Mojang Studios released a major content update for Minecraft in early June, symbolically called the wild update. Brimming with wilderness and the terrifying notion of the unknown that comes with it, the long-awaited expansion introduced several new mobs, locations, biomes, and exclusive items. Among the new inhabitants of the overworld are frogs, an addition that fans have been demanding for a while now.
First revealed at MINECON Live three years ago, frogs do more than just populate certain areas of MinecraftThe outside world map of . Fireflies, another mob initially planned to the wild update, were scrapped entirely when Mojang decided to go ahead with implementing frogs. The reasoning behind the decision boiled down to the fact that some species of fireflies are lethally poisonous to select frog species in real life. While the idea of coexistence (or lack thereof) rooted in reality is admirable, the in-game AI-based behavior of the frogs doesn’t necessarily reflect Mojang’s original sentiment. However, curious players may be eager to find and breed frogs to see for themselves what the new mob is all about.
Where to find frogs in Minecraft
Frogs are the second amphibian added to MinecraftThe growing list of fauna from the outside world, the first being the brightly colored salamander. Despite sporting the placating tag of passive mobs, they are known to have an acquired taste for small slimes and magma cubes. Generally speaking, frogs have 10 health and aside from a negligible amount of experience, they don’t drop any items when defeated.
While the frogs come in three different variants, they share the same behavioral pattern, allowing them to jump onto large dripping leaves or lily pads and swim in the water. Players can usually find them in swamps scattered around the map or in the recently introduced mangrove swamp biome. Orange frogs are the most common variant that players will encounter in the wild, as they are native to temperate biomes. To acquire white frogs, which prefer a warm climate, or the green variant, which matures in cool areas, players should consider breeding two members of the temperate variant.
How to breed frogs in Minecraft and why it’s worth it
Frog farming is similar to turtle farming in that they lay frog eggs in the same way as turtles. Although players cannot tame these restless amphibians, they can initiate a spawn sequence with the appropriate item. Since frogs are oddly fond of slime balls, having two readily available will help set the mood.
By finding a pair of frogs and feeding them a ball of slime each, players can activate a so-called “love mode” for this particular mob, represented by small red hearts appearing on top. A few moments later, one of the frogs will scan its surroundings for a block of water to lay the baby frogs, which will hatch into tadpoles in a couple of minutes. Because the game recognizes tadpoles as a completely different species of mobs from the outside world, players would do well to keep them out of range of axolotls and preferably within a safe area of water.
While tadpoles can take up to 20 minutes to turn into frogs, it’s possible to speed up their evolution with the help of slime balls. As their final appearance is subject to the environment in which they are raised, transporting them in buckets of water to biomes with different temperatures will ensure optimal growth in one of three possible variants. Although it may seem counterintuitive to go after multiple types of frogs if they can’t be tamed, they happen to produce a useful item after a feast.
When a frog consumes a small slime, it will drop a ball of slime, but when it swallows a small magma cube, the result will be a frog light. Depending on the frog variant, Froglights take on a different glow. Temperate Frogs allow players to collect bright ochre-colored cubes, cool variants offer a green alternative, and warm subspecies produce soothing pearly blocks. Its level 15 light is perfect for interior or exterior decoration, as it not only illuminates the environment but also regulates its ecosystem.