Yes, Wither Can Break Obsidian in Minecraft & Here’s How

can wither destroy obsidian

Minecraft is full of aggressive mobs that pose threats to our buildings. The more durable we make our buildings, the more they are able to withstand the blast damage that comes with some highly aggressive mobs, like Withers, for example. Obsidian is known as being generally indestructible in terms of mob damage, as it’s highly blast-resistant, and generally, explosions don’t even put a dent in it. But what about Withers? Can Withers destroy Obsidian?

  • Article Breakdown:
  • Withers can destroy Obsidian under two conditions. As soon as Wither starts taking damage, it becomes capable of destroying nearly all blocks around it.
  • Withers can also destroy Obsidian by launching their blue Wither Skulls.
  • Wither is the only mob in the game capable of destroying Obsidian.

Editor’s Note: This post was updated in October 2023, and it reflects the most up-to-date state of the game.

Withers are the only mobs in the game that can break Obsidian

When you think about Withers, you’re probably thinking about one of the strongest mobs in the game. Withers are usually summoned by creating a “T-shape” out of soul sand or soul soil and placing three wither skulls on top of it. Once you’ve spawned Wither you will notice that it is highly destructive, and sometimes its loot doesn’t really justify all the things that you need to repair afterward.

summoning a wither

Once you’ve managed to defeat Wither, after a long and strenuous fight, you will see that it’s left a giant crater behind it due to an explosion that seemingly wiped everything in its path. But, can Wither destroy Obsidian? Yes, Withers can destroy Obsidian under two conditions.

wither destruction

Wither generally starts destroying Obsidian as soon as it starts taking damage. It destroys all blocs around itself in a 3×4×3 radius.

Wither can also destroy Obsidian when it starts launching Blue Wither Skulls. The explosion is of the same strength as normal skulls but is far more destructive than generally non-destructive blocks.


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Which blocks Wither can’t destroy?

Even though Wither is highly destructive, there are some blocks that Wither can’t destroy, and unfortunately, those are the blocks that you can’t exactly build within normal mode. Wither can’t destroy the following blocks: Barrier, Bedrock, End Portal, End Portal Flame, End Gateway, Command Block, Structure Block, Jigsaw Block, Light Block, Moving Piston, Moving Block, Reinforced Deepslate.

Can Wither destroy Crying Obsidian?

Wither is capable of destroying Crying Obsidian. Despite having a different name, Obsidian and Crying Obsidian have the same properties and are destroyed via pretty much the same means. The most notable difference between the two types is that Crying Obsidian glows, but yes, Wither can demolish it under the same conditions that apply to normal Obsidian.

crying obsidian

How to stop Wither from destroying the blocks (including Obsidian)

The only way to stop Wither from destroying your blocks and buildings is to disable mob griefing altogether, which will, in turn, stop all mobs from dealing damage to mobs. To turn off mob griefing, follow these steps:

  1. Press “T” to open the console.
  2. Type /gamerule mobGriefing false and press enter.
  3. Mobs shouldn’t be able to break your blocks anymore.

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