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What do tadpoles eat in the Minecraft 1.19 update?

Minecraft’s mobs have always been a highlight of the game. They bring the in-game world to life and make the game a lot more engaging for players, especially players who only play in single player worlds. Each mob in the game has different behavioral traits and abilities, putting them into one of three categories: passive, hostile, and neutral. This article is about a passive mob that doubles as an independent baby mob called tadpoles.

Tadpoles were introduced to the game with Minecraft 1.19: The Wild Update. They are the baby versions of the Frog mob and grow into the adult mafia twenty minutes after spawning. Tadpoles grow into adult frogs, which are the same variant of the mafia as frogs that spawn naturally in the upper world.


Tadpoles in Minecraft 1.19: What Can Players Feed the New Baby Crowd?

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When tadpoles grow up, it’s determined by the biome they “mature” or grow up in, not necessarily the biome they spawn in, which the frog-variant tadpoles turn into. If a player decides to use a bucket of water and carry a tadpole away from the biome where it naturally spawned, it can change to one of three frog varieties — temperate, cold, and warm — depending on the biome in which the tadpole matures.

Unlike most baby mobs in Minecraft that spawn as a result of direct breeding or the mating process that involves two adult mobs, tadpoles tend to spawn from a new block called frog spawn. One frog spawn is generated when two adult frogs get slime balls and go into “love” mode. In addition, only one parent frog establishes the frog spawn block. This adult frog is randomly selected to produce the frog spawn and does so on the nearest available water source block.

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It can take up to 10 minutes for a frog spawn to hatch, which is half a night cycle in play. After the tadpoles hatch, players can expect two to six tadpoles to spawn.

As mentioned before, each tadpole takes 20 minutes to grow naturally into an adult frog. However, this process can be speeded up by feeding a tadpole slime balls. Players can find slime balls as drops from the slime mob, which can spawn below Y level 40. Each section of the slime drops a bunch of slime balls when killed.

Slime can be found in the swamp biome, which is quite useful because tadpoles have a high probability of spawning in that same biome. That said, the swamp varieties of slime are only found at night.

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This is because, as mentioned above, tadpoles are always produced on water source blocks and the swamp biome is the perfect biome for tadpoles and their adult variants.

In addition, tadpoles tend to follow a player holding up a slime ball, much like chickens follow a player with seeds in their hand. So if players want Pied Piper with tadpoles, they can do that.


Although Minecraft’s tadpoles are baby mobs, they are still hunted by axolotls. Therefore, players are advised to speed up their growth as much as possible to save them from any axolotl attack they may be in danger of. Scooping them up in buckets and growing them in a personal space like a farm is another great idea.


Edited by Soumyadyuti Ghosh

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