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So I've been building up my Villager Trading farms and halls and breeders, etc., and one of these builds is the converter - Using a zombie to convert the villager and back again to reduce trade costs.

I found a Zombie, and it can hold items which (should) mean that it won't de-spawn. I also gave it a helmet so that I could keep it in a boat while I build/if I need to save it from the sun.

However, when I came back to check on it, the zombie was still in the boat, still holding the item, but the helm had gone, and he burned in the sun.

What happened?

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Per Minecraft Wiki

Helmets (not blocks like pumpkins) on zombies can eventually wear away and break if the zombie is exposed to daylight.

Rephrased, if a zombie is wearing a helmet and is exposed to the sun, the helmet will lose durability until it breaks and allows the zombie to burn. This is a deliberate feature.

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  • Today I Learned... now I can go to bed!
    – Ben
    Commented May 30, 2023 at 4:27
  • So yes, make sure to only rely on the helmet for short gaps of time, always give your pet zombie a shady place to hang out in.
    – Plagiatus
    Commented May 30, 2023 at 6:09
  • It's always a good idea to have a roof for a village trading farm anyways, because if a lightning bolt hits a villager they become a Witch, which may or may not despawn. Commented Jun 1, 2023 at 19:15

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