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[edit]Name Tag
Name Tag.png
Name Tag
Type

Tools

Durability

N/A

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

First appearance

1.6.1 (13w16b)

Data value

dec: 421 hex: 1A5 bin: 110100101

Name

name_tag

Dinnerbone-twitter.png An item that makes any creature, good or bad, stay in your world forever? Must be entirely decorative ;)
Dinnerbone [1]

A name tag is an item used to name mobs in the world.

Obtaining[edit]

Natural generation[edit]

Dungeon chests may contain name tags in stacks of 1.

Fishing[edit]

Name tags can be caught from fishing as part of the treasure category.

Trading[edit]

Librarian villagers trade name tags for 20-22 emeralds apiece as part of their tier 6 trades.

Usage[edit]

To use a name tag it must first be renamed with an anvil. The player can then use it on a mob to give it the name given to the name tag from the anvil. Mobs can be renamed multiple times.

Once a mob is named, they will keep their name, with a few exceptions.

  • A named silverfish that goes into a block will not be named when the block is broken.
  • A named villager will lose its name if it gets turned into a zombie.

Limitations[edit]

Any mob can be named, except the Ender Dragon and players.

Mobs that can be interacted with by pressing use will preform the use action before being named. As a result, adult villagers will open their trading interface instead of receiving the name. Although, the villager will receive the name if he is trading with another player.

Behavior[edit]

Renamed mobs will have their name displayed over their head in the fashion as a mob named through a renamed spawn egg. Their names can only be seen if they are aimed at from 7 or fewer blocks away.

Mobs that are named using the name tag will also not despawn in the world, similar to tamed mobs.[1] The only exception is if the mob is hostile and the difficulty is switched to "Peaceful".

If a renamed mob kills a player, the custom name will be used in the death message in place of the mob type name.

Easter eggs[edit]

Any mob that receives the name "Dinnerbone" or "Grumm" will be rendered upside down.

Naming a sheep "jeb_" will cause it's wool to fade between the dye colors, producing a rainbow effect.

Naming a rabbit "Toast" will cause it to have a special memorial skin.

Video[edit]

Note: This video is outdated, as name tags can now be obtained from both fishing and trading.

History[edit]

Official release
1.6.1 13w16b Added name tags.
13w25a A mob named "Dinnerbone" or "Grumm" will render upside down.
1.7.2 13w36a Name Tags can now rarely be acquired by fishing.
1.7.4 13w48b A sheep named "jeb_" will fade between the dye colors.
1.8 14w02a Name Tags can be purchased from Librarian villagers.
14w27a Rabbits are added, and naming one "Toast" will give it a special memorial skin.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Name Tag" are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

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References[edit]

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