One of the many new features introduced with Title Update 7 for “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition” was the ability to breed animals to make baby animals that grow up into tasty meat or useful products like wool. We put together this guide Thursday to help you get started with your baby animal making in the popular sandbox game.
Step 1: Build Pens
The first thing you will want to do is build a pen or pens to breed the animals in. You don’t want these areas to be too large or there’s a chance that the two animals you want to breed won’t catch each other’s eyes. A 3 block by 3 block to a 6 block by 6 block fenced in area is generally all you’ll need. Don’t forget to include a gate for the pen though. A single-gate will work fine but a double-gate will make it a little easier for the larger animals to get through.
You don’t have to build a pen to breed animals but it certainly makes it easier.
Step 2: Herd the Animals
Once you have your breeding area setup, you’ll want to head to an area where the animals that you want to breed are congregating so that you can herd them to the pen. You do this by equipping an item that will attract the animal and looking straight at it. It will then follow you until you unequip the item or leave the animal’s eyesight. Wheat can be used to attract Cows, Sheep, Pigs and Chickens as of Title Update 7.
Step 3: Breed the Animals
Now that you have two animals of the same type paired together in a pen, you can coax them into making sweet love with one another to create a baby animal by playing Barry White or feeding them their favorite food. But mostly by feeding them their favorite food.
For Cows, Sheep and Pigs, equip Wheat again and then press the left trigger on both of the adult animals and they will enter a “love mode” with hearts appearing over their head. They’ll eventually kiss and produce a baby animal. They will be unable to breed again for approximately five minutes.
To breed Chickens, perform the same steps but with Wheat Seeds. For Tamed Wolves, you’ll want to use meat either raw or cooked.
Breeding animals is an incredibly efficient way to get food and materials in the game. For example, the Cow is the only source of milk, leather and raw beef while Chickens drop feathers, eggs and raw chicken meat. The more ingenious “Minecraft” designers will find ways to setup a more automated way of breeding their herd of animals. We’ll save that for potentially another guide though.
Wait, what about…
There are many features in the “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition” that are not up to par with the PC version. For example, Pigs currently use carrots to breed in the latest PC version of the game and Ocelots/Cats are available as well. We’ll update this guide as the Xbox 360 version is updated by 4J Studios.
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