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This article is about the upcoming mob. For the music track, see Music § Underwater music.
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Axolotl Hovering in Water (lucy) JE2.pngAxolotl Hovering in Water (wild) JE1.pngAxolotl Hovering in Water (gold) JE2.pngAxolotl Hovering in Water (cyan) JE2.pngAxolotl Hovering in Water (blue) JE2.png
Health points

14♥ × 7





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Width: 1.3 Blocks

Usable items

Axolotls are passive aquatic amphibian mobs.


Axolotls do not spawn naturally in the world, being only available from buckets or spawn eggs in the Creative inventory.


Axolotls come in five different varieties: cyan, gold, lucy (pink), wild (brown), and blue. The first four varieties are equally common, while the blue variety is rarer. Specifically, the blue variant has a 11200 (~0.083%) chance, giving the common varieties a 11994800 (~24.98%) chance individually.

Axolotls picked up and re-spawned with a bucket will not preserve their color.[1] Baby axolotls picked up and re-spawned with a bucket will not preserve their growth stage and turn into an adult stage.


Axolotls are passive to players. Axolotls are intended to give Regeneration and remove Mining Fatigue when a player kills a mob that an axolotl is in combat with;[2] however, this currently does not work.[3]

Axolotls are always hostile to fish and squid and attack these mobs on sight. Axolotls will only attack drowned and guardians when tempted with tropical fish by a player. Drowned and guardians will always attack axolotls on sight.

As axolotls are aquatic mobs, they take extra damage from tridents with the Impaling enchantment.

If an axolotl takes damage, it may pretend to be dead, dropping to the ground for 200 game ticks (10 seconds) and gaining the Regeneration I effect if in water. Monsters will ignore recovering axolotls. For an axolotl to play dead, the damage must not be from drying out on land, and there is a random 23 chance for the axolotl to not play dead. 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 then plays dead. Internally, they will not attempt to play dead if the damage will kill them, though this has no effect since the axolotl will die either way.

On land, axolotls try to move to the nearest water source because they die outside of water after 6000 game ticks (5 minutes). Axolotls do not die on land if the weather is rain or thunder.

Axolotls can be attached to leads.


Main article: Breeding

Adult axolotls can be led and bred with tropical fish or buckets of tropical fish. After breeding, a baby axolotl spawns and the parents cannot breed again for 5 minutes and 1–7 experience is spawned. The baby axolotl has a 11200 chance to be the rare blue variant; otherwise, one of the parents' variants will be selected at random.


SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Axolotl attacksFriendly Creatures?entity.axolotl.attacksubtitles.entity.axolotl.attack???
Axolotl diesFriendly Creatures?entity.axolotl.deathsubtitles.entity.axolotl.death???
Axolotl hurtsFriendly Creatures?entity.axolotl.hurtsubtitles.entity.axolotl.hurt???
Axolotl chirpsFriendly Creatures?entity.axolotl.idle_watersubtitles.entity.axolotl.idle_water???
Axolotl chirpsFriendly Creatures?entity.axolotl.idle_airsubtitles.entity.axolotl.idle_air???
Axolotl splashesFriendly Creatures?entity.axolotl.splashsubtitles.entity.axolotl.splash???
Axolotl swimsFriendly Creatures?entity.axolotl.swimsubtitles.entity.axolotl.swim???

Data values


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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


October 3, 2020Lucy Axolotl (pre-release).png Wild Axolotl (pre-release).png Axolotls are announced at Minecraft Live 2020.
October 3, 2020Green Axolotl (pre-release).png An unreleased green variant was shown at the Minecraft Live 2020 recap, not shown on the live event.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1720w51aLucy Axolotl JE1.png Wild Axolotl JE1.png Gold Axolotl JE1.png Cyan Axolotl JE1.png Blue Axolotl JE1.png Added axolotls.


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


  • Axolotls are small Mexican salamanders which are critically endangered, following Mojang's trend of adding endangered species such as giant pandas and bees into the game for awareness purposes.
  • Their regeneration abilities allude to their real-life regeneration capabilities.
  • Axolotls are the first amphibian mobs implemented into Minecraft.
    • However, it was not the first announced one since frogs were announced at MINECON Live 2019.
  • Blue is the only color variant of axolotls that are not based on real life.
  • A green variant was shown during Minecraft Live 2020, however it is not present as of 20w51a



  1. MC-208588
  2. "Minecraft Snapshot 20w51a" – Minecraft.net, December 16, 2020
  3. MC-208703