How To Find and Tame Llamas in Minecraft

Llamas are tameable animals added to Minecraft as part of the 1.11 exploration update. They are able to carry items in chests on their backs and multiple llamas can form a transport caravan. This makes llamas a useful tool for transporting items across a long distance. They also have some other unique features, including spitting when attacked and the ability to be decorated with colored carpets! This article will teach you how to find and tame your first llama in Minecraft.

Finding Llamas


Llamas in Minecraft
Llamas can be found naturally in extreme hills and savanna pleateu biomes. They spawn in packs of 4 or 6 and in four different colors: white, brown, grey, or beige. Some llamas may spawn as babies, but they will grow up to adult size in due time.

Note that they also spawn in older worlds generated prior to the 1.11 exploration update (but it will be more difficult to find them). To find llamas in older Minecraft worlds, you will have to kill all other passive mobs (like cows, chickens, sheep, pigs, and so on) in loaded chunks. This includes all visible land around you and the spawn chunk of your world. Eventually, some llamas will spawn!

Can’t find a savanna or extreme hills biome? You will have to explore your world until you find one! If you’re having a lot of difficulty, you can try using a Map Viewer to locate the biome for your particular world seed.



Taming Llamas


Taming a llama is a very simple process, you don’t even require any specific items like with other animals. Just right click on the animal with an empty hand and you will mount it. If you get kicked off the llama and smoke appears, just try again. Once hearts appear, the llama is tamed! Although you are able to mount the llama, you won’t be able to control its movement like a horse.

When tamed, you will also be able to place a chest on your llama by right clicking it with a chest in your hand. The chest will be able to hold anywhere from 3 to 15 items (the exact amount is random for each llama). To form a caravan, use a lead on one llama and all other nearby llamas will join each other as if they are connected.

Equipping Carpets on Minecraft Llamas

You can also place all the different colors of carpets on llamas as a decoration. To equip a carpet on a llama, first mount the llama and then open your inventory. There will be a slot on the left where a carpet can be placed. Each carpet color will have slight variations in design, particularly around the head.

Facts About Llamas


  • Although they are passive mobs, llamas will “spit” at you when attacked and deal a small amount of damage.
  • Llamas will attack non-tamed wolves by spitting at them and wolves will run away from llamas.
  • Although you can mount a llama, you are not able to place a saddle on them and you cannot control their movement while mounted! You must use a lead to control movement.
  • Llamas are bred using hay bales.
  • Each caravan can contain up to ten llamas. Multiple caravans can be formed at one time by using multiple leads.
  • The 1.11 update also added woodland mansions to the game.

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