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

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.

Axolotls are the first amphibian mob in Minecraft, introduced in the 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 structures like ocean monuments and ocean ruins. They even come in different colors, such as blue!

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Below, we’ll tell you how to tame and breed axolotls in Minecraft 1.17. The process itself is quite simple, but there are certain preparations to take before you can farm them effectively.

Axolotl Taming Step 1: Create a Water Farm

First, you need to dedicate space for breeding axolotls, either inside your house or outside. The breeding area can be as simple as a water pool of 4×4 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.

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 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.

Step 3: Get a Bucket of Tropical Fish

Axolotls will breed only when they eat tropical fish. You can get tropical 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 choose to get the bucket of tropical fish, bring it to the pool with your axolotls, and let them eat the fish.

Step 4: Breed and Tame Axolotl

When axolotls are done eating the fish, they will start breeding. A baby axolotl will appear, sporting the color of one of their parents. One in 1,200 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

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.

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