Health Points: 10HP (5x Heart)
Attack Strength: Easy:2HP (1x Heart)

Normal:3HP (1.5x Heart)
Hard:4HP (2x Heart)

Drops: 0–1 Raw Cod
Location: In all ocean biomes except the frozen ocean
First Appearance: 1.13 (Snapshot 18w15a)
Experience Points: none
Technical Name minecraft:dolphin


A Dolphin is an aquatic Mob that was added to Minecraft in 1.13 - The Update Aquatic phase 1. It was announced at MineCon Earth 2017, when a sneak peek trailer for the update was released.


Dolphins will drop Raw Cod when killed. They can lead players to Shipwrecks if the player feeds them raw cod or salmon. When fed, the dolphin will swim to the nearest underwater structure. However, players need to be quick when following the dolphin; otherwise, they may lose track of the dolphin.

Dolphins have a "smart jumping" mechanic, allowing them to leap over barriers in the water, as seen in a Twitter video by Maria Lemon.[1]

Dolphins will attack the player if the player attacks them, and other nearby dolphins will attack as well, similar to the behavior of wolves and Zombie Pigmen. However, they will give up the chase after a short period of time, or if the player gets out of their line of sight.

Dolphins may beach themselves. They will start taking damage soon after they leave the water, much like squids. Dolphins will jump around when beached in order to get back into the water.

Dolphins can play with items floating on the water, as they will bounce the item in the air and play with it like a ball.

Dolphins may also follow players in water for a short period of time.


When the player swims close to a dolphin, they will gain the effect Dolphin's Grace. The ability allows the player to swim faster than normal. The command to apply dolphins grace is: /effect give <playername> minecraft:dolphins_grace.


  • The dolphin's shape closely resembles the bottle-nosed dolphin.
  • Despite being mammals and having lungs, dolphins will take damage and die if they are on land for too long. This makes sense, as in real life, their skin will dry out if a dolphin (or whale) is stranded for too long.
  • Dolphins are not targeted by Guardians.
  • Dolphins can drown if they do not go up to the water's surface every once in a while because dolphins have lungs, so they cannot get air from the water.



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