Sharks are hostile mobs that spawn in oceans.

Appearance

Sharks come in 5 different variants: a dark grey, grey-striped variant (based on the tiger shark), an olive-grey variant with white fin tips (based on the oceanic whitetip shark), a blue variant (based on the blue shark), a grey variant (based on the bull shark), and a brown-grey, purple-eyed, short-finned variant (based on the Greenland shark).

Behavior

Sharks will usually not attack players at first, and, when undisturbed, will swim around aimlessly in a similar manner to fish; however, if a player provokes them or is at a certain amount of health, they will attack. The amount of health at which sharks will attack without provocation varies within variants:

  • Tiger sharks will attack the player when they are at 5 hearts (10 HP).
  • Oceanic whitetip sharks will attack the player when they are at 8 hearts (16 HP).
  • Blue sharks will attack the player when they are at 4 hearts (8 HP).
  • Bull sharks will attack the player when they are at 6.5 hearts (13 HP).
  • Greenland sharks will attack the player when they are at 4 hearts (8 HP).

When attacking, sharks will swim towards targets before grabbing them and thrashing them to death, dealing 3 hearts (6 HP) of damage per second. In addition to targeting players that are at certain amounts of health, they will also attack any mob that enters the water, with the exception of bobbit worms and other sharks.

If a shark gets beached on land, it will start suffocating after 20 seconds. While on land, sharks will not move, and will stay in place until they die.

History

  • 7.0.0:
    • Introduced.
  • 7.1.0:
    • Added new animations.
      • Now rotates up or down when surfacing or diving.
  • 7.1.1:
    • Now retaliates against attackers.
    • Now has a limit on the size of entities it can grab.
  • 8.1.0:
    • Now has improved animations.
    • AI has been improved, and can now pathfind (1.14+ only).
  • 8.2.0:
    • Movement speed is now faster (1.14+ only).
  • 9.0.0:
    • Now has a new Greenland shark variant.
    • Now has improved animations.

Trivia

  • When spawned on land, sharks will momentarily rotate downward so that their caudal fin sticks upwards at an oblique angle, making it appear as if they were tossed into the ground head-first.
  • As of now, sharks are one of the few mobs in the mod to have variants that drastically vary in appearance (most variants have their own model), alongside jellyfish, eels, and whales.
  • Sharks are one of the few mobs in the mod to vary in size, alongside jellyfish, songbirds, eels, and whales.
  • All shark variants except the bull shark and Greenland shark will be remodeled in release 10.0.
  • Sharks despawn on the Peaceful difficulty.
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