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How to Make Your Own Village in "Minecraft"

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Learn how to create a village in "Minecraft" and find villagers to inhabit it!

Learn how to create a village in "Minecraft" and find villagers to inhabit it!

What Is a Village?

In Minecraft, a village is a group of buildings inhabited by villagers. Villages spawn into plains, savannah, taiga, snowy taiga, snowy tundra, and desert biomes. The type of village depends on the location of the village center, known as the meeting point. As of Village and Pillage 1.14, the number of villagers that spawn depends on the number of houses with beds.

Villages spawn with at least one house and villager, which players can trade with for items. The more villagers there are, the greater the selection of items and better the chance that they will be valuable. Villagers will accept or offer emeralds for various items. There are now fifteen villager professions, each with their own outfit:

Villager Professions and Outfits

Villager ProfessionVillager Outfit

Armorer

Welding mask

Butcher

Red headband, white apron

Cartographer

Golden monocle

Cleric

Purple apron, creeper cloak

Farmer

Straw hat

Fisherman

Fisher hat

Fletcher

Hat with feather, quiver on back

Leatherworker

Brown apron, brown gloves

Librarian

Glasses, book hat

Mason

Black apron, black gloves

Nitwit

Green coat

Shepherd

Brown hat, white apron

Toolsmith

Black apron

Unemployed

Biome outfit, no extras

Weaponsmith

Eyepatch, black apron

Breeding Villagers

Once you have found a village, you can breed villagers to increase the population. A village’s population is based on the number of beds in the village. Villagers will only breed if the current population is less than 100% of the available beds. Since villagers sleep in beds at night, they must have unobstructed access to bed blocks. The structure of the houses you build for new villagers does not matter, as long as they include beds.

1. Create Houses for Villagers

In villages, the amount and type of structures spawn randomly when the world is created. The only buildings that spawn with beds are houses. Small houses are buildings with one bed, and medium houses are buildings with two beds. They often have different layouts, decorations, and different colored beds. You can mimic these houses when expanding your village, or come up with your own designs!

Buildings without beds correspond to villager professions. Each one contains a job site block that belongs to a spawned villager. Unemployed villagers will search for unclaimed job site blocks, so be sure to build those, too! When unemployed, villagers have no profession and cannot trade with players.

Village Buildings and Job Sites

Village BuildingJob Site Block

Armorer

Blast furnace

Butcher Shop

Smoker

Cartographer House

Cartography table

Fletcher House

Fletching table

Library

Lectern

Mason

Stonecutter

Shepherd House

Loom

Tannery

Cauldron

Temple

Brewing stand

Tool Smith

Smithing table

Weaponsmith

Grindstone

Villages may also spawn with animal pens, farms, wells, and lamps. Most villages also have a meeting point with a bell that produces sound when you click on it. Ringing a bell warns villagers to flee to the safety of their homes. The bell also reveals mobs within 64 blocks by making them glow! A bell is a useful tool, but it has no crafting recipe; some villagers may sell a bell for 36 emeralds.

2. Maximize the Number of Beds

When expanding your village, you do not have to conform to the default layout of structures. To maximize the size of your buildings, all you need are safe structures with walls, a roof, beds, and a door. You can even build an apartment to accommodate many villagers to make room for breeding!

Remember that zombies spawn at night and can turn your villagers into zombie villagers. Zombies, skeletons, spiders, and creepers will attack your villagers if they are outside. Light up the inside of your houses with torches to prevent mobs from spawning indoors. While villagers can sleep in beds outside, don’t expect them to survive the night!

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A zombie villager is being cured while trapped in an iron bar prison.

A zombie villager is being cured while trapped in an iron bar prison.

3. Find a Zombie Villager

Only five percent of zombies spawned at night are zombie villagers. Like normal zombies, zombie villagers will attack the player and other villagers. Zombie villagers also burn in direct sunlight. Normal zombies are also capable of turning villagers into zombie villagers. There is a 100% chance that a villager will be turned in hard difficulty and a 50% chance in normal mode. In easy and peaceful difficulty, there is a 0% chance.

Villages also have a 2% chance of generating as a zombie village. Zombie villages are full of zombie villagers, and all the houses are missing doors. There are no light sources, but zombie villagers can still burn in the sunlight. Glass panes are brown-stained instead of clear, and there may also be cobwebs and mossy cobblestone. If you find a zombie village, be sure to bring splash potions of weakness and golden apples with you!

4. Cure a Zombie Villager

To cure a zombie villager, you need to weaken them with a splash potion of weakness and feed them a golden apple. Trapping zombie villagers in a prison cell of iron bars increases the rate at which they are cured. Under normal conditions, a zombie villager will be cured in around three minutes time. Trapping zombie villagers also helps keep track of them while they are being cured! Brewing a potion of weakness requires the following ingredients:

  • Mushroom
  • Sugar
  • Spider eye
  • Water bottle
  • Gunpowder
  • Blaze powder

Combine the mushroom, sugar and spider eye in a crafting table to create fermented spider eye. Then place the fermented spider eye in the brewing stand over a water bottle to brew a potion of weakness. You will need to activate the brewing stand with blaze powder! To turn your potion into a splash potion, combine it with gunpowder in the brewing stand. To craft a golden apple, surround an apple with eight g