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Tadpole
Tadpole swimming.gif
Health points

6♥♥♥

Behavior

Passive

Classification

Animal
Aquatic

Hitbox size

Height: 0.8 Blocks
Width: 0.6 Blocks

Spawn

From frogspawn.

Usable items

Water Bucket

A tadpole is the larval form of the frog. They mature into one of the three frog variants, depending on the biome in which they mature.

Spawning[]

Tadpoles hatch in groups of 2-6 from frogspawn. Besides this, they don't spawn naturally.

Drops[]

As with other baby animals, tadpoles do not drop any items or experience on death.

Behavior[]

Tadpoles swim aimlessly in water. On land, they flop around like fish and seek out nearest water. They quickly die on land.

Unlike frogs, tadpoles are hunted by axolotls.

Tadpoles follow a player that is holding a slimeball.

A tadpole grows up into one of the variants of a frog depending on the tadpole's location, as shown on the table below. Its growth may be accelerated by feeding it slimeballs.

Variants

Temperate

Cold

Warm
Biomes
River
Beach
Taiga
Old Growth Pine Taiga
Old Growth Spruce Taiga
Birch Forest
Old Growth Birch Forest
Dark Forest
Forest
Flower Forest
Mushroom Fields
Meadow
Plains
Sunflower Plains
Swamp[n 1]
Windswept Hills
Windswept Gravelly Hills
Windswept Forest
Ocean
Dripstone Caves
Lush Caves
Stony Peaks[JE only]
Cold Ocean[JE only]
Deep Cold Ocean[JE only]
Lukewarm Ocean[JE only]
Deep Lukewarm Ocean[JE only]
The Void[JE only]
Deep Dark[BE only]
Frozen River
Snowy Beach
Grove
Frozen Peaks
Jagged Peaks
Snowy Plains
Ice Spikes
Snowy Slopes
Snowy Taiga
Frozen Ocean
Deep Frozen Ocean
The End
Deep Dark[JE only]
End Barrens[JE only]
End Highlands[JE only]
End Midlands[JE only]
Small End Islands[JE only]
Cold Ocean[BE only]
Deep Cold Ocean[BE only]
Jungle
Bamboo Jungle
Sparse Jungle
Badlands
Eroded Badlands
Wooded Badlands
Desert
Savanna
Savanna Plateau
Windswept Savanna
Warm Ocean
Deep Lukewarm Ocean
Mangrove Swamp[n 1]
Basalt Deltas
Crimson Forest
Nether Wastes
Soul Sand Valley
Warped Forest
Stony Peaks[BE only]
Lukewarm Ocean[BE only]
Notes
  1. a b Frogs spawn naturally in this biome.

Sounds[]

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
Friendly CreaturesTadpole dyingmob.tadpole.death0.651.0
Friendly CreaturesTadpole gets hurtmob.tadpole.hurt0.651.0

Data values[]

ID[]

Java Edition:

NameIdentifierEntity tags (JE)Translation key
Tadpoletadpoleaxolotl_hunt_targetsentity.minecraft.tadpole

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID Translation key
Tadpoletadpole133entity.tadpole.name

Entity data[]

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

Java Edition:

Main article: Entity format
  • Entity data
    • Tags common to all entities
    • Tags common to all mobs
    •  Age: Represents the age of the tadpole in ticks. When greater than or equal to 24000 game ticks (20 minutes), the tadpole grows up to a frog.
    •  FromBucket: 1 or 0 (true/false) - Whether the tadpole had ever been released from a bucket.

Advancements[]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Advancement-plain-raw.pngBukkit Bukkit
Catch a Tadpole in a Bucket Husbandryhusbandry/tadpole_in_a_bucket

History[]

October 16, 2021Tadpole JE1 BE1.png Tadpoles are announced at Minecraft Live 2021.
Java Edition
1.1922w11aTadpole JE1 BE1.png Added tadpoles.
Pre-release 1Tadpoles no longer drop experience on death.
Tadpoles may now be tempted with slimeballs.
Bedrock Edition
Wild Update (experimental)beta 1.18.10.24Tadpole JE1 BE1.png Added tadpoles behind the "Wild Update" experimental toggle. They can spawn naturally in swamp water sources.
beta 1.18.10.26Tadpoles now have their unique sounds.
beta 1.18.20.21Tadpole hitbox is now larger.
beta 1.18.20.23The health of tadpoles has been increased to 6♥♥♥.
1.19.0beta 1.19.0.20Tadpoles are now available without enabling experimental gameplay.
Tadpoles can no longer spawn naturally in swamp water sources.

Issues[]

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

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