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Minecraft: How to tame an Axolotl

Axolotls have been added to Minecraft in the Caves & Cliffs: Part I update, and players want to know if they can tame these new animals. Axolotls are unique in Minecraft as the first amphibious creature introduced to the game, which means they behave differently from other animals. This might leave some people scratching their heads about whether or not an Axolotl can be tamed.

Can you tame Axolotl in Minecraft?

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Unfortunately, Axolotls can’t be tamed in Minecraft. These creatures work a bit differently than others we’ve seen so far. They’re amphibious, which means they spawn in water but can survive for a limited amount of time on land. This means that although players can’t tame them, they can be lured out of the water moved over land. However, after a few minutes out of the water, they begin to take damage until they’re rehydrated.

Axolotls can be transported in one of two ways:

  • By luring them using Buckets of Tropical Fish.
  • By picking them up in a bucket.

Axolotl in Minecraft also have a few peculiar traits that set them apart from other mobs. They are passive against players but will attack all aquatic mobs except turtles and dolphins (prioritizing hostile mobs). Suppose the player kills a mob that an Axolotl is in combat with. In that case, it’ll bestow Regeneration I on them and remove Mining Fatigue. When Axolotl are attacked underwater, they have a chance to play dead for 10 seconds. When playing dead, Axolotl gain Regeneration I, and hostile mobs will ignore them.

Minecraft Axolotl locations

To find Axolotls in Minecraft, players should be looking in water with blocks above it (caves especially). They should be relatively common after the recent update, and players shouldn’t be hard-pressed to find them. It’s likely possible to artificially influence the environment to make them more likely to spawn. However, we haven’t had a chance to experiment with that yet.