How to find Minecraft frogs and breed them from tadpoles

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Minecraft frogs were added in Minecraft The Wilds Update along with things like Minecraft Allay mobs and more. However, there’s been but one thing on our minds: finding, feeding, breeding, and taming as many frogs as possible. But how to start? What do frogs eat? Hint: it’s not fireflies.

Whether you want a frog army or a garden full of croakers, here’s every frog type and everything else you need to know about Minecraft frogs.  

How to find Minecraft frogs and use them  

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Minecraft frogs naturally spawn in Swamp and Mangrove Swamp biomes. You will find them near the water, where they appear in groups of two to five. Although they won’t spawn anywhere else naturally, you can take the frogs out of the swamp (leading them) and breed them in a different biome. The biome where the tadpoles grow up will then determine the type (colour) of frog you get.

Frogs aren’t the most useful mobs Minecraft has ever seen though. If you kill a frog, it may drop one to three experience orbs, but no items. However, you can use frogs to create froglights; a luminous decorative block. It has a chance of dropping whenever a frog eats a tiny magma cube. 

Types of Minecraft frogs

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 There are three frog types in Minecraft: Temperate, Cold, and Warm. The type is based on the biome the tadpole grew up in, and the main difference between them is their colour. Here’s an overview: 

  • Temperate frogs: orange. These frogs naturally spawn in normal Swamps. You will also get Temperate Frogs if the tadpole grew up in a mild climate such as hills, most forests, normal taiga, meadows, and plains.
  • Cold frogs: green. These frogs don’t spawn naturally. You can breed them in a snowy, frozen environment. Think of a frozen Taiga or snowy mountains.
  • Warm frogs: white. White frogs spawn naturally in Mangrove Swamps. You can also breed them in jungles, deserts, and savanna. 

Can you tame frogs in Minecraft? 

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Unfortunately, frogs aren’t going to be your next Minecraft pets. Unlike mobs such as the horse, cat, and wolf, they can’t be tamed. However, you can still make them follow you by holding up frog food (more on that below). If you want, you can lure them into a pool, garden, or even your home.  

How to breed frogs in Minecraft 

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Who cares about house pets if you can start a Minecraft frog farm? Yes, while you can’t tame them, you’re still able to breed frogs. All it takes is the right food: slimeballs. 

After feeding slimeballs to at least two frogs, they will enter ‘love mode’ and one of the frogs will start searching for a place to lay their eggs. The eggs, or frogspawn, can only be placed on a water tile with air above it. The frogspawn will eventually transform into tadpoles, and the tadpoles will become new frogs.

Minecraft frog breeding tips 

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 A few more things you might want to know about Minecraft frog breeding: 

  • The frogspawn will only appear once the pregnant frog finds a suitable water tile (so make sure they have access!).
  • One tile of frogspawn can hatch two to six tadpoles.
  • Tadpoles may be eaten by axolotl.
  • Since tadpoles count as baby’s, they don’t drop items upon death.
  • Both frogs and tadpoles will follow the slimeball.
  • You can move tadpoles in a bucket.
  • Tadpoles die when they’re left on dry land.

How to get slimeballs to feed Minecraft frogs 

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Only one more thing you need to figure out before you can start the frog farm: how to find slimeballs? As the name suggests, slimeballs are dropped by slimes. These green, blubbery mobs spawn in slime chunks below layer 40 or in Swamp biomes between layer 50 and 70 when the light level is 7 or less. Don’t worry too much about this; they’re pretty common in the swamp.

Earlier announcements mentioned fireflies as another food source, but this was changed shortly before Minecraft update 1.19 came out, as fireflies are poisonous to real-life frogs. 

Best of luck on your search for Minecraft frogs!

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