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The Minecraft Skeleton is a hostile mob, with a gray skull and bones, and a zombie head, plus a mouth. It holds a bow in its right hand and shoots arrows at any thing that attacks it. Skeletons will burn in direct sunlight, unless they are swimming in water or are in a shadowy area, as underneath a tree. Both Zombies and Skeletons run for shade if they are burning. Skeletons spawn in dimly lit areas, as do zombies, and they can spawn in both the Nether and the Overworld.
Skeletons are difficult to fight, because they fire arrows quite quickly and accurately. One way of attacking a skeleton is to run inside it, since skeletons are not solid, and hit it several times with a sword - a Smite Sword is best. Its arrows cannot reach you when you are in this position. Best to leave skeletons alone, if you are unprepared.
These creatures are a good source of bones, bone meal and arrows, since they can drop either bones or arrows when they die. There is also a 1/40 chance that a skeleton may drop a bow when it is killed.