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Fox.pngSnow Fox.pngSitting Fox.pngSitting Snow Fox.pngSleeping Fox.pngSleeping Snow Fox.png
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Health points

20 (Heart.svg × 10)

Attack strength

2 (Heart.svg) against chickens, rabbits, cod, salmon, tropical fish, baby turtles, and any mob that attacks the player (if trusting of the player) only.
2 (Heart.svg) against any mob that attacks the player (if trusting of the player) only.


See § Spawning


See § Drops

Internal ID


Entity ID


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Foxes are nocturnal passive mobs that spawn commonly in taiga and snowy taiga biomes.


Foxes will spawn in taiga and snowy taiga biomes and sometimes in taiga villages, in groups of 1–3. When spawned in a snowy biome, foxes will be white in color. They will spawn more commonly at night time, sleeping in the forests. There is a 16 probability of the fox spawning as a baby.

A fox with an emerald in its mouth.

Items in mouth[edit]

These items have an 8.5% chance to be automatically in a fox's mouth when they spawn:

Behavior and appearance[edit]

An arctic fox leaping.

They move quickly, about the same speed as ocelots, and will flee from any nearby players and wolves. They are completely unaffected by sweet berry bushes, taking no damage or speed reduction while moving in them.


A red fox leaping at a chicken.

Foxes will attack chickens and rabbits, crouching down for about 2 seconds, then jump into the air 2-3.5 blocks up over fences and walls when necessary. Foxes will also naturally attack baby turtles when on land and all fish mobs, except for pufferfish. Tamed foxes will attack pufferfish that harm the player.

Red foxes prefer to attack chickens, rabbits, and baby turtles, all of which are on land, over fish; conversely, arctic foxes prefer to attack fish over land-dwelling creatures. Foxes that trust a player will defend them against hostile mobs should the player be harmed.

Foxes can become temporarily stuck in snow. During their "pounce" animation, if a fox collides with a snow layer, they will remain face-down and emit particles and will pick something up, returning to normal shortly after.


A red fox sleeping during the day.

During the day, if the weather is not thunder, foxes will attempt to find a space with a sky light level of 14 or less (e.g. any space with a block above it) (block light has no effect). While the fox is sleeping, it will slowly move its head up and down and will not move. They will wake up and quickly flee if approached by a player. However, foxes will not move or run away if the player approaches while sneaking.

If the sky light at the fox's position becomes 15 (either due to a block above being destroyed or the fox being moved), the fox will immediately wake up.

They can drop items and put the berries in their mouth in their sleep too.


A sitting red fox.

A fox will also randomly sit down every so often, usually during the day if the fox cannot find a “shaded” area to sleep.[more information needed]

Holding items[edit]

If any item is on the ground near a fox, it will travel to it and pick it up and it will appear in the foxes' mouth. This behavior is not limited to food and animal products, meaning they can pick up any item that the player can pick up. However, they prefer to pick up food items (except cake), and if the item they are currently holding is not food, they will drop it and pick up the food. A fox will eventually eat any food item it picks up (besides cake) and the fox will be affected by any side effects the food item carries, such as poison or teleportation. If there is a stage 3 or 4 sweet berry bush within a 16 block radius of a fox, it will sprint towards it, harvest it, and eat the berries, dropping the item it was holding. If a fox picks up a weapon or an item with enchantments, these items will have an effect on the fox's attack. This is due to the item the fox is holding acting as their main hand. If a fox is holding a totem of undying and takes fatal damage, the totem will be consumed and the fox will be revived.

Night life[edit]

During the night, foxes will head to villages or go out to hunt. Foxes don't currently have the ability to steal from villages, except crops dropped from villagers. However, villagers tend to pick up their crops too quickly for foxes to pick up, so they walk away. Smaller foxes can occasionally be found hidden around the houses, as they are easy to spot locked in houses and fallen in the wells.[needs testing]

During the night, foxes will also occasionally emit a screeching noise.


When sweet berries are used on two foxes, the foxes will breed, producing a baby fox. After the player takes the baby fox with lead away from their parents, it will "trust" the player, and never run away from them. Breeding between a red fox and an arctic fox will always produce an arctic fox baby.


Wolves are aggressive towards foxes when within 18 blocks of them, (though usually foxes can get away because of their speed).Polar bears will also try to attack foxes. They will sneak towards them and will attack them, if they are close enough. Baby polar bears, normally passive, will also attempt to attack a fox within 16 blocks.


  • Like other baby animals, killing a baby fox yields no experience.
  • Foxes will always drop any items they pick up and are still holding (they won't drop food that they have eaten, for example) and drop items they spawn with naturally with a chance of 8.5%.
    • If a fox is killed while holding a totem of undying this item will not drop, but be consumed to revive the fox.

Data values[edit]

Foxes have entity data associated with them that contains various properties of the mob.

Fox types



September 26, 2018Foxes are announced to be part of the biome vote at MINECON Earth 2018.
September 29, 2018Foxes are showcased at MINECON Earth 2018.
September 29, 2018Taiga wins the biome vote, meaning foxes will be added to the game.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.14 19w07a Added foxes.
19w08a Foxes can no longer have armor equipped onto them with a dispenser.
Changed bounding box and eye height of foxes (prevents them from drowning when swimming).
Foxes that trusted the player in the previous snapshot will no longer trust them.
The list tag for trusted players is renamed from UUIDs to TrustedUUIDs.
19w09a Special effects of certain food, such as spider eyes and chorus fruit, now apply to foxes when they consume the food.
Snow Foxes will now attack tropical fish and pufferfish.


Issues relating to "Fox" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Although foxes appear to hold items in their mouth, they are technically holding items in their main hand.
  • Foxes are one of the only mobs that can sleep in Minecraft.
  • Foxes are the only overworld land mob without jump strength that can jump more than 1 without status effects.
  • The practice of foxes going to villages is based on stories of foxes raiding older towns for food in the real world.