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Tamed wolves with dyed collars.

A cat and a wolf sitting on the carpet.

Taming is a game mechanic that allows the player to domesticate and tame a wild mob.

List of tameable mobs[]

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Cat Donkey Horse Llama Mule Parrot Skeleton Horse Trader Llama Wolf
Mobs that can trust
AxolotlFace.png FoxFace.png OcelotFace.png
Axolotl Fox Ocelot


A tamed parrot in the player shoulder.

Each animal can be tamed by a different mechanics. Wolves can be tamed by giving the animal bones. Cats and parrots can be tamed by giving the animal its favorite food. Once tamed, these animals will follow the player unless told to sit. Tamed wolves will start fighting alongside their master. Tamed wolves and cats can be bred, and they stop hunting animals by themselves. Tamed parrots can ride on the player's shoulder and mimic nearby mob sounds.

Horses, donkeys, mules, llamas and trader llamas can be tamed by repeatedly mounting the animal until it stops bucking the player off. Feeding them their favorite foods makes taming them easier. Once tamed, these animals can be bred and given equipment. Tamed horses, donkeys and mules can be controlled while riding.

Skeleton horses can be tamed by the player if the skeleton rider is killed. Zombie horses normally cannot be tamed, but they can be tamed using commands.


Some animals can never be tamed per se, but the player can still gain their trust. Trusting animals stop fleeing from players, and they do not despawn.

A tamed fox with an egg inside its mouth.

An axolotl's trust can be gained by tempting them with a bucket of tropical fish, while catching them in a bucket prevents them from despawning. A trusting axolotl will follow the player into battle and grant them buffs if they help the axolotl fight.

A fox's trust actually can't be gained if the animal spawned naturally, but they can still be bred by the player. Fox kits bred this way will trust players. A trusting fox will defend the player against a number of mobs.

An ocelot's trust can be gained by feeding it raw cod or salmon.

Special items[]

These are the foods and other items that are helpful in taming animals or otherwise gaining their trust.

Mob Items


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS4)
PS4 Other platforms
Leader of the PackBefriend five Wolves.This does not have to be in a single game, so multiple games or reloading old saves does count toward this achievement.20GBronze
Lion HunterGain the trust of an Ocelot.15GBronze
Saddle UpTame a horse.20GBronze
Plethora of CatsBefriend twenty stray cats.Befriend and tame twenty stray cats found in villages. They do not all need to be tamed in a single world.20GSilver
The Healing Power of Friendship!Team up with an Axolotl and win a fightTeam up with an axolotl by killing the hostile aquatic mob [verify] while the axolotl is fighting it (not playing dead).30GSilver


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Advancement-plain-raw.pngBest Friends Forever
Tame an animal HusbandryTame one of these tameable mobs: husbandry/tame_an_animal


Java Edition Beta
1.4Added Wolf.
Java Edition
1.2.112w04aAdded Ocelot.
Cat was also added but was not a individual mob.
1.6.113w16aAdded Horse, Donkey, Mule, Skeleton Horse and Zombie Horse.
1.1116w39aAdded Llama.
1.1217w13aAdded Parrot.
1.1418w44aAdded Cat as a separate mob from ocelots.
19w05aAdded Trader Llama.
19w07aAdded Fox.
1.1720w51aAdded Axolotl.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.9.0build 1Added Wolf.
v0.12.1build 1Added Ocelot.
Cat was also added but was not a individual mob.
v0.15.0build 1Added Horse, Donkey, Mule, Skeleton Horse and Zombie Horse.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha Llama.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta Parrot.
1.8.0beta Cat as a separate mob from ocelots.
1.10.0beta Trader Llama.
1.13.0beta Fox.
1.17.0beta Axolotl through experimental gameplay.
beta is now available outside the experimental toggle.


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


  • The skeleton horse is the only naturally hostile mob that can be tamed by the player.