How to breed villagers in Minecraft

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Villages in Minecraft are inhabited and you can increase the population by raising villagers. This improves in-game trading while making the vast world of Minecraft a little less lonely. If you don't know how to raise villagers in the game, we're here to help.

In this guide we will explain how to breed villagers in different versions of Minecraft and how to protect them from zombies. Plus, we'll answer some of the most common questions related to villagers and farming in the game.



How to breed villagers in Minecraft version 1.14 and earlier?

To breed villagers in Minecraft 1.14 or earlier, follow the steps below:

  1. Find or build a village. A few buildings close to each other are already considered a village.
  2. Each of the buildings must have an entrance door. The breeding building for your villagers will need at least three beds.
  3. Make sure the villagers are ready to spawn. You must feed each spawner villager three loaves of bread, 12 carrots, or 12 potatoes to inspire them.
  4. Once all the conditions are met, leave two villagers alone in one of the buildings.
  5. Check the building in about 20 minutes - a baby villager should appear.

Tip: be aware of new villages – they may be inhabited by zombies, looters, avengers, evokers or illusionists.

How to breed villagers in Minecraft Version 1.16?

With the new version of the game, the process of raising villagers has changed slightly. Follow the instructions below to increase your village population in Minecraft 1.16:



  1. Find or build a village. A few buildings close to each other are already considered a village.
  2. There should be three times as many doors as adult villagers in your village.
  3. Make sure the building where your villagers go to spawn has at least three beds with at least two empty blocks above them.
  4. Trade at least once with your villagers.
  5. For villagers to spawn, make sure there are three loaves of bread, 12 carrots, 12 potatoes, or 12 beets in inventory per villager. Give it to your villagers.
  6. Leave two villagers alone in a building.
  7. Check the building in about 20 minutes - a baby villager should appear.

Tip: be aware of new villages – they may be inhabited by zombies, looters, avengers, evokers or illusionists.

How to breed villagers in Minecraft Bedrock?

Raising villagers in Minecraft Bedrock isn't much different from doing it in Minecraft 1.16. To do this, follow the steps below:

  1. Find or build a village. A few buildings close to each other are already considered a village.
  2. There should be three times as many doors as adult villagers in your village.
  3. Make sure the building where your villagers go to spawn has at least three beds with at least two empty blocks above them.
  4. Trade at least once with your villagers.
  5. For villagers to be ready to spawn, make sure there are three loaves of bread, 12 carrots, 12 potatoes, or 12 beets in inventory per villager. Give them to your villagers.
  6. Leave two villagers alone in a building. In Minecraft Bedrock, there are male and female villagers, but that doesn't matter for breeding.
  7. Check the building in about 20 minutes - a baby villager should appear.

Tip: If your village is full, you must either build more houses or send newborn villagers to another village to raise more. Do not worry; newborn villagers grow in about 20 minutes and quickly forget their home.



How to breed villagers in survival mode?

Raising villagers in Minecraft survival mode is the same as raising them in creative mode. Follow the instructions below:

  1. Find or build a village. A few buildings close to each other are already considered a village.
  2. There should be three times as many doors as adult villagers in your village.
  3. Make sure the building where your villagers go to spawn has at least three beds with at least two empty blocks above them.
  4. Trade at least once with your villagers.
  5. For villagers to be ready to spawn, make sure there are three loaves of bread, 12 carrots, 12 potatoes, or 12 beets in inventory per villager. Give them to your villagers.
  6. Leave two villagers alone in a building. In Minecraft Bedrock, there are male and female villagers, but that doesn't matter for breeding.
  7. Check the building in about 20 minutes - a baby villager should appear.

Hint: In survival mode, you want to provide extra security for your villagers. Read on to find out how to make your village zombie proof.

How to make a zombie proof village in Minecraft?

If you're playing in survival mode, your villagers can be killed by zombies and you'll need to breed more to replace them. If you don't want to spend time breeding, make sure your village is safe. Follow the steps below:

  1. Make sure there is always plenty of light in the village. Craft torches from sticks and coal and place them around and inside your buildings.
  2. Create a wooden fence or cobblestone wall around your village. Ideally, it should cover the entire perimeter and have a door that you can close at night.
  3. If your village has less than 16 inhabitants, create iron golems to protect the village. In large villages, they appear automatically.
  4. Optionally, instead of iron golems, tame wolves to protect the village. Give 12 bones to a wolf to tame it.
  5. Craft steel doors instead of wooden doors - zombies can't break them.
  6. As an option, use wooden doors but raise them one block off the ground.

Frequently Asked Questions

Read this section to learn more about village dwellers and farming in Minecraft.



What else can you breed other than villagers?

Villagers aren't the only species that can be bred in Minecraft. You can also breed pets, tamed animals, such as horses, donkeys, cows, and even bees! Each animal species has different breeding requirements. So, to raise horses, you need to give them a golden apple or a golden carrot. Cows, goats and sheep are ready to breed after eating wheat. Pigs will eat carrots, potatoes, and beetroot - like villagers, though you only need 12 instead of XNUMX.

Wolves reproduce after eating most types of meat. Chickens want to be fed seeds and cats raw fish. You can also speed up the growth of baby animals by feeding them certain types of food. For example, sheep grow faster when eating grass, horses – when eating sugar. Another species you can (but probably won't want to) breed are hoglins. You can kill them to get two to four Raw Pork Chops and a Leather, but they will attack you and the villagers.

What's the point of raising villagers in Minecraft?

There are several reasons to raise villagers in Minecraft. First, you can trade with them. As each villager has a different profession, you would want to have enough villagers to ensure a supply of all necessary goods.

Second, your villagers can die for various reasons and you need to replace them. Third, growing your village is just plain fun, and when the village is big enough, iron golems automatically spawn to protect the inhabitants.

What professions can villagers have in Minecraft?

Most villagers have professions and provide certain goods. They have a different appearance which allows them to be identified. Armorers will trade various iron, chainmail, and diamond armor for emeralds. You can get emeralds and meat from butchers. Cartographers trade maps and banners for emeralds and compasses.

To get gems, visit a village cleric. Fletchers will help you get crafting and hunting tools. Other village professions include farmers, fishermen, leather workers, librarians, shepherds, etc. Some villagers are unemployed - they look like a simple model villager without any additional details.

You can find them a job by building a new job site. Nitwit is another type of non-trading villager. They wear green coats and shake their heads if you try to trade.

What is reputation in Minecraft?

You have a different reputation in each village in Minecraft. It ranges from -30 to +30, starting from 0. Your reputation can be increased by trading with villagers and improving their job skills. If you attack or kill a villager or their baby, your reputation will drop.

Therefore, if your village is full, don't kill anyone - fire them instead. When it drops below -15, villagers become hostile towards you and iron golems attack you, so trading becomes nearly impossible. Also, if you kill an iron golem, your reputation drops by an additional 10 points, so getting rid of it won't solve the problem. Villagers also gossip, affecting your reputation. Raising villagers does not increase your reputation, but when a baby villager grows up, you can apprentice them to gain additional reputation points.

Expand your village

Hopefully, with the help of our guide, you will easily increase your village population in Minecraft, regardless of the version of the game. Make sure to protect the inhabitants of your village and create enough work sites so that they are ready to trade. And don't forget your reputation in the village – if it's too low, you'll be banished by iron golems and lose the ability to interact with villagers.

Do you prefer to create your own village or trade in existing villages in Minecraft? Share your opinions in the comments section below.

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