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Lightning is an effect spawned naturally during thunderstorms. It causes a flash and a bolt of lightning. The bolt of lightning connects from the cloud layer to the surface of the world. This causes damage to nearby mobs.

If lightning strikes a pig, it will transform it into a zombie pigman.

If lightning hits a creeper, it will become a charged creeper.

Lightning can be spawned via the lightning command.

Alternatively, a thunderstorm can be triggered using the /weather set thunder command.


  • Hostile mobs can spawn in thunderstorms even in the day.
  • Flashes of lightning and rumbles of thunder occur ambiently in the nether.
  • Lightning can spawn within buildings or structures that are built around the cloud layer.


  • 1.28: Naturally-spawning lightning can be positioned incorrectly.[Citation needed]