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#1

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 04:14 PM

So I started a new world and spawned right beside a witches hut. Obviously the witch started attacking me so I ran and started mining somewhere else. I came back to the my world spawn area with the hut to build and the witch was gone...

I wanted to capture it and put it in a jail for throwing stuff at me. Now it's gone. Will it ever despawn or respawn if it died?

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 04:54 PM

She's probably lurking in the bushes.  If you come across a trail of tasty candies, leading to an oven, do NOT follow it.

Also, did you ask the wiki?

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 05:39 PM

The jury is out on this one.  Some people think they respawn and some say they don't.  It would be hard to test this because no one is sure just how they do spawn, so you can't set up an environment to run a test.  We think they only spawn in generated structures in swamps.  We need someone who can look at the code to find the answers for sure.
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Posted 26 October 2012 - 06:22 PM

Yeah the wiki doesn't have much about witches spawning and despawning. I guess I'll just have to wait and see if it comes back.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 06:22 PM

I found a hut in a swamp but no witch was around. I watch it from a distance throughout the night, had a spider spawn on the roof, but that was it.
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Posted 26 October 2012 - 10:44 PM

View Postsczmaster, on 26 October 2012 - 06:22 PM, said:

Yeah the wiki doesn't have much about witches spawning and despawning. I guess I'll just have to wait and see if it comes back.
Well remember witches are new, and so is the wiki page.  Why not read over the code, and when you get the answer, add it to the wiki?

EDIT: Now that I think about it, this is probably something that will get fixed in a future update.  From your stories, it sounds like they don't respawn, and maybe they even despawn when you go away.  They probably only spawn when the chunk is new, which kind of ruins the whole witch experience.  The little hut should have some kind of witch spawner inside - but a new kind, so you don't have to battle an endless stream of witches!

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 11:07 PM

Ok, I finally learned something about this. Using the difficulty command I changed the difficulty to 0 to delete all mobs and then back to 1 or 2 repeatedly until I finally got them to spawn. They appear to be extreemly rare. They spawn both inside and outside of the hut and apparently only at night. I didn't wait around to see what happens to them when morning comes. They do spawn at dificulty 1. At first I was thinking that the spawning was bugged but it seems that they are just so rare that you will hardly ever see them. Seems to me that this should be adjusted a bit.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 11:11 PM

Yes

Go 36 blocks away from hut then change to peaceful then back to easy/normal/hard. It should spawn by then
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Posted 27 October 2012 - 02:14 AM

If you change the difficulty setting and are a decent ways away they normally re-appear.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 02:37 AM

The wiki is horrible at explaining Witch spawning. Yes, they do respawn, in low light, usually rarely. But if you want them to spawn commonly, there are easy ways.

Easy method that I know, that I created a topic about, is to tear down the walls of a hut, expand the floor a bit, and light up tons of caves and ground around the hut, keeping light level AT the hut less than 8. Then, when night comes, walk away about 30 blocks and come back, and you should see some Witches and a few more hostile mobs. Rinse and repeat, going away and returning.

Docm77 made a vid on a Witch farm prototype, which shows a way to mass produce witches, and kill them easily, but it tears up the landscape around the hut, and it would take forever to slab the area in survival. Of course, lighting the area has the same effect. Currently, his design is the ONLY of it's kind, no other good Witch farm is known yet.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 03:07 AM

View Postdsoden, on 26 October 2012 - 11:07 PM, said:

They appear to be extreemly rare. They spawn both inside and outside of the hut and apparently only at night.
So, speaking from absolutely zero experience, and purely making an educated guess here...I would imagine that witches simply spawn on solid blocks in swamp biomes in low light, and the "swamp hut" is just a way to add a few more solid, non-water blocks for them to spawn on top of?  Or do you think the hut does something special?  Is it based on coordinates (like the "GenNetherBridge" sub-biome, or whatever it's called, for blaze spawning) or just on the blocks of the actual structure (like NPC village "houses" for villager breeding)?
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Posted 27 October 2012 - 03:38 AM

Moral of this story: Witches shouldn't despawn.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 05:26 AM

View PostIronMagus, on 27 October 2012 - 03:07 AM, said:


So, speaking from absolutely zero experience, and purely making an educated guess here...I would imagine that witches simply spawn on solid blocks in swamp biomes in low light, and the "swamp hut" is just a way to add a few more solid, non-water blocks for them to spawn on top of?  Or do you think the hut does something special?  Is it based on coordinates (like the "GenNetherBridge" sub-biome, or whatever it's called, for blaze spawning) or just on the blocks of the actual structure (like NPC village "houses" for villager breeding)?

No I believe they definitely only spawn at the hut, but I did witness them materialize on the ground outside of the hut.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 11:47 AM

I found a hut without witches. I explored and many nights witches spawn. I don't need change the difficulty

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:54 PM

When me and my friend cyber2gp were mining up we saw a hut in a swamp i dont know if herobrine made this or witches

Inside the house was a cauldron and a crafting table and a pot of brown mushroom please reply

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:41 AM

View PostThejhpotter1, on 15 February 2013 - 11:54 PM, said:

When me and my friend cyber2gp were mining up we saw a hut in a swamp i dont know if herobrine made this or witches

Inside the house was a cauldron and a crafting table and a pot of brown mushroom please reply
Not shure ask Jeb he knows.
On the OP its like spawning a mob in a small space: almost imposible without caving and lighting the surface.
They only spawn in the hut, at any time, No other monsters spawn in them
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Posted 18 August 2013 - 04:05 PM

View Postanziliero, on 16 February 2013 - 02:41 AM, said:

Not shure ask Jeb he knows.
On the OP its like spawning a mob in a small space: almost imposible without caving and lighting the surface.
They only spawn in the hut, at any time, No other monsters spawn in them

Don't get scared, those items are totally normal to spawn within a hut.
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Posted 18 August 2013 - 04:09 PM

i know for sure that they do but only in the hut
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Posted 18 August 2013 - 05:57 PM

Stop bringing up old threads.  Witches respawn withing the 7x9 witch hut area, starting from ontop of the bottom support beam log and going up to the roof, assuming the light level is low enough. End of story. No more reviving old threads
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