How to Make Your Own Village in "Minecraft"

Updated on June 3, 2019
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Dreamhowl has been playing "Minecraft" since 2012. She enjoys building, farming, and breeding animals. She especially enjoys magic modpacks!

Learn how to make your own village by maximizing the amount of beds in your houses. Try curing zombie villagers, or transporting villagers from their village to yours!
Learn how to make your own village by maximizing the amount of beds in your houses. Try curing zombie villagers, or transporting villagers from their village to yours! | Source

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 Profession
Villager Outfit
Armorer
Welding mask
Butcher
Red headband, white apron
Cartographer
Golden monacle
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

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.

Note:

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 Villagers

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This adorable small house is located in a desert biome village.A small house contains only one bed and a decorative block.This temple is larger than a small house, but has a brewing stand instead of a bed.The Cartographer house looks fancy, but has a cartography table in place of a bed.
This adorable small house is located in a desert biome village.
This adorable small house is located in a desert biome village. | Source
A small house contains only one bed and a decorative block.
A small house contains only one bed and a decorative block. | Source
This temple is larger than a small house, but has a brewing stand instead of a bed.
This temple is larger than a small house, but has a brewing stand instead of a bed. | Source
The Cartographer house looks fancy, but has a cartography table in place of a bed.
The Cartographer house looks fancy, but has a cartography table in place of a bed. | Source

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 Building
Job 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
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A small farm grows around a stream of water in a village.Villagers gather around the bell at the meeting point of the village.
A small farm grows around a stream of water in a village.
A small farm grows around a stream of water in a village. | Source
Villagers gather around the bell at the meeting point of the village.
Villagers gather around the bell at the meeting point of the village. | Source

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 Beds

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A larger house allows for more beds and more villagers.A baby villager sleeps in a bed at night, just like adult villagers.These rows of beds are spaced apart so that villagers can reach them.
A larger house allows for more beds and more villagers.
A larger house allows for more beds and more villagers. | Source
A baby villager sleeps in a bed at night, just like adult villagers.
A baby villager sleeps in a bed at night, just like adult villagers. | Source
These rows of beds are spaced apart so that villagers can reach them.
These rows of beds are spaced apart so that villagers can reach them. | Source

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 Villager

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

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

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A fermented spider eye brews into a potion of weakness in a brewing stand.Gunpowder mixes with a potion of weakness to make a splash potion.A cured villager waits out the night in the iron bar prison.
A fermented spider eye brews into a potion of weakness in a brewing stand.
A fermented spider eye brews into a potion of weakness in a brewing stand. | Source
Gunpowder mixes with a potion of weakness to make a splash potion.
Gunpowder mixes with a potion of weakness to make a splash potion. | Source
A cured villager waits out the night in the iron bar prison.
A cured villager waits out the night in the iron bar prison. | Source

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 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

A villager sleeps in a bed outdoors during transport to another village.
A villager sleeps in a bed outdoors during transport to another village. | Source

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:

  1. Wait for the villager to enter their home at night
  2. Destroy the bed the villager is sleeping in
  3. Place the bed down a short distance away
  4. Wait for the villager to walk over and sleep in the bed
  5. Destroy the bed the villager is sleeping in again
  6. Place the bed a short distance away
  7. 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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Can I play Minecraft as a guest?

    If you are playing on the computer, you need an account to play Minecraft. If you are playing on an Xbox with someone who already has an account, you can play multiplayer with them, though!

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    • Dreamhowl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessica Peri 

      2 months ago from United States

      @Billie Thanks for reading, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      Billie Ellish 

      2 months ago

      When i was first starting off with music videos, I really liked minecraft, Thanks for the tutorial.

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      Logan Giesting 

      2 months ago

      I need help for the command of /locate new village’’ in Minecraft Pocket Edition, can you please.

    • Dreamhowl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessica Peri 

      21 months ago from United States

      @Savanna Thank you for reading it!

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      Savanna Murphy 

      21 months ago

      I really like this guide and thank you

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      Wade Wheaton 

      23 months ago

      Didn’t understand sorry I’m wade wheaton’s Child

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      Dan 

      2 years ago

      Very good article! Thanks! I found a village that has been completely killed by zombies. All the doors are gone and the place is empty. I put in new doors, but I guess you are saying that won't help anymore? Maybe I can steal some villagers from another village that isn't too far, but I don't want to destroy that village to do it. For the rail method, how do you load and unload villagers in the carts?

    • Dreamhowl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessica Peri 

      3 years ago from United States

      @JoeMama I found a mushroom biome, spawned in a couple villagers, but have had no luck breeding them. I'm guessing that they cannot actually spawn in this biome. Let me know if you have better results, though!

    • Dreamhowl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessica Peri 

      3 years ago from United States

      @JoeMama The last I knew, Mooshrooms were the only mob that spawned in mushroom biomes in vanilla Minecraft. I have yet to try breeding villagers on a mushroom island, so I don't know if it works. I'll come back and update if I discover more.

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      Joe Mama 

      3 years ago

      Can villagers spawn in mushroom biomes? I'm building an artificial village in one. I know that monsters don't spawn in mushroom biomes, so that's why I'm asking.

    • Dreamhowl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessica Peri 

      3 years ago from United States

      @ChasChas I know there is a mod called Morph that enables you to morph into any mob you kill. So if you killed a villager, you could morph into one.

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      ChasChas 

      3 years ago

      This is great! I have a question- do you know how to become a villager on minecraft? I'd really like to know.

    • Dreamhowl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessica Peri 

      4 years ago from United States

      @Pantaleimona: I don't actually believe building according to village blueprints will help a villager identify a structure as a library, butcher, etc. At least, nothing has come up in research. I am sure if you breed enough times, you have a chance of getting specific villagers, but they might not recognize the village buildings. I will give it go, though, and let you know what I find!

      Also, villager breeding has changed a bit since recently: "as of Minecraft 1.8, villagers will now only breed when willing. Villagers become willing when they are traded with; normal trading awards 3-6 experience, while making a villagers willing yields 8-11 experience. Once a baby villager is born, the parents lose their willingness, and trading must be started all over again."

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      Pantaleimona 

      4 years ago

      Thank you so much for this really helpful article. I am building an NPC village on a Realms server atm. Can you please tell me, will the NPCs "recognize" the structures I have built (Butcher, Library, etc.) only if I follow the traditional village blueprints? Or are there other identifiers that can be used by way of interior decorations?

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      jjggg 

      5 years ago

      thanks a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Dreamhowl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessica Peri 

      5 years ago from United States

      Thanks! Already built villages are cool too, less work involved. And as far as I know, this method still works and kicks in pretty quick.

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      Kurt Covaine 

      5 years ago

      Nice Work :D

      i always go in creative mode just to find already built village, because i don't know how to make then :/

      now i can :D

      i want to play with NPC, so that i don't feel a little lonely haha

    • Dreamhowl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessica Peri 

      5 years ago from United States

      Thank you for reading, and glad you think so!

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      Aaron Burton 

      5 years ago from US

      Very cool!

    • Dreamhowl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessica Peri 

      5 years ago from United States

      @SimilarSam: Thanks! I had to make my own village in a few Minecraft worlds because I couldn't find any for the life of me.

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      Samuel Franklin 

      5 years ago

      Great overview of villages in Minecraft, I'm a fan of always doing the best to defend them in the first place but unfortunately zombies always sneak in somehow.

    • Dreamhowl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessica Peri 

      5 years ago from United States

      Thanks for reading!

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      Rodric Anthony 

      5 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      thanks for the tips

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      Jessica Peri 

      5 years ago from United States

      Glad I could help!

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      JASSEN ASH 

      5 years ago

      Very helpful

    • Dreamhowl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessica Peri 

      6 years ago from United States

      I don't remember exactly. It usually takes me a day to outline and research what I want to include in the hub, and another day to flesh it out and take my screenshots. Thanks for your feedback and the link back. You're super kind.

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      Skyler Parker 

      6 years ago from Idaho Falls, ID

      This is an awesome hub. Definitely adding a link back to my hub here: https://phtech.hubpages.com/hub/Minecraft-Pocket-E...

      About how long did it take you to write this hub?

    • Dreamhowl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessica Peri 

      6 years ago from United States

      Thank you so much! I was playing with my boyfriend on a world where our home wasn't near a village. I found out you could make your own, and it is incredibly easy to do. I'm glad you loved my hub so much!

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      John Roberts 

      6 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      I must say this is a fantastic guide! I tend to go on Creative Mode and have villages already made for me, but I think by playing the game how it should be, this will add so much more fun! Voted up, useful, interesting, awesome and funny! Keep up the good work, and I might consider subscribing!

    • Dreamhowl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessica Peri 

      6 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the feedback! It can be very addicting, though too much of it at a time usually wears me out until I need a break anyway.

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      Alison Graham 

      6 years ago from UK

      Your guide is fascinating and definitely makes me want to play the game - I just know though that if I ever got started, I would be playing Minecraft instead of working! Voted up as a great read though!

    • Dreamhowl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessica Peri 

      6 years ago from United States

      Thanks! I'm glad you think so.

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      summerberrie 

      6 years ago

      This is soooo cool. A really neat guide.

    • Dreamhowl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessica Peri 

      6 years ago from United States

      Thanks for reading!

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      johnbwilkins 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      Odd, but nice guide!

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