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.
What you need?
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.
How to tame a Fox in Minecraft?
Now that you have the correct items, it’s time to learn how to actually tame a fox in the game. To start with, you will need to locate two adult foxes.
Foxes are most commonly be found in taiga, giant tree taiga and snowy taiga biomes. If you want to tame a white colored fox, focus your search in the snowy taiga biomes as this is where the infamous “snow fox” spawns. If you are unsure how to check what biome you are in, check out this short video.
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 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 lead can thus be removed.
Behaviour of Minecraft foxes
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 a loyal friend 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 said sword.
1. What food do you need to tame a fox in Minecraft?
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.
2. What can you do with a fox in Minecraft?
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.
3. Will tamed foxes run away in Minecraft?
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.