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Can you tame a Panda in Minecraft?

Can Minecraft pandas be tamed?

Updated: Nov 28, 2023 2:03 pm
Can you tame a Panda in Minecraft?

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Pandas: they’re not just one of the cutest animals in the real world but also in the world of Minecraft, too!

Unlike most other Minecraft mobs or animals, Pandas can’t be led with a leash, and they can’t technically be tamed. However, there are a few ways to befriend them and treat them as pets. To do this, you just need to find the key to their heart… (spoiler alert: it’s food). Once you offer a Minecraft Panda its favorite food, it’ll follow you everywhere! (as long as you keep it in hand).

How to get a Panda to follow you in Minecraft



Find a Panda

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

Find A Panda



Find Bamboo

What’s a panda’s favorite food? Bamboo! If you want to tame a panda, you’ll need to feed it plenty.

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

  • Find it growing naturally in jungle biomes.
  • Source it from fishing in jungle biomes.
  • Looting jungle temple chests.
  • Giving yourself bamboo with the cheat ‘/give @s bamboo’.

Find Bamboo



Feed your Panda

Take the bamboo from your inventory and hold it in your hand. Your panda will automatically come over to you, and will follow you all the while you’re holding it – unless you get to far away.

Feed Your Panda



Create a Panda enclosure (optional)

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





Breed Pandas

By luring just two pandas into your enclosure, you could end up with as many as we have! Simply feed your pandas until they start producing red love hearts like these:

Panda eating bamboo

Shortly after, you can welcome a new baby panda into your enclosure!

Panda andbaby

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



Plant Bamboo

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

Optional Plant Bamboo

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

Planting Larger Bamboo

Minecraft Pandas eat Cake, too?!

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

Pandas eat cake Minecraft

Where To Find A Panda

Minecraft Pandas are often found in the Bamboo Jungle biome. You can also summon them with the cheat 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 obtain Bamboo from pandas by killing them. Pandas will drop between 0-3 bamboo, 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 farm it.

Minecraft Pandas: Interesting Facts

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

Panda Commands

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

To summon a rare brown panda,you’ll need 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} (grows 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 brown. Playful pandas will often roll around.
  • Spawn in the bamboo jungle biome
  • Black and white or brown and white
  • Mainly used for harvesting materials

Polar Bear

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

Frequently Asked Questions

How To Transport Pandas In Minecraft?

The best way to transport pandas is via a 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 their slow movement speed!

What’s 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’ll often have a frowning face, teary eyes, and snotty noses. If you do encounter one, try to heal it with healing potions.

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