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|Health Points||20HP (10x )|
|Attack Strength||Ranged Easy: 2HP (1x ) Normal: 3HP (1.5x ) Hard: 4HP (2x ) Sword: Easy: 2HP (1x ) Normal: 2HP (1x ) Hard: 3HP (1.5x ) No contact damage|
|Spawn||Light level <7, on solid blocks|
Skeletons can be one of the most difficult hostile-mobs to combat. Because of their climatic abilities in accuracy and fire-rate, skeletons are difficult to combat from a short range, with their maximum range being from 16 blocks away. Skeletons are best taken out with a bow and, if available, a strong Smite sword. Because skeletons drop arrows, it is suggested to use the bow in this situation. Also, skeletons can't shoot through vines, but you can.
Another way of attacking it is to quickly sprint at it and go inside it (skeletons are non-solid)constantly and hit it with a sword, when you are inside it, the skeleton can't hurt you with its arrows.
Skeletons are notorious for having enchanted bows and armor, exaggerating the need for ranged combat even more. Skeletons are usually best left alone if a player is not prepared, as they burn sunlight and are aware of their surroundings when they are on fire.
Skeletons will drop bones and arrows upon death, and rarely a bow or even an enchanted one. Bones can be crafted into bone meal or used to tame wolves . If a Skeleton's arrow kills a creeper, the creeper will drop any music disc . Note that any bow the skeleton drops will probably be damaged (more often heavily than not).
In Survival Mode, "farming" skeletons is almost impossible. You'll need full diamond armor for the farming process to ensure you stay alive. There are five ways to farm Skeletons.
Try to trap them in a glass block building. Make sure to build the roof with non-transparent blocks, so that they will not burn in the daylight.
Find a Mob Spawner , and surround it with stone. Make a 4 block-deep water pit. You'll need a hole in the floor to receive all the bones. Once you've acquired those bones, pour water, and skeletons will appear.(Glitch soon to be fixed)
Make a deep hole. (At least 3 blocks deep.) Then set a trapdoor . Then make a lever , connected to the trapdoor using Redstone . When night comes, wait for a Skeleton to come over the trapdoor, pull the lever and the Skeleton will fall in.
Set a shade with piston door. Then when it's day, the skeletons will run to shade, then quickly shut the piston door.
Dig a 4x4 area 1 block deep with no corners. Fill the holes with sticky piston, then go inside to the center part of it and put pressure plates inside the trap, then put dirt blocks on top of the sticky pistons then make a 3x3 roof 3 blocks above the ground inside it so the skeletons will go inside when it's day, then wait until a skeleton spawns then wait until the skeleton burns when or if it's day then it'll go inside and when they step on the pressure plates the sticky piston activates so they can't escape and you just jump up and hit they're heads until they die then break one of the pressure plates and get inside so you don't get trapped in.