What is Love Mode in Minecraft?

Image via Mojang
Image via Mojang
Spencer Whitworth

In Minecraft, players can create additional mobs of certain types by breeding them, and a state known as Love Mode is integral to this process.


Without Love Mode, mobs in proximity together can't breed. Most animals are set to Love Mode manually by the player feeding them the appropriate food item.

Minecraft villagers, on the other hand, will enter the phase and breed based on a hidden "willingness" stat that increases when certain conditions are met and there are enough beds in the village to facilitate a new villager.

Setting each mob into Love Mode requires slightly different circumstances, but once they've entered the it, the breeding work is done automatically by the mobs themselves.

Minecraft: Each mob requires different items for Love Mode?

Image via Mojang
Image via Mojang

With so many mobs capable of entering Love Mode and breeding, it can be tricky for Minecraft players to remember the specific items for each one. A list of these can be found below:

  • Horses - Golden Apples, Enchanted Golden Apples, and Golden Carrots
  • Cows - Wheat
  • Sheep - Wheat
  • Chickens - Wheat, beetroot, pumpkin or melon seeds
  • Pigs - Carrots, potatoes, or beetroots
  • Goats - Wheat
  • Donkeys - Golden Apples, Enchanted Golden Apples, and Golden Carrots
  • Mooshrooms - Wheat
  • Tamed Wolves - Most forms of meat, either cooked or raw.
  • Tamed Cats - Raw cod or salmon
  • Ocelots - Raw cod or salmon
  • Rabbits - Golden Carrots, standard carrots, and Dandelions
  • Turtles - Seagrass
  • Axolotls - Buckets of tropical fish
  • Tamed Llamas - Hay bales
  • Bees - Flowers
  • Foxes - Sweet Berries and Glow Berries
  • Pandas - Bamboo
  • Striders - Warped Fungus
  • Hoglins - Crimson Fungus

In most cases, simply using these items on the desired Minecraft mob will put them into Love Mode. After that, players will need to find a nearby mate and repeat the process to facilitate breeding.

In a short time, the two mobs will breed and produce offspring. However, they will also be set on a cooldown timer where they are unable to breed. This timer is a total of five minutes for animals.

When it comes to breeding villagers in Minecraft, things get a little more complicated. Villagers breed based on a willingness as opposed to being fed certain items. The most surefire way to ensure that villagers breed is to provide plenty of beds in safe places within the village.

Additionally, Minecraft players can trade with their villagers to increase their willingness. Villagers will also potentially become willing to breed when they have three pieces of bread, 12 carrots, 12 potatoes, or 12 beetroots in their in-game inventory.

Players should also prevent villagers from dying or their property from being damaged or destroyed, as this puts them into a "mourning" state which keeps them from breeding for some time.

Read More: Top 5 weakest animals in Minecraft

Edited by Sijo Samuel Paul


comments icon2 comments
Fetching more content...