Nice work and I can see you've thought this through quite a bit but in my opinion, it's currently over powered. I would say make it biome specific or a cave level specific(would be unique!) because I have enough mobs to worry about. The graphic is absolutely terrifying(good job on that) and I'm sure this thing would completely wipe the floor with me.
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I love the idea of trolls. Im from Norway, and trolls are familiar in almost every fairytales. I picture trolls in minecraft to spawn in large caves in the normal woods biome. Different types of them. Some are on your size, and spawn as a group. Others are a bit bigger. Some have one eye, other have two heads. And the mos terryfying trolls are huge monsters! 15-20 blocks high! This gigant is almost impossible to fight on your own. You need the sunlight to kill him. If a troll don't get back to a cave before sunrise, they becomes stone. But they won't wake back to life at night. An other thing about the "tradittional" Norwegian troll: They are eating sheeps. They lift up an entire sheep, and eat it. They are vulnerbale to strong light, but yiu need sunlight to kill the largest one.
Some years ago, there was made a Norwegian fiction film about a Troll Hunter. The trailer to the film can show some examples of trolls for minecraft, and their behaviour.
You should watch the whole trailer. There is english text to it.
Would you mind elaborating a bit on it's stats (despite the fact that I doubt you frequent these forums any more since this thread is from 2010 and has been subject to countless necromancers)? I've seen a ton of so-called "powerful mobs" and "terrifying monsters" that are just barely stronger than the standard cannon-fodder mobs we have now.
I quite like the idea itself, I just feel like calling it strong isn't enough to make it strong.
I think trolls should have alot of health probably 50 and that their hide is very resistant to swords and arrows with an armour rating of 8. There could be some very rare but much more dangerous variants that are immune to sunlight and unlike normal trolls, these day-walking trolls can walk upright and can use a troll-club. I got the idea from the Olog-hai from the lord of the rings.