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How to make a lead in Minecraft

From a zoglin to a bee, you can control a ton of things in Minecraft with a lead. Here’s a guide to making a lead in Minecraft.

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A dog and horse in Minecraft

Leads are underused but definitely useful in Minecraft as they allow players to control mobs and pets. Here’s a detailed guide to crafting a lead in Minecraft with strings and slimeballs.

As you progress in Minecraft, your dependence on natural resources like plants and animals will increase. While some animals like horses offer mobility, others like llamas grant storage.

Lead is a crafting ingredient for balloons and at the same time, it can help you in attaching a boat. Similarly, you can tie one end of the lead to a fence post and you no longer have to worry about your favorite pet wandering away. It is evident that the item has a wide range of uses.

Here’s how to make a lead in Minecraft with strings and slimeballs.

Pigs tied to fences with leads in Minecraft

How to craft a lead in Minecraft

You need one slimeball and four strings to make a lead in Minecraft. Slimeballs are obviously dropped by slimes and strings can be obtained from spider webs.

Before hopping to the crafting recipe for a lead, here’s how to collect slimeballs and strings:

How to get a slimeball in Minecraft

A Slimeball in Minecraft can be obtained from slimes and pandas. Slimes drop slimeballs when they’re defeated and baby pandas sneeze them occasionally.

Slimes usually spawn deep underground (below Y= 40) or during the night at swamp biomes (between layers 50 and 70 with a light level of 7 or less). Try killing a slime with a weapon that has the Looting enchantment as you can get five slimeballs from a single slime through Looting III.

If you’re lucky enough, you won’t have to search for slime and a wandering trader might hand it to you for four emeralds.

How to get strings in Minecraft

Here’s how you can get a string in Minecraft:

  • Killing spiders.
  • Dungeon chests.
  • Breaking cobwebs (80% chance of a string dropping if you break the cobweb with a shear or a sword). Cobwebs spawn in Abandoned Mine Shafts and Strongholds.
  • Fishing.
  • Cat gifts. (16% chance).

To craft a string in Minecraft, simply put a cobweb into a crafting table and it’ll turn into a string.

Crafting recipe for a lead in Minecraft

After collecting strings and a slimeball, put them on a crafting table in this manner to get a lead in Minecraft:

Crafting recipe to make a lead in Minecraft

You won’t regret making a lead in Minecraft because of its viability. It can help in leashing mobs, transporting mobs, making balloons, and even decoration if you’re creative enough.


For similar content, check out how to make a torch in Minecraft, how to make a bed in Minecraft, how to teleport in Minecraft, and how to make glass in Minecraft.

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