Here is how to tame a wolf in Minecraft.


How to Tame a Wolf in Minecraft

Nutan Lele
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Wild wolves can be found roaming around different biomes in Minecraft.
These can be domesticated and will fight any mobs which attack the player.

Wild wolves were added to Minecraft a while ago in update 1.4. Wolves are generally found roaming in packs in various biomes and can be tamed. A tamed wolf will fight mobs if you ask it to and is an adorable companion to have. Here is how to tame a wolf in Minecraft.

How to tame a wolf in Minecraft

Wolves in Minecraft are a neutral mob but they can be befriended by players. You’ll need to use a bone to tame a wolf, which you can obtain by taking out skeletons, skeleton horses, and strays. Skeletons are the easiest to get bones from because they frequently spawn at night or in poorly lit areas inside mines and can drop upto two bones when taken down. Wolves are usually found in packs of four and can spawn in a number of biomes:

  • Grove

  • Snowy Taiga

  • Old Growth Pine Taiga

  • Old Growth Spruce Taiga

  • Taiga

  • Forest

There is a 10% chance they can spawn as puppies. A wolf can be tamed by feeding it bones. Once tamed, a wolf does not accept any more bones. Each time you feed a wolf a bone, it has a one in three chance of taming it so make sure you carry a few extra ones. Once you successfully tame a wolf, hearts will appear and the wolf will wear a red collar. You can also change the color of a wolf’s collar by right-clicking with some dye in hand.

A tamed wolf can be commanded to stay or follow you. If a tamed wolf is following you, it will attack all mobs that attack you except creepers. When in combat, you can look at its tail to judge its health. As its health drops, the wolf will lower its tail and begin to whine. You can heal your tamed wolf by feeding it any type or raw meat. Wolves do not get the food poisoning effect so you can feed it rotten flesh, pufferfish or even raw chicken.

You can also breed two tamed wolves which are at full health by feeding them both meat. There is a 5-minute cooldown for breeding, during which the wolf does not accept meat.

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Nutan is experienced with content across various FPS, MOBA, and BR titles for both PC and mobile gaming. Basically, she's a Jill of all trades. As the former captain of an all-woman esports team, her roots lie firmly in PC gaming but she does enjoy that one map in Call of Duty: Mobile.

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