Minecraft Axolotl: How to tame, breed, & feed

Jessica Filby
An Axolotl swimming in the water in Minecraft

Ever since their addition to Minecraft via the 1.17 update, Axolotls have captured the hearts of players worldwide. However, they continue to shroud themselves in mystery, leaving many players wondering what Acolotls eat in Minecraft and how they can tame, and breed these creatures. Let’s take a look.

Despite their prominence in Minecraft, a significant degree of confusion still looms over these adorable aquatic wonders, such as taming them, breeding them, feeding them, and acquiring the elusive blue Axolotls.

So, with that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about the Axolotl in this open-world game so you too can gain your own watery companion.


What are Minecraft Axolotls?

Minecraft Axolotls are adorable amphibians that spend most of their time in the waters of your Minecraft world. They come in five different colors, pink, brown, gold, cyan, and the rarest of them all is blue, with it only having a spawn chance of one in 1200. This is due to the real-life rarity of the Axolotl in which there are only known to be around 1200 around.

Different colored Axolotls in the water
Axolotls are very helpful creatures when fighting.

They can fight mobs for you

Axolotls in Minecraft are friendly towards the player but tend to hunt other fish and certain hostile mobs. The only fish they will not eat are turtles, dolphins, frogs, and pufferfish so expect the sea to be a little devoid of aquatic life after you release a ton of Axolotls into the water.

As for the hostile mobs, they will primarily fight the ones found underwater due to that being their natural habitat. The main enemies consist of Drowned, Guardians, or Elder Guardians which is incredibly helpful when looking through a temple.

What do Axolotls eat in Minecraft?

Axolotls in Minecraft have a simple appetite. Unlike real-life Axolotls, Minecraft Axolotls don’t require a wide variety of food options, instead consisting solely of buckets of tropical fish.

You can only feed them a bucket of tropical fish so you’ll first need to craft said bucket and then hut around in the waters of warm biomes, lush caves, and mangrove swamps to find a colorful tropical fish.

How to feed Axolotls in Minecraft

Thankfully, once you’ve equipped your bucket filled with tropical fish, any nearby Axolotl will quickly swarm to you like a cow does with wheat so there’s no need to search for the creature too much.

Once you have the Axolotl nearby, simply head over to it and right-click the creature with your tropical fish bucket, just as you would feeding any other animal. If done correctly, the bucket will empty and some hearts will appear on the creature’s head.

How to tame an Axolotl in Minecraft

Taming two Axolotls in Minecraft
Use Tropical fish buckets to breed Axolotls.

Taming and breeding an Axolotl in Minecraft requires buckets and potentially leads if you prefer to bring them to shore in that fashion.

Taming an Axolotl in Minecraft is a little different from what many are used to in that you can’t really tame Minecraft Axolotls. Instead, you can pick them up in buckets and carry them around with you or put a lead on them. They will still fight for you and don’t swim too far away meaning you can still get them back when desired.

How to breed Axolotls in Minecraft

Breeding an Axolotl in Minecraft Bedrock or Jave works in a similar way to the typical breeding style Minecraft has. You can follow a few easy steps to get a whole family of aquatic pets.

  1. Fill up two buckets of tropical fish.
  2. Using two separate buckets, pick up the two Axolotls. Alternatively use two leads.
  3. Bring them to the same place.
  4. Feed each Axolotl a bucket.

The sign of the Axolotls being ready to breed is the typical hearts and soon after a baby will pop up. Breeding Axolotls in Minecraft brings in a very small chance for the creature to be blue but will likely take a color from one of the parents. The blue Axolotl is one of the rarest colors out of the collection.

There we have it, the wonderful world of Minecraft Axolotls and how you can get them to be wonderful companions. Why not check out our Minecraft hub for more news and guides?

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