Foxes in Minecraft are a great ally to have by your side. A tamed fox will loyally attack any mob that damages its owner. Untamed foxes are naturally a passive mob in the game, and will only attack those who make an unprovoked attack upon them.
Foxes can mainly be found in snowy, taiga, and giant taiga biomes alike. They are classed as a nocturnal mob, hence will be found more commonly at night. It should also be noted that you cannot simply approach a fox nonchalantly and expect it to stay still; you must hold the crouch button to carefully sneak up to it.
This guide will talk about exactly how to tame a Minecraft fox in the most simple way and will cover some frequently asked questions concerning the process.
To tame a fox in Minecraft, You will need 2 sweet berries to convince any two foxes to breed and 1 lead to tame your brand-new fox.
A lead can be easily obtained via crafting with 3 strings and 1 slimeball as shown below, via the use of a crafting table.
You can obtain sweet berries via harvesting from a sweet berry bush. These berry bushes are native to all taiga biome regions (including snow taigas and giant tree taigas) and are very common, with a spawn rate of 1/12 per chunk.
In a Nutshell:
To tame a fox, you will need to breed foxes first, since adult foxes aren’t tameable. In order to convince the foxes to breed, give sweet berries to the two foxes you wish to breed. After giving the berries, simply wait for them to breed. The fox offspring from the breeding will be loyal to you, and by attaching a lead, you can make him follow you.
Here is the step-by-step pictorial guide you need to follow to tame a fox in Minecraft:
To start with, you will need to locate two adult foxes.
Foxes are most commonly be found in the taiga, giant tree taiga, and snowy taiga biomes. If you want to tame a white-colored fox, focus your search on the snowy taiga biomes as this is where the infamous “snow fox” spawns.
Foxes by default will run away from the player, so be sure to sneak up on them slowly and not approach too quickly as to spook them.
After locating two adult foxes, simply feed them a sweet berry each, this will cause the pair of foxes to begin breeding. You can feed a fox simply by holding a sweet berry in your hand and interacting with it.
After the foxes have finished breeding, a baby fox will spawn, this newly spawned baby fox will grow into your loyal and tamed companion after following the remaining few steps.
Baby foxes will prefer to be loyal to their parents instead of you, so you must essentially “kidnap” the new baby fox away from its parents in order for it to grow up into a healthy adult fox that fully trusts you.
The easiest way to do this is with a lead. Simply interact with the baby fox while holding the said lead and walk a considerable distance away from the two-parent foxes.
Now, after being by your side for a while on the lead, the fox will eventually begin to trust you. You will know when this has happened as the fox will begin to attack mobs that attempt to cause harm towards you.
After confirming your new companion likes you enough to fight for you, it can be considered fully tamed and its leaders can thus be removed.
Foxes in Minecraft that are untamed will do their absolute best to avoid you, this is why it is critical in the breeding process to sneak up on said foxes by crouching/sneaking.
After being tamed, however, foxes act as loyal friends in a similar fashion to a tamed wolf, as they will help you fight off hostile mobs and defend you until their last breath. Foxes can also be given swords to hold in their mouth in order to make their attacks significantly more powerful. To give your fox a sword, simply interact with it while holding the said sword.
As mentioned several times, foxes require sweet berries in order to be bred. Which is a critical step in the process of taming a fox in the game.
Aside from the fact that foxes are totally adorable, a tamed fox will loyally fight for you and can also utilize weapons you give them. This makes the fox a formidable bodyguard that few other mobs can match.
No, a tamed fox will not run away from you. You can force your tamed fox to stay in one place in the same fashion as a tamed wolf. All you need to do is interact with the fox while holding nothing in your hand and it will proceed to sit in place until told otherwise.
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