Pandas spawn in groups of 1–2 in jungle biomes at the surface on grass blocks with a (minimum) two-block space above them at a light level of 9 or more, but are rarer than other jungle mobs. They spawn with a randomized personality, with the normal one being the most common and the brown variant being the rarest.
5% of pandas spawn as babies.
In Bedrock Edition, pandas can spawn at light level 7 or above in jungle biomes and have a higher spawn rate in bamboo jungle biomes.
Pandas act similarly to other passive mobs; they wander aimlessly, avoiding falling off cliffs high enough to cause fall damage, and stay out of water or lava, unless they roll over an edge. They also move faster in water than other land mobs, similar to polar bears. Pandas follow any player who is carrying bamboo and stop following if the player moves beyond approximately 16 blocks away. They also whimper if a thunderstorm is happening in the area. Adult pandas seek out bamboo and cake items to eat.
Baby pandas sometimes sneeze, which rarely drops a slime ball and makes nearby adult pandas jump. They also occasionally roll over and jump around.
Non-aggressive pandas become angry when hurt. When hit, a panda panics for few seconds before trying to attack the attacker only once, similar to llamas. Pandas have one private inventory.
Pandas have different personalities: either normal, lazy, worried, playful, aggressive, weak, or brown.
- Normal pandas:
- Do not have unique personality actions.
- Lazy pandas:
- Lie on their backs.
- Are slower than normal pandas, making them the slowest land mob in the game.
- Do not follow a player who is holding bamboo while they're lying on their back.
- Worried pandas:
- Playful pandas:
- Roll over and jump around even as adults. The ability to roll may sometimes cause harm or kill the panda as it can accidentally roll off a cliff or another high altitude.
- Aggressive pandas:
- Unlike other pandas, when hit, aggressive pandas attack the player and other mobs continuously until the target dies or goes beyond detection range. It also doesn't panic when harmed.
- When nearby pandas are attacked, aggressive pandas become hostile toward the attacker.
- Are slow, but have reach rivaling that of the player.
- Weak pandas:
- Tend to sneeze more often as babies than regular baby pandas.
- Have 10 health instead of 20.
- Brown pandas:
- Do not have unique personality actions but are brown and white instead of the usual black and white.
The panda is the only animal to have extra breeding conditions. To enter love mode, there must be at least eight bamboo blocks within a five-block radius of both pandas. Once that requirement is met, feeding them bamboo causes them to mate, producing a baby panda. If a panda is fed without a sufficient amount of bamboo nearby, it sits and eats the bamboo, but does not enter love mode. Also, if the player feeds two pandas too close, they instead bleat and become aggressive toward the player.
Each panda has two hidden values called "genes" or "alleles"; similar to biology, there is the main gene and a hidden gene. Normal, aggressive, lazy, worried, and playful personalities are dominant traits, and weak and brown personalities are recessive traits. A dominant trait always has priority over a recessive trait. If both the main and hidden genes are dominant, the main gene has priority and presents itself as the panda's personality. Being recessive, weak and brown personalities occur if both the main and hidden genes of a panda are recessive genes. However, if the main gene is recessive and the hidden gene is not the same gene, then a normal personality results. To get a brown or weak panda, both the main and hidden genes must be both brown or weak.
When two pandas breed, each one passes one of their genes to their children, who then randomly mix both obtained genes as their respective main and hidden genes. There is also a 1⁄32 chance for each gene of the baby to mutate into another gene. Mutations have different probabilities to mutate into the different genes, these probabilities can be found in the table underneath. These mutation probabilities also apply to spawned (not bred) pandas for their main and hidden genes.
|Panda Personality||Hidden Gene|
- The only way to know the hidden gene of a panda is to use the command :
/data get entity @e[type=minecraft:panda,limit=1] HiddenGene[Java Edition only] or using third-party NBT editors.
The appearance of pandas depends on their personality:
- Aggressive pandas have angry eyebrows.
- Lazy pandas have a smiling face.
- Weak pandas have teary eyes and snotty noses.
- Worried pandas have 'puppy' eyes similar to tamed wolves.
- Playful pandas have their tongues out.
- Normal pandas have a frowning face.
- Brown pandas have brown and white fur and a frowning face. This is the rarest variant.
The baby brown panda is the rarest.
Upon death, adult pandas drop:
- 1 bamboo[Java Edition only]
- 0-2 bamboo, increased 1 per level by Looting.[Bedrock Edition only]
- 1–3, if killed by a tamed wolf or the player.
Baby pandas have a chance of dropping 1 slimeball when they sneeze.
Upon successful breeding, 1–7 is dropped.
|Sound||Subtitle||Source||Description||Namespaced ID||Translation key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation distance|
|Panda's nose tickles||?||?||1||?||16|
|Panda eats||?||?||5 = 0.85; !5 = 1||?||16|
|Panda huffs||?||?||4 = 0.8; !4 = 1||?||16|
Pandas have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob.
- Entity data
- Tags common to all entities see Template:Nbt inherit/entity/template
- Tags common to all mobs see Template:Nbt inherit/mob/template
- Additional fields for mobs that can breed see Template:Nbt inherit/breedable/template
- MainGene: The primary gene this panda has, that can transfer to the child.
- HiddenGene: The secondary gene this panda has, that can transfer to the child.
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Actual requirements (if different)||Gamerscore earned||Trophy type (PS)|
|Zoologist||Breed two pandas with bamboo.||—||40G||Gold|
|Icon||Advancement||In-game description||Parent||Actual requirements (if different)||Namespaced ID|
|The Parrots and the Bats||Breed two animals together||Husbandry||—|
|Two by Two||Breed all the animals!||The Parrots and the Bats||Breed pairs of each of these 15 mobs. In Java Edition 1.16[upcoming], hoglins and striders are also required for this advancement. A trader llama does not count as a llama, and donkeys and mules count as horses. Other breedable mobs, if any, are ignored for this advancement.|
|April 9, 2012||Dinnerbone states that he wants to add pandas into the game once he is "used to skinning and animating things".|
|December 18, 2013||Dinnerbone again states that he wants to add pandas into the game.|
|September 26, 2018||Pandas win a community vote to be the next mob added to Minecraft China.|
|September 29, 2018||Pandas are announced at MINECON Earth 2018.|
|Added baby pandas.|
|19w08a||Pandas can no longer have armor equipped onto them with a dispenser.|
|Naturally spawned pandas now have a 5% chance of being a baby.|
|1.15||19w39a||Due to a bug, the baby panda model is currently broken.|
|19w40a||The baby panda model has been fixed.|
|1.8.0||beta 184.108.40.206||Added pandas.|
|Added baby pandas.|
|beta 220.127.116.11||Added sounds for pandas.|
|Pandas can now directly be given bamboo to breed them.|
|Aggressive pandas now deal more damage.|
|Pandas now sit and snack, even if they're scared or angry at the player.|
|beta 18.104.22.168||The textures of aggressive pandas have been changed from to .|
|All default pandas now bite once when attacked.|
|Aggressive pandas now defend other pandas.|
|Pandas now broadcast their anger to aggressive pandas.|
|Aggressive pandas now have more attack damage when killing nearby players.|
|beta 22.214.171.124||Pandas now more quickly return to their normal behavior after following a player holding bamboo.|
|PlayStation 4 Edition|
|Added baby pandas.|
- To create the in-game sounds for pandas, Mojang's lead sound designer, Samuel Åberg, went to Guangzhou, China, to record real-life pandas.
- This was also done with dolphins.
- The brown panda, known as the Qinling panda, is actually a subspecies of the giant panda.
- The lazy panda is the slowest land mob in the game (not counting status effects such as Slowness).
- The rarest mob in Bedrock Edition is a baby husk with equipment and armor riding a brown panda, which has a 2.88×10−13 percent (one in 3.472 trillion) chance of spawning.
The panda is the mob with the most variants (not including mobs with armor) The baby brown panda is the 3rd rarest mob in minecraft (excluding the skeleton horse man)
The first image of pandas, from MINECON Earth 2018.
A group of pandas eating bamboo shown at MINECON Earth 2018.
A worried panda, covering its eyes during a thunderstorm.
Panda eating a cake.
- "Recording Panda sounds for Minecraft!" – October 9, 2018