How to Make a Name Tag in Minecraft?

Updated · Nov 11, 2022

Do you want to name your pets, random mobs, or any other entities in Minecraft something crazy?

If so, then you need to have name tags

In this guide, we'll walk you through how to find and use them in the game.

Let's get started!

What Is a Name Tag in Minecraft?

That is an item you can use to give a mob, an animal, or a villager a custom name. When you apply the tag, the name will appear above them.

While it's not possible to make a name tag in Minecraft, you can obtain it in several ways.

How to Get Name Tags in Minecraft?

Most commonly, tags come from chest loot.

Alternatively, you can try your luck and fish for name tags. However, the chance of success is about 0.8%.

You can use the "Luck of the Sea" fishing enchantment on your rod to increase the odds.

Another option to acquire a name tag in Minecraft is by trading with a master-level librarian villager.

It'll cost you 19 or 20 emeralds for one.

Where to Get Name Tags in Java?

Chests in different regions have a varying chance of dropping a tag:

  • Dungeons — 27.9%
  • Mineshafts — 42.3%
  • Woodland Mansions — 28.3%

How to Find Name Tags in Bedrock?

The situation is very similar in this edition:

  • Dungeons — 28.3%
  • Mineshafts — 42.3%
  • Woodland Mansions — 27.9%
  • Buried Treasures — 34.3%

How to Use a Name Tag in Minecraft?

To put a name on a tag, you'll need to use an anvil and spend one experience level.

However, you can modify a stack of up to 64 tags simultaneously at the cost of one experience level.

Type the name you want in the text box, and it'll be ready to use.

You can give a custom MC name to all entities but an Ender dragon and other players by right-clicking on them with the tag in hand on PC and Mac editions.

To name an entity in other versions of the game, you need to:

  • Tap on it for Minecraft PE
  • Press the LT button on the controller for Xbox 360 and Xbox One
  • Press the L2 button on the controller for PS3 and PS4
  • Press the ZL button on the gamepad for Wii U and Nintendo Switch
  • Right-click on it for Education Edition

Keep in mind that once you name an NPC, you can't remove the name tag in Minecraft.

Minecraft Name Tag Easter Eggs

Here are some surprising applications of these tags:

  • Naming a mob or animal "Dinnerbone" or "Grumm" turns it upside down.
  • Calling a sheep "jeb_" makes its wool change colors all the time.
  • Giving a rabbit the name "Toast" transforms it with a special skin.
  • Tagging a vindicator as "Johnny" makes it violent towards all mobs except ghasts and other illagers.

To Wrap Up

While you won’t be able to make a name tag in Minecraft, knowing how to get them opens up a lot of opportunities to have fun.

Go ahead and give any mob or animal a unique name and see how other players react.

You'll undoubtedly come up with some creative ways to use this item!

Marina Stanisheva
Marina Stanisheva

With charmingly infectious enthusiasm, Marina is always thrilled by forthcoming challenges. Thanks to her knack for gathering useful (and not so much) information, she is here to get you any answer you need.