Minecraft | How to Tame an Axolotl

Minecraft - How to Tame an Axolotl

The Axolotl is one of the more interesting additions to Minecraft and its water biome. These small, friendly lizards are big water-hunters, though they know not to mess with you. Because of that and their adorable faces, many players are wondering how to keep one around. How do you tame these cuties, and what are the benefits of taming an axolotl in Minecraft? We have the answers to all of your deep questions about Axolotl farming!

How to Tame an Axolotl in Minecraft

How to Tame an Axolotl in Minecraft

In order to tame an axolotl, you must pick them up in a water bucket by interacting with them with a bucket in-hand. This fills the bucket with the Axolotl, which you can then rename by putting the Bucket of Axolotl into an Anvil.

A Bucket of Tropical Fish can cause an Axolotl to mate with another, spawning a child and allowing you to breed them. If an Axolotl is conscious and in your party when you defeat an enemy, they give Regeneration I for 100 game ticks and remove Mining Fatigue should you help them in combat.

Axolotl die without water, though they can last for five minutes on dry land. If you want your new friend to stay alive, keep a water bucket on-hand, or built a water-filled habitat for them to stay in.

Axolotls fight aggressive mobs naturally, though usually only in the water. On land, they prioritize survival over mortal combat.

Breeding an Axolotl can be extremely fun. Babies have a 1/1200 chance to be the rare blue color; otherwise, they’ll take a parent’s color. This can be fun to farm for, but requires buckets of tropical fish… And that can be a chore to farm up!

There are two achievements based on Axolotl farming: “The Cutest Predator” only requires you to carry a little fella in a bucket. “The Healing Power of Friendship” is acquired when you help one of them in a fight and gain the Regeneration effect.


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Jason Toro

Jason Toro

Jason Toro-McCue has committed his schooling to the study of the connection between game design and narrative. When he's not working on this bond through writing articles or guides, he's playing Dungeons & Dragons, or just playing games themselves and looking at the story there.