Minecraft: How to Get the Rare Blue Axolotl

Here's how to get your hands on the rarest axolotl variant in Minecraft: the blue axolotl.

Here's how to get your hands on the rarest axolotl variant in Minecraft: the blue axolotl.

When axolotls were first introduced in the 1.17 update for Minecraft, they became an overnight fan-favorite feature. Available in a variety of colors ranging from pink to the elusive blue, these endearing aquatic creatures appeal to even the most hard-core players. There are even rare blue axolotl for you to meet and obtain.

While axolotls are undeniably charming, they’re also pretty helpful in a pinch. In fact, these friendly amphibians will come to your aid to fend off underwater mobs of enemies. 

Because of this, axolotls are exceptionally sought-after allies in Minecraft. However, those hoping to collect them in each color variation have likely realized how difficult it can be to obtain the coveted blue axolotl, which doesn’t spawn naturally. Instead, you’ll need to breed for one with an intimidating one in 1,200 chance. 

Here’s how to beat the odds and obtain the rare blue axolotl in Minecraft

How to Get a Rare Blue Axolotl in Minecraft

Step One: Capture Axolotls 

In order to obtain a blue axolotl in Minecraft, you’ll first need to capture some axolotls. Depending on your version of the game, you’ll be able to find these aquatic creatures in different locations. 

Where to Find Axolotls in Minecraft 1.17 

In Minecraft version 1.17, you can find axolotls in any water level below Y-level 63. However, you’ll need to make sure the light level is zero and the block below the spawning zone is stone, deepslate, diorite, andesite, granite, or tuff. 

Once your environment meets these requirements, just wait for axolotls to spawn, then capture them in a bucket of water. 

Where to Find Axolotls in Minecraft 1.18 and Above 

From Minecraft version 1.18 onward, you can find and capture axolotls in the many pools of water located within lush cave biomes. The block below the spawning zone must be clay, which adds a bit more difficulty to the process of obtaining an axolotl. 

With some patience, axolotls are bound to appear, and you can then capture them in a bucket of water. 

Step Two: Breed Your Axolotls 

Once you have two or more axolotls in your inventory, you can begin the lengthy breeding process to obtain the blue variant.  

For starters, you’ll need to find either a lukewarm or warm ocean biome to ensure that your axolotls have access to a plentiful supply of tropical fish to eat in captivity. To discern how warm the water is, pay close attention to its color. The lighter the water, the warmer it is.  

Once you find water of a sufficient temperature, you can begin building your breeding pools. These areas only need to be one block deep and should be made entirely of source blocks. The surface area and shape are up to you, but here are a couple of good options: 

  • Large, open pool 
  • Compartmentalized pool to separate axolotls by pair 

Regardless of the shape you’ve chosen, just make sure the pools you’ve built have high enough walls to prevent your axolotls from escaping. Otherwise, you may need to start again from square one. 

Step Three: Wait for a Blue Axolotl to Spawn 

With your breeding pools ready to go, you’ve arrived at the trickiest part of the process: Waiting for a blue axolotl to spawn. Unfortunately, there’s no way around the one in 1,200 odds, which intentionally reflects how rare axolotls are in real life. 

While the breeding process can quickly become tedious, it’s made infinitely more rewarding when you finally spawn your very own blue axolotl in Minecraft. Learn more about building and other in-game features with the help of our Minecraft guides.

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Olivia Rolls

Olivia Rolls is a freelance writer who earned her degree in English from the College of Central Florida. She currently directs her creative efforts toward writing articles on a wide variety of game titles, a passion she's held close to her heart since adventuring alongside Chikorita in the Johto region of Pokémon Crystal Version. Olivia's all-time favorite franchises are Pokémon and Animal Crossing, but she is generally fond of fantasy RPGs.