mob grinder kills them by fall damage, so the bows would not drop.

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    Note that if the mobs fall 22 blocks, they will be left with half a heart and you can kill each one with one punch. Then you have a chance to get bows as well as XP. – FlyingPiMonster Dec 19 '15 at 14:41

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