Can a zombie despawn if it is holding an item or has an Armour piece on their body within the spawn chunks?

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    Please clarify your specific problem or provide additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it's hard to tell exactly what you're asking.
    – Community Bot
    Oct 1 at 5:52

As long as a zombie is holding an item or wearing armor that it picked up, it will not despawn.

This behavior is the same, regardless of whether the zombie is in an unloaded chunk, loaded chunk, or spawn chunk.

  • If it naturally spawned with armor, it will despawn
    – Jmooroof
    Oct 3 at 18:53

As others posted, an armor piece the zombie picked up (didn't spawn with it naturally) will prevent the zombie from despawning.

Important caveat though: if said armor piece is a helmet, and the zombie is exposed to sunlight, the helmet takes continuous damage and will break after a short time, and the zombie will despawn or burn to death right after that happens. That's why if you want to keep the zombie sun-proof and non-despawning, the optimal item is a carved pumpkin; you can also use player and mob heads, say, the dragon heads from end ships - these items have no durability and as such they don't get damaged by sunlight when worn by undead mobs.


If the zombie naturally spawned with armor, and you did give it that armor, it will despawn. If you gave it armor, or you threw items at it and it picked it up, it won't despawn.


Theoretically, any mob with armor or holding an object within the spawn chunks will never despawn, due to the spawn chunks being in memory at all time.

If you want a zombie to not despawn, you can throw a piece of armor, or any item, and if the zombie is able to pick the item, it will not despawn even if the zombie isn't in the spawnchunks.

You can also give the zombie a name with a namtag, that'll work too.

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    I'm pretty sure mobs despawn based on how far they are from the player, not whether they are in the spawn chunks.
    – pppery
    Oct 1 at 21:31
  • OP asked if a zombie with a piece of armor WITHIN the spawn chunks will despawn. I said no. And that’s a fact. It’s a mechanic the technical players use in their servers to make the full server peaceful by filling the mobcap in the spawnchunks. I don’t know what about my response is wrong Oct 4 at 3:21
  • "Theoretically, any mob within the spawn chunks will never despawn" is clearly not true.
    – pppery
    Oct 4 at 18:23
  • I edited my answer. I'm sorry if it was not clear, my first language it's not the english. Oct 4 at 19:02
  • The explanation to why the zombie won't despawn is still wrong, as it has nothing to do with being "in memory" or not.
    – BunnyMerz
    Oct 6 at 6:57

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