Minecraft Armor Stand Guide

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Armor Stands have been in Minecraft for a while now, being added all the way back in version 1.8. In this guide, we’re going to run through everything you need to know about an Armor Stand, including what they do, how to craft them and how to use the poses.

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What are Armor Stands

Armor Stands are a block in Minecraft which can store your armor items. There’s a slot for a head item, chestplate, leggings and boots. Although they can be forced to hold other items such as Shields with the use of Dispensers and Commands.

If you are playing on Bedrock Edition, then they are also able to hold items in their hands. Armor Stands don’t have a GUI, so the player can only interact with it by holding the items they want the stand to equip, or sneaking and interacting to remove items.

How to Craft Armor Stands

Armor Stands aren’t expensive to craft. The recipe includes having 6 Sticks and a single Stone slab.

armor stand recipe
Recipe for an Armor Stand

Place the Stone Slab in the bottom center slot of the Crafting Table. Then fill each slot with a Stick, except the center left and right slots, and that will provide you with a single Armor Stand. Use the image above for reference.

Posing Armor Stands

One of the key features to Armor Stands is that they can hold poses. On Minecraft Bedrock Edition, this can be done by sneaking and clicking on the pose position. Currently, there are 13 different poses available.

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An Armor Stand in a Walking Pose

For Java Edition players, getting Armor Stands to pose is a little more difficult. Instead, you’ll have to use commands for now. There is a tool available where you can create custom Armor Stand poses, and be given a command to enter into your Minecraft world.

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Phillip Anderson
Hey, I'm Phillip Anderson! After studying Video Game Design at University, I began writing articles at PwrDown in my free time. I currently play my games on PC, but also own a PS4 & Nintendo Switch. I'm also a VR enthusiast, owning an Oculus Rift S where you might find me playing Beat Saber or Skyrim VR!