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How to defeat a Minecraft phantom, and use their gross membranes

Minecraft Phantom membrane uses
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If you don't get enough shut eye, a Minecraft phantom may appear. This undead mob may seem a little on the cute side at first with their glowing green eyes and gormless expressions, but they can be a pain if you don't know how to handle them. But we get it: Whether you're building a quaint little house, mining away for precious ores, or venturing out into the wilds of the Nether, it's easy to forget that you really need to rest. 

But if you don't, fearsome monsters like the Minecraft Phantom will materialise and remind you to get your forty winks. From understanding when and why they spawn, to inspecting the strange nature of the Minecraft phantom membrane, here's everything you need to know about this creature.

What you need to know about the Minecraft phantom

Ever stayed awake in Minecraft long enough to see a blue creature circling overhead? That's the Phantom, an undead hostile mob that preys on workaholic miners who haven't slept for three in-game days, or longer. 

Where do phantoms spawn? 

The overworld offers the ideal conditions to help you catch this beast, and they spawn during thunderstorms or at night. Standing outside in the open air with no blocks overhead (besides glass) encourages them to appear high in the sky. In contrast to other Minecraft meanies, phantom spawns depend on where you are on the map, rather than leaving it to chance. 

Avoid becoming a tasty midnight snack for these undead vultures by watching out for the smokey grey trails they leave in their wake. They tend to circle high above where you're standing, before dipping down to give you a nasty nip. To make matters worse, they're also remarkable swimmers.

Summoning phantoms

Providing you have cheats enabled, you can summon a phantom whenever you want. To turn cheats on, create a new world and click More world options. Ensure Allow cheats is on and create your world. 

Remember, phantoms will only stick around during the night so bear this in mind before attempting to summon them. To summon a phantom at your location, open the chat window and type /summon phantom.

Keeping phantoms at bay  

The best advice to keep out of the way of phantoms is by taking regular naps. If you're just too busy, keep a friendly feline closeby. Phantoms are seemingly wary of cats, and won't want to be too close to them. 

For a more aggressive solution, setting your trusty tamed wolf on them will do the trick. If you want to be a hero, you can always take matters into your own hands with a sword. Survive a phantom's advances long enough to see the sun again and these frightful flyers also burn in sunlight, akin to other undead mobs.

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What is a Minecraft phantom membrane, and what does it do?

After you've slayed a phantom, it may leave you a gloopy chunk of membrane as a parting gift. This is essentially a portion of the phantom's skin. If you, or your tamed wolf manage to eliminate a phantom, you can expect the following drops:

  • 0-2 phantom membranes
  • 5 experience orbs

While a Minecraft phantom membrane doesn't serve much of a purpose on its own, it can be added to potions or used to repair the rare Elytra wings.

Repairing Elytra

To repair your precious wings, combine your damaged Elytra with your phantom membrane using an anvil. Every phantom membrane accounts for 25 percent of the Elytra's durability, and repairs don't impact enchantments.    

Potion of Slow Falling recipe

Combining phantom membranes with an Awkward Potion creates a Potion of Slow Falling. To brew an Awkward Potion, simply add a Nether Wart to a water bottle. Awkward Potions create a base for you to add effects to. Adding a phantom membrane gains the Slowness effect.

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The best Minecraft Phantom skins

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It's important to keep up with the hottest new looks in Minecraft and skins bring a little individually to your wardrobe. Let's be honest, who doesn't want to look like a big blue bird? Here are my top five picks:

Phantom

The classic phantom style reimagined in human form. With your glowing green eyes and exposed stomach, jump out on your friends to give them a little scare. The head is just a mask that fits neatly over yours. Perfect for virtual fancy dress parties.

Link: Phantom  

Phantom Girl

Just when you thought phantoms couldn't get any cuter. Its face makes for a sweet little hat to show off long purple hair. Their tail has also been repurposed as a pair of blue boots. 

Link: Phantom_girl 

Phantom in a hoodie

This skin guarantees street cred. Colour-coordinating your shoes with your shirt ensures this look remains fresh and clean. 

Link: Phantom in a hoodie

Phantom in a suit

Spicing up that 'another day at the office' look with some monstrous fun. There's no shame in wanting to be presentable, and this phantom in a suit skin ticks all the boxes. Warning: this is sure to make your friends as green with jealousy as your snappy tie.  

Link: Phantom in a suit

Phantom

If you were to visit a theme park that had a phantom as its mascot, this would be the suit employees would wear. Covering your entire body, this skin is probably the most realistic on offer right now, plus the detailing on the back looks awesome.

Link: Phantom