Can you tame a panda in Minecraft?

Can you tame a panda in Minecraft?

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Pandas – They are not only one of the cutest animals in the real world, but also in the world of Minecraft!

Unlike most other mobs or animals in Minecraft, pandas cannot be kept on a leash and cannot technically be tamed. However, there are some ways to befriend them and treat them like pets. To do this, you just need to find the key to his heart… (spoiler alert: it’s food). Once you offer a Minecraft Panda its favorite food, it will follow you everywhere! (as long as you have it on hand).

How to make a Panda follow you in Minecraft

First, find yourself a panda! You can also write the code ‘/summon minecraft:panda’ to make one appear spontaneously.

find a panda

What is a panda’s favorite food? Bamboo! If you want to tame a panda, you will have to feed it a lot.

There are a few ways to find bamboo in Minecraft. The most common forms are:

  • Find it growing naturally in jungle biomes.
  • Get it from fishing in jungle biomes.
  • Loot chests from the jungle temple.
  • Giving you bamboo with the ‘/give @s bamboo’ trick.

find bamboo

Take the bamboo from your inventory and hold it in your hand. Your panda will automatically approach you and follow you while you hold it, unless you move too far away.

feed your panda

If you want to keep your pandas as pets, the best way to do it is to build yourself a panda enclosure like the one below:

Create a Panda Enclosure

If you lure just two pandas into your enclosure, you could end up with all we have! Simply feed your pandas until they start producing red love hearts like these:

panda eating bamboo

Soon after, you can welcome a new baby panda to your enclosure!

panda and baby

To produce red hearts (love mode), there must be at least eight bamboo blocks within a five block radius of your panda.

If you want to keep your pandas happy and healthy, they will need bamboo. With the bamboo equipped in your hand, simply place it on top of some grass blocks. It will look like this:

optional bamboo plant

To make your bamboo taller, simply stack more on top of it like this, or wait for it to grow!

plant bigger bamboo

Do Minecraft Pandas Eat Cake Too?

While the most common (and easiest) food to feed pandas is bamboo, you may not know that they also eat cake! Well, in Minecraft, that is. We’re not sure if you should feed cake to a real Panda. A Minecraft panda won’t pick up the placed cake, but if you drop the item nearby, a panda will pick it up and eat it!

Pandas eat minecraft cake

Where to find a panda

Minecraft Pandas are often found in the Bamboo Jungle biome. You can also summon them with the trick mentioned above or a spawn egg. Spawn eggs can only be found in creative mode or by using the ‘/give’ command.

How to use a panda

Although Minecraft pandas cannot be properly tamed, they can be lured into enclosures and kept as pets.

You can also get bamboo from pandas by killing them. Pandas will drop between 0 and 3 bamboos, depending on their age and the method used to kill them. But why would you want to kill a cute Panda?! Just gather bamboo from the jungle and grow it.

Pandas from Minecraft: interesting facts

  • Some Minecraft pandas are aggressive when another panda is hurt. These pandas will have gray eyebrows.
  • 5% of pandas reproduce as baby pandas.
  • Brown pandas are the rarest pandas.
  • If a baby panda sneezes, other pandas may jump or roll over.
  • The pandas can be fed with cakes and bamboo sticks.
  • Pandas need a light level of 9+ to spawn.
  • Some pandas can produce a ball of slime when they sneeze.

Panda Commands

To summon a normal panda, use the command /summon minecraft:panda

In order to summon a rare brown panda, you will have to play with the genes. Use the command /summon minecraft:panda ~ ~ ~ {MainGene:brown,HiddenGene:brown}

You can also summon panda cubs with the command /summon minecraft:panda ~ ~ ~ {Age:-1200} (will grow in 60 seconds), or /summon minecraft:panda ~ ~ ~ {Age:-6000} (will grow in 5 minutes). )

Panda vs. Polar Bear

What are the differences between Minecraft pandas and polar bears?


  • A panda’s personality varies. They can be normal, worried, lazy, aggressive, weak, playful or dark. Playful pandas will often roll.
  • Spawn in the bamboo jungle biome
  • black and white or brown and white
  • Mainly used to harvest materials.

Polar Bear

  • Spawn as passive or hostile
  • They spawn in cold, icy areas, such as frozen ocean biomes
  • White
  • Polar bears can be used to attack or defend. Players can also ride them.

Frequent questions

How to transport pandas in Minecraft?

The best way to transport pandas is by boat. However, if you don’t own one, you can also use a nether portal.

They can also be lured with bamboo. However, this is a tedious operation thanks to its slow movement speed.

What is the rarest panda in Minecraft?

The rarest panda in Minecraft is the brown panda. There are currently no known ways to tame brown pandas.

How rare is a sick panda in Minecraft?

Sick pandas are not very common in Minecraft. They will often have a frown, watery eyes, and runny noses. If you come across one, try to cure it with healing potions.

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