Looking for a Minecraft village or wanting to wrap your head around how these cute little towns work? Villages in Minecraft are one of the best resource throughout your survival experience, helping you stock up in the early game, and useful for trading for rarer items as you progress.
Villages can be found in most Minecraft biomes, and contain a number of chests and other useful items that can be looted to help you on your way, such as armor, crafting tables, and blast furnaces. The sooner you find one into your first days in the Minecraft overworld, the better your chances of survival, so here’s everything you need to know about Minecraft villages, and the villagers residing within them.
Minecraft village finder
There are some online resources for finding villages, such as the Minecraft village finder over at Chunk Base. However, you do need to know your Minecraft seed to use Chunk Base finders, and they aren’t too difficult to find without cheating anyway, so don’t fret if you want to go it alone.
Similarly, if you are playing with Minecraft console commands turned on, you can type “/locate village” in Bedrock edition, or “/locate structure” followed by the village type, for example “minecraft:village_snowy”, which you can either enter manually or select from a list.
Minecraft villages spawn naturally in the following biomes:
- Snowy Plains
- Snowy Taiga (Bedrock edition)
- Sunflower Plains (Bedrock edition)
While they can spawn few and far between, generation is random, so they can also spawn incredibly close to one another. The best ways to seek out a village are to watch for buildings in the distance, or – if you’re kitted up well enough – explore at night, when a village’s lights can be seen from a greater distance. It might also help to increase your render distance as much as you can without destroying performance.
Otherwise, go about your business and wander wherever your heart leads you and you’re sure to find a village eventually, especially since they are among the most common structures in the adventure game.
Minecraft village houses and loot
Like everything in this sandbox game, Minecraft village features generate randomly, and the number and type of buildings inside can vary. So, for example, you’re as likely to find a village with no armorer at all as you are one with several.
Minecraft villager houses:
- Armorer house
- Butcher shop
- Cartographer house
- Fisher cottage
- Fletcher house
- Mason house
- Shepherd house
- Tannery (Leatherworker)
- Temple (Cleric)
Each of these types of Minecraft villager house comes with its own loot, from the profession block itself, to chests and other valuable goodies. Each of the above houses can contain a chest, each with their own unique loot – for example, a cartographer chest might include a compass, while a fletcher chest could hold arrows. Some may even contain emeralds or diamonds.
Villages all also contain farms from which you can gather some food, torches, beds, and other useful items. You may even be lucky enough to find an outdoor armory in a taiga village, which contains two Minecraft armor stands, an iron helmet, and an iron chestplate.
Minecraft village trading
All Minecraft villages – except abandoned villages, more below – will house villagers with whom you can interact to trade goods. In Bedrock edition there is a additional chance that a wandering trader will spawn at the village meeting point.
Right click on these friendly Minecraft mobs to trade with them, and the trading interface will appear, initially only showing the first two trades. As you but and sell with a villager, more trades will be unlocked. You can see a full list of villager trades on the Minecraft wiki, but like with chest loot, they are relative to their profession. For example, a weaponsmith will sell weapons, while a butcher will sell meat.
The most valuable trades to look out for are librarian trades, as these are predominantly enchanted books, and cartographer trades, as you can purchase a Woodland Mansion or Ocean Monument map. Another incredibly useful villager is the fletcher, as their stick trade is a cheap way of farming emeralds.
Minecraft villager profession blocks
To give a villager a profession, place one of the following blocks. As long as they haven’t already got a profession, can access the block, and aren’t a Nitwit variant, they will take on the new profession. You can also remove a villager’s profession by removing their job block, provided you haven’t already traded with them. Similarly, if you place a job block and don’t want the first trades offered, don’t trade, break and replace the block, and the villagers trades will refresh. This is particularly useful with the librarian.
- Armorer: Blast Furnace
- Butcher: Smoker
- Cartographer: Cartography Table
- Cleric: Brewing Stand
- Farmer: Composter
- Fisherman: Barrel
- Fletcher: Fletching Table
- Leatherworker: Cauldron
- Librarian: Lecturn
- Stone Mason: Stonecutter
- Shepherd: Loom
- Toolsmith: Smithing Table
- Weaponsmith: Grindstone
Minecraft zombie villages
Every Minecraft village has a 2% chance of generating as a zombie village, or abandoned village. These rare villages spawn without doors and torches, and some blocks will have been replaced by cobwebs, cobblestone is replaced with mossy cobblestone, and the windows are contain brown glass panes. Any villagers that generate there will generate as a zombie villager, but the village may simply be deserted.
Minecraft village raids
Here’s one to watch out for: you can cause a raid to happen in a Minecraft village if you enter one while afflicted by the Bad Omen status effect. You get this effect by killing a raid captain, which may spawn among Illagers, but you can remove it easily by drinking milk or waiting for it to wear off.
If you’re up for a challenge, you can keep the Bad Omen status effect and use it to cause an Illager raid by visiting a village in Minecraft. This will cause several waves of Illagers, Evokers, Witches, Vindicators, and Ravagers to spawn, who will attack the player and any villagers. Defeating these enemies will reward you with emeralds, saddles, and tons of other hard-to-find items, while wiping out all the raid waves will give you a temporary discount on the emerald cost to buy items from villagers, thanks to the Hero of the Village status effect.
Finding a village in Minecraft is half the battle, but once you arrive to a haven of goodies, a welcome from the local villagers and wonderful offerings from the village occupants, it will all seem worth it. Just be sure to be kind to the villagers if you see an iron golem roaming about; they don’t take kindly to their villagers being attacked – even accidentally. And if villager houses aren’t quite to your taste, then build your own Minecraft house nearby, or even one of the considerably more spectacular Minecraft builds featured in our inspirational list.
Additional contributions from Gina Lees.