Minecraft 1.17: How to Tame Axolotls in Caves and Cliffs

Learn how to tame and breed axolotls using our guide to Minecraft 1.17: Caves and Cliffs update.

Axolotl is the first implemented amphibian mob in the Minecraft 1.17 Caves and Cliffs update. This mob can be very useful, as it can fearlessly attack other underwater mobs, allowing you to freely explore such underwater structures like ocean monuments and ocean ruins.

Our guide will provide you with tips on how to tame and breed axolotls in Minecraft 1.17: Caves and Cliffs update. The process itself is quite simple, but requires certain preparations before you can farm them effectively.

How to Tame Axolotls in Minecraft 1.17

Axolotl Taming Step 1: Create a Water Farm

First, you need to dedicate some space for breeding axolotls at your place, either inside your house or outside. It can be something as simple as a water pool of 4x4 blocks or larger.

It is advisable to create a bigger pool or dedicate an entire small lake for their breeding. The more axolotls you have, the better.

Axolotl Taming Step 2: Get a Bucket of Axolotls

Pick up a water bucket from the Fisherman's chest in your village and visit a local cave.

Use torches to make your way through the darkness until your stumble upon a cave pond, which will surely have at least one or two axolotls.

Use the water bucket on axolotls to create a bucket of mob. You will need at least two axolotls for breeding.

Bring them back to your village and let them out into the pool of water.

Axolotl Taming Step 3: Get a Bucket of Tropical Fish

Axolotls will breed only when they eat tropical fish. You can get the fish in two ways:

  • You can catch them in your water bucket in the ocean biome
  • You can purchase a bucket of tropical fish from wandering traders for 5 emeralds

Whichever way you chose to get the bucket of tropical fish, bring it to the pool with your axolotls and let them eat the fish.

Axolotl Taming Step 4: Breed and Tame Axolotl

When axolotls are done eating the fish, they will start breeding and a baby axolotl will appear with a color of one of their parents. One of 1,200 cases will be a rare blue axolotl.

The baby axolotl will grow to a full adult in about 20 minutes, and you can repeat the process of breeding every five minutes.

When you have at least a dozen of axolotls, you can craft a shulker box using the following recipe:

  • 2x Shulker Shell
  • 1x Empty Chest

Then, you can place all of your axolotls in the shulker box and travel to the closest ocean monument. Set your axolotls free and watch them destroy every single guardian there!

That's all you need to know on how to tame and breed axolotls in Minecraft 1.17: Caves and Cliffs update. For more Minecraft guides, check out our dedicated hub page, and if you were looking for Minecraft seeds, head over to this page.


Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin.

Published Jun. 10th 2021

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