Like Goats and Glow Squids, the Axolotl was also added with the 1.17 update for Minecraft, and they can be quite tricky to find. When they were originally released, they could be found in underwater caves and deep parts of the ocean. As of the 1.18 update, however, their spawn locations are much more specific.
Axolotls now only spawn underwater in Lush Caves, which is one of the cave biomes brought to the game in 1.17. They generate far less often than other caves, but there are a few tricks you can use to find them.
- Temperate Biomes: Lush Caves are considered a Temperate biome, so you will only find them in areas that are warm, somewhat moist, and almost always a shade of green.
- Forested Biomes: When adventuring through temperate biomes, look for heavily forested areas. Lush Caves aren't exclusive to them, but they spawn under them most often.
- Azalea Trees: Keep an eye out for Azalea Trees. These trees are short trees made of Oak wood that always grow at the surface level above Lush Caves. If you spot one of these growing naturally in the wild, that means there is a Lush Cave directly beneath it, which means Axolotls will also be there.
Once you get at least two Axolotls, you can then breed it using a Bucket of Tropical Fish to get more. As of now, those are the only ways to get Axolotls in the game!