I recently learned that the skeleton mob in specific has an 11% chance of being left-handed:

right hand: 89%; left hand: 11%‌ [JE only]; may be enchanted

Due to my curiosity, I began searching to determine if other mobs can be left-handed, and based on my research, mobs seem to have a NBT tag for LeftHanded, as per this post regarding zombie mobs:

The LeftHanded byte tag determines whether or not the mob's main hand is its left or right hand (when set to 1, it is left-handed).

However, NBT tags are specific to (which supports the [JE only] tag on the wiki), so I continued my research with a focus on , but unfortunately, this yielded no explicit results (which were easily found for Java edition).

Is it possible for mobs to be left-handed in Minecraft: Bedrock Edition?

  • Trivia section only talks about Java edition, and it's never mentioned in update history, so probably no. As a side note, isn't LeftHanded a bit instead of a byte? Its only values are 0 or 1
    – pinckerman
    Nov 1, 2021 at 19:43
  • 3
    Any way you can spawn a ton of skeletons in BE and see if any are left handed or not? That might answer your question.
    – Timmy Jim
    Nov 1, 2021 at 20:02
  • @TimmyJim that's my next step, but I was hoping to not have to do that lol 😂 Nov 1, 2021 at 20:32
  • 1
    @pinckerman that's fair, I just directly quoted the post. Nov 1, 2021 at 20:33
  • Yeah I see, I was just wondering
    – pinckerman
    Nov 1, 2021 at 20:45

1 Answer 1


Mobs cannot be left-handed in Minecraft Bedrock Edition.

I summoned several hundred skeletons and all were right handed.

Furthermore, attempting to replace their offhand slot with a bow (/replaceitem entity @e[type=skeleton] slow.weapon.offhand 0 bow) returns an error saying that slot cannot be filled with a bow.

Items which the player can normally hold in the offhand slot such as arrows or sheilds can be put in that hand although no mobs spawn naturally with these.


There is one notable exception but not exactly what the question is requesting is that drowned will spawn with Nautilus Shells in their left hand in order to hold the trident in their right, so technically mobs can be left handed in that instance.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .