How to Make a Name Tag in Minecraft

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One of the most fun aspects of Minecraft is the vast array of actions that you can perform in the game that make it so much more immersive. One of these is naming mobs, just like you would name a pet in the real world.

How to Make a Name Tag in Minecraft

This guide will help you learn how to make a Name Tag in Minecraft.

How to Make a Name Tag in Minecraft

Name Tags are an item that cannot be crafted in Minecraft. In Survival Mode, you can only obtain it from other sources.

Dungeon and Mineshaft Chests

Step 1 – Find an Underground Dungeon or Mineshaft

Name Tags can be found in underground dungeons and mineshafts present across the vast Minecraft map. Dungeons are small rooms located below the ground with a monster spawner at the center. They also contain 1 or 2 chests, which contain some rare and valuable items. The floor and walls of a dungeon are usually made of mossy cobblestone. You can locate dungeons and mineshafts by digging underground. A simpler way to find them is to switch to Creative mode, fly underground, locate them, and then dig downwards in the right place.

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Step 2 – Kill the Monsters

Almost all dungeons and mineshafts will have some hostile mobs within them. Dispatch them quickly so you can explore the area at your own pace.

Step 3 – Find chests

Chests in dungeons and mineshafts contain numerous rare items. There is a 28.3% chance of finding a Name Tag in a dungeon and a 42.3% chance of finding it in a mineshaft in the Java and Bedrock editions. If you are lucky, you may find a Name Tag on your first try!

Nether Fortress

Step 1 – Travel to the Nether

Yo require a Nether Portal to go to the Nether. When you walk in through this portal, you will be transported from the Overworld to the Nether.

Step 2 – Find a Nether Fortress

Look for a Nether Fortress once you go to the Nether. They look like castles and are quite distinct.

Step 3 – Find the Chest

The Nether Fortress will contain numerous chests in addition to hostile mobs. Deal with the mobs and search the Fortress thoroughly for chests. Each of these chests will contain rare and valuable items. You may find a Name Tag if you are lucky.

How to Use a Name Tag in Minecraft

Renaming the Name Tag

Before using the Name Tag on a mob, you must first rename it. For this, you require an Anvil. Select the Anvil to open its menu. Place the Name Tag in the first slot on the left. You will see a cross-mark on the arrow. In the top, you will see a field titled ‘Repair & Name’. Here you can rename the Name Tag. When you have typed in a new name, the cross will disappear and the renamed Tag will appear on the right. Note that renaming the Tag will cost you 1 experience level.

Naming a Mob

Once you have your renamed Name Tag, you can use it on a mob. Equip the Name Tag in your hand, and approach any mob. Right-click on it to give it a name. Just like a player’s name appears above their head, the name of the mob will now appear on top of its head. Note that once a mob has been named, it can never be ‘unnamed’. However, its name can be changed using another Name Tag.

Preventing Mobs from Despawning

Name Tags are incredibly useful in preventing a mob from despawning, regardless of the time and your distance from it. The mob then remains in the Minecraft world until it dies. It is particularly useful for hostile mobs which despawn during the daytime, such as Zombie Villagers. Additionally, it is useful for passive and neutral mobs, such as horses. With a Name Tag, you can save a horse for use regardless of how far away or how long back it appeared in the game.


  • You can rename up to 64 Name Tags stacked together in an Anvil. The cost of renaming is just 1 experience level for the entire stack, regardless of its size. The disadvantage, however, is that all the Name Tags have the same name, but it may not matter much if you need to use it on mobs only to ensure they don’t despawn.

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