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I noticed while I was playing that some zombies held items in their right hand and some held items in their left hand. Is there any difference in being left or right handed?

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It is merely a visual change.

The LeftHanded byte tag determines whether or not the mob's mainhand is its left or right hand (when set to 1, it is left-handed). The equipment held within HandItems remains the same. That is, the first record is the mainhand and the second is the offhand (in both cases, the stone is the mainhand).

/summon Zombie ~ ~1 ~ {HandItems:[{id:"minecraft:stone",Count:1b},{id:"minecraft:dirt",Count:1b}],LeftHanded:1b}

/summon Zombie ~ ~1 ~ {HandItems:[{id:"minecraft:stone",Count:1b},{id:"minecraft:dirt",Count:1b}],LeftHanded:0b}

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