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This article is about the mob in the base game. For the DLC pet mob in Minecraft Dungeons, see MCD:Arctic Fox. For the seasonal adventure pet mob in Minecraft Dungeons, see MCD:Fox. For the animal in Minecraft Legends, see MCL:Fox.

A fox is a passive mob that spawns in taigas, old growth taigas, snowy taigas and mountain groves. They are able to carry a single item in their mouth, but prefer food over other items.


Foxes spawn in groups of two to four in taiga, old growth taiga, snowy taiga and grove biomes. 5% of them spawn as baby foxes. They can spawn on grass, coarse dirt, podzol, snow blocks, or top snow.

Foxes that spawned in a snowy biome are white.

Holding items[]

Foxes have a 20% chance to spawn (via spawn egg or naturally) with one of the following items in their mouth:

Item Chance
Emerald 5%
Rabbit's Foot 10%
Rabbit Hide 10%
Egg 15% 20%
Wheat 20%
Leather 20%
Feather 20% 15%


An adult fox drops 1–2‌[JE only]/1–3‌[BE only] experience orbs when killed by a player or tamed wolf. Upon successful breeding, 1–7 are dropped. Killing a baby fox yields no experience.

Foxes always drop any item they pick up and are still holding (they cannot drop food that they have eaten, for example) and drop items they spawn with naturally with a 100% chance, so:

Drop Chance
Emerald 1%
Rabbit's Foot 2%
Rabbit Hide 2%
Egg 3% 4%
Wheat 4%
Leather 4%
Feather 4% 3%

If a fox is killed while holding a totem of undying, then the fox consumes the totem and revives itself instead of dropping the totem.


Foxes occasionally make loud screeches during nighttime, unless a trusted player is near them. Baby foxes follow adult foxes.

During the night, foxes sometimes go to villages. Snow foxes go to snow villages and red foxes go to any other type of village, preferably taiga villages since foxes spawn in the taiga biome.

Foxes flee from nearby wolves, polar bears or players unless the player approaches them while sneaking. They take no damage or speed reduction while moving through sweet berry bushes.

Fox jump

An animation showing a fox's jump during an attack on a chicken.

Foxes attack chickens, rabbits, cod, salmon and tropical fish, and baby turtles while they are on land. Foxes don't attack wolves even if they are being attacked by them.

Foxes attack either by running against or by pouncing. Like rabbits and goats, foxes can pounce more than one block high without status effects or player input. A fox prepares to pounce by tilting and lowering its head and lowering its body to become shorter. Then it leaps two blocks into the air, jumping over fences and walls if needed. If the target mob moves from its location during this sequence, the pounce misses the target. In Bedrock Edition, foxes also shake side to side before pouncing and their legs wave while in midair.

While foxes are capable of jumping over fences and walls, they cannot see through them.[1] A fox will not try to attack a mob on the same y-level if there is a fence between them.

Red foxes prefer to attack chickens, rabbits and baby turtles, all of which are on land, over cod, salmon, and tropical fish; conversely, snow foxes prefer to attack cod, salmon and tropical fish over land-dwelling creatures.

Fox in snow layer

A snow fox stuck in a snow layer when attacking.

A fox that pounces into a snow layer becomes momentarily stuck, remaining face-down, emitting particles while shaking, and returning to normal shortly after.

Foxes swim to attack fish in water for food. Baby foxes following adults into the water cannot swim and may eventually drown.

Foxes attempt to run toward the closest attackable mob, even if attached to a lead, but do not attempt to break the lead. A fox wakes up from sleeping to attack a mob.

Wild wolves are aggressive toward foxes when within 18‌[JE only]/16‌[BE only] blocks. In Java Edition, adult polar bears also sneak toward foxes to attack them; in Bedrock Edition adult polar bears attack foxes within 16 blocks. In Java Edition, baby polar bears, though normally passive to players, also attempt to attack foxes within 16 blocks or when their adult polar bear attacks one.


Foxes are one of the few mobs in the game that can sleep, along with cats, villagers and bats.

During the day, if a thunderstorm is not occurring, foxes attempt to find a space with a sky light level of 14 or less and sleep. Block light has no effect on this. While it sleeps, it slowly moves its head up and down. A fox wakes if approached by a player or mob. Foxes do not flee if the player approaches while sneaking until the player gets on an adjacent block.

If the sky light at the fox's position becomes 15 or above, either due to a block above being destroyed or the fox being moved, the fox wakes up.

Foxes can drop and pick up items in their sleep.

Trusting foxes can fall asleep even if attached to a lead. They can also be moved with leads while sleeping.

Foxes do not sleep if they are within 12 blocks of an armor stand.


A fox sits down sometimes during the day if the fox cannot find a shaded area to sleep. The fox sits for a short time, then hops back up. Foxes sit down even when attached to a lead or in a boat. Foxes that have not been bred by the player always sit while in the Nether, even while attached to a lead.

Holding items[]

If any item is on the ground near a fox, it travels to the item and picks it up, and the item appears in the fox's mouth. However, usually a fox chooses to attack a mob over picking up an item. This behavior is not limited to food and animal products; a fox can pick up any item that the player can pick up. However, they prefer to pick up food items, and if they have already picked up non-food items, they drop the non-food items to pick up food instead. A fox can also swap a food item it is holding for a different food item.

A fox eats any food item it picks up (besides cake) after 30 seconds and the fox is affected by any side effects from the food, such as poison or teleportation. For example, if a fox eats an enchanted golden apple, it obtains the absorption and effects of the enchanted apple. If a fox eats any type of soup or stew, an empty bowl is dropped. If a fox is holding a chorus fruit, it eats the fruit and teleports accordingly.

If there is a stage 3 or 4 sweet berry bush within a 16 block radius of a fox, it sprints toward the bush and eats the berries, dropping the item it was holding. It is the only mob not damaged by the sweet berry bush.

If a fox picks up a weapon or an item with enchantments, such as Looting and Fire Aspect, these items affect the fox's attack as if the fox is wielding the weapon in its main hand, although the item retains its durability when used by the fox. If a fox is holding a totem of undying, it receives the effects after taking fatal damage. In Bedrock Edition, if a fox wields a sword with the Fire Aspect enchantment while attacking a mob on a campfire or a soul campfire, it ignites the campfire and does critical damage to the entity.

Foxes do not pick up items when gamerule mobGriefing is set to false.


When sweet berries or glow berries are used on two foxes, the foxes breed, producing a baby fox. If a red fox is bred with an snow fox, the baby has a 50% chance of being either red or snow.


Breeding two adults with sweet berries or glow berries produces a kit that trusts the player. The baby fox trusts the player that bred it and does not flee from that player as it grows up; however, because baby foxes also follow nearby adult foxes, an adult running away from the player may cause the baby to do the same.

Naturally spawned kits do not trust players. Foxes attack specific mobs that hurt a player they trust.

Tamed Fox With Egg in Mouth

A tamed fox with an egg inside its mouth, notice it doesn't run away from the player.

A lead can be useful during this time to keep the baby fox from fleeing until it has finished maturing to an adult itself, or the player can simply kill the adult foxes with a ranged weapon.

A fox that trusts the player flees from wolves and polar bears unless the wolf or polar bear attacks the player, in which case the fox attacks in defense of the player.

When attacking phantoms, foxes do not jump to attack.

A trusting fox does not attack a tamed wolf unless the fox doesn't trust the player who tamed the wolf.

Foxes that trust the player attack zombies, drowned, husks, zombified piglins, skeletons, wither skeletons, strays, phantoms, silverfish, endermites, spiders, cave spiders, vexes, vindicators, evokers, pillagers, ravagers, blazes, endermen, goats and pandas, when those mobs attack the player. They do not attack any mob the player attacks, unlike tamed wolves. They also do not attack zombie villagers despite the fact that they are a zombie variant.

Tamed foxes retreat from polar bears and wolves but not tamed wolves. A tamed wolf whose owner attacks a tamed fox also attacks the fox.


Java Edition:
Foxes use the Friendly Creatures sound category for entity-dependent sound events.

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Fox squeaksFriendly CreaturesRandomly while awakeentity.fox.ambientsubtitles.entity.fox.ambientvaries [sound 1]0.8-1.216
Fox screechesFriendly CreaturesRandomly at night while awake and no players are cubically within 16 blocks of the fox's hitboxentity.fox.screechsubtitles.entity.fox.screechvaries [sound 2]0.8-1.232
Fox snoresFriendly CreaturesRandomly while sleepingentity.fox.sleepsubtitles.entity.fox.sleep0.80.8-1.216
Fox angers[sound 3]Friendly CreaturesWhen a trusted player is attacked by an attackable mobentity.fox.aggrosubtitles.entity.fox.aggro0.651.016
Fox bitesFriendly CreaturesWhen a fox attacks somethingentity.fox.bitesubtitles.entity.fox.bite0.61.116
Fox diesFriendly CreaturesWhen a fox diesentity.fox.deathsubtitles.entity.fox.death0.90.8-1.216
Fox eatsFriendly CreaturesWhen a fox eats an itementity.fox.eatsubtitles.entity.fox.eat0.651.016
Fox hurtsFriendly CreaturesWhen a fox is damagedentity.fox.hurtsubtitles.entity.fox.hurt0.750.8-1.216
Fox sniffsFriendly CreaturesWhen a fox is running to a berry bushentity.fox.sniffsubtitles.entity.fox.sniff0.61.016
Fox spitsFriendly CreaturesWhen a fox drops an itementity.fox.spitsubtitles.entity.fox.spit0.71.016
Fox teleportsPlayers & Friendly Creatures[sound 4]When a fox teleports by eating a chorus fruitentity.fox.teleportsubtitles.entity.fox.teleport1.01.016
  1. 1.0 for all except idle1, which is 0.8
  2. 0.9 for all except screech4, which is 0.8
  3. MC-212623
  4. MC-257516 — "Fox teleports" sound plays for both Players and Friendly Creatures sound categories

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
Friendly CreaturesRandomly while awakemob.fox.ambient1.0 [sound 1]0.8-1.2 (Baby: 1.3-1.7)
Friendly CreaturesRandomly at night [more information needed]mob.fox.screech1.8 [sound 2]0.8-1.2 (Baby: 1.3-1.7)
Friendly CreaturesRandomly while sleepingmob.fox.sleep0.80.8-1.2 (Baby: 1.3-1.7)
Hostile CreaturesWhen a trusted player is attacked by an attackable mobmob.fox.aggro0.650.8-1.2 (Baby: 1.3-1.7)
Hostile CreaturesWhen a fox attacks somethingmob.fox.bite0.60.88-1.32 (Baby: 1.43-1.87)
Friendly CreaturesWhen a fox diesmob.fox.death0.90.8-1.2 (Baby: 1.3-1.7)
Friendly CreaturesWhen a fox eats an itemmob.fox.eat0.650.8-1.2 (Baby: 1.3-1.7)
Friendly CreaturesWhen a fox is damagedmob.fox.hurt0.750.8-1.2 (Baby: 1.3-1.7)
Friendly CreaturesUnused sound event [sound 3]mob.fox.sniff0.60.8-1.2 (Baby: 1.3-1.7)
Friendly CreaturesUnused sound event [sound 3]mob.fox.spit0.70.8-1.2 (Baby: 1.3-1.7)
Hostile CreaturesWhen a fox teleports by eating a chorus fruitmob.shulker.teleport1.01.0
  1. Except for idle1, which is 0.8
  2. Except for screech4, which is 1.6
  3. a b MCPE-127356

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierEntity tags (JE)Translation key

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID Translation key

Entity data[]

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

Java Edition:

Main article: Entity format
  • Entity data
    • Additional fields for mobs that can breed
    • Tags common to all entities
    • Tags common to all mobs
    •  Crouching: 1 or 0 (true/false) – Whether the fox is crouching.
    •  Sitting: 1 or 0 (true/false) – Whether the fox is sitting.
    •  Sleeping: 1 or 0 (true/false) – Whether the fox is sleeping.
    •  Trusted: A list of players that the fox trusts. For a list with more than 2 elements, only the first and the last are considered.
      • : The UUID of each trusted player, stored as four ints.
    •  Type: ID of the fox's type.

Fox Type

Main article: Fox/DV

Bedrock Edition:

See Bedrock Edition level format/Entity format.


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Advancement-fancy-rawIt Spreads
Kill a mob near a Sculk Catalyst Monster HunterKill one of these 70 mobs near a sculk catalyst: Mobs that drop no experience are ignored for this advancement.adventure/kill_mob_near_sculk_catalyst
Advancement-plain-rawThe Parrots and the Bats
Breed two animals together HusbandryBreed a pair of any of these 25 mobs: A mule must be the result of breeding a horse and a donkey for this advancement as they are not breedable together. Other breedable mobs are ignored for this advancement.husbandry/breed_an_animal
Advancement-fancy-rawTwo by Two
Breed all the animals! The Parrots and the BatsBreed a pair of each of these 24 mobs: A trader llama does not count as a llama, and a mule must be the result of breeding a horse and a donkey for this advancement as they are not breedable together. Other breedable mobs can be bred, but are ignored for this advancement.husbandry/bred_all_animals


September 26, 2018Foxes are announced to be part of the biome vote at MINECON Earth 2018.
September 29, 2018Foxes are showcased at MINECON Earth 2018.
September 29, 2018Taiga wins the biome vote, meaning foxes are to be added to the game.
Java Edition
1.1419w07aFox Baby Fox Snow Fox Baby Snow Fox Added foxes and baby foxes.
19w08aFoxes can no longer have armor equipped onto them with a dispenser.
The bounding box and eye height of foxes have been changed, which prevents them from drowning when swimming.
Foxes that trusted the player in the previous snapshot no longer trust them.
The list tag that is used for the trusted players of foxes has been renamed from UUIDs to TrustedUUIDs.
Foxes now drop any item they're holding if they can pick up a food item.
Foxes no longer have a chance of dropping multiple of a held item when killed with the looting effect, rendering duplicating items in this fashion impossible.
19w09aSpecial effects of certain food, such as spider eyes and chorus fruit, now apply to foxes when they consume the food.
Foxes now attack tropical fish and pufferfish.
19w12aAdvancement "Two by Two" now requires foxes.
19w14aFox model is no longer to the side of the shadow.
Pre-Release 2The baby fox model is no longer to the side of the shadow.
Foxes can now turn their heads.
The baby fox head is no longer off-center.
Pre-Release 3Foxes no longer get stuck after pouncing.
Foxes no longer walk/slide when sleeping.
Pre-Release 4Foxes now have 10♥♥♥♥♥ health, down from 20♥ × 10.
1.15Pre-Release 2Foxes now spawn in all taiga variants.
1.1620w21aThe sound event used by foxes when teleporting (from having consumed a chorus fruit) is now distinct from the sound event used for players.[2]
1.1721w05aFoxes now eat glow berries.
Foxes can now walk on top of powder snow without falling in.
1.1821w44aFoxes can now spawn on podzol, coarse dirt, and snow blocks.
Bedrock Edition
1.13.0beta Baby Fox Snow Fox Baby Snow Fox Added foxes and baby foxes.
Caves & Cliffs (experimental)beta now eat glow berries.
1.17.0beta can now walk on top of powder snow without falling in.


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


  • Although a fox appears to hold an item in its mouth, it is technically holding the item in its main hand, therefore anything held affects it, such as a sword increasing its damage or a totem of undying resurrecting it.
  • In the real world, some species of fox jump high to catch their prey by surprise, an action reflected in their Minecraft counterpart.
  • When foxes were being added into Minecraft, a glitch occurred where they looked like boxes.[3]
  • Baby foxes are small enough that when they are swimming, they take drowning damage. This is noticeable when they attempt to attack fish.
  • There is a splash screen "In case it isn't obvious, foxes aren't players" in the game, which was added from the description of the bug MC-166292.
  • The first and third screeching sounds foxes make are the same. The first sound is the third in reverse, but higher-pitched, and the third is the first in reverse, but lower-pitched.
  • Fox sounds are actually combined and heavily edited cat and dog sounds.[4]
  • Foxes and Tamed Wolves are the only mob able to sit




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