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Minecraft has a variety of cute, cuddly creatures that you can tame and make your own, but one blocky species is a bit trickier to tame than the rest: the Minecraft fox. You can find foxes lurking around in Taiga biomes, hunting for chickens and rabbits when they’re not napping due to their nocturnal nature. Wild foxes cannot be tamed outright, but these are some steps you can take to get your very own fox friend:

Unlike wolves and ocelots, you cannot just bribe a fox into becoming your friend with some food. They’ll happily accept sweet berries, but they won’t trust you simply because you have food. Instead, you’ll have to breed two wild foxes and then try to tame the much more gullible child. Just give two foxes some sweet berries and let nature take its course. As soon as a baby fox is produced, it’ll be loyal to you. The only issue is, the young fox will still want to follow its parents around.

This is where the arguably most ruthless aspect of Minecraft fox taming comes into play. In order to claim the baby fox as your own, you’ll have to separate the poor thing from its parents, or else it’ll keep following them around. You'll need a lead for this part. Now attach the lead to it and take it home with you. If you don’t have one, you can always craft one using four string and a slimeball. Leads also have a decent chance of spawning in chests, and wandering traders will have a few that you can borrow.

Minecraft foxes are available in two colors: red and white. The red variety spawns in Taiga biomes, while the white Arctic can be found in Snowy Taiga biomes. They’re one of Minecraft’s only nocturnal mobs, so you’ll have it easy finding them out and about at night. They tend to look for shady spots to sleep during the day. Keep this in mind when you are looking for some during daylight hours. At nighttime, foxes will sometimes go to villages if one is nearby, so those might be suitable places to check as well.

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