This article is about the item that gives names to mobs. For the nameplate above a player’s head, see Player § Username .
Note: This video is outdated, as name tags can now also be obtained from fishing, trading, mineshaft chests and woodland mansions. You can now also name a sheep ‘jeb_’ to make it fade between its different wool colors and name a rabbit ‘Toast’ to make a new rabbit skin.
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A name tag is an item used to name mobs in the world.
Name tags can be found in 28.3% of dungeon chests, 42.3% of chest minecarts in abandoned mineshafts , and 28.3% of woodland mansion chests, all in stacks of 1.
In Bedrock Edition they can be found in 27.9% of woodland mansion chests and 34.3% of buried treasure chests in stacks of 1.
Name tags can be caught from fishing as part of the treasure category.
Librarian villagers trade name tags for 20–22 emeralds a piece as part of their tier 6 trades.
To use a name tag it must first be renamed with an anvil , which will cost 1 experience level. If it is not renamed, it will have no effect when used on a mob. After the name tag is renamed, the player can use it on a mob to give it the name given to the name tag from the anvil. Mobs and name tags can be renamed any number of times.
Once a mob is named, it will keep its name and use up the name tag.
Baby animals and villagers will keep their name when they become adults. Named villagers will keep their name if they become zombie villagers, and named zombie villagers will keep their name when cured.
Any mob can be named, except the ender dragon , and players .
A name tag can rename an armor stand , though it will not show the nameplate above its head until CustomNameVisible:1b is set as an extra step.
Most mobs that can be interacted with by pressing use will perform the use action instead of being named. A villager will be renamed instead of opening the trading interface. A saddled pig will be renamed instead of being ridden. Any other mob that can be interacted with can be renamed if the player uses the name tag while in a nether portal, as the nether portal suppresses the use action.
To get a Name Tag with the name ‘Name Tag’, the player must either go through a two-step process of naming the tag something that isn’t ‘Name Tag’ and then renaming it to ‘Name Tag’, or switch the game’s language settings to another language so that it can be done on the first try.
Renamed mobs will have their name displayed over their head in the fashion as a mob named through a renamed spawn egg . Their names can only be seen if they are aimed at from four or fewer blocks away.
Mobs that are named using the name tag will also not despawn in the world, similar to tamed mobs.  The only exception is if the mob is hostile and the difficulty is switched to ‘ Peaceful ‘.
If a renamed mob kills a player, the custom name will be used in the death message in place of the mob type name.
Issues relating to ‘Name Tag’ are maintained on the bug tracker . Report issues there .
To use a name tag, the player must first rename it using an anvil .
A wolf , which has been renamed using a name tag.
A creeper renamed using the name tag.
A wither renamed using a name tag. The custom name takes place of ‘Wither’ over the health bar as well.
How to use ‘Grumm’ and ‘Dinnerbone’ name tag easter egg and lead to make an another animal Yo-yo.
A horse using the ‘Grumm’ and ‘Dinnerbone’ easter egg to be rendered upside-down.
An item that makes any creature, good or bad, stay in your world forever? Must be entirely decorative 😉
Added name tags. They can be found in dungeon chests .
A mob named ‘Dinnerbone’ or ‘Grumm’ will now render upside down.
Name tags can now rarely be acquired by fishing .
A sheep named ‘jeb_’ will now fade between the dye colors.
Name tags can now be bought from librarian villagers , at 20–22 emeralds for 1 name tag.
Rabbits have now been added and naming one ‘Toast’ will give it a special memorial skin.
Added name tags to mineshaft chests .
The average yield of name tags in dungeon chests has now been decreased.
Name tags can now found in the new woodland mansion chests.
Prior to The Flattening , this item’s numeral ID was 421.
Added name tags, and a new ‘Name’ Interact button.
A mob named ‘Dinnerbone’ or ‘Grumm’ will render upside down.
A sheep named ‘jeb_’ will fade between the dye colors.
Naming a rabbit ‘Toast’ will give it a special memorial skin.