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We often hear that ghasts (bunny-ears) "sometimes" spawn near portals in the "real world"; but I can't for the life of me remember having seen any actual evidence of this being true.

Do ghasts actually spawn near portals? Or is this another myth like Herobrine?

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From the Minecraft Wiki

Notch added a small chance for Ghasts to spawn in the Overworld near Portals in Beta 1.5. A Ghast spawned outside of the Nether will fly everywhere, mainly above the clouds. Can even spawn extremely rarely without a portal.

Notch's actual confirmation

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    I'm tempted to go with "That's not an answer, as it more or less confirms the base assumption of the question: 'We often hear that ghasts (bunny-ears) spawn near portals.'", but that would be crass. Commented Jul 3, 2011 at 0:36
  • Here is a link to the youtube video that that comment cites: youtube.com/watch?v=1cDgCPDKq5o&t=15m25s Commented Jul 3, 2011 at 0:40
  • @Williham - I feel like a wiki article is more reliable than hearsay, but you're right nonetheless. I added Notch's actual twitter comment on the subject.
    – user9983
    Commented Jul 3, 2011 at 1:09
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    @Raven - From what I have read, it has always happened, but before 1.5 it was due to a bug and now it is official.
    – user9983
    Commented Jul 3, 2011 at 1:48
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    @Raven: The video fades out for a second, and when it comes back a ghast has materialized directly where he was staring. Seems legit to me. Commented Jul 3, 2011 at 10:15
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This is my understanding of the situation:

  • Notch planned to have ghasts spawning near portals, before the Halloween update.
  • It was not actually implemented in the Halloween update or any later one.

I believe the latter has been found to be the case by those who have studied the code of Minecraft, but I don't have a citation handy. Minecraft Forums would be the place to look for one.

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  • As a modder I've decompiled the game for its source code, I'll take a quick look around to confirm this. I will agree though that I do not THINK that this would have been added. The only cases I can remember ghasts getting into the overworld is through oversized portals or spawn eggs.
    – Shadowtrot
    Commented Jul 25, 2015 at 20:35
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they can't spawn in overworld, but they can get to overworld through portals if you built it 4x4 or bigger!!! .. making a security caution of building 4x4 nether portals so they can destroy your wooden house if they attacked you inside it.

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It can spawn if the portal is at least 4x4 blocks high. While extremely rare, they can also spawn without a portal.

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