Rats are neutral mobs that become aggressive at low light levels. Similar to vanilla Wolves and Zombie Pigmen they are Pack Mobs, so will attack the provoker of any member of their pack. They are not very dangerous, however, and have low health and damage values. They drop Coal upon death.
Players might make the error of mistaking them for Mice, (which run away from the player instead of attacking) which are much less dangerous and easy to kill.
The Nether hosts a much larger variant of the rat, called a Hellrat. For the page on Hellrats, go here.
- The Coal drop is useful when starting a new world, as you have Coal available on the surface.
- Rats can be killed in two hits with most swords.