If you have ever been frustrated with finding a particular item in the game, you may need the help of an allay. Allays will help players find items if, in return, the player gives the allay the item they are searching for. This can help the player collect more items without much effort.
These small luminescent sprites can be found near pillager outposts or in woodland mansions. They can spawn in naturally generated cages in both the outposts and the mansions.
If you have found an allay, you can feed it an amethyst shard while it is dancing. After a short delay, the allay will duplicate into another allay. You will need to wait another 2.5 minutes before duplicating the allay again.
Allays are unique mobs as they will search for any item the player gives to them. If the player gives them a block of grass, it will search for nearby grass blocks until it has finished collecting 1 full stack’s worth of items.
The allay will search for the given item up to 32 blocks away from the player. After delivering the items, it will need to wait 3 seconds before searching again. You can name an allay using a name tag. You can also attach a lead to one to ensure that you do not lose track of your allay.
Killing an allay will have it drop the item you have given it to hold. However, there are no unique drops to obtain from an allay. Killing an allay will not even award experience, and so it is best to leave these fae spirits alone if you have no use for their searching capabilities.
The allay is one of the most unique mobs to make it into Minecraft. These little helpers can help find items for the player to use. While there is certainly much more in store for these sprites, it is always exciting to see how a new mob can change the way you approach Minecraft.