What is the new Minecraft axolotl? In case you’re not familiar with these adorable amphibians, the axolotl is a real creature that lives in caves. Axolotls are an incredibly rare species of salamander and are actually critically endangered. They are native to the Valley of Mexico, and in particular to two lakes, one of which no longer exists, so hopefully their appearance in Minecraft will aid conservation efforts for the axolotl.
As in real life, the axolotl comes in many colour variations – pink, green, and brown – and is ludicrously adorable. Eventually they’ll be found in the new Lush Caves biome in the Minecraft 1.18 update, but also have heaps of new mechanics that aren’t shared by other Minecraft mobs. What’s brilliant about the axolotl is that they can be captured very easily as you can scoop them up in a bucket and bring them along with you. They may look adorable, but these are assault amphibians that can be deployed against ocean-based mobs by emptying the bucket mid-battle.
They’re much easier to find in the Minecraft 1.17 update as you just need to look in watery areas in caves. Join us as we go through everything we know about the axolotl in Minecraft, including where to find and tame them, and how they fight during combat.
How to find Axolotls in Minecraft
Since the Minecraft Caves and Cliffs update is being split into two, you can find axolotls in normal underground waterways in the 1.17 update.
In the Minecraft 1.18 update release date, they will move to the new Lush Cave biome. Those playing snapshot 21w37a will see this has happened already. You can locate a Lush cave by looking out for a new Acacia tree and then digging along its roots until you find one of the vibrant caverns. Axolotls come in five varieties, with the bluish purple one being a rare variety. They also come in pink, blue, orange, and brown.
How to tame Minecraft Axolotls
The first thing you’ll need if you’re planning on making your own army of axolotl, is a bucket. These new creatures can be captured and tamed – in a sense – simply by scooping them up in a bucket.
You can then empty your bucket in a cavern near your Minecraft house to create your own little axolotl ecosystem, or get a few axolotl buckets and bring them along to your next Ocean Monument raid.
Minecraft Axolotl combat
Once you’ve caught some axolotls, when you release them into open water, they will just swim around decimating every fish and enemy in the vicinity. In order to get them to follow you, you will need to be holding a tropical fish (either in your off-hand or main hand).
Axolotls don’t offer too much in raw power on their own, but you can unleash multiple buckets at once so your enemies have a lot to cope with.
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One of the unique mechanics axolotl in Minecraft boasts is that they can ‘play dead’ – this means hostile mobs won’t attack them, giving the axolotl time to recover and re-join the fight. If you get the last hit on an enemy that put one of the axolotls into its ‘play dead’ mode, you will gain a brief regenerative effect.
How to breed Minecraft axolotls
You can also breed any two axolotls by feeding them tropical fish. Babies take 20 minutes to grow to adulthood, with the time remaining reduced by 10% whenever the baby is scooped up in a bucket.
You have a very low chance of breeding a blue variant, otherwise the colour of the baby is randomly determined between the colours of the two parents.
Updates by Jordan Forward and Dave Irwin