What to bring to boss fights

So you’re finally stocked up and ready to fight some Minecraft bosses. But what to bring to prevent dying?

In the following post, I’ll explain the inventory you will need to defeat the following bosses: The Ender Dragon, The End, an Ocean Monument, The Wither, and a Woodland Mansion.

 

The first box is for what to bring to defeat the Ender Dragon:

LightBlueShulkerEnderDragon

 

The cobblestone is important for pillaring up to destroy the end crystals that the dragon uses to heal its health bar.

Slow falling potions are great for when the dragon knocks you into the air and reduces fall damage. Potions of regeneration will make your hearts regenerate faster. Strength potions are always good for inflicting more damage to endermen and the dragon. Empty bottles are for collecting dragon’s breath.

Lastly, you can use the carved pumpkin head and iron blocks to create powerful iron golems to deal with any endermen problems.

18EnderDragon

  • sword
  • bow
  • arrow
  • helmet
  • chestplate
  • legging
  • boots
  • pickaxe
  • enchanted apple
  • golden apple
  • steak
  • slow falling 4:00 x3
  • regeneration 1:30 x3
  • strength 8:00 x2
  • cobblestone x2
  • ender pearl
  • ender chest
  • glass bottle
  • torch
  • iron block
  • totem of undying

 

In our magenta box, we have everything you need to bust End Cities:

MagentaShulkerTheEnd

To get shulker shells, which make shulker boxes for extra storage, and the coveted elytra, the following will be very helpful.

Potions of slow falling are helpful for when shulkers hit you and cause you to levitate, and you drop to the ground. Potions of strength deal more damage to mobs.

Throwing ender pearls is another way to reach the ground relatively safely.

Elytra means you’ll be able to go long distances easily in The End, while you’re searching for end cities. Lastly, bring two books: unbreaking III and mending, if you have them, to apply on the anvil to your elytra so they don’t break mid-air.

19TheEnd

  • sword
  • bow
  • arrow
  • helmet
  • chestplate
  • leggings
  • boots
  • pickaxe
  • axe
  • golden apple
  • enchanted golden apple
  • steak
  • slow falling 4:00 x3
  • strength 8:00 x2
  • cobblestone x2
  • ender chest
  • ender pearl
  • crafting table
  • anvil
  • elytra
  • unbreaking III book
  • mending book
  • totem of undying

 

Next, we have our inventory to defeat an Ocean Monument:

PurpleShulkerOceanMonument

In an Ocean Monument, slime blocks come in handy for blocking off areas you’ve already been to, so you don’t get lost, and they are easy to break because they aren’t effected be mining fatigue, which is what guardians give you to make it so it takes forever to mine blocks.

When you arrive at the monument, use TNT to blow up the top of the monument, and jump in and defeat the elder guardians. This way, if you get hit with mining fatigue, it doesn’t matter. If you place gravel on top of the TNT before lighting it, the gravity-affected block will displace the water inside the TNT entity, allowing it to blow a hole in the monument.

You will need potions of night vision for seeing in the dark ocean, water breathing so you don’t have to worry about drowning, and strength for an offense boost.

Milk is good for when you want to stop mining fatigue.

Sponges are helpful for emptying the water from a room.

Building a conduit structure, if you have it, out of prismarine and conduits stops the breath meter from decreasing, gives underwater night vision and increases underwater mining speed. Conduit power also damages any hostile mobs, like drowned and guardians, within a range of 8 blocks of the conduit.

Ladders are helpful for if you drain water and need a way to get up or down.

20OceanMonument

  • sword
  • helmet
  • chestplate
  • leggings
  • boots
  • shovel
  • axe
  • trident
  • steak
  • slime block
  • TNT
  • flint and steel
  • water breathing 8:00 x2
  • night vision 8:00 x2
  • strength 8:00 x2
  • milk x2
  • golden apple
  • enchanted apple
  • gravel
  • sponge
  • conduit
  • prismarine
  • ladder

 

In the brown box is everything you need to kill The Wither:

BrownShulkerTheWither

The Wither can be dealt more damage with arrows of healing, which have the opposite effect of healing, on The Wither.

Elytra helps with running away in case The Wither gets out. Building The Wither underground near bedrock could prevent this.

Potions of instant health II help if you get withered and lose hearts fast. Potions of regeneration make your hearts heal faster. And a potion of strength will deal more damage to The Wither.

Milk cancels out the effect of getting the wither effect, which poisons you.

21TheWither

  • sword
  • bow
  • arrows of healing
  • helmet
  • chestplate
  • leggings
  • boots
  • pickaxe
  • elytra
  • firework rocket
  • enchanted golden apple
  • golden apple
  • steak
  • instant health II x3
  • potion of regeneration 1:30 x3
  • strength 8:00
  • obsidian
  • ender chest
  • ender pearl
  • milk x2
  • shield
  • totem of undying

 

Our last box is for possibly the hardest mobs in the game, which are located in a Woodland Mansion. 

BlackShulkerWoodlandMansion

In a Woodland Mansion, it’s helpful to use elytra and just fly away if things get too hairy. Potions of instant health II, regeneration, and strength will give you a defense and offense boost. And of course, your Woodland Mansion map is a necessity, as they are a rare structure in the game.

22WoodlandMansion

  • sword
  • crossbow
  • arrow
  • helmet
  • chestplate
  • leggings
  • boots
  • pickaxe
  • axe
  • elytra
  • firework rocket
  • golden apple
  • enchanted golden apple
  • steak
  • instant health II x2
  • regeneration 1:30 x2
  • strength 8:00
  • shield
  • cobblestone
  • ender chest
  • ender pearl
  • torches
  • bed
  • compass
  • woodland explorer map

 

So that’s it. That’s everything you could possibly need to kill the big 5 bosses of Minecraft. To find out what else to put in your inventory for other situations or projects, you can find my post on that here:

How to organize your inventory

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