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Minecraft Goats: how to tame a Goat, Screaming Goats and Goat Horns explained

Here's how to tame a Goat in Minecraft

Want to know more about Goats in Minecraft? These devilish creatures pack quite the punch beneath their seemingly cute exterior. Found in mountain biomes and capable of jumping great heights, there are a few hidden depths to this mob in Minecraft which we'll explain below.

Keep reading to find out how to breed Goats, how Screaming Goats and ramming work, and (for Bedrock players) how you can obtain and use Goat Horns.

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How to tame and breed a Goat in Minecraft 1.17

Goats are neutral mobs that cannot be tamed, but they can be impelled to breed with another goat. Goats can be fed Wheat, which will cause them to enter "Love Mode". If two nearby Goats are both in "Love Mode", they will procreate, and produce a baby Goat. This is how all breeding in Minecraft works, from Axolotls to Bees. The only thing that differs is the type of food required.

Goats will also follow you if yo are holding Wheat in your hand, which helps when trying to bring two Goats close together. You can also feed a baby Goat Wheat to speed up its growth rate.

Goats are mainly useful because they are a source of milk. To milk a goat, simply right-click with an empty Bucket on the Goat. Otherwise, they're not particularly practical animals to keep around, because unlike horses, they cannot be ridden.

If you're looking for good Goat-spawning areas, check out our list of the best Minecraft seeds and keep an eye out for mountain spawns! You can also give those mountains a great new look with the best Minecraft shaders!

Goat ramming and Screaming Goats explained

All Goats have an internal timer, which ranges from 30 to 300 seconds. When this time has elapsed, the Goat will ram a nearby player or mob (except for other Goats) if that target has not moved in that timeframe.

If a Goat rams something, it deals no damage but knocks them back far, which can cause some nasty falls and potentially even death. Baby Goats can also ram, though they don't knockback their target as far.

About 1 in 50 Goats are Screaming Goats. These Goats are identical to other Goats, but they make - you guessed it - screaming noises periodically, and they also ram much more frequently (their internal timer is set to just 5-15 seconds).

Goat Horns (Bedrock Edition only!)

Goat Horns are an item that only exists in Minecraft Bedrock Edition, not Java Edition. In Bedrock, if a Goat rams a solid block they will drop one of their horns, until they have no horns left.

When you right-click with a Goat Horn in your hand, a war horn sound will play.

Again, this is only the case in Bedrock Edition. In Java, the only thing you can get from a Goat is milk.

If you are playing on Bedrock, be sure to also check out our best Minecraft Bedrock seeds list and our list of the best Minecraft Bedrock Texture Packs!

Thus concludes this page on Goats in Minecraft. If you're looking to introduce some more variation in the way Goats look, your best bet is to consult our list of the best Minecraft Texture Packs. If you're looking for a shortcut to finding Goats, check out our Minecraft commands list. And for information on another kind of animal, check out our Minecraft mobs list.

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