Added in the 1.14 Village and Pillage Update, Pandas are arguably a fan favourite when it comes to mobs in Minecraft.
Spawning exclusively in Bamboo Jungle Biomes, Pandas (like their distant cousin the Polar Bear) are sadly untamable, but can be bred to make Baby Pandas.
In this post, I’ll talk about the different types of pandas in Minecraft and why you should breed them. And most importantly, I’ll show you how to breed pandas in Minecraft.
Types Of Pandas In Minecraft
In Minecraft, Pandas have 7 different variations, some with unique personalities and altered textures.
These said Pandas also have hidden values known as Genes which determines the type of Panda you will make when breeding.
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Normal Pandas are… well as the name suggests, normal. This type of Panda has the base texture without any unique expressions or traits.
Normal Pandas are the most common type of Panda that can be found in the game and have Dominant Genes.
With its large distinguishable eyebrows and frowning mouth, this type of Panda can go from neutral to hostile real quick when provoked by players.
Aggressive Pandas will target players until they are dead or outside of a certain radius, just like an Iron Golem but much slower. This Panda contains Dominant Genes.
Weak Pandas as the name suggests are much weaker than the other Panda types having only half the health of a normal Panda, it’s always teary eyed and has a snotty nose.
This type of Panda can sneeze as an adult and its Baby form sneezes more often than the other Baby Panda types. This type of Panda has Recessive Genes.
This type of Panda pretty much lies on its back most of the time and doesn’t really care about what’s happening in its surroundings. Lazy Pandas would look near identical to Normal Pandas if it weren’t for that smug grin on its face.
In the Java Version of Minecraft, Lazy Pandas don’t bother getting up to follow players who have Bamboo in their hands, whereas in the Bedrock Version, the Lazy Panda will get up and start following the player.
This Panda contains Dominant Traits and has Dominant Genes.
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Playful Pandas would most definitely be the extrovert out of all the Panda types, with its tongue sticking out and playful nature this type of Panda loves to roll around a lot.
But be cautious of Playful Pandas when taking them near cliff edges as due to their love of rolling so much they tend to roll off the edge and take themselves out. This type of Panda contains Dominant Genes.
A complete polar opposite of the Playful Panda, with its large worried eyes this type of Panda tends to avoid players and hostile mobs alike.
Worried Pandas also don’t eat anything unless a player feeds it to them and are also afraid of Thunderstorms, causing it to sit upright and cover its face with its paws. Surprisingly, this type of Panda has Dominant Genes.
And finally the rarest type of Panda to find naturally spawned, other than its brown coloured texture this type of Panda has no special expressions or personality has Recessive Genes.
How To Breed Pandas In Minecraft
Breeding Pandas are quite the easy endeavour, but it requires some key conditions to be met when doing so. But first you’ll need to find pandas!
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First of all you’ll need to find a Bamboo Jungle Biome because pretty much everything you need is there.
Pandas are definitely rare when it comes to spawn rates but if you keep looking for them long enough in its exclusive Biome, you’ll find a group of them in no time.
Bamboo is a no brainer when it comes to breeding Pandas so don’t forget to grab a few while searching for them.
Once you come across a bunch of Pandas choose two of them to be bred.
Before you start to breed the Pandas there is a condition that needs to be met, the Pandas should be within a 5-block radius of 8 or more blocks of Bamboo, only then will you be able to breed them.
Getting 2 Pandas into love mode requires you to feed them Bamboo which you can do by right-clicking them or throwing the Bamboo on the ground next to them.
Once you see hearts after they’ve finished eating the Bamboo they will begin to mate. After all these steps are done you’ll be presented with a newborn Baby Panda!
This is the simplest and easiest way to breed Pandas, but there is another more complex type of breeding. This method of breeding is the only way to get specific types of Pandas, but this method is very tedious and becomes quite irritating if you don’t have the patience.
Breeding Specific Type Of Pandas
For example, If you have bred a Normal Panda with a Brown Panda, there is a high chance that you will get a Normal Baby Panda as the Normal Panda’s main gene is Dominant whereas the Brown Panda’s main gene is recessive.
But the results you get can vary if the hidden gene in both Pandas are different, meaning it’s going to be a 50/50 when breeding using this method.
And this is the main issue with breeding using this method, it becomes a game of RNG. But if you’re willing to put in the time and resources, it’s a sure-fire way of getting the specific Panda you want.
Why Should I Breed Pandas?
Other than wanting to have some Pandas at your base or have them at an enclosure in one of your worlds, there are a couple of very niche cases where Pandas can be used.
Slimeball Farm: There is an interesting mechanic tied to the Baby Pandas in which there is a very small chance of them spawning a Slimeball after sneezing.
Bamboo Farm: Upon death, Pandas drop 1 Bamboo. Read the uses of bamboo here.
Both of these use cases are very inefficient and it is recommended not to put effort into, but it is doable for those who wish to do so.
Breeding Pandas is a really simple process and all you need is a couple of pandas and some bamboo. However trying to get a specific type of baby panda is tricky and you need to remember their genetics, or just visit this post!