A Howl: Minecraft Vid Shows Pet Wolves

But do they eat you if they get too hungry?
PC Gamer spotted that Minecraft programmer Jens “Jeb” Bergensten has uploaded a video of the wolf pets for beta v1.4 of Minecraft, and you can see it below. They sit and watch you, hunt cows, and even shake off water. That’s pretty cute.


  1. skinlo says:

    Thats pretty awesome. Do they hunt other things as well? (aka monsters).

    • CMaster says:

      Seems they attack whatever the player attacks first, based off the video. Be interesting to see if they always need that cue, or if they’ll go straight for things that have aggroed on the player.

    • Ringwraith says:

      Even if they only respond to “marking” a target with an arrow they could be pretty effective. As you pick targets from afar.

  2. Carnius says:

    I’m guessing they hunt whatever the player hits first.

    • syntax says:

      It would be sick if you could craft “Bone Arrows” to send the wolves to do your bidding.

  3. Quasar says:

    Never alone.

  4. Kaira- says:

    The big question is: can I ride them?

  5. x25killa says:

    Wolves eh? That’s pretty neat. Time to stock on bones me thinks.

  6. dadioflex says:

    Something to do with the ten million bones I have stashed away? Yeah, I know what bones can be used for but who the heck ever uses that many as fertilizer? I want to build a throne of bones. Good book that.

  7. CMaster says:

    Bones = Love

  8. Ci2e says:

    Sleigh dogs anybody?

    • Anton says:

      Here here! That would be awesome. A legit mode of controllable transportation, but I doubt that will happen officially other than a mod.

      The wolves update is still very cool. Eagerly waiting for this together with the spawn save feature of beds.

  9. DJ Phantoon says:


    Yes, yes, you all get a bone.


    • Lightbulb says:

      ts061282 – Yeah I fear Minecraft can actually only get worse from now on…

      I hope not, but I fear it…

  10. crazydane says:

    Wolf drawn minecart ftw.

  11. Wilson says:

    Awww, aren’t they adorable?

  12. jonfitt says:

    I wonder what the feeding does? Do they need feeding, or does it just restore their health?

    • jonfitt says:

      Also, they seemed like a friendly mob before tamed, but that was during the daytime, I wonder if wild ones are hostile at night like spiders?

      When the moon is high, do they howl?

    • Rhin says:

      The bone seems like a PokeBall, not a Potion.

    • jonfitt says:

      How so? From my rough knowledge of Pokemon doesn’t a Poke ball slurp the monsters inside it more like an inventory?

    • Wulf says:

      I think he means the weird brainwashing aspect of Pokéballs, that I’ve always found horribly unsettling to the point of wanting to avoid Pokémon games. :p You intrude onto a wild Pokémon’s territory, it gets irritable about this and challenges you, and after a few hours spent in a Pokéball, it completely forgets about its prior life and becomes the best friend of the trainer. Likely leaving its young to die in the process.

      This seems a little bit less like that though and more like befriending. Still, if I spot any pups nearby, not going to do it.

  13. Xocrates says:

    I wonder what happens when a player logs off on a multiplayer server though. Do they vanish and re-appear when the player returns, vanish altogether, or remain on the server?

    I hope it’s the first one.

    EDIT: PS: anyone that murders one of my pet wolves will find the nether strangely hospitable when compared to hanging around my vicinity.

  14. Jonathan says:

    The shaking! That is the cutest thing in Minecraft.

  15. SuperNashwanPower says:

    Aww what endearing cow-murder

    • stahlwerk says:

      Hey I wanted to write that.
      Oh well.

      D’awwww :3

      Will there be cats that can be tamed with milk and do nothing useful in particular?

    • jon_hill987 says:

      They would leave dead mice by your door to step on.

    • Daniel Klein says:

      Endearing cow murder needs to be a band.

    • SuperNashwanPower says:

      I misread that as “Endearing Cow Murder needs to be a bRand”. Now I want an Endearing Cow Murder beanie and t-shirt.

  16. jonfitt says:

    I want to tame a spider which can hunt diamonds like a pig with truffles.

  17. jonfitt says:

    Notch also has posted about how achievements and stats will probably work:
    link to notch.tumblr.com

  18. Meatloaf says:

    I love it. I am totally making lever-operated gates with wolves inside, so I can cackle menacingly, shout “RELEASE THE HOUNDS”, and then let out an adorable little hunting machine.

  19. RadioactiveMan says:

    Begun, the Wolf vs Spider wars have.

    Also, how many can I have? Can I become a feral wolf man, leading a pack of wolves whose fangs outnumber the stars in the sky, whose furry backs cover the plains, from horizon to horizon, whose multitude of feet shake the very earth, and whose unearthly howls given even Creepers pause? Hopefully yes!

  20. BeamSplashX says:

    I wouldn’t mind taming a creeper for a short-lived friendship.

    EDIT: That sounded more sexual than I intended. BONUS POINTS.

    • Generico says:

      That’s because Minecraft was originally intended to create euphemisms about “getting wood” and “going deeper”. Only later did Notch realize that it could be expanded into an actual game.

  21. Tomm says:

    “And now I know for sure, I just added two more guys to my wolf pack. Four of us wolves, running around the desert together, in Las Vegas, looking for strippers and cocaine.”

    Waiting for the inevitable crushing blow of a creeper blowing up your entire wolfpack.

  22. Clean3d says:

    Me: “Hey, wolf! See the bone? Want it, want it?! FETCH!”
    “sssSSSS… KABOOM”
    Me: “NO! You can’t die… you just can’t! Hang on, I’ll find a porkchop!”
    Wolf: *whimpers and collapses*
    Me: *quits Minecraft for a week and promises self never to get close to any cuboid creature again.*

  23. Hoaxfish says:

    I have a strange feeling some parts of the minecraft community are particularly excited about this sort of thing.

    • Wulf says:

      I see that many parts of this community are excited about this sort of thing.

      I can’t blame them, since I’m just as excited about this sort of thing.

      Next up… friendly dragons that can be befriended and used as mounts, Notch? I remember that there were murmurings of such and I’d love to see it. None of that usual entitlement here, though. Just saying that I’d be exceedingly happy if it happens. If it doesn’t? I’m going to do my best to try and make it happen when the official modding API comes along.

    • Durkonkell says:

      GODS YES.

      I have a dragon perch already installed above my fortress in anticipation of this day. I didn’t anticipate the need for wolf quarters though…

    • Wulf says:

      Yeah, I’ve talked to a bunch of people about this possibility and we’re all terribly excited about it. This is why I’m going to try and make it happen if the happy folks at Mojang don’t. Someone has to make it happen. I mean… toasting Creepers from the skies?

      I just hope he mildly rips off the Another World style of dragon, since that style would work so well for Minecraft. If I did it, that’s probably what I’d do. I remember seeing it recently in the intro of Heart of the Alien and thinking to myself that its blockiness made it look like something right out of Another World.

  24. Wulf says:

    I had no idea that blocks could be so compellingly adorable. The shaking off of water was appreciable levels of cute, and now I want one.

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  26. gwathdring says:


    First: Awwwwwwww.

    Second: Wolves being feral at night like spiders would be awesome.

    Third: If you toss a bone using Q, will they please play fetch?

    Fourth: I wonder if they befriend you permanently, for the duration of a day, or if there’s a time limit per treat (i.e. ignore them enough and they leave). This makes Thing the Second more interesting.

    Fifth: I, like a lot of people, am curious as to how they react around hostile mobs.

    Sixth: If we can have puppies, that means we can LOSE our puppies. :( It’s sort of like the most wonderful aspect of Minecraft: how well it captures the idea of Home. If you get lost, or your house invaded by creepers, or the save file gets ditched, sometimes you don’t just loose time and effort and gear. Sometimes, even if only for a few minutes, you’ve lost home. Which is part of the reason Minecraft scares me more than a lot of games intended to scare me. Sometimes, I’ll become frightened I’ll get lost in this cavern and panic because I can’t stand the thought of never going home. (Also the sound design is simple yet bloody unsettling at times.) And I guess now I’ll worry about my poor little doggies. And love the game for it. :)

    • Fwiffo says:

      Get this man a tamagotchi, stat!

    • gwathdring says:


    • SuperNashwanPower says:

      I got really attached to DogMeat in Fallout 3 – he would go bounding off to defend me against some scorpion and I would go running after him to prevent him getting spiked in the nose by a horrible scorpio-spiker thing. In the end it was too much so I just locked him up in my megaton house and let him talk to the robot.

  27. SuperNashwanPower says:

    I love seeing the tender side of PC gamers coming out :) With this and the Portal 2 trailer, I think we are on the verge of a big, nurturing, tears-of-happiness hug-a-thon. Awwwwwww

    • Wulf says:

      There’s just not enough subject material to bring it out. I think that if more people were familiar with CreaVures (I will insist on advertising that game, damn it!), we’d have a few more aaaws out of that.

      More subject material for this sort of thing. More I say!

    • SuperNashwanPower says:

      Aww creavures looks cute too. I found myself wanting to play animal crossing the other day, if only it were on PC. Maybe some part of us all has grown tired with endless manshoot, and we just want to sit and become emotional over a small, loving, virtual badger.

  28. Wulf says:

    I kind of hope that they’re not hostile at night. Not trolling, just adding my honest two pence here, because I don’t think that there’s enough of a variety of interesting non-hostile mobs. It’d be nice to have something more monstrous to fight, and instead have these little guys as just background decoration that can be tamed.

    In fact, actual hostile human NPCs (bandits!) would be interesting. I’ve seen some mods that do that, and they’re pretty good.

  29. Olivaw says:

    I like the idea, but what happens when I have to fight a creeper? Will they all get blown up and I’ll be covered in bloody dog bits?

    Solve that problem and I’ll be excited. I can’t get attached to disposable creatures! They make me sad!

    Also add more furniture and decorations for houses please.

  30. Spliter says:

    I want pet spiders I can ride :(

  31. Crescend says:


  32. po says:

    Needs tail wagging

  33. Tusque D'Ivoire says:

    You need to be able to kill and skin untamed wolves, though.

    If i have my own wolf pack, i want to wear a wolfpelt, too!

    • Wulf says:

      Oh, you’ll probably be able to kill them. But they’ll look at you with their big eyes of WHY? as you do, and you’ll feel like a monster. As well you should. You monster.


  34. Generico says:

    Ok, but how do I make them stay and not follow me everywhere and get in my way all the time? Can I post them as guard dogs to keep mobs out of an area?

  35. cummerbund jackson says:

    Feral wolves at night would be interesting for one possibility. Fighting a wolf at night would have a small percentage chance of infecting the player with some lycanthropic disease, i.e., the player gets to be a werewolf at night, with increased running speed, increased combat abilities, and killer dance moves.

  36. InsidiousBoot says:

    They have an evil look in their eyes, they can’t be trusted!! the cuteness is just a disguise!

  37. ts061282 says:

    …and the phrase henceforth became “Jumping the wolf”.

  38. Kerbobotat says:

    Anyone else think it was mean when he held out the poke and got the wolf to sit and cock its head, and then didnt give it the pork?

  39. MadMatty says:

    This is cool. More furniture plz, -just basics like table and chair will do for now.

    Tame cows?

    Include some of the zanier terrain generation mods in the beta?

    Keep it coming- its true i think this might be one, if not the best game out in the past decade :D

  40. MadMatty says:

    did i see a grand canyon terrain gen. mod? or was it just wishful thinking?

  41. Clovis says:

    From “The Word of Notch”: “They’re fairly rare, but they won’t despawn once you’ve tamed them.”

    The latter half is good to know, but I’m excited about the rarity. When I saw that crazy pack in the video it seemed like they could unbalance the game. However, it’d be cool if it now gives you a really good reason to go exploring above ground, besides just seeing the sights.

    Also, for some reason, I can’t wait for chievos.