Good Skeletons Don’t Strafe Mod 1.12.2 removes the very annoying and buggy strafing behavior from skeletons when attacking. This way they will no longer walk backward and fall off cliffs or get stuck at simple corners.

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Features:

When attacking skeletons will now simply behave like shown in the GIF below.

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This mod changes the skeleton ai to prevent them from strafing around while shooting at a target using their bow. The resulting behavior in the mod is very similar to the one present before Minecraft 1.9 where skeletons would simply stand still and shoot. Differences compared to versions prior to Minecraft 1.9 are:

  • Skeletons haven’t forgotten how a bow works, so they will still load an arrow into it and draw back before them fire.
  • Skeletons forget about their target rather quickly when they can’t see it anymore. This was a change to target tracking in general in Minecraft 1.9 and it’s just too much for me to revert in such a simple mod.

These GIFs below showing the difference in the skeleton’s behavior:

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Skeleton behavior in the vanilla game where they strafe around A LOT

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Behavior in the mod where they just stand around and shoot like they always did

This mod includes a config which enables the user to customize the skeleton behavior to some extend.

NOTE: This mod is purely server-side. It even works when using a vanilla client to connect to a Forge server running this mod.

Screenshots:

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Requires:

Minecraft Forge

How to install:

  1. Make sure you have already installed Minecraft Forge.
  2. Locate the minecraft application folder.
    • On windows open Run from the start menu, type %appdata% and click Run.
    • On mac open finder, hold down ALT and click Go then Library in the top menu bar. Open the folder Application Support and look for Minecraft.
  3. Place the mod you have just downloaded (.jar file) into the Mods folder.
  4. When you launch Minecraft and click the mods button you should now see the mod is installed.

Good Skeletons Don’t Strafe Mod 1.12.2 Download Links:

For Minecraft 1.12.2

Download from Server 1 – Download from Server 2