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How to Breed Pigs in Minecraft

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You can get Pigs to reproduce in Minecraft in the same manner as you can with other animal mobs. Just gather up a bunch of porky pals in one area and give them a buffet of their favorite foods!

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    What You Need to Breed Pigs

    Two pigs nuzzling in a field with red hearts above them.

    There are 3 foods that you can feed Pigs to make them enter love mode. Pigs eat Carrots, Potatoes, and Beetroots, so stock up on these before doing some Pig farming.

    A single vegetable each is enough for triggering love mode, so there’s no need to make them a gourmet salad or anything. However, the Pigs that you want to breed need to be close enough to each other to begin nuzzling. This is how creatures usually reproduce in Minecraft, as can be seen in other species—just with different foods.

    How to Get Carrots

    Unfortunately, wild Carrots do not spawn in any biome. However, there is a 20% chance for them to appear on the farms of Villages. Additionally, Husks, Zombies, and Zombie Villagers all have a 2.5% chance of dropping a Carrot.

    It’s also worth noting that Carrots can be found as Chest loot in Pillager Outposts and Shipwrecks. There is a 40% to 60% chance of finding 3 to 8 Carrots this way.

    How to Get Potatoes

    The manner of gathering Potatoes is similar to how you would find Carrots. This is primarily due to Potatoes also having a 20% chance to appear on the farm of a Village. Potatoes also have a 2.5% chance to drop from Husks, Zombies, and Zombie Villagers. Who knew undead mobs loved vegetables so much?

    Potatoes can also spawn in Chests found in Pillager Outposts and Shipwrecks–40% to 60% of the time. However, you have a 60% to 75% chance of finding 1 to 7 Potatoes in the Chests of Taiga, Snowy Taga, and Plains Village houses.

    How to Get Beetroots

    A bit rarer than the other Pig foods, Beetroots only have a 10% chance of spawning in Village farms. Unlike the other vegetables mentioned so far, Beetroots can’t drop from specific undead mobs. However, you can get Beetroot Seeds by trading. Wandering Traders who have these seeds will sell them to you for 1 Emerald each. Finding some Beetroot Seeds in Chests is also possible, and with much more varied chances than either Carrots or Potatoes.

    Type of StructurePossible Amount of Beetroot SeedsAppearance Rate
    Dungeon2 to 418.5%
    Mineshaft2 to 427.3%
    End City1 to 1021.2%
    Village1 to 566.3%
    Woodland Mansion2 to 418.5%

    What Pigs Are Good For

    Two pigs staring at the player in a field.

    The main reason to have a Pig farm is to create a renewable source of food. When slain, Pigs will drop 1 to 3 Raw Porkchops, which you can cook to make Cooked Porkchops. The latter is one of the best foods in the game, as it restores 4 Hunger Icons when eaten. However, you can also have a Pig as a steed if you want a unique traveling companion.

    Riding Pigs

    If you use a Saddle on a Pig, it will attach to their back as it would for a Llama or another rideable animal mob. Although, when you get onto a Pig’s back, it won’t obey you right away. You’ll have to use a Carrot on a Stick, which you can craft by combining a Fishing Rod and a Carrot on any kind of crafting grid.

    While seated on a Pig with a Carrot on a Stick in your hands, you can freely steer your pink steed by pointing the Carrot in the direction you want to move. Pigs can move up to 5.2 blocks per second, which is faster than your walking speed (4.32 blocks per second), albeit just barely. However, if you use the Carrot on a Stick while riding a Pig, you can get them to speed up in short bursts. Just be careful, as this speed boost disables a Pig’s natural ability to avoid ledges and falling off high areas.