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I've read another Forum with the suggestion for Foxes, and commented on it a couple of times too, but I haven't seen it getting anywhere. So I decided Why not try this for myself? So here's my idea for Foxes in Minecraft!
New Mobs: Red Foxes, Grey Foxes, (Edit) Arctic Foxes and (Edit) Kitsunes. Hmm, ik it sounds like a lot, but there are a variety of different bunny textures based on biome so another fox would be the Fennec fox (it's very small) and would be interesting. I think that all foxes can be easily distinguishable from wolves if they have large, long, bushy tails like in real life.
Spawn areas: Red and Grey Foxes have an equal chance of spawning in Forest Biomes; (Edit) Arctic Foxes spawn in Snow Biomes; (Edit) Kitsunes spawn in the Nether in and around lava. Red foxes in real life, live in a variety of different habitats. Plus, too much of mobs specific to a biome isn't good. Maybe red foxes could have a chance to spawn in a variety of biomes (within reason of course) but are a somewhat rarer..
Items dropped by the Mobs: (Massive edit) Fur would be an item dropped by all foxes, while Kitsune tails would only be dropped by it's namesake, the Kitsune. You can use the Kitsune tails and fur to craft hoods. Put the fur in the normal five places you'd put for a regular helmet and the tails all along the bottom. This will make a regular Red Fox hood. Idk... The hoods seem pointless to me.
Put grey dye in the center to get a Grey Fox hood.
The Arctic-fox hood would have a block of snow in the center.
The Kitsune hood would be crafted with Blaze Powder in the center.
All hoods provide night vision when the player is within 8 blocks of any fox.
Pelts would be a new decoration block. The crafting recipe would be three fur across in a crafting table, with the texture of it being randomly one of the five Foxes upon placing it down(Paintings anyone?). You can hang it on a wall or have it lying across the floor. I hate how paintings work. Ho would pelts be different from carpets? They should stand out a little bit more and be furrier (is that a word?) Provide an image please.
Mob Behavior: Foxes would be scavengers by default, and when their around would attack Rabbits and Chickens,(Edit) and pigs if in groups of two or three. They should only eat rabbits and chickens They will pick up any dropped items they happen upon along the way, holding up to a maximum of one. The only way to be able to tame them would be to use Raw Rabbit or (Edit) Chicken. Each time you try has a 50% chance of working. They will run away from you if you don't have either of these items. I like this idea because even though foxes are more closely related to dogs, their behavior is similiar to that of a cats. (Edit) Perhaps only rabbit should be used to tame them. The chicken can work like how rotten flesh works for wolves. It heals them if your right click, and if it's healed to the max, it can be bred with another wolf.
When tamed they will bring the items they pick up to the player and drop them before looking around for more. A unique idea.
Edit: All untamed over-world Foxes will run away from tamed Wolves, forcing you to leave them behind if you're searching for a new pet. They will become passive to each other once tamed. makes sense
Edit: The behavior of the Kitsune is very different from it's over-world counterparts, with it avoiding water(Which would cause it damage) and being aggressive towards Blazes. To tame it, you need Blaze Rods, with a 25% chance of taming it each time you try. It will not willingly enter the over-world without being tamed by a player. It will be neutral to all mobs in the Nether(Aside from the Blaze) unless they attack it or the player if they tamed it. This mob would take no fire damage. When in the Over-world, it will act like a regular Fox, though Snow Golems will be openly hostile to it, with it doing the same in turn.(Edit) When it bites a player, it sets them on fire. It should loose health in snow bioms.
Edit: Mob Sounds: (New edit) The sounds of the foxes would be somewhere in the range of particularly 1:10 through 2:06.
Mob Texture: For Red Foxes, I would go with the classic look of them having black paws, a red body, a white tip on their tail, and a white tuft of fur sticking out beneath their head on their neck and going along the stomach.
For Grey Foxes, it would keep the white fur on the neck and stomach, while changing everything red to grey, with the exception of the fur lining the sides of the stomach, which would stay red; The tail would have a black tip instead of white, with the ears turned black as well.
The Arctic Foxes would be all white fur, and have the same sizing as the Red and Grey Foxes.
(Edit) Kitsunes would be a sort of Netherack color all over, with the exception of the regular white tuft at the neck and along the stomach, and have three tails instead of one.
After being tamed, they would get Black Collars around their necks, which are dyeable just like Dog Collars.
Edit: Leatherworker Villagers would trade 6-8 Fox fur for 2-3 Emeralds, and would give you one of the five fox hoods for 1-2 Emeralds. Leatherworkers relate specifically to leather. Perhaps a new villager called the trapper? It'd have the same skin as a leatherworker (similiar to how weaponsmiths, toolsmiths, and armorsmiths have the same blacksmith skin).
So, tell me what you think, what you like, what you hate, all that jazz, and remember, #FOXESFORMINECRAFT
Overall, a decent idea, but they are too similiar to how a wolf looks like to have such a completely differen function. Maybe they could be much slower and weaker than wolves, but they bring items back to the player.