Axolotls are the newest underwater mob added in 1.17, the first half of the Caves & Cliffs update to Minecraft. These pink and friendly little guys are very helpful as they’ll attack hostile underwater mobs and provide you with helpful buffs as well. Today, we’ll teach you how to tame axolotls in Minecraft!

How to Tame Axolotls

Axolotls are friendly underwater mobs that do not attack the player, but will attack other hostile and passive underwater mobs. Since they’re passive, you would naturally assume that they can be tamed like other animals.

Technically speaking, you can’t really “tame” axolotls, at least not like you can with horses and other animals. You can feed axolotls buckets of tropical fish, but this just puts them into breeding mode.

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You can, however, take axolotls with you on your underwater adventures. They make fantastic combat partners, as not only do they attack hostile underwater mobs, but they also provide you with Regeneration I.

Axolotls can be moved with either buckets or leads. Leads attach to axolotls just like any other animal mob, and they can be led around the world. This is a bit unwieldy, and it also poses danger, as axolotls cannot stay on land forever.

The better way to befriend an axolotl is to use a bucket of water on them. This will capture the axolotl inside the bucket, and you can summon it at any time by using the bucket on any empty space. Doing so will spawn a block of water with the axolotl inside.

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Voila – you now have your own personal axolotl buddy. Just be careful to keep an eye on them, since they’re not technically tamed. Axolotls can and will swim off on their own if you leave them alone for long enough.

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