With the Minecraft Warden finally added to the game in the latest 1.19 update, we can confidently say that he is a force to be reckoned with. And unless you’ve spent the last two months staying strictly in the Overworld and not mining at all (wow. Look y’all rich and all), you have probably met him at least once.

The Guardian is more than just a boss in Minecraft. With its own new biome, a specific way to spawn, and a ridiculous variety of boosted stats, it exists purely to steer players away from ancient cities in the Deep Dark.

The Minecraft Warden and the Darkness effect it gives players.

The Minecraft Warden is the Overworld’s last big bad boss. The same way The End has the Ender Dragon and the Nether has the Wither, the Overworld now has the Warden. And boy, does whoever found his name deserve a promotion.

Who is the Guardian in Minecraft?

The Guardian isn’t just a random hostile mob that spawns in the world. In fact, it cannot appear randomly at all. There’s a certain way to get him out of the ground and essentially guarantee your death at his hands.

It does not breed above ground. In fact, he only appears in his own specific biome, the Deep Dark, which is mostly found in underground caves and ancient cities. (We’ll have a guide to the new biomes in 1.19 soon.) This usually just means caves and other open underground areas with minimal lighting.

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The Deep Dark (on the surface because I generated a single Biome world)

What does the Guardian do in Minecraft?

The guardian is not your enemy. But that doesn’t mean he’s your friend either. The official Minecraft wiki calls it a natural disaster and we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

His job description is literally in the name. His only role in the game, so far, is Warden (I’m not sorry for that) takes you away from the Deep Dark and the treasures it hides.

But suppose you accidentally triggered a Sculk Shrieker and summoned a Guardian. What are you doing? Well uh, good luck, try to put your things in a safe where you can remember them and wait for the guardian to end your existence.

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How was my encounter with the Minecraft Warden

In the context of the screenshot above, I was wearing full netherite gear and still died in two shots. (Honestly, it took me by surprise too)

Where does the guardian appear?

The Guardian is one of the biome-specific mobs in Minecraft. This means that he appears in his original biome, the Deep Dark, and only in the Deep Dark. To add to that, it doesn’t just reproduce.

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Sculk Shrieker summons the Guardian

As if that wasn’t ominous enough, the guardian is “summoned” by sculk howlers when they detect a player or other entity at least four times. The Guardian then continues to come out of the ground and locks onto whatever triggered the Howlers, be it the player or any other mob.

On the other hand, if a guardian detects no disturbance around him for 60 seconds, he sinks into the ground and disappears.

Fighting the Guardian in Minecraft

In order to survive the Guardian, you must first understand that the Guardian is in a class of its own. He’s not your typical hunting party that will stop chasing you, and while he can certainly be killed, it’s not easy.

What makes the Guardian so strong in Minecraft?

The keeper is different built. Literally.

For context, here’s a list of all the things that make it masterful in every sense of the word.

  • The guardian has no eyes. This means he doesn’t follow the traditional mob logic that “if she can’t see you, she can’t hurt you”. He uses a form of echolocation to detect the vibrations of players and entities around him and hunts them down using this.
  • He has 500 hp. That means a whopping 250 cores. To scale this, you only have 10 cores. So uh, good luck trying to kill him.
  • Despite its massive size, it has the same hitbox and dimensions as the player. This basically means that wherever you go, it will follow you.
  • Guardians are not harmed by fire or lava. So, although you are afraid to burn, he will pursue you all the same.

If you’re thinking “hey, that’s not so bad. It’s basically like an upgraded iron golem.”, you are wrong. In addition to the guardian being built different, he too shots different. How?

How does the keeper attack?

The keeper has two types of attacks. Two very strong, very broken and very versatile attacks.

  • The first attack is simple, it hits you. A basic melee attack that deals 10 HP damage in normal mode. That’s it, one hit and you’re dead. Oh wait, you’re playing on easy mode and he only does 8 HP damage, cool!
    The good news is that you survived. the bad news is that your shields are disabled for the next 5 seconds and you’re probably dead anyway. Oh and also he can attack again in 2 seconds.
  • The second attack hurts less. But that doesn’t mean it’s less of a problem. The Guardian (in all his shattered glory) opens his chest, charges up a sonic beam, and fires it at the player.
    Thinking of hiding behind a wall to avoid it? Ha. You can not. It goes through not one, not two, but 15 massive blocks before it can’t touch you again. And your friends can’t tank it for you either. If the guard shoots you, he will hit you and you alone.
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The Guardian’s sonic beam is fired at skeletons.

So uh, good luck.

How to survive Minecraft Guardian?

What I’m going to tell you now is the director’s only weakness. And while that’s not the only way to escape him, it’s certainly the only likely one.

He can’t jump. Not for his life. What does that mean? This basically means you can just drive him into a hole two blocks high and four blocks wide, then keep running until you’re out of range of his sonic boom.

Eventually, when you’re out of range and the guardian can no longer follow you, it will disappear until the Sculk Shriekers summon it again.

How to defeat the guardian in Minecraft?

Technically, yes, the guardian can be killed. Anything with a health bar can be killed. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

With a massive 500 HP health pool, that boils down to about 40 fully charged hits from a netherite sword. On the other hand, the keeper only has to hit you twice.

The only quick way I saw to kill the Guardian was through a Redditor. Look at this:

What drops the keeper?

You would think that by killing something like the guardian you would get a special item or something? Or maybe a ton of XP? Or even a cool achievement? Right? Bad.

All you get for killing the Minecraft Warden is 5 XP and a Sculk Catalyst he drops.

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A Sculk Catalyst fell after killing the Guardian.

Good hunt.

When is The Warden coming to Minecraft?

As of today, June 7, 2022, the Guardian is officially in Minecraft as part of the new game update 1.19 “The Wild Update”. Bringing with it the new “Deep Dark” biome, and a few other new mobs, including frogs and goons, you can jump (eh eh) in the game now and try to find it.

At your own risk of course.

What do you think of the Guardian? Am I the only one who learned where the crouch button is because of him? Let me know!


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