Foxes have been a part of Minecraft since 2018 and is one of the cutest “mobs” in the game – the game’s term for its NPCs.
Like most animal mobs, foxes can be tamed to follow and obey you. However, unlike those other animals, you can’t just get a random fox to like you. Instead, you will need to breed a new fox into existence.
Here’s how to tame foxes in “Minecraft”, both in Survival mode and in Creative mode.
How to tame a fox in ‘Minecraft’
To tame a fox, you will need to have two wild foxes have a baby. Here’s how to do it.
Find and catch two foxes
First you will need to find your wild foxes.
Foxes can only be found in the taiga biome and the taiga biome, with the little caveat that they may roam adjacent biomes. The taiga biome is characterized by its tall green fir trees. There are a few variations of the taiga biome, including snow-capped taigas which feature white foxes.
A wild fox is a fickle and skittish creature. We recommend looking for them during the day, when most of them will be asleep.
The moment you see a snuggled and stunned fox, be sure to start crouching right away. You’ll use the Shift key to crouch on a computer, or the controller-specific crouch button if you’re playing on a console.
Now, still crouched, build a fence around the fox to trap it. You can use any block to make the pen, but you will want to make the walls tall, at least three blocks. This will ensure that he cannot escape. You can’t stop crouching until the fox has been locked up in its enclosure. The moment you get up, a fight or flight switch activates in the foxes and they will escape.
If you see two foxes close together, that’s even better: trap them both in the same enclosure.
This is rare, however, so you’ll likely need to find and trap the foxes separately. Once this is done, you will need to connect the two traps with a block wall.
However, if the foxes you find are far enough apart and you don’t want to go through a lot of construction work, you can use a boat. Put a boat in front of a fox and when it enters it it will be trapped inside. You can then paddle the boat (even across land) to the other fox and lock them both up.
Regardless of which option you choose, you’ll eventually want to end up with an enclosure narrow enough to hold the two foxes.
Feed the foxes sweet berries
Whether you’ve spent the last hour squabbling with foxes, or you’ve just thrown down a few Fox Spawn Eggs, you should now have two adult foxes locked up. If you have caught a small fox, wait until it gets old.
Get up close to the two adult foxes and equip a sweet berry. These come from the green and red bushes you see occasionally slowing down and hurting you when you walk through them. They are quite common in the taiga, if you haven’t already collected any.
Feed berries to both foxes by using it on them. If you are struggling to get close enough to feed the foxes, make sure you are crouched down.
Equip the sweet berries in your hotbar, then approach the fox and use the berries on it to feed her a berry. If you are struggling to get close enough to feed the foxes, make sure you are crouched down.
After feeding both foxes sweet berries, they will immediately raise a fox cub.
This little fox is your golden egg: they will be sweet and docile, unlike their parents, who will still go crazy when you release the button to crouch. This is your tame fox .
However, you are not done yet. Although the fox is docile, it is not yet under your control.
Make the little fox stop following his parents
While the new fox cub may fall far from the tree in terms of attitude, if you leave him alone, he will always stay with his parents. This means that if they run away from you, he will run too.
You can solve this problem by attaching a leash to the fox cub and pulling it away from its parents. You can create an edge by combining a string and a ball of slime, or find one randomly in a crate around the world.
Attach the leash by equipping and using it on the fox cub. From there, you can gently take it away to start a new life with you. Once you are a few pieces away, he will forget about his parents and stop following them.
Congratulations on earning your first tamed fox. And once you’re there, rinse and repeat – continuing the same breeding process, you’ll soon have a whole brood of obedient fox friends.