Foxes are passive mobs in Minecraft that spawn in the taiga, giant tree taiga, and snowy taiga biomes. They spawn in groups of 2-4, most commonly at night in either adult or baby form. They prey on chickens, rabbits, cod, salmon, and tropical fish, but fall prey to only two predators: Wild Wolves, and Polar Bears. They can sleep in a light level of 14 or less in the day. If any item is near a fox, it will steal it causing the item to appear in its mouth. Sweet berries are used to breed the foxes. The offspring trusts them does not flee from that player as it grows up.
Foxes are nocturnal, making them more likely to spawn at night, especially in forests. In snowy biomes, a different variant of the foxes can be spotted. Except for white hair, there are no apparent differences in behavior compared to the foxes present in other biomes.
They typically spawn, in groups of 2-4, with a 5 percent chance of spawning as baby foxes. During the night, they generally travel to villages. Foxes in Minecraft are a great ally to have by your side. A tamed fox will loyally attack any mob that threatens its owner. Untamed foxes exist naturally as passive mobs in the game, and will only attack those who make an unprovoked attack upon them.
|Health points||10 (Java Edition); 20 (Bedrock Edition)|
|Attack strength||Easy and Normal: 2; Hard: 3|
|Hitbox size||Height: 0.6 Blocks; Width: 0.7 Blocks|
|Items usable||Sweet Berries; Lead|
Foxes can only spawn naturally in taiga and snowy taiga biomes, in groups of 2-4, most commonly at night. They may spawn in either adult or baby form. In the taiga, their coat is orange similar to a red fox, whereas, in a snowy taiga, they are white, similar to an arctic fox. A fox may also spawn in a village if it is within one of the taiga biomes.
There is a one in 20% chance that a fox spawns with one of the following items in its mouth:
Foxes have a relatively greater speed while moving, allowing them to flee from players and wolves. Sweet berry bushes prove to be ineffective on them since no damage is inflicted or speed reduced.
Foxes often prey on chickens, rabbits, cod, salmon, and tropical fish relying on them to satisfy their hunger. However, foxes don't attack wolves, even if they are being attacked by them. Foxes can also target mobs who have injured a player they trust. Foxes usually attack by running up to the target or pouncing on their prey. Once they spot their prey, they lower their head and body to make it shorter and release to leap 2-5 blocks in the air. Adopting the same stance, foxes can jump over fences and walls.
A fox that pounces into a snow layer becomes stuck, though momentarily, remains face-down, emitting particles returning to its normal shortly after. They will attempt to run toward the closest attackable mob, even if attached to a lead. A fox can also swim to attack fish in water for food.
As discussed earlier, foxes are very loyal animals that can retaliate upon an attack on a player that it trusts. It can attack most mobs; such as zombies, drowned, husks, phantoms, silverfish, endermites, spiders, cave spiders; if they attack the player. But if a polar bear or wolves attacks the player, foxes do not counter the attack but try to flee.
Foxes attempt to find a space with a skylight level of 14 or less and sleep. Since they are nocturnal, they sleep during the day. During sleep, it slowly moves its head up and down. It can sense the approach of a player or mob; consequently, waking up. Foxes do not flee if the player approaches while sneaking until the player gets on an adjacent block.
They do not sleep if they are within 12 blocks of an armor stand. If the skylight at the fox's position becomes 15 or above, it wakes up. Trusting foxes can fall asleep even if attached to a lead. Finding a solo fox is difficult because they tend to hang around other foxes, even sleeping next to each other at times. Foxes sit down sometimes during the day, especially when they cannot find a shaded area to sleep. They usually only sit for a short period, and can even do so when attached to a lead or in a boat.
A fox can fall prey to only two predators in Minecraft: Wild Wolves, and Polar Bears. Wild wolves can be aggressive to foxes within a range of 16 to 18 blocks. Polar bears can sneak to attack foxes in the Java edition; in the Bedrock Edition, they attack foxes within 16 blocks. Even baby polar bears, being passive towards players, also attempt to attack foxes within 16 blocks.
Foxes will target villages specifically to steal items from villagers and feed on their chickens. Such behavior is normally exhibited by the foxes at night since they are at their peak activity.
If any item is near a fox, it will travel to the item and take it causing the item to appear in its mouth. This behavior is not limited to a specific type of item; any item that the player can obtain can be picked up by a fox. They prioritize picking up food items, though, and if they have already picked up non-food items, they replace them with food. Eventually, a fox consumes any food object that it picks up (besides cake) and any side effects from the food, such as poison or teleportation, affect the fox.
Sweet berries can be used to breed adult foxes, producing a baby fox. The offspring of the breed initiated by the player trusts them does not flee from that player as it grows up. Although an adult running away from the player may cause the baby to do the same because baby foxes also follow nearby adult foxes. A lead should be used to prevent the baby from fleeing. If the foxes are crossbred, there are equal chances for the baby to be either snowy or red.
To tame a fox in Minecraft, you will need 2 sweet berries to convince any two foxes to breed and 1 lead to tame your brand-new fox. A lead can be easily obtained via crafting with 3 strings and 1 slimeball as shown below, via the use of a crafting table. You can obtain sweet berries via harvesting from a sweet berry bush.
After locating two adult foxes, simply feed them a sweet berry each, this will cause the pair of foxes to begin breeding. You can feed a fox simply by holding a sweet berry in your hand and interacting with it. After the foxes have finished breeding, a baby fox will spawn, this newly spawned baby fox will grow into your loyal and tamed companion once you attach it to a lead and bring it to your base.
|The Parrots and the Bats||Breed two animals together.|
|Two By Two||Breed all the animals! Breed pairs of each of these 19 mobs: Bee, Cat, Chicken, Cow, Donkey, Fox, Hoglin, Horse, Llama, Mooshroom, Mule, Ocelot, Panda, Pig, Rabbit, Sheep, Strider Turtle, Wolf|
The only difference between getting a normal fox and the snowy fox is the biome. If you manage to locate a Snowy Taiga biome near you, there are high chances of finding white foxes there. Once you find a white fox you can use the same method to breed them and get a loyal offspring that will stay by your side.
Foxes attack chickens, rabbits, cod, salmon, and tropical fish. A fox can eat any food item it picks up besides cake. Although its diet is quite diverse, it is normally seen feeding on sweet berries and they tend to enjoy it the most.
Unfortunately, foxes won't be your trusty companion on an adventure like tame wolves. You'll need a lead if you want to bring foxes anywhere with you, and since they like to sleep during the day they are best left at home.
Foxes drop 1-3 experience points upon dying, as well as any items it currently has in its mouth.
If a fox is holding a chorus fruit, it eats the fruit and teleports accordingly.