Minecraft's Wild update 1.19 released a hoard of funky frog friends to find, and they come with a few surprises! Their initial mechanics have changed a bit since they were first announced, and this list goes into detail about what happened.
The open-world survival adventure game has been lacking in frogs for decades, with many players making mods to include them in the game. Now we finally have the official version, and they're even better than we'd dreamed.
7 Location, Location, Location
Along with frogs came a new type of Swamp biome, the Mangrove, with a new kind of tree, mud blocks and a unique water color. You would be forgiven for thinking the frogs would only be found within the new biome, but these guys can naturally spawn in any type of Swamp. Mangroves tend to be humid places, so the frogs that spawn here are white, whereas other types of Swamp have orange frogs.
Here they can swim, waddle about and jump super high, taking less damage from falling than other mobs. Frogs tend to prefer to jump on lilypads and dripleaves, so if you're making an enclosure bring some up from a Lush Cave to watch your frogs slip off of them. You can move them around using leads as usual, and thus make use of the slime balls they collect from small slimes.
6 Types Of Froggy Friend
In the wild you'll come across orange frogs and the occasional white one, but if you take the time to relocate tadpoles, you can determine the color.
In temperate biomes such as woodlands, plains, beaches and The Void (who knew The Void was considered temperate?) frogs will grow up orange, but in cold places you'll get the stereotypical green frog. Biomes deemed cold obviously tend to have ice or snow, but also include the Deep Dark and the End – Green frogs are clearly pretty adventurous. Animals in warm places tend to be lighter colors to reflect heat, so the desert, jungle, and Nether will produce white frogs.
5 Firefly Fiasco
You might have heard that frogs would be joining Minecraft alongside their food, fireflies. The community was over the moon at the thought of fireflies in jars as a new lighting fixture, with beautiful glowing clouds of them hovering over Swamps. That was until a few nature buffs pointed out that, though the concept is cute, fireflies are actually toxic to frogs in real life!
And as we know, Minecraft is a true to life reflection of reality, other than the Wither, the Ender Dragon, Creepers, and being able to pick up lava in a bucket of course. So fireflies are no longer destined to join our games officially, but they're still available in some easy to use mod packs to light up the night.
4 What Does The Frog Say?
The basic mechanics of frogs are pretty cool. Aside from their color adapting to their environment, they can jump a staggering eight blocks high and take damage less from falling. Their walking speed on land isn't particularly quick, but they can get a move on in water.
Swamps are a great place to come across giant slimes which can spawn at night and will bounce around menacingly even into the daylight. Frogs will attack small slimes with their tongues, pulling them to their mouths and dropping the usual slime balls. However, large slimes are too much for a frog to handle, so this might not be such a simple way to farm slimes after all.
3 Life Of Frogs
Frogs need water to reproduce as that's where a pregnant frog will lay their frogspawn. Using slimeballs you can put the frogs into love mode, causing them to breed and, similarly to turtles, one frog will waddle away to find an appropriate block to leave their eggs. Eventually the eggs will hatch into their own separate entity, tadpoles, which swim in their small groups through the body of water they were born into.
If you pick them up with a bucket at this stage they can be put into water in any biome preferred, thus deciding the eventual color of the adult frog. Killing any variant of frog will only drop a small about of experience, and the breeding process is so long and complex they're not worth farming for their drops. Other than this, frogs will inflate their vocal sacs and croak loudly, will wipe their eyes with their feet and generally look adorable.
2 Functional Frogs
Why does the color of the frog matter so much? Well, frogs interact with small magma cubes in much the same way they do small slimes, and will latch their tongue onto them, killing them and producing a drop. However, this isn't the usual magma cream that Magmas tend to drop, they will instead leave behind a froglight. There are three froglight colors which correspond to the frog that killed the Magma.
Green frogs from cold climates drop green froglights, orange frogs from temperate biomes produce yellow froglights and the white frogs turn Magmas into a pearlescent pinky block. The texture of them is almost wood-like or fungal, similar to the warped wood of the Nether, and sounds sort of squishy, like mushroom blocks being broken. The froglight also produces a light level of 15, which is the brightest light source other than the sun.
1 Farming Frogs
Inevitably there are some players who just need to have a full stack of each froglight, and there's even an achievement for having one of each in your inventory. So, for those of us who like collecting there needs to be an easy way to start farming these lights. First, you need to find at least two frogs, and your best bet is any Swamp biome.
Make sure the Frogspawn are in a small body of water so the Tadpoles don't swim off. Axolotl will eat them, so don't bring your amphibious army with you for this adventure. There should be two to six Tadpoles, relocate them in a bucket (which is also an achievement) to the other two climates, the color of the parent frog will tell you your current climate. Once they grow up use a lead to pull them through a nearby Nether portal. Magmas spawn from large bodies of lava, so it shouldn't be hard to bump into a few. Chop them down to their smallest size for the frogs to chomp on, and voila! Repeat until you're happy with the number and variety you've collected.
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