What is the new Minecraft Axolotl? In case you’re not familiar with amphibians, the axolotl is a real amphibian that lives in caves. Axolotls are an incredibly rare species of salamander and are actually a critically endangered species. They are native to the Valley of Mexico, and in particular to two lakes, one of which no longer exists, so hopefully they’re upcoming appearance in Minecraft will aid conservation efforts for the Axolotl.
As in real life, the Minecraft Axolotl comes in many colour variations – pink, green, and brown – and is ludicrously adorable. They can only be found in the new Lush Swamp biome, but also have heaps of new mechanics that aren’t shared by other Minecraft mobs. What’s brilliant about the Axolotl is that they can be captured very easily as you can scoop them up in a bucket and bring them along with you. They may look adorable, but these are assault amphibians that can be deployed against ocean-based mobs by emptying the bucket mid-battle.
There was recently an update to the Minecraft 1.17 snapshot build that introduces players to the adorable amphibians, so join us as we go through everything we know about the Minecraft Axolotl, including where to find it, how to tame it, and how they function during combat.