When I saw the Aquatic Update, I was disappointed to find that the only real hostile mob within the waters of Minecraft were the newly added drowned. I was hoping for perhaps a shark or barracuda to pose a real aquatic threat that just feels natural to the world. As I was contemplating a new mob suggestion, I had a thought of what perhaps may be one of the most efficient apex predators that roam the waters of our planet: Crocodilians. I believed these animals to be an upgrade to my idea over sharks, as they can live in both freshwater swamps and rivers along with the ocean. Personally, I believe the Crocodilians should be split up into 4 separate species: The Nile Crocodile, the American Alligator, the Black Caiman, and the Indo-Pacific (Saltwater) Crocodile.
• The American Alligator is the apex predator of the American South, dominating the swamps, lakes, and ponds it calls its hunting grounds. The American Alligator should mostly be found in the swamp biomes and surrounding rivers, hunting any mob too close to the water’s edge. The Alligator should have about 12 points of health and do about 4-5 hearts of damage per hit. Now, the alligator should be much faster than a player in the water, making them a formidable opponent for any unfortunate player looking to take a swim in an alligator’s territory. The Alligator should be about 3 blocks long and 1 block tall.
• The Black Caiman is perhaps one of the deadliest Crocodilians in the waters surrounding Brazil and the Amazon Rainforest. The Caiman should be an ambush predator, waiting for a player along the water’s edge, almost completely invisible underneath the dark waters of the jungle biome it lives in. Once a player is close enough to the shore, the Caiman should be able to do an immediate 7 hearts of damage for the intial hit, and only 3 for every attack dealt after that. It should be about 2 blocks long and one block tall, with its maximum health being 10 hearts total.
• The Nile Crocodile should be found in rivers, lakes, ponds, and almost any body of water except the ocean and swamps. The Nile Crocodile is the most fatal Crocodilian in the world, killing more humans in a year then any other crocodilian in the world. The Nile Crocodile patrols the waterways it lives within and lays within the shallows, waiting for unsuspecting prey. When a Nile Crocodile attacks a player or any mob from the water, it should initiate a death roll attack in which the victim is trapped within the massive, reptilian jaws and is shaken violently, doing heavy damage to any unfortunate soul stuck in such a situation. The Nile Crocodile should, while outside a death roll, do about 6-7 hearts of damage on hit. The Nile Crocodile should be 5 blocks long and 1 block wide, with 16 hearts of health.
• The Saltwater Crocodile (nicknamed Saltie) is the largest species of crocodile in the world, maxing out at 23 feet long. This species of Crocodile should prowl the swamps and rivers of the Minecraft world, along with the oceans and beaches. As its name implies, the Saltie can survive within saltwater for an extended period of time, making it a viable ocean predator. This crocodile is special, combining the abilities of all mentioned crocodilians thus far, such as the death roll and ambush attack. The Saltwater Crocodile also patrols the very oceans it lives in, making treasure hunting very dangerous. The Saltie has the ability to destroy boats it comes into contact with. It has over 20 hearts of health and does 8 hearts of damage per hit. It should be over 5 blocks long and 1 block wide.
Some similarities all the crocodilians share is the common ability to swim quickly (about as fast as a dolphin) and the trait to lay eggs on land. These Crocodilian eggs are similar to a sea turtle’s eggs, and they can be broken similar to a sea turtle’s egg. The crocodiles are not breedable but babies can be tamed with any kind of raw meat. Tamed Crocodilians have exactly 10 more points of health than wild crocodiles, and can actually be ridden (with a saddle) in adulthood. The fastest croc is the Saltie and the slowest is the Caiman. All crocs drop 3-4 leather.
I wish to see Minecraft having a deadly apex aqua beast roaming the waterways of the world. I believe it would make fishing and essentially just being around water a bit of a challenge in the game, and that it would keep players on edge for movement in the water. I believe it would be a great reward for a player to hunt down an egg or two to have their own tamed monsters. If anything, Minecraft is going strong as it is, but I think a new animal such as the crocodile would work with the theme of newly added mobs, such as the fox and the panda. Minecraft needs a few dinosaurs patrolling the rivers and lakes. Minecraft needs the Crocodilians.