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Minecraft Dolphins

Dolphins are a neutral mob in Minecraft. They are found in ocean biomes and have a lot of unique helpful effects that you can take advantage of. You can swim alongside them and they will give you a boost in speed. Dolphins can be a great boon to come across, but be careful where you swing around them.


BehaviorAttack DamageHealth
NeutralEasy: One and a quarter full hearts; Normal: One and a half full hearts; Hard: Two and a quarter full hearts5 full hearts

Spawning


Dolphins will spawn in non-frozen ocean biomes. They normally spawn in groups of up to five and 10% of the spawns will be baby dolphins. There is not a limit to how many dolphins can spawn, the game will spawn more in the world naturally. You cannot breed dolphins in Minecraft.


Drops


When a dolphin is killed they will drop 0-1 raw cod and 1-3 XP orbs. Dolphins are much more useful to you alive than dead. They have no unique drops and the buff and tracking offered by dolphins are more helpful than a potential raw fish.


Behavior


Attacking a dolphin will cause that dolphin and nearby dolphins to attack you. Be careful where you swing. Dolphins will follow the player and grant them a speed boost if the player is sprinting in the water.


Minecraft Dolphin


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They can also be seen jumping above the surface of water, and they can even jump into different bodies of water. Feeding a dolphin raw cod or salmon will improve the relationship with that dolphin and they will lead you to a treasure chest in a shipwreck, buried treasure, or ocean ruins. This can be a good way to track down all the treasure nearby underwater as dolphins will lead you to intact treasure chests. So, after you find a chest, you can break the chest and feed the dolphin again to search for more chests.


Dolphins will also avoid guardians and elder guardians.


How do you tame a Dolphin in Minecraft?


You cannot tame dolphins in Minecraft. Dolphins can be fed raw cod or pulled along with a lead, but they cannot be tamed like wolves or ocelots. It is difficult to keep dolphins as they will eventually head back out to the ocean, and they are capable of jumping over blocks into a new body of water.


Taming a dolphin in MInecraft


Did you know?


Despite aquatic mobs like turtles not requiring air in Minecraft, dolphins will suffocate without resurfacing for air.


To record the sounds for dolphins in Minecraft, the sound designers recorded real life dolphins to use for the game. The sound designers also did a similar thing for the pandas in Minecraft.


FAQ


Why do my Dolphins keep dying in Minecraft?


Dolphins have a breath meter and will need to resurface similar to how the player needs to resurface for air. The size of dolphins is also relatively awkward. If the dolphin gets too close to a ceiling or wall they could potentially suffocate. The dolphins can also not survive on land and will suffocate without reaching the water.


What do Dolphins in Minecraft do?


Dolphins can lead you to sunken treasure if you feed them raw cod or salmon. They will also grant you a speed buff if you are sprinting in the water. Despite being neutral mobs they will attempt to follow the player and extend the speed buff for the player.


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What do Dolphins eat in Minecraft?


Dolphins do not seek out raw cod on their own. They cannot be seen attacking fish in the sea, however, they will eat raw cod or salmon that the player feeds to them.


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