Minecraft Dungeons guide: How to fight and defeat creepers

Minecraft Dungeons Beta Creeper
Minecraft Dungeons Beta Creeper (Image credit: Windows Central)

We all know the drill. Creepers strike at the worst possible moments in Minecraft, ruining your just-completed house or, even worse, killing your poor defenseless pets. They're the best possible worst enemy ever, and they're back in Minecraft Dungeons. They're a little more useful and a little easier to deal with this time around, but their signature boom is still present. Here's how to fight and defeat them in Minecraft Dungeons, and even how you can use them to your advantage:

How can I fight and defeat creepers in Minecraft Dungeons?

Minecraft Dungeons Beta Creeper

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Creepers have one avenue of attack they can use against you: charge at you, hiss, then explode, all in a matter of seconds. It's the same strategy they employ in vanilla Minecraft, but this time Dungeons' helpful third-person view lets you keep track of creepers a lot more easily. Creepers aren't able to do anything from a distance, so the best counter-attack is to simply stay away from them.

Here's the best way to fight creepers in Minecraft Dungeons:

  • Pay attention to the battlefield. Creepers have a very distinctive look that makes them easy to pick out, so keep an eye out for the iconic green as you progress through the game. Knowing where the creepers are at all times prevents you from being caught off guard with a massive explosion.
  • Keep your distance. Creepers need to get in close to unleash their suicidal attack, so when you spot one, it's best to stay away until you can take care of it.
  • Use ranged weapons. Your bow is your best friend here. Creepers can't take a lot of hits, so one decent shot can be enough to reduce the threat to your life by a significant portion. It's always a good idea to keep a couple of arrows in reserve, just for your creeper friends.
  • Artifacts are a big help. There are several artifacts that have area-of-effect attacks or ranged capabilities. If you're in a tight spot and can't rely on your bow, artifacts are a great way to clear up some space. Here's how to use artifacts in Minecraft Dungeons.

How can I use creepers in Minecraft Dungeons?

Minecraft Dungeons Beta Creeper

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If simply defeating the creepers isn't enough for you, there's a way to use them to your advantage. A little known secret of Minecraft Dungeons: creeper explosions actually damage nearby enemies! Of course, they also damage you, so the perfect compromise would be a creeper explosion that only affects the other hostile mobs. Here's how you can use creepers in battle:

Minecraft Dungeons features a dodge mechanic, or a dash if you will. This is assigned to the right bumper, or RB, of controllers, and is awesome for evading the brutal onslaught of powerful enemies or accessing new parts of the map. It has another function, though, and that's getting out of the way of creeper explosions. If you're confident enough in your abilities, a well-timed dodge can carry you to safety and leave your enemies behind, just in time to be caught in a creeper blast.

It's a risky maneuver, but if you're able to master this simply-but-tricky tactic, creepers can go from being enemies to a free bomb you can drop on your foes whenever you want. Practicing this in early levels before the game gets too hectic is a great way to perfect it, and then the creepers are working for you.

Use your opponent's strength against them

Creepers will never stop being annoying. Years of playing Minecraft, and creepers have more kills on me and damage to my property than any other mob (skeletons get an honorable mention). If Minecraft had some kind of law system, the list of charges for creepers would be miles long. In Dungeons, things are a little different. The expanded view, a vast arsenal of weapons, and the ability to use creepers against the baddies makes them an easier pill to swallow. They're still not my friends, though.



Zachary Boddy
Staff Writer

Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.