What to bring to boss fights

So you’re finally stocked up and ready to fight some Minecraft bosses, or maybe a new dimension. But what should you bring?

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

The first shulker box is for what to bring to a Nether Fortress:

For all of these adventures, have an extra supply of armor and tools in case you die. The bucket is for picking up lava source blocks that are in the way in a nether fortress. The potions are fire resistance potions. Nether fortresses have loot such as blaze rods and wither skeleton heads, so there’s room for those treasures too.
  • netherite sword
  • bow
  • arrows
  • armor
  • pickaxe
  • shovel
  • axe
  • golden apples
  • cooked porkchop or steak
  • cobblestone
  • torches
  • crafting table
  • chest
  • furnace
  • logs
  • fire resistance potions
  • shield
  • buckets
  • flint and steel
  • obsidian
Now is the time to use your enchanted golden apples. Be sure to have potions of slow falling, regeneration, and strength. The bottles are to collect dragon’s breath. Torches are used to take the dragon egg. Lastly, making iron golems will help fight off endermen for you.
  • netherite sword
  • bow
  • arrows
  • armor
  • pickaxe
  • shovel
  • axe
  • golden apples
  • cooked porkchop or steak
  • slow falling potions
  • regeneration potions
  • strength potions
  • obsidian
  • ender pearls
  • glass bottles
  • torches
  • iron blocks
  • pumpkins
  • enchanted golden apples
  • totems of undying
  • dirt

This inventory is for end city busting, gathering shulker shells to make shulker boxes, and getting elytra. The most useful potions are slow falling, leaping, regeneration, and strength. Use ender pearls to get down when shulkers cause you to levitate too high. Cobblestone is good for pillaring up high in the towers. Lastly, there’s space in the inventory for all the shulker shells you’ll be collecting there.
  • netherite sword
  • bow
  • arrows
  • armor
  • pickaxe
  • shovel
  • axe
  • golden apples
  • cooked porkchop or steak
  • slow falling potions
  • leaping potions
  • regeneration potions
  • strength potions
  • ender pearls
  • cobblestone
  • ender chest
  • crafting table
  • anvil
  • phantom membranes
  • shield
  • unbreaking III book
  • mending book
  • elytra
  • fireworks
  • shulker shells
At an ocean monument, you won’t really need your bow or crossbow because they are slower than your trident underwater. Here, the hoe comes in handy for quickly picking up sponges. Slime blocks are a way to block off passages in the monument and break them down easily even with the mining fatigue you’ll get from guardians. TNT and a gravity block, along with flint and steel, will make it so you can blow up the top of the monument and go straight to defeating the elder guardians that live right below the top.
  • netherite sword
  • trident
  • arrows
  • armor
  • pickaxe
  • shovel
  • axe
  • hoe
  • slime blocks
  • water breathing potion
  • night vision potion
  • strength potion
  • milk
  • golden apples
  • cooked porkchop or steak
  • TNT
  • gravel
  • flint and steel
  • sea lanterns
  • sponges
  • conduit
  • ladders
  • ender chest
  • ocean monument map
Fighting the wither with arrows of instant health II is ideal for killing the wither quickly. Now is the time to bring your enchanted golden apples and totems of undying. The most useful potions are instant health, regeneration, and strength. Ender pearls are good to throw if you need to get away quickly. Milk alleviates all status effects, such as the wither effect. Building iron golems can help too. A shield is good for managing the flying wither skulls that target you.
  • netherite sword
  • bow
  • healing arrows
  • armor
  • pickaxe
  • shovel
  • axe
  • golden apples
  • cooked porkchop or steak
  • instant health potions
  • regeneration potions
  • strength potions
  • obsidian
  • ender pearls
  • ender chest
  • milk
  • iron blocks
  • pumpkins
  • totem of undying
  • nether star
  • shield

A woodland mansion is a good place to bring your crossbow, which I find is better for close combat, like you would find in the woodland mansion. Elytra will probably be needed because woodland mansions can be tens of thousands of blocks away from spawn. Potions to bring are instant health, regeneration, and strength. A shield will come in handy defending yourself against the flying mob known as vexes. Ender pearls are helpful in a bind. You will want to light up the place with torches because woodland mansions are dark. Resetting your spawn with a bed near the woodland mansion is a good safety net in case you die. Lastly, don’t forget your woodland explorer map!
  • netherite sword
  • crossbow
  • arrows
  • armor
  • pickaxe
  • shovel
  • axe
  • elytra
  • firework rockets
  • golden apples
  • cooked porkchop or steak
  • instant health potions
  • regeneration potions
  • strength potions
  • cobblestone
  • ender chest
  • ender pearls
  • torches
  • bed
  • compass
  • woodland explorer map
  • shield
  • obsidian
  • flint and steel
  • swiftness potions
  • enchanted golden apples

If you’re curious to know what else to bring for different adventures, check out my other post:

How to organize your inventory

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