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How to tame a Minecraft fox

Learn how to make a Minecraft fox your loyal blocky companion, how they interact with other creatures, and which item you need to breed more of them.


Trying to tame a Minecraft fox? They spawn in the taiga, giant taiga and snowy biomes and are nocturnal mobs, making them more likely to appear at night, especially in forests. Foxes come in different colours depending on where you find them; foxes found in snowy biomes have white fur, for example. However, they all have the same behaviour as each other. Foxes usually spawn in groups of two to four, with a 5% chance of them spawning as baby foxes.

These Minecraft mobs also have a 20% chance to spawn holding items, which include an emerald, rabbit foot, rabbit hide, egg, wheat, leather, or a feather. We can only assume these are from their prey. If you spot a fox sleeping with one of these in its mouth, it could be tempting to sneak up on it, but if you step onto an adjacent block, a fox will wake. If a fox sadly dies from a wolf attack or player, it drops one or two experience orbs. If you’re having trouble taming these aloof, passive mobs in one of the best PC games, here’s everything you need to know, including how to tame a fox in Minecraft and where they spawn.

Minecraft fox - a fox is in mid-pounce on an unsuspecting chicken nearby.

Minecraft fox behaviour

You’d think that foxes in Minecraft would be used to players approaching them by now, but alas, they will flee from you as you approach, that is, unless you sneak up on them. The same goes for Minecraft foxes when approached by wolves. They really don’t like these mobs, as they will scamper on sight. If you want your fox to stick around, they are loyal companions once they trust you and will attack any other mob that attacks you.

Untamed Minecraft foxes aren’t scared off by all mobs, but they’ll attack fish, chickens, rabbits, and baby turtles by sneaking up on them, wiggling their adorable butts before leaping high into the air with elegant pounces. Their ability to leap fences and walls means they can wreak havoc on a Minecraft village full of livestock should they visit at night.

Foxes will also pick up items and hold them in their mouth until you interact with them. However, they’ll always go for the mob if given a choice to attack a mob or pick up an item.

Minecraft fox - a fox in the snow being lured by sweet berries the player is holding.

How to tame a fox in Minecraft

Naturally spawned baby foxes will also not trust you, but if you use a sweet berry (which foxes love) on two adult foxes, the baby they produce will trust you. Although baby foxes have a habit of following adult foxes, you can attach a lead to your baby fox until it matures to stop it from wandering off.

That’s how you tame a fox in Minecraft. If you’re leading your newly tamed fox out into the wild, check out what to do if you encounter a Minecraft phantom. We also have guides on other notable mobs in the recent updates, including axolotls, glow squids, and goats. We also have some tips if you wish to encounter the new Minecraft Warden if you want a particularly scary challenge.