The subject of many scary stories in Minecraft player circles, creepers are silent, explosive hostile mobs that cause much terror.

Due to their ability to blow themselves up like a suicide bomber, Minecraft users should keep their attention on nearby creepers. Ideally, this means these mobs need to be defeated quickly and efficiently to avoid any unintended explosions.

Like other hostile mobs, vines can be defeated in several ways. If players are well equipped and have a strategy, creepers aren’t as intimidating as they can be in the early game.


Minecraft: The best ways to defeat creepers in battle

5) Kiteboarding

Staying within extended melee distance of a creeper will prevent it from exploding (Image via stampylonghead/YouTube)
Staying within extended melee distance of a creeper will prevent it from exploding (Image via stampylonghead/YouTube)

Based on how creepers work in Minecraft, they tend not to explode until they are three blocks away from players. With this in mind, individuals can use this remote knowledge to their advantage.

If users engage a creeper in melee combat, they must attempt to backtrack after each melee strike. When done correctly, it will prevent the creeper from exploding.

Or, if the vine explodes, players will be outside of its explosion radius. This kite melee tactic is a simple and accessible method that Minecrafters of any skill level can adopt. It may take practice, but it prevents them from meeting an explosive end.


4) Breaking the line of sight

Creepers cannot explode without seeing a player (Image via Mojang)
Creepers cannot explode without seeing a player (Image via Mojang)

When Creepers begin their self-detonation, they begin a 1.5 second countdown. However, this countdown requires an unbroken line of sight from the vine to the player.

In the event that the Creeper does not see users, it cannot whistle and start its countdown, and will also stop its countdown if line of sight is interrupted. Individuals can use this to their advantage with nearby blocks like trees or structures.

If players notice a vine preparing to explode, getting behind an obstacle and breaking line of sight will prevent the detonation. If they jump tactfully from cover to cover, they can eliminate creepers and prevent explosions.


3) Cats and ocelots

Lianas are no fan of cats and ocelots (Image via Youtube user Ettore)
Lianas are not fans of cats and ocelots (Image via Youtube user Ettore)

It’s not very clear to new Minecraft players, but creepers have a bit of a hard time with cats and ocelots. Namely, they flee them on sight.

If users have a pet cat or ocelot, they can prevent any creepers from approaching, keeping them away. This can allow Minecrafters to defeat these mobs safely from a distance or avoid them altogether.

As long as a cat stays close to the players, the vines are simply too scared to do anything.


2) Containment Traps

Trapped vines can be left essentially helpless (Image via Invincible/Dailymotion)
Trapped vines can be left essentially helpless (Image via Invincible/Dailymotion)

One of the easiest ways to defeat almost all dangerous mobs in Minecraft is to trap them in some way. For lianas, this rule also applies.

By using structures to funnel vines to a certain location, they can be contained at a safe distance, where they can be killed quickly. Some players even automate these traps, using plungers to place vines into a kill hole or similar device where they can be collected and killed.

Traps are great for clearing out creepers and can even become creeper farms if Minecraft users put a little more work into the construction. They aren’t likely to help players navigate a world, but setting creeper traps can help protect vital areas like villages or towns and bases.


1) Ranged combat

Creepers have no defense against bows and crossbows (Image via Mojang)
Creepers have no defense against bows and crossbows (Image via Mojang)

Having no arms to wield a shield or weapon, creepers can’t do any harm until they get close enough to players to explode. Since this is the case, using a bow or crossbow to attack these ranged mobs in Minecraft is the best way to deal with them.

When attacked with a bow or crossbow, all creepers can do to retaliate is attempt to approach users and explode. When using an enchantment like Punch, creepers are unlikely to approach as long as players can still hit them with arrows.

As long as they are far away, the vines are only moving targets.

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