How to Use Name Tags in Minecraft - Prima Games

How to Use Name Tags in Minecraft

Name your cat, dog or frog

by Patrick Souza

Name Tags can be used in Minecraft to rename basically anything. You can finally give your pet wolf or cat an official name, or even throw a new identity upon some helpless villager. As long as you have extra tags, you can keep renaming any mob you find, and it’s actually very simple to do it. Here’s all you need to know about using Name Tags on Minecraft.

How to Use Name Tags in Minecraft

Once you obtain a Name Tag from chests in dungeons or such, you’re good to start imposing your preferred names upon others. They can also be obtained by fishing or trading with some villagers, but these methods are quite more complicated.

To use it, you first need to set a name for the tag. To do this, head to a nearby Anvil or make one using iron ingots. Insert the Name Tag in the Anvil to choose which name to give it. This will also be the name of whichever creature you give the tag to, so choose wisely. This action will always cost you 1 Experience level, and you can do it as long as you have spare levels.

Rename Name Tag
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After that, approach the animal or villager you’re renaming and use the tag on it. You will lose the tag, but now that creature will finally have a name to call its own. With that, it will now be excluded from the maximum mob count in the game, which means they don’t despawn naturally by walking too far away from them. 

This is helpful to avoid losing valuable animals such as horses as it can be hard to find and tame another one later. And, of course, you can use it just because you got too attached to your pet and wanted to give it a nice name. And not losing it is also a good extra. Having fun’s the whole point of the game, so don’t be ashamed of that!

Patrick Souza

The completionist guy who loves to write about his current obsessions. And those include RPGs most of the time. Usually busy taking care of his cats so they won't destroy the house.