So, I'm in a bit of a pinch. I'm on an SMP server, with 1.5 hearts and no food, but all the ingredients. I'm about to prepare some mushroom stew, but alas, I got chased and cornered by a creeper in a grief-protected house. If I open the door, I'm finished, but there's no other way. So, I'd like to wait for a creeper to despawn while I'm offline. How long would it take?

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    Does grief-protected house mean that you can't just dig out of there?
    – Bobby
    Commented Nov 13, 2011 at 17:51
  • I think I read somewhere that Creepers despawn at noon? Commented Nov 13, 2011 at 18:01
  • @Bobby precisely. Also it means that I cannot place a crafting table to cook me some food to compensate for the kaboom. Also, problem solved :)
    – Septagram
    Commented Nov 13, 2011 at 18:23

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If you log off and there are no other players online, the server should immediately unload all chunks and all mobs within.

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    Doesn't the server always keep the spawn area loaded?
    – Kevin Reid
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 11:45

If it is night time, and the creeper is in an area that will be exposed to daylight at dawn; when it gets light it will wander off in search of a dark place to hide in.

If the creeper is stood right outside the door, you can hit it through the door with a sword, without opening the door.

Alternately, if safe to do so; you can dig up and out above the creeper and whack it on the head. It can't jump up more than 1 block.

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    The hit-it-through-the-door trick no longer works. It instead opens the door!
    – Ben Blank
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 17:00
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    I can confirm that creepers do not care whether they're standing in the sun or not, and he said it's a grief protected house, meaning he can't dig up and out. Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 17:13

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