From cats you can pet at home to horses that will keep you company on adventures, Minecraft is filled with wonderful animals you can tame and make friends with. However, when it comes to foxes, the process for befriending these furry creatures could be trickier than expected.
So, if you want to have your own orange-tailed pet, here is a complete guide to taming foxes in Minecraft:
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Where do foxes spawn in Minecraft?
Although foxes can be quite difficult to find, they mostly spawn in taigas, including normal, giant tree and snowy biomes, usually in a group of two to four. As foxes are nocturnal creatures, they are much more active at night, meaning that the dark is the ideal time to begin your search.
If you’re looking for a specific type of fox, keep in mind that foxes which spawn in forest biomes tend to have red fur, while those that spawn in snowy biomes will be snow-white. There is also a small chance (about 20%) that the foxes will spawn holding items, which could include a rabbit foot, rabbit hide, an emerald, wheat, an egg, leather and a feather.
How to tame a fox in Minecraft
Once you’ve managed to find a fox in the wild, the next step is to approach it. However, foxes are quite shy and skittish creatures in Minecraft, which is why you will need to sneak in order to get close to them. Here’s how you can approach and tame a fox:
Using sweet berries
The simplest way to approach a fox without scaring it off is to have a sweet berry in hand while sneaking up on it. This is the only way foxes will trust you enough to approach them and start building a relationship. So, make sure to stock up on sweet berries before you begin your fox search, to ensure you don’t run out of them.
Breeding two foxes
Unlike other animals in Minecraft, wild foxes can’t be tamed. Instead, two foxes need to breed and create a new baby fox, which will automatically be tame. In order to achieve this, try to find a group of foxes, and then feed sweet berries to two of them, until small hearts start blooming above their heads. As sweet berries act as an aphrodisiac to foxes, this will help produce a baby fox that is born tame.
Keep in mind that foxes tend to get scared easily and even run off when the sun comes out. For that reason, it might be a good idea to build a fence around the foxes you’re feeding, to ensure they stay in place and go through the breeding process.
How do foxes behave in Minecraft?
Even though the new baby fox will be tame and trusting, it will still trust its parents more than you. Baby foxes also have a tendency to follow any adult foxes that are nearby, sometimes causing them to run away from you, even if they’re tamed. In order to prevent this from happening, you can attach a lead to your new fox, and keep it close by until it grows up and no longer has the need to follow other foxes.
Apart from being able to pick up any items a player can pick up as well, foxes can also attack other animals, and might even attack anyone attempting to harm you, as long as the fox is close and trusting enough.
Now that you’re familiar with the process of taming foxes in Minecraft, the only thing left to do is to venture into the biomes, and find a new, loyal pet.