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A Complete Guide to Axolotls In Minecraft

A Complete Guide to Axolotls In Minecraft

Minecraft’s Axolotls are perhaps one of the most adorable new creatures added to the game in the 1.17 version update. Since then we’ve received the 1.18 version update and it has changed many aspects of Axolotls in comparison to its previous version.

So its only natural that you might be confused regarding where to find these majestic creatures, and how you can go about taming them after the updates.

Axolotls are adorable amphibians found in Lush Cave biomes and are inherently hostile towards most other aquatic mobs. They appear in five distinct colors: pink, brown, yellow, cyan and blue. They can be carried using buckets of water, and can even have leashes made of rope attached to them. They are highly attracted to buckets of tropical fish and will breed if both the breeding Axolotls are fed a bucket of tropical fish.

Through this guide we go into great detail regarding every facet of Axolotls that you need to know in order to find, tame, feed, and breed Minecraft Axolotls.

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Where to find Minecraft Axolotls?

In comparison to their real world counterparts Minecraft Axolotls are simple to find. You will usually find them spawning in Lush Cave biomes in water next to clay. Thankfully, around a quarter of the underground caves within Minecraft are Lush Caves and thus it is particularly easier to find Axolotls.

An easy method to locate a Lush Cave would be to seek out Azalea Trees. This is because most underground spaces beneath Azalea Trees will be Lush Caves.

Keep in mind: The location for where Axolotls spawn that we mentioned is based on information from version 1.18 of the game. And that there were different spawn conditions back in version 1.17 that no longer apply.

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How many types of Minecraft Axolotls are there?

List of axolotls available in Minecraft 1.17 Caves & Cliffs update

The answer to this question is simple. There are currently five different types of Axolotls that are present in Minecraft. These include the following:

  • Leucistic (The Pink Axolotls)
  • Wild (The Brown Axolotls)
  • Gold (The Yellow Axolotls)
  • Cyan
  • Blue

The first three types of Axolotls which are Leucistic, Wild and Gold are the common variants and can be found naturally in spawn locations. However, the Cyan and Blue Axolotls are rare. In order to obtain Cyan and Blue Axolotls you must breed Axolotls.

There is a 1/1200 chance that you might obtain a Cyan or Blue Axolotls as a result of breeding. Otherwise there is a 50-50% chance the Axolotls child will be of the same color as their parent.

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How to stop Minecraft Axolotls from despawning?

Unlike most cows and chickens in Minecraft who after their initial spawn never despawn the Axolotls begin to despawn if the you walk away from their location a set distance. So if you want to make sure that the Axolotls that you spent so much time tracking down do not despawn then note the following:

  • Make sure to acquire a bucket
  • Fill the bucket with water
  • Fill the bucket full of water with the Axolotl that you wish not to despawn
  • Release the Axolotl out of the bucket

And voila! That’s all there is to it. Once the game has recognized that you picked up the Axolotls in your water bucket then it becomes a fixed creature within the game space and no longer despawns.

Coloured Axolotl Bucket Minecraft Data Pack

How to breed Minecraft Axolotls?

In order to breed Axolotls there are a few things that you need to make sure of. The first, is that you must make sure you have a bucket of Tropical Fish with you. Tropical fish can be found in in warm, lukewarm, deep lukewarm ocean biomes and lush caves as well.

Secondly, you must bring two adult Axolotls together in the same area. you can do so by either leading the Axolotls by a rope, acting as a leash, or by drawing them to your location by having the bucket of tropical fish out. The Axolotls will be attracted towards the tropical fish and will follow you to the location you choose.

Thirdly, you must active the Love Mode for both of the Axolotls. This can be done by feeding both of them with a bucket of Tropical Fish. Once in Love Mode the Axolotls will naturally breed with each other and a few seconds later a baby Axolotl will be born.

Finally, the baby Axolotls can mature into adults in around 20 minutes. However, if you’re not in the mood to wait you can speed up their growth process by feeding them Buckets of Tropical Fish. This reduces their overall time of growth by 10% Kids, they sure do grow up fast!

Do the Minecraft Axolotls attack?

What can players do with axolotls in Minecraft?

The Minecraft Axolotls are passive towards you, the player character. However, if they are put up against any other aquatic creature then they will show no mercy. The only exception to this rule perhaps are dolphins and turtles, even Axolotls aren’t ready for that heat.

This killer instinct in Axolotls is so strong that they are even willing to attack Drowners. If there are a considerable number of Axolotls you can see them swarm against their target and annihilate it in a matter of seconds.

Perhaps the best feature of the Axolotls is that they prioritize their aggression against creatures that are hostile towards the player character. So if you find yourself in a pickle against a powerful enemy head towards a bunch of Axolotls and they’ll rush to your aid. And they said dogs were man’s best friend.

The Axolotl deals 2 points of damage per attack. And once it has killed an enemy mob then it will remain dormant for 2 minutes before re-engaging with its next target.

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Why do Minecraft Axolotls freeze when they are attacked?

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You might have noticed that when Axolotls get attacked a few times they instantly freeze. This isn’t a bug, my friends, but rather the Axolotls natural survival instincts arise and cause them to play dead.

Within the Axolotls play dead state all hostile creatures begin to ignore them. And during this state the Axolotls rely on their passive healing ability to regenerate health.

Note: Axolotls regain health 1 health point every 5 seconds. And when it plays dead it stays in that state for 10 seconds total before initiating its attacking phase once again.


It is important to note that Axolotls are water-loving and do not stray too many blocks away from it. Nonetheless, they make for adorable pets and valiant comrades in battle. Their regeneration and play dead makes them exceptionally hardy and they’re willing to come aid you when you need it the most.

What more could one ask for?