If you care to listen, there is a story behind this..
Okay, So I was living the Minecraft dream.. Full set of diamond Armour, diamond tools, almost everything enchanted to level 30. (Without an exp farm). Things were going very well for me, and I was in a cave.. I was going further down and down until i came too a very big lava patch.. So I poured water on what I thought was all of it.. Then I saw, 4 diamonds in plain sight and I rushed to go mine them, they were being blocked by another water-flow and there was a small wall on my left.. Behind that small wall was the skeleton! and as I tried to attack him he shot me further, and further away.. Being in a water patch this was almost impossible to reach him.. not knowing what would happen next, would have changed my decision to do this.. I pulled out my enchanted bow, aimed, fired.. Little did I know he fired as well, and unlucky me didn't patch up all of the lava.. There was 1 block I had missed.. As I slowly burned and tried to get out another skeleton looked down upon me and ended my painful perish...
Yeah, I hate how Mojang basically gave skeletons machine guns with basically 100% accuracy. Also, if they are in water and you don't have a bow, you might as well forget trying to reach it. Just drown instead. Freaking those things are like the water mobs everyone wanted. You can not reach it at all. He will just knock you back. It's impossible to kill them in water...
I wish there was some kind of knockback proof armor or something...
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I hate skeletons too :S
Im a newbie in minecraft, so i decided to test the mobs ( only hostile and overworld ones ). I made a stone brick colisseum with obsidian floor ( Creative mode, of curse ).
I decided to prove the skeleton. I changed to survival, attacked a spider, then it began to chase me. I did the same with the zombie, slime, creeper...
Then i attack the skeleton and he starts firing arrows at me.
The arrow hits a mob then the battle starts. The skeleton pwned everyone.
Line of sight is your friend. If they can't see you, they can't shoot you. This should make skeles ezmode in every situation except for open water and deserts, in which case you run (though deserts have cacti to hide behind).
I had a similar experience when I was caving on Hardcore and was filling a lava pool. I started a new world and found a ravine with around 12 diamonds or more in just that one ravine. There was caves that branched off and I had found 2 in one of them so I was still looking around. This is without armor because I always dig straight to bedrock and look for diamonds on my first night. This time I was lucky enough to find the ravine.... Or should I say unlucky lol. Anyway So I patched the floor up leaving 1 block thinking "aint nobody gonna push me in there". I climb up the wal which leads back into the ravine and bam!!!! Skeletron shoots me 5 or so blocks right into the small hole lol. I panicked and was able to dig the block out right in front of me and run for water to extinguish the flames that have covered my body. Bam! Another Skelton shoots me and I watch my Diamonds slowly wash into the 1 block lava pit that was my downfall. Another time I was on hardcore and coming out a cave and got hit with something that put me on fire. Its a freaking Skelton with Enchanted fire bow and 3 of his buddies. I literally got pinballed between them and couldn't do anything to get away. Its like they know your next to a huge drop or lava pit and come up at the right time/angle lol