Carrot on a Stick

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Carrot on a Stick
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Carrot on a Stick








First appearance

1.4.2 (12w36a)

Data value

dec: 398 hex: 18E bin: 110001110



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A Carrot on a Stick is an item that can be used to control saddled pigs.



The carrot must be placed at a diagonal below the fishing rod, hence making it possible to craft a carrot on a stick using the inventory 2×2 crafting arrangement.

Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Carrot +
Fishing Rod

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Fishing Rod


The fishing rod must not be damaged to craft the carrot on a stick.

Damaged Carrot on a Stick

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Carrot on a Stick Carrot on a Stick

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The durability of the two carrot on a sticks is added together, plus an extra 5% durability.


To use a carrot on a stick, the player must first saddle a pig. The pig will then move in the direction that the carrot on a stick points to. Also, if the player holds a carrot on a stick, all pigs will follow the player. The pigs will slowly eat the carrot, eventually leaving you with a fishing rod. You'll have to re-craft the carrot on a stick before controlling the pig again.

To make the pig run faster, the player can press use while holding the carrot on a stick. This is called "boosting." Each boost costs 7 durability. If the Carrot on a Stick has less than 7 durability, the boost cannot be used. After a boost is used, the player may switch to another item while retaining the boost.

The speed of a mounted pig is at 4.00 m/s, boosting it doubles the speed to 8.00 m/s. These speeds are unaffected by potions of swiftness. The boost takes 5 seconds to warm up and lasts 40 seconds. Therefore, it is possible to travel up to 340 blocks on a single boost without holding the carrot on a stick.


An enchanting table will not offer any enchantments, but Unbreaking can be added with an anvil.

Carrot on a stick will keep the enchantments on the fishing rod used to craft it, and so can have Luck of the Sea, Lure, and Unbreaking if crafted with an enchanted fishing rod.



Official release
August 28, 2012 Dinnerbone released images of saddled pigs being controlled with carrots.[1] They will start slow but will end up going up to 5 blocks per second (5m/sec).[2] Wheat was considered as a "fuel" along with carrots,[3] and Dinnerbone eventually decided upon carrots.[4]
1.4.2 12w36a Added carrot on a stick. The player does not get back a fishing rod once the stick is used up.
12w37a Carrots on sticks now have a durability meter, and can be used to give saddled pigs a burst of speed when right-clicked. The carrot on stick no longer needs to be held when pigs have the burst of speed.
12w38a Using up a carrot on a stick now returns a fishing rod.
1.4.6 12w50a A carrot on a stick can now be enchanted with unbreaking via an enchanted book and an anvil.
Console Edition
TU14 Added carrot on a stick.


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