When it comes to Minecraft there are an abundance of animals that you can tame to add and make a part of your collection. From wolves to parrots, you have a variety of options that are before you.
When looking for something a bit more fearsome however, you might be tempted to go to the more chilly parts of your Minecraft world. There you may find a large animal in the form of a polar bear who could be a great edition to your growing farm of animals.
Where To Find Them
If there is any biome that is related to the cold, there is a chance that polar bears will spawn there. The list of biomes that they can spawn in are as follows:
- Snowy tundra
- Snowy mountains
- Ice spikes
- Frozen and deep frozen ocean biomes
Whenever they are in these areas they are more than likely going to be found in groups of two. You will see this with an adult polar bear and a polar bear cub travelling together.
A polar bear can exist in between a passive and a hostile state of mind depending on some certain conditions. For the most part they will leave mobs or any other animals and creatures alone. The one exception to this rule are foxes, which adult polar bears will do their utmost to kill.
Even polar bear cubs will attempt to kill this critter as quickly as possible. The only exception to this is in Bedrock Edition, where polar bear cubs leave foxes alone.
A polar bear will attack you on the other hand if you obviously attack an adult polar bear itself or if you attack its cub. Attacking a cub first is a very unwise action to take as you will draw the ire of any nearby polar bears that happen to be within 21x21x21 radius. Attacking an adult who has a cub will do more the same, but at a slightly reduced radius of 16x8x16. If you do happen to be attacked by a polar bear, keep in mind that they will be raising their front legs for a mauling attack when they attempt to strike at you.
How To Tame
Taming a polar bear will take a bit of finesse, but is pretty straight forward. You will need three different items:
- A nametag
- An anvil
- A lead
Once you have all three of these items, place your anvil on the ground and then place a nametag in its first slot.
Then change the name tag to a name you would like to give your polar bear and then retrieve the used name tag from the anvil. From there, press use on the polar bear with the nametag and it should have the name you chose, so that way it will not despawn easily.
After that, use the lead on the Polar bear and it will then follow you around wherever you go. It’s not an easy nor efficient taming method that is as great as other animal’s versions of taming, but it is the best way to do so.
Polar bears are temperamental, but very useful animals to gain if you tame them. With their attack power and above average health, it would be criminal to not use their strengths to your advantage if you happen to be around an ice or snow themed biome where they make their haunts.