This Minecraft tutorial explains how to craft a lead with screenshots and step-by-step instructions.

In Minecraft, a lead is a handy tool that can be used as a leash. A player can tie a lead to a mob and then move the mob. The other end of the lead can also be tied to a fence to keep the mob from running away.

Let’s explore how to make a lead.

Where to find a Lead in Creative Mode

Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac)

Here is where you can find a lead in the Creative Inventory menu:

Platform Version(s) Creative Menu Location
Java Edition (PC/Mac) 1.8 – 1.19
Java Edition (PC/Mac) 1.19.3 – 1.20
  • Platform is the platform that applies.
  • Version(s) is the Minecraft version numbers where the item can be found in the menu location listed (we have tested and confirmed this version number).
  • Creative Menu Location is the location of the item in the Creative Inventory menu.

Required Materials to make a Lead

In Minecraft, these are the materials you can use to craft a lead:

4 Strings
1 Slimeball

How to craft a Lead in Survival Mode

1. Open the Crafting Menu

First, open your crafting table so that you have the 3×3 crafting grid that looks like this:

2. Add Items to make a Lead

In the crafting menu, you should see a crafting area that is made up of a 3×3 crafting grid. To make a lead, place 4 string and 1 slimeball in the 3×3 crafting grid.

When making a lead, it is important that the strings and slimeball are placed in the exact pattern as the image below. In the first row, there should be 1 string in the first box and 1 string in the second box. In the second row, there should be 1 string in the first box, and 1 slimeball in the second box. In the third row, there should be 1 string in the third box. This is the Minecraft crafting recipe for a lead.

Now that you have filled the crafting area with the correct pattern, the lead will appear in the box to the right.

3. Move the Lead to Inventory

Once you have crafted leads, you need to move the new item to your inventory.

Congratulations, you have made a lead in Minecraft!

Item ID and Name

Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac)

In Minecraft, a lead has the following Name, ID and DataValue:

(Minecraft ID Name)
Data Value Stack Size Version
0 64 1.8 – 1.12
64 1.13 – 1.20
  • Description is what the item is called and (Minecraft ID Name) is the string value that is used in game commands.
  • Data Value (or damage value) identifies the variation of the block if more than one type exists for the Minecraft ID.
  • Stack Size is the maximum stack size for this item. While some items in Minecraft are stackable up to 64, other items can only be stacked up to 16 or 1. (NOTE: These stack sizes are for vanilla Minecraft only. If you are running a mod, some mods may change the stack size for an item.)
  • Platform is the platform that applies.
  • Version(s) is the Minecraft version numbers that the Minecraft ID and Name are valid for.

Give Command for Lead

Give Command in Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac)

In Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac) 1.13, 1.14, 1.15, 1.16, 1.17, 1.18, 1.19 and 1.20, the /give command for Lead is:

/give @p lead 1

In Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac) 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.11 and 1.12, the /give command for Lead is:

/give @p lead 1 0

Things to Do with Leads

Here are some activities that you can do with leads in Minecraft:

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