How to Make Your Own Village in "Minecraft"
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
Red headband, white apron
Purple apron, creeper cloak
Hat with feather, quiver on back
Brown apron, brown gloves
Glasses, book hat
Black apron, black gloves
Brown hat, white apron
Biome outfit, no extras
Eyepatch, black apron
Villagers: A Short Instructional
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 do not matter, as long as they include beds.
As of "Minecraft" 1.8, villagers now only breed when willing. Villagers become willing by having at least 3 bread, 12 potatoes, 12 carrots or 12 beetroots in their inventories. Players can throw food at villagers to have them pick it up. Villagers will breed depending on the time of day. New beds must exist to accommodate baby villagers, or adults will not breed.
1. Create Houses for VillagersClick thumbnail to view full-size
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
Job Site Block
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 clicked on. Ringing a bell warns villagers to flee to the safety their homes. The bell also reveals mobs within 64 blocks by making them glow! A bell is a useful tool, but has no crafting recipe; some villagers may sell a bell for 36 emeralds.
2. Maximize the Number of BedsClick thumbnail to view full-size
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!
3. Find a Zombie VillagerClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 VillagerClick thumbnail to view full-size
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:
- Spider eye
- Water bottle
- 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 gold ingots in a crafting table. Be careful - when the cure takes effect, other mobs will try to hurt your villager!
5. Transport Villagers at Night
You can build a rail system to transport villagers from another village in minecarts. But this process takes a while and uses a lot of materials, especially if the village is far away. Luring villagers to your own with beds at night is a cheaper alternative:
- Wait for the villager to enter their home at night
- Destroy the bed the villager is sleeping in
- Place the bed down a short distance away
- Wait for the villager to walk over and sleep in the bed
- Destroy the bed the villager is sleeping in again
- Place the bed a short distance away
- Repeat the process until you reach your own village
This is more cost effective than building a rail system to transport villagers. But remember that transporting villagers at night can be dangerous! Doing this process at night is required because villagers will only sleep at night. Lighting the way to your village with torches will help make the trip safer. Transporting villagers this way can help you raise your village’s population!
There is no right or wrong way to make your own village as long as your houses have beds to accommodate villagers. You can use any materials to build your houses, decorate as you wish and make as many structures as you like. You can even build apartment buildings or condos for your villagers. Building your village on creative mode can speed up the process and give you access to more materials. Whatever you decide, have fun creating your very own Minecraft village!
Questions & Answers
- Helpful 12
How do I command a village to appear?
I don't know of any easy ways to do this. I've seen server plugins for it, but not a command that you can type into a command block.Helpful 33
Can you build a village underground?
You can if you build underground structures and lure existing villagers down. I've never tried it myself, but I'll check it out!Helpful 29
While playing Minecraft, I've spawned near a new gen village on my Nintendo Switch game and I was wondering if I have to build specific houses to get villagers with certain jobs, or if any house design would do? For instance, my village has no library so I haven't seen a librarian.
The type of building shouldn't matter. In the PC version at least, it is now more based on the number of beds available and by breeding the villagers when willing.Helpful 26
In Minecraft, do the villagers have to be in the biome that they were from to stay?
No, that shouldn't matter as long as they have a building with beds inside.Helpful 4