It's a well known fact, that zombie pigmen are passive mobs. I was always relying on that, and recently one of them attacked me for no reason. As soon as I showed up in his line of sight, he started running towards me and hitting with his sword. I was deeply shocked. What changed? What could possibly happen?

Background info:

List of significant mods:

  • IndustrialCraft2 1.43
  • BuildCraft 2.2.9
  • RedPower 2.0pre4
  • Forestry
  • Minefactory Reloaded 1.4
  • Nether Ores 1.1.0
  • Wireless Redstone 1.5
  • Railcraft 2.1.1

Now some of them instantly attack me, some prefer not to. Is this part of one of the mods? Or I've missed something in the 1.0.0 change-log?

  • I run a CraftBukkit server, have none of those mods, but the I have encountered the same problem. All of them attacked on sight.
    – ver
    Commented Dec 24, 2011 at 10:57
  • They're only passive if you didn't attack anything else in their range, I think...
    – Niro
    Commented Dec 24, 2011 at 11:11
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    I've rushed with asking a question, should have checked the Nether Ores forum post first. A little sentence in the credits explains everything: "Thanks to IceWolf (whose mcf username I forgot) for the pigmen angering idea!". The digging was triggering pigmen. I'll post this as an answer, when I'll be able to (have to wait for 8 hours, since I don't have 100+ rep).
    – Alec Mev
    Commented Dec 24, 2011 at 12:34
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    @MyFaJoArCo You can self answer btw! There's nothing wrong with it.
    – badp
    Commented Dec 26, 2011 at 23:22
  • @badp I know, but when I tried to do so - I got a warning, saying that I don't have enough reputation to self answer sooner than 8 hours after asking the question. So, Leo has used the possibility :)
    – Alec Mev
    Commented Dec 27, 2011 at 10:01

1 Answer 1


If you dig up ores in the line of range they will attack you. This behavior is added by the Nether Ores mod.

  • Thanks, but I've already answered that four hours ago in comments :) If you'll edit your answer to the proper quality (at least capitalize "if") - I'll mark it as an accepted.
    – Alec Mev
    Commented Dec 24, 2011 at 17:21

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