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A tadpole is a bucketable aquatic baby passive mob hatched from frogspawn. They mature into one of the three frog variants depending on the biome in which they mature.


Tadpoles hatch from frogspawn in groups of 2-5.


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


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 player can pick up a tadpole with a bucket of water.

A tadpole grows up into one of the variants of a frog depending on the tadpole's location, as shown on the table below. Tadpoles take one Minecraft day to grow up (20 minutes). Its growth may be accelerated by feeding it slimeballs. Each use reduces the remaining growth duration by 10%.




Old Growth Pine Taiga
Old Growth Spruce Taiga
Birch Forest
Old Growth Birch Forest
Dark Forest
Flower Forest
Mushroom Fields
Sunflower Plains

Snowy Taiga
Swamp[n 1]
Windswept Hills
Windswept Gravelly Hills
Windswept Forest
Dripstone Caves
Lush Caves
Stony Shore
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]

Frozen River
Snowy Beach
Frozen Peaks
Jagged Peaks
Snowy Plains
Ice Spikes
Snowy Slopes
Frozen Ocean
Deep Frozen Ocean
The End
Deep Dark
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]
Bamboo Jungle
Sparse Jungle
Eroded Badlands
Wooded Badlands
Savanna Plateau
Windswept Savanna
Warm Ocean
Mangrove Swamp[n 1]
Basalt Deltas
Crimson Forest
Nether Wastes
Soul Sand Valley
Warped Forest
Stony Peaks[BE only]
Lukewarm Ocean[BE only]
Deep Lukewarm Ocean[BE only]
  1. a b Frogs spawn naturally in this biome.


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

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Tadpole diesFriendly CreaturesWhen a tadpole diesentity.tadpole.deathsubtitles.entity.tadpole.death1.00.8-1.216
Tadpole hurtsFriendly CreaturesWhen a tadpole is damagedentity.tadpole.hurtsubtitles.entity.tadpole.hurt1.00.8-1.216
Tadpole flopsFriendly CreaturesWhile a tadpole is on landentity.tadpole.flopsubtitles.entity.tadpole.flop1.00.8-1.216
Tadpole grows upFriendly CreaturesWhen a tadpole grows up into a frogentity.tadpole.grow_upsubtitles.entity.tadpole.grow_up0.11251.216
Bucket emptiesFriendly CreaturesWhen a tadpole is placed from a bucketitem.bucket.empty_tadpolesubtitles.item.bucket.empty0.51.516
Tadpole capturedFriendly CreaturesWhen a tadpole is collected into a bucketitem.bucket.fill_tadpolesubtitles.item.bucket.fill_tadpole0.51.516
Tadpole hatchesBlocksWhen a frogspawn hatches into a tadpoleblock.frogspawn.hatchsubtitles.block.frogspawn.hatch0.61.216

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
Friendly CreaturesWhen a tadpole diesmob.tadpole.death0.651.3-1.7
Friendly CreaturesWhen a tadpole is damagedmob.tadpole.hurt1.01.3-1.7
Friendly CreaturesWhile a tadpole is on landmob.fish.flop1.01.0
Friendly CreaturesWhen a tadpole grows up into a frogmob.tadpole.convert_to_frogvaries [sound 1]varies [sound 2]
BlocksWhen a tadpole is placed from a bucketbucket.empty_fish1.01.0
BlocksWhen a tadpole is collected into a bucketbucket.fill_fish1.01.0
BlocksWhen a frogspawn hatches into a tadpolehatch.frog_spawn1.20.6
  1. For volumes, idle1 and idle4 are 0.8, idle2 is 0.82, idle3 is 0.9, idle5 is 0.85, idle6 is 0.9, idle7 is 0.7, and idle8 is 0.3
  2. For pitches, idle1 and idle4 are 0.95, while all others are 0.9

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierEntity tags (JE)Translation key

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID Translation key

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.


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


October 16, 2021Tadpole JE1 BE1 Tadpoles are announced at Minecraft Live 2021.
Java Edition
1.1922w11aTadpole JE1 BE1 Added tadpoles.
22w19aTadpole hitbox reduced from 0.5×0.4 to 0.4×0.3.
Pre-release 1Tadpoles no longer drop experience on death.
Tadpoles may now be tempted with slimeballs.
1.19.322w42aTadpoles now have a subtitle for growing up.[1]
Bedrock Edition
Wild Update (experimental)beta JE1 BE1 Added tadpoles behind the "Wild Update" experimental toggle. They can spawn naturally in swamp water sources.
beta now have their unique sounds.
beta hitbox is now larger.
beta health of tadpoles has been increased to 6♥♥♥.
1.19.0beta are now available without enabling experimental gameplay.
Tadpoles can no longer spawn naturally in swamp water sources.


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