|“|| Cold be hand and heart and bone|
and cold be sleep under stone:
never more to wake on stony bed,
never, till the Sun fails and the Moon is dead.
In the black wind the stars shall die
and still on gold here let them lie
till the Dark Lord lifts his hand
over dead sea and withered land.
–Barrow-wight, Fog on the Barrow downs, The Fellowship of the Ring
Barrow-wights are fearsome creatures who dwell in the fog of the Barrow-downs. They were sent by the Witch-King of Angmar to occupy the Barrows, the resting place of many ancient kings of Cardolan, one of the three ancient realms of the North.
A Barrow-wight is spawned when a player first tries to open the chest in a Barrow. Aside from this, they also spawn (usually in pairs) randomly on unlit grass blocks in the Barrow-Downs, under the eerie cover of the everlasting mist. They can also be spawned manually in creative mode, with a spawn egg, or with a Monster Spawner.
Should a player wander into the fog of the downs, Barrow-wights will instantly move towards them and attack them when in range, until they have slain the player or have been killed themselves. As the player moves closer to them, the screen will go black around the edges and the FOV will change. If a Barrow-wight somehow happens to meet another NPC, they will attack men, orcs, elves, dwarves, and hobbits alike. Instead of the typical mob death animation, Barrow-wights simply float upwards and fade.
Killing a Barrow-wight earns the player the achievement "Cold be Hand..."
Barrow-Wights will most commonly drop bones and arrows, as well as some article of silver or a barrow blade. As rarer drops, however, they yield gold and larger coins and, very rarely, they may drop Mithril/Mithril Weapons.
First off what you want to do is avoid the ones not in the barrows, as they are very hard to kill and give the wither effect. If, by chance, you are chased by a barrow-wight, and you have nowhere obvious to run, you can do the following: Pillar jump up three blocks (so that you are standing on the top one), so the barrow wights will not be able to grab at you, but if you have a spear or other longer-range weapon, you will be able to eliminate those creeps.
Another of the Barrow-wights' weaknesses is their height. Standing at the same height as a Wither Skeleton, Barrow-wights can be fought with the same techniques. Their height can be used against them in the three-brick-tall confines of the barrows' doorways, where even a one-block-high barricade will stop them from coming at the player.
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