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Axolotls are upcoming passive mobs that will be added in the upcoming 1.17 - Caves and Cliffs update.


Axolotls are tamable, aquatic mobs that will spawn in the rivers of the lush caves. Clicking on it with a water bucket will yield a bucket of axolotl. There are different color variations which are Leucistic (pink with dark pink frills), Wild (brown with dark brown frills), Cyan (has pink frills), Gold, and a rare blue one with orange frills that has a 1/1200 chance of spawning. There was a green variant used in pictures but was never added. The axolotl prey on fish[1] and squids. If an axolotl is picked up in a bucket by the player, it is considered tamed by the player. After doing so, the player can set them free in a more common environment or use them in marine adventures to help fight against drowned, guardians, and elder guardians. While swimming around, the axolotl may be distracted by nearby fish, and eventually lose the player if too much time is taken. They can be bred with Tropical Fish. Breeding them will trigger the advancement "The Parrots and the Bats". While being picked up in a bucket, the player will still most likely get the achievement "Tactical Fishing". When attacked, the axolotl will play dead for a brief minute to be left alone and gain health back.

Even though they don't spawn naturally yet as of Java Edition 20w51a, you can spawn axolotls in creative mode.


  • Axolotls headbutt to attack.
  • The axolotl is a real-life, critically endangered neotenic salamander species from Mexico.
  • In the full axolotl concept art, axolotls can play with each other, much like dolphins do with items.
  • If two ponds are near each other, an Axolotl may leave the first pond and run over to the other pond. If they spend more than a few seconds out of the water, their speed falls heavily.
  • They are the first Minecraft mob to have their name start with an A.
  • An Axolotl deals 2 damage, which was confirmed on a recent Mojang Q&A.[2]
  • They will attack Drowned and Guardians if the player tempts them with tropical fish.
  • They can grant the player temporary regeneration and removing any mining fatigue effects when the player kills a mob that the axolotl was attacking or being attacked by.
  • They will dry up and begin taking damage if they are out of water for longer than 5 minutes.
  • If they are out of water, they will slowly move towards the nearest water source that they can find.
  • They will swim around with the player if holding a tropical fish or tropical fish bucket in their hand.
  • There are 5 colors implemented in 20w51a, although this snapshot also removed the green variant shown in previous information.
  • They can swim "Upstream" by boosting themselves upward in rivers and other water bodies.



Click for full Axolotl gallery.

Mobs in Minecraft
Passive Mobs
BatFace.png Bat OcelotFace.png Cat ChickenFace.png Chicken CowFace.png Cow
CodBody.png Fish (various) Link=Fox Fox Glow Squid Face.png Glow Squid HorseHead.png Horse
MooshroomFace.png Mooshroom BrownMooshroomFace.png Brown Mooshroom OcelotFace.png Ocelot ParrotFace.pngParrot
PigFace.png Pig Big-rabbit-face.png Rabbit SheepFace.png Sheep Snowgolemhead.png Snow Golem
Squidface.png Squid StriderFace.png Strider TurtleFace.pngTurtle Villagerhead.png Villager
WanderingTraderFace.png Wandering Trader
Neutral Mobs
AxolotlFace.png Axolotl BeeFace.png Bee DolphinHead.png Dolphin EndermanFace.png Enderman
GoatFace.png Goat Vg face.png Iron Golem Big-llama-face.png Llama Panda FaceZ.png Panda
PiglinFace.png Piglin PolarBearFace.png Polar Bear SpiderFace.png Spider CaveSpiderFace.png Cave Spider
BetterWolfFace.png Wolf ZombifiedPiglinFace.png Zombified Piglin
Hostile Mobs
Blaze Face.png Blaze CreeperFace.png Creeper Drownedheaad.png Drowned Enderdragon Face.png Ender Dragon
EndermiteFace.png Endermite EvokerFace.png Evoker Link=Evoker Fang Evoker Fang GhastFace.png Ghast
Link=Guardian Guardian Big-elder-guardian-face.png Elder Guardian Hoglin face.pngHoglin HuskFace.png Husk
Magma Cube Face.png Magma Cube PhantomFace.png Phantom PiglinBruteFace.png Piglin Brute PillagerFace.png Pillager
RavagerFace.png Ravager Big-shulker-face.png Shulker SilverfishFace.png Silverfish SkeletonFace.png Skeleton
SlimeFace.png Slime Spider SkeletonFace.png Spider Jockey StrayFace.png Stray VexFace.png Vex
VindicatorFace.png Vindicator Warden Face.png Warden 50px-WitchFace.png Witch Wither face.png Wither
WitherSkeletonHead.png Wither Skeleton Spider WitherSkeleton.png Wither Skeleton Jockey ZoglinFace.pngZoglin ZombieFace.png Zombie
ZombieVillagerFace.png Zombie Villager