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Lucy Axolotl JE2.pngWild Axolotl JE1.pngGold Axolotl JE2.pngCyan Axolotl JE2.pngBlue Axolotl JE2.png
Lucy Axolotl JE2.pngWild Axolotl JE1.pngGold Axolotl JE2.pngCyan Axolotl JE2.pngBlue Axolotl JE2.png
Health points

14♥ × 7



Attack strength

2♥ (Only with Fish, Squids, Glow Squids, Drowneds, Elder Guardians, and Guardians.)

Hitbox size

Height: 0.6 blocks
Width: 1.3 blocks

Items usable on

An axolotl is an aquatic passive mob that attacks most other underwater mobs.


In Bedrock Edition, axolotls spawn underground (that is, below an opaque block) in water below sea level (Y=63). They spawn as herds of 1–4 individuals, in complete darkness. Due to a bug, axolotls can also spawn in The End and The Nether if there is a water source there (although, nether spawning is not possible without cheats).[1]

In Java Edition, after the world generation axolotls spawn individually below sea level (y63) in water in total darkness and where there is a block with base_stone_overworld tag (i.e. stone, deepslate, andesite, diorite, granite, or tuff) less than 5 blocks below the spawning space.


Axolotls can be one of five colors: pink (leucistic, referred to as "lucy" in its texture file), brown (wild), yellow (gold), cyan and blue.

When breeding Axolotls, there is a 11200 (0.083%) chance of the offspring having the blue mutation, leaving 11991200 (99.917%) chance of matching one of the parents (including blue parents).

Pose Color
Leucistic Wild Gold Cyan Blue
Ground crawling Lucy Axolotl JE2.png Wild Axolotl JE1.png Gold Axolotl JE2.png Cyan Axolotl JE2.png Blue Axolotl JE2.png
Ground stationary Axolotl Lay Still Ground (lucy) JE2.png Axolotl Lay Still Ground (wild) JE1.png Axolotl Lay Still Ground (gold) JE2.png Axolotl Lay Still Ground (cyan) JE2.png Axolotl Lay Still Ground (blue) JE2.png
Swimming Axolotl Swimming (lucy) JE2.png Axolotl Swimming (wild) JE1.png Axolotl Swimming (gold) JE2.png Axolotl Swimming (cyan) JE2.png Axolotl Swimming (blue) JE2.png
Water stationary Axolotl Hovering in Water (lucy) JE2.png Axolotl Hovering in Water (wild) JE1.png Axolotl Hovering in Water (gold) JE2.png Axolotl Hovering in Water (cyan) JE2.png Axolotl Hovering in Water (blue) JE2.png
Animation Color
Leucistic Wild Gold Cyan Blue
Ground crawling Lucy Axolotl JE2.gif Wild Axolotl JE1.gif Gold Axolotl JE2.gif Cyan Axolotl JE2.gif Blue Axolotl JE2.gif


Axolotls are passive toward players and can be attached to leads. Axolotls give Regeneration I for 100 game ticks (5 seconds) per Axolotl in the fight, up to a duration of 2400 game ticks (2 minutes)‌[Java Edition only], and remove Mining Fatigue when a player kills a mob that is in combat with an axolotl.

Axolotls attack all aquatic mobs except turtles, dolphins and other axolotls. They also attack drowned. An axolotl deals 2♥ points of damage per attack.

After killing a non-hostile mob, there is a two minute cooldown before another non-hostile mob can be hunted. Axolotls prioritize attacking hostile mobs over non-hostile mobs.

If an axolotl takes damage underwater, it may play dead, dropping to the ground for 200 game ticks (10 seconds) while gaining Regeneration I. Hostile aquatic mobs ignore healing axolotls. There is a 13 chance for an axolotl to play dead to recover 4♥♥. In addition, if either a random integer from 0–2 (inclusive) is less than the amount of incoming damage, or the axolotl's health before the damage is dealt is less than 50% of its maximum health, it plays dead.

On land, axolotls move toward the nearest water source because they die outside of water after 6000 game ticks (5 minutes). This also applies to axolotls that are passengers in a boat. Unlike fish, dolphins, and squid, axolotls do not die on land in rain or a thunderstorm.

Unlike most mobs, axolotls cannot be moved by flowing water. However, they are still affected by Bubble Columns.

As aquatic mobs, they take extra damage from the Impaling enchantment.‌[Java Edition only][until JE Edition Combat Tests] Unlike other aquatic mobs, they cause nearby pufferfish to inflate.

Axolotls picked up with a bucket and re-spawned do not despawn.

Axolotls can be renamed by placing a bucket of axolotl into an anvil, the same as if renaming any other item.


Main article: Breeding

Adult axolotls can be led and bred with buckets of tropical fish. After breeding, a baby axolotl spawns and 1–7 experience is generated. The parents cannot be bred again for 5 minutes in Java Edition or 1 minute in Bedrock Edition. The baby axolotl has a 11200 chance to be the rare blue variant; otherwise, it inherits the color of one parent at random. Babies follow adults, and grow to adulthood in 20 minutes. The growth of baby axolotls can be accelerated using buckets of tropical fish; each use reduces the remaining growing time by 10%.


SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Axolotl attacksFriendly CreaturesAttacking a mobentity.axolotl.attacksubtitles.entity.axolotl.attack???
Axolotl diesFriendly CreaturesDyingentity.axolotl.deathsubtitles.entity.axolotl.death???
Axolotl hurtsFriendly CreaturesTaking damageentity.axolotl.hurtsubtitles.entity.axolotl.hurt???
Axolotl chirpsFriendly CreaturesRandomly when in waterentity.axolotl.idle_watersubtitles.entity.axolotl.idle_water???
Axolotl chirpsFriendly CreaturesRandomly when not in waterentity.axolotl.idle_airsubtitles.entity.axolotl.idle_air???
Axolotl splashesFriendly CreaturesEntering waterentity.axolotl.splashsubtitles.entity.axolotl.splash???
Axolotl swimsFriendly CreaturesMoving through waterentity.axolotl.swimsubtitles.entity.axolotl.swim???

Data values


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key

Entity data

See also: Chunk format

Axolotls have entity data associated with them that contain various properties.

  • Entity data
    • Additional fields for mobs that can breed
    • Tags common to all entities
    • Tags common to all mobs
    •  FromBucket: 1 or 0 (true/false) – if true, indicates the axolotl has been released from a bucket.
    •  Variant: ID of the axolotl's variant.

Axolotl color

Main article: Axolotl/DV


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
The Healing Power of Friendship!.pngThe Healing Power of Friendship!Team up with an Axolotl and win a fightTeam up with an axolotl by fighting any hostile ocean mob30GSilver


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID
Advancement-plain-raw.pngThe Cutest Predator
Catch an axolotl in a bucket Tactical FishingUse a water bucket on an axolotl.husbandry/axolotl_in_a_bucket
Advancement-plain-raw.pngThe Healing Power of Friendship!
Team up with an axolotl and win a fight The Cutest PredatorHave the Regeneration effect applied from assisting an axolotl or it killing a mob.husbandry/kill_axolotl_target


Java Edition
October 3, 2020Lucy Axolotl (pre-release).png Wild Axolotl (pre-release).png Axolotls are announced at Minecraft Live 2020.
They are shown to spawn in lush caves biomes.
October 3, 2020Green Axolotl (pre-release).png An unreleased[2] green variant was shown at the Minecraft Live 2020 recap, which was not shown on the live event.
1.1720w51aLucy Axolotl JE1.png Wild Axolotl JE1.png Gold Axolotl JE1.png Cyan Axolotl JE1.png Blue Axolotl JE1.png Added axolotls.
Axolotls do not avoid lava.[3]
When an axolotl is held with a lead on the ground, it begins walking at an exaggeratedly fast speed.[4]
21w03aAxolotls attack glow squids.
21w13aLucy Axolotl JE2.png Gold Axolotl JE2.png Cyan Axolotl JE2.png Blue Axolotl JE2.png The texture of the axolotls for four variants except the wild has been changed.
Axolotls now spawn naturally underwater in caves.
Axolotls now give the player Regeneration I, as well as remove Mining Fatigue, when engaged in combat.[5]
Axolotls now correctly attack elder guardians.[6]
Axolots spawned from buckets in the creative inventory spawn only as pink.[7]
21w20aAxolotls now play dead only when in water.
Axolotls can no longer be fed tropical fish.
Pre-release 3Axolotls now spawn only in total darkness and where there's a block with base_stone_overworld tag less than 5 blocks below the spawning space.
Baby Axolotls no longer despawn.[8]
1.17.1Pre-release 1Blue axolotls no longer naturally spawn, and can be obtained only through breeding.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.181.18 Experimental Snapshot 1Axolotls will now only spawn in lush caves
Bedrock Edition
1.17.0beta Axolotl JE1.png Wild Axolotl JE1.png Gold Axolotl JE1.png Cyan Axolotl JE1.png Blue Axolotl JE1.png Added axolotls.
beta now spawn naturally in underground water sources.
Axolotls no longer get a regeneration effect after killing a mob on their own.
beta now spawn in any biome and up to Y-63 instead of Y-30.
Axolotls are no longer available only through Experimental Gameplay.
beta Axolotl JE2.png Gold Axolotl JE2.png Cyan Axolotl JE2.png Blue Axolotl JE2.png The texture of the axolotls for all variants except the wild has been changed.
Axolotls no longer attack invisible mobs.
Bred axolotls now maintain their color after being placed from a bucket.[9]
1.17.10beta now spawn only in complete darkness.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.17.20beta now spawn only where there's a stone block less than 10 blocks below the spawning space.
Axolotls will now only spawn in lush caves behind experimental gameplay toggle.


Issues relating to "Axolotl" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • In the release notes Minecraft Launcher there is an encrypted message T⍑ᒷ ᔑ ̇/𝙹ꖎ𝙹ℸ ̣ ꖎᓭ ᔑ∷ᒷ リ𝙹ℸ ̣ ∴⍑ᔑℸ ̣ ℸ ̣ ⍑ᒷ|| ᓭᒷᒷᒲ which translates to "The Axolotls are not what they seem".
  • Axolotls are small salamanders that are endemic to Mexico, which are critically endangered. Following Mojang Studios' trend of adding endangered species such as polar bears, giant pandas, sea turtles, and bees, axolotls were added to the game to raise awareness.[10][11]
  • The probability of a blue axolotl spawning is 1 in 1200 because that is approximately the number of axolotls left in the wild in real life.[12]
  • Axolotls can eat only buckets of tropical fish and not tropical fish items because axolotls in real life eat only living fish.[12]
  • Axolotls are the first amphibian mobs implemented into Minecraft, although it was not the first announced amphibian because frogs were announced at MINECON Live 2019. In addition, Rana was based on a frog.
  • Blue is the only color variant of axolotls not based on real life. The blue variant was a suggestion by user Darkiceflame on the r/minecraftsuggestions subreddit. It is a reference to Mudkip from the Pokémon series.[13]
  • Even though they are not in the game, the green variant appears in the Caves & Cliffs Part I announcement trailer and caves and cliffs recap.[14] When asked on a livestream, Lady Agnes said she cannot say why the green variant was cut from the game.[15]
  • Both the "play dead" behavior and the regeneration ability of axolotls are based on the abilities of real life axolotls.[12]



In other media


  1. MCPE-130734
  2. MC-208659
  3. MC-208601
  4. MC-208626
  5. MC-208703
  6. MC-208647
  7. MC-221656
  8. MC-222223
  9. MCPE-123328
  10. "MINECON Live 2019" by Minecraft – youtube.com, September 28, 2019. "...since the bee population is decreasing in the world, which is a big problem, we really felt that we wanted to teach the players..." - Agnes Larsson
  11. "Minecraft Live: Caves & Cliffs - First Look" by Minecraft – youtube.com, October 3, 2020. "And then we also found out that axolotls are endangered in the real world, and we think it's good to add endangered animals to Minecraft to create awareness about that." - Agnes Larsson
  12. a b c "Dev Diaries: Caves & Cliffs Mobs"
  13. https://www.reddit.com/r/minecraftsuggestions/comments/j58qmi/the_blue_axolotl_a_rare_gaming_reference/
  14. Caves & Cliffs Update: Part I - Official Trailer
  15. https://www.twitch.tv/cbsunstoppable/clip/YummyClumsyWoodcockBrainSlug-D8T140VjP-Ok2tCk