- A name tag is an item used to assign a name to most NPC characters, preventing them from despawning. It can't be used on players or the Ender Dragon.
- Name tags can't be crafted; they are found in chest drops, obtained through fishing, or traded from a Master Librarian for 20 emeralds.
- To use a name tag, you must first name it using an anvil and one experience point. Then, apply it to an NPC to display the chosen name above their head.
Over the course of your Minecraft adventures, you’ll find yourself getting attached to some of the NPCs. These could be anybody; villagers, Piglins, animals etc. You may find yourself referring to them by a name. If you want to assign that name to them, you’re going to need a name tag. What’s that and where can you get one? Read on below!
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What is a Name Tag?
A name tag is an item that can be used to assign a name to nearly any mob NPC character in Minecraft. They are not applicable on other players and the Ender Dragon. Name tags are stackable, and can be reused too, if you want to change the name. Name tags are rare so make sure to use them wisely.
Effects of Using a Name Tag
Using a name tag causes the NPC to never despawn. They will remain in the world and the same region, even when you wander about the world. In the case of wandering merchants, while they will retain their name, they will continue to disappear after you return to the area you found them after some time. The named NPCs can still die, however, and your name tag will not be recovered if they do.
Where To Find a Name Tag
The reason name tags are so rare is because they cannot be crafted. Because of this, you have to explore the world and hunt for name tags. There are only 3 ways of getting a name tag:
- Chest Drops
1. Chest Drops
Chests found in various locations have a decent chance of dropping a name tag. Each chest drops exactly 1 name tag. However, these chances vary between the Java and Bedrock Editions of Minecraft. Here is a table showing where to find chests that have a chance of dropping a name tag in the Java Edition:
|Chances of Dropping a Name Tag
Similarly, here’s a table showing where to find chests that have a chance of dropping a name tag in Bedrock Edition:
|Chances of Dropping a Name Tag
If you don’t want to stray too far from your location, you can settle for fishing. Since fishing can be done on nearly any body of water, you won’t have wander too far. However, you must be prepared to spend a considerable amount of time here, as there’s a very minor chance of obtaining a name tag by fishing.
Name tags are categorized into the Treasure category. Treasure items have a 5% chance of being caught. And since name tags are not the only Treasure item, you only have 0.167% chance of getting one from fishing, that is after managing to get pass the 5% chance of obtaining a Treasure item. We recommend using the Luck of the Sea enchantment to increase your chances of catching Treasure items.
Trading is the last, and most expensive option on this list. In case you’ve got spare emeralds, you can trade a name tag from a Master Librarian in a village for 20 emeralds. While this is by far the mostly costly option, it is also the simplest one.
How To Use a Name Tag in Minecraft
Using a name tag isn’t just clicking on a NPC and an “insert name” box appears. In order to use a name tag, you have to first assign a name to it and then use it on a NPC.
1. Assigning a name to the name tag
To enter a name on the name tag, you’ll need an anvil. An anvil can be found commonly in villages, but it can also be crafted with a simple recipe using a Crafting Table. To craft an anvil, you’ll need 6 iron blocks and 1 iron ingot, as shown in the recipe below.
After crafting the anvil follow the steps below to assign a name to a name tag:
- Open up the anvil menu.
- Place the name tag in the left-most slot.
- Enter the name you want to give the NPC to in the text box on the top of the menu. You’ll need 1 experience point to complete the process.
- Once done, place the name tag back in your inventory.
2. Using the name tag on an NPC
With your new name tag, follow these steps to assign it to your favorite NPC:
- Equip the name tag in your hand.
- Use it on the NPC.
- The name you entered earlier should be displayed on top of the NPC.
Unique Effects of Name Tags
In some cases, name tags can apply unique effects on a specific or any NPC depending on the name that you enter. Here are the unique effects applied by name tags:
|NPC To Be Applied On
|All NPCs on whom name tag is applicable
|Renders the character upside-down
|The wool of the sheep cycles between rainbow colors. However, if sheared, the wool dropped will have the original color prior to naming the sheep.
|Changes the rabbit’s fur to a mixture of black and white. This is an Easter egg to a Reddit user’s request to add their rabbit in the game.
|Causes the vindicator to become hostile towards all other NPCs (except other illagers and ghasts). In Java Edition, the vindicator will even attack a ravager.
Name tags are something that solely exist to make your Minecraft experience more enjoyable and fun. They are not a necessity in any case, and since you cannot craft them, they are a bit difficult to obtain. Therefore, there’s no need to force yourself to get one. Feel free to get one after you’ve reached the endgame or have completed the game.
Name tags are items that allow you to assign a name to all mob NPCs, except the Ender Dragon. They prevent the NPC from despawning (except traveler merchants) and are stackable.
Name tags cannot be crafted and the 3 ways of obtaining them are as chest drops, as Treasure while fishing, and trading one for 20 emeralds from a Master Librarian.
No, you must first assign a name to the name tag using an anvil and 1 experience point. After that, you may use the name tag on a NPC.