Everything we know about axolotls in Minecraft

Everything we know about axolotls in Minecraft

Prepare your buckets, Minecraft axolotls are here.


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Want to know more about the Minecraft axolotl mob? The first part of the Caves & Cliffs update is set for release on June 8, so you'll soon be able to meet them. But maybe you want to know more about the axolotl before you get too close—do they have sharp teeth? The answer is no, thankfully. But there's still plenty to learn about these adorable creatures.

It doesn't seem that long ago that we got the Nether-based Minecraft update, completely overhauling the game's underworld. Likewise, the upcoming Caves & Cliffs update will eventually introduce new biomes by overhauling, well, caves and cliffs. And as it happens, axolotl seem to be fairly partial to caves, choosing to make them their home. So if you want to find out more about the new Minecraft axolotl mob, here's everything you need to know.

Where can you find the Minecraft axolotl mob?

Axolotls appear in Caves and Cliffs’ new 'Lush Caves' biome, bringing beautiful greenery to these deep underground areas. Within this biome, azalea trees grow above ground. If you dig underneath their roots, this will take you towards the Axolotl caverns. Axolotls can be found here, swimming underwater.  

How do they behave?

Axolotls are a neutral aquatic mob, but they have some unique characteristics. You can scoop them up with an empty bucket, creating an Axolotl Bucket, which also tames them. You can carry Axolotl Buckets around in your inventory, and if players empty their Axolotl Buckets within other aquatic environments, the Axolotls become your allies, swimming alongside players and assisting them against hostile ocean-based mobs like Drowneds or Guardians.

Axolotls are currently confirmed to come in five different colours: Pink, Brown, Blue, Cyan and Gold. It’s unclear if any further variants will be included in the update, but we wouldn’t put it past Mojang to add more.

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When Axolotls spot hostile mobs, they can use a headbutt attack. Alone, this isn’t particularly powerful, but their strength lies in numbers. If you’re planning any aquatic expeditions and want to play it safe, bring a few extra buckets as a precaution. 

Axolotls can also play dead. This is a unique feature in Minecraft and means hostile mobs won’t attack them. During this time, their health regenerates, taking cues from the regenerative qualities of their real-world counterparts. Should a Minecraft Axolotl like you, they can also share their regeneration ability with your character, though exactly how this works hasn’t been revealed yet.

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