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How to Find, Tame, and Breed Axolotls in Minecraft 1.20

How to Find, Tame, and Breed Axolotls in Minecraft 1.20

Has your everyday Minecraft experience gotten a bit too bland? Why not spice things up and get yourself an adorable and relatively rare new pet!

Due to their stringent spawn requirements, Axolotls can be pretty tricky to spot in an ordinary Minecraft journey. Additionally, if you get picky about choosing the type of color you want for the creature – your chances of finding one become much slimmer!

Nevertheless, there’s no need to get frustrated since today, we’ll cover everything you need to know to get your hands on Axolotls in Minecraft 1.20!

What Are Axolotls?

Multiple Axolotls (Adult and Young) wandering on land near a stream of water

Spawning in 5 different color variants, Axolotls are small, passive aquatic mobs that spawn exclusively in Lush Caves. Their “passive” stance only extends to players since Axolotls are hostile towards other underwater mobs. 

They have a total HP of 14 (7 Hearts) and boast an attack strength of 2 (1 Heart). Although Axolotls are categorized as aquatic mobs – they can survive on land for a total of 5 minutes before dying! The table below summarizes significant information about the mob.

Health Points14
Hit Strength2
SpawnLush Caves
ClassificationPassive & Aquatic
TamingCannot be tamed but can be bred

How Can You Find Axolotls in Minecraft 1.20?

Axolotls spawn exclusively inside Lush Cave biomes in Minecraft 1.20. Additionally, there must be a Clay block present less than 5 blocks below a spawn point for Axolotls to generate. Axolotls typically spawn in groups of 3-6 and come in 5 color variations. 

The spawn rate of Axolotls is not affected by their color – except for Blue Axolotls. For some reason, Blue Axolotls are extremely rare to come by under normal conditions, as they have a mere 1/1200 spawn chance! (0.083%). If you’re particularly interested in finding a Blue Axolotl, check this post out!

For finding Axolotls in general – the good news is that almost every single Lush Cave biome will contain a decent number of these mobs. The bad news, however, is that Lush Caves can be rare to find! 

How to Find Lush Caves

Lush Cave (Inside View)

The easiest way to find a Lush Cave is to use one of the seeds mentioned here. However, if you’re looking to find this biome without generating an entirely new world, you’ll need to do a bit of exploration!

Technically, Lush Caves can be generated at any altitude in underground areas. However, they typically generate beneath biomes that have high humidity. This means that sites like Bamboo Jungles, Dark Forests, and Old Growth Taigas are pretty much guaranteed to contain Lush Caves. 

As a general rule of thumb, if you spot any Azalea Trees when exploring Jungle areas – that’s an excellent sign that a Lush Cave is nearby! And with Lush Caves nearby, you’re almost guaranteed to find an Axolotl inside.

How to Tame & Breed Axolotls in Minecraft 1.20?

Axolotls cannot be tamed in Minecraft 1.20. While it is technically true that you can’t exactly ‘tame’ these mobs, you still have some options to keep these little guys close to you.

To be more precise – Axolotls can be picked up using a Water Bucket. Using the item on an Axolotl places it in your inventory, allowing you to carry and transport it at will. Secondly, if you hold a ‘Bucket of Tropical Fish’ in your hand, all Axolotls nearby become attracted to the fish and start following you!

Lastly, you can also, quite literally, put a leash on an Axolotl by using the ‘Lead’ item – much like you would on a Horse. By doing so, you can walk the Axolotl wherever you please!

Breeding Axolotls

Two Adult Axolotls during the 'Breeding' stage

While taming them is a big no – Axolotls can easily be bred! 

To do so, you’ll need a couple of ‘Bucket of Tropical Fish’ items and 2 Adult Axolotls. Feeding both these mobs one Tropical Fish each sends them into breeding mode. Soon enough, both become attracted to one another, and a baby Axolotl spawns nearby!

Adult Axolotls, once bred, must undergo a 5-minute cooldown period before they can be bred again. Baby Axolotls generally spawn in the same color variant as their parents and follow them around till they become adults. This process takes approximately 20 minutes. 

You can also speed up the growth rate of Baby Axolotls by feeding them a ‘Bucket of Tropical Fish.’ Each fish fed to the mob will decrease its remaining growth time by 10%. 

And that covers everything you need to know about finding, taming, and breeding Axolotls in Minecraft 1.20; happy exploring!