Experience is one of the key gameplay features in Minecraft. Although there are no skills or additional abilities to unlock, experience points can be spent on powerful enchantments for your gear, which can make fighting stronger and stronger mobs much easier.

However, gaining experience is a slow process. Thankfully, like just about any other process in the game, players have figured out countless ways to turn it into a quick and efficient process. Here are just a few incredibly ingenious Redstone and non-Redstone farms to help anyone boost their experience gain.

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Updated On October 19, 2021, by Helen Ashcroft: Minecraft is changing all the time and this means that farm mechanics can be broken. With this in mind, we've gone back through this article to make sure that all the farms listed are still the best options in Minecraft 1.17 and still work after recent updates. We've also made the information easier to understand with each entry including details of what each farm does, the materials you'll need to build it, and a link to a tutorial.

15 Cave Spider Farm

Minecraft Cave Spider XP Farm By Kmond
Design By Kmond

Cave spiders are considered the worst mobs to farm in the entire game. For one, they will poison you, and for two, spiders in general have a tendency to be able to escape various structures by climbing walls.

However, there is a way to make either a cave spider or a regular spider farm work and to get a bunch of experience points for it in Minecraft. This is particularly useful since cave spider spawners are very easy to find due to how common abandoned mineshafts are in the game.

Items Required For A Spider Farm

64 x Blocks 4 x Slabs 3 x Stairs
3 x Hoppers 3 x Trap Doors 2 x Chests
28 x Fence Gates 2 x Buckets Of Water

Items Required For A Cave Spider Farm

64 x Blocks 16 x Slabs 3 x Stairs
3 x Hoppers 6 x Trap Doors 2 x Chests
9 x Signs 6 x Fence Gates 4 x Buckets Of Water

How To Make A Spider/Cave Spider Farm

Before you start it's recommended that you have a few essentials with you. Ladders for climbing out of holes, torches to light up the area while you work, a sword to fight off any mobs that get too close and of course a pickaxe. A bucket of milk is also handy to mitigate the poison effect if you are dealing with cave spiders.

The materials above are for two different farm designs by Kmond. The Cave Spider XP Farm, for up to version 1.17.and the Regular Spider Farm, which also works up to version 1.17.


14 Automatic Fish Farm

MInecraft AFK Fishing Farm by Carbon Gaming
Design by Carbon Gaming

There are tons of designs for AFK fish farms or other automatic fish farms, which are all excellent ways to farm enchantment books, bows, saddles, name tags and even fishing rods. Automatic fishing farms are also great for food and xp in Minecraft.

Given how it doesn't require many resources, having a fish farm is pretty much a must-have for any player. The xp is pretty low but the process is simple and easy and the rewards are excellent.

Items Required For An Automatic Fish Farm

15 x Blocks 3 x Chests 1 x Hopper
8 x Glass 4 x Signs 2 x Rails
1 x Minecart With Hopper 1 x Lava Bucket 3 x Trap Door
1 x Bucket Of Water 1 x Fish 1 x Name Tag

How To Make An Automatic Fish Farm

There are many designs for fish farms but the one we've chosen is the Easiest Automatic AFK Fish Farm By Carbon Gaming. This farm uses easy to find resources, is simple to build and will net you some useful drops as well as some xp.

13 Portal Farm

Minecraft rays works portal farm
Design by Rays Works

If resources are not a problem you might as well go big with your xp farm designs. One favorite (especially at harder difficulties) is a nether portal farm that pulls in Zombie Pigmen from the nether and doesn't even require you to manually kill the mobs.

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As well as an impressive amount of xp, you'll also gain a tonne of gold. The only downside is that it requires a huge amount of resources, which can be difficult to obtain on survival.

Items Required For A Farm With Portals

Obsidian Soul Campfires Soul Sand
Trapdoors Glass Blocks A Turtle Egg
Magma Block Hopper Minecart Rails
Hoppers Chests Water Bucket

How To Make A Portal Farm

This particular portal farm is designed by Rays Works and has an AFK mode and an automated mode. Rays Works' video on the farm covers both modes but the later requires extra redstone materials to make a redstone clock.

We haven't added quantities to the list of materials due to having no clue of the scale of this farm. However, it's likely to be scalable in that the portals can probably be reduced.

12 Bedrock Charcoal Farm

Minecraft Charcoal XP farm by ProfePlaysMinecraft
Design by ProfePlaysMinecraft

Back to more simple designs, this is a very interesting take on a self-fueling farm that's similar to the concept of the cacti and bamboo farm. However, this one uses wood instead to create charcoal and fuel itself over and over again by storing the experience points within the furnace.

This charcoal xp farm design can be made as big or small as you want and has the advantage of using a resource that's usually readily available.

Items Required For A Charcoal XP Farm

6 x Hoppers 4 x Chests 1 x Furnace
1 x Sticky Piston 7 x Redstone Dust 2 x Droppers
2 x Redstone Comparators 2 x Redstone Repeaters 2 x Buckets of Water
8 x Stone Blocks 1 x Glass Block 1 x Redstone Block

How To Make A Charcoal XP Farm

For players who can't get their hands on bamboo or cactus easily, this is the way to go. Plus, it's certified to work on Bedrock, thanks to this design by ProfePlaysMinecraft.

The only thing to note is that the furnace is powered by wood so you'll also need a lot of wood to get xp this way.

11 Piglin Bartering Farm

Minecraft Piglin Bartering Farm By Rays Works
Design By Rays Works

Now to the real meat of the nether update. With the introduction of piglins and bartering, players have been coming up with extremely interesting farm designs that not only incorporate xp farming in Minecraft but also infinite bartering with a trapped piglin.

These farms provide a huge amount of xp as well as a wide selection of materials. This is because the farm generates gold and xp then uses them to produce trades with Piglins for different items.

Items Required For A Nether Bartering XP Farm

74 x Stacks Magma Blocks 8 x Cobblestone Walls 10 x Stacks Slabs
6 x Trap Doors 2 x Rails 3 x Comparators
2 x Soul Sand 25 x Minecarts 1 x Stair
1 x Fench Gate 9 x Redstone Dust 9 x Gold Swords
1 x Sticky Piston 10 x Chests 17 x Glass
12 x Hoppers 6 x Buttons

How To Build A Piglin Bartering Farm

This particular design by Rays Works is excellent because it automatically provides gold to the piglin by killing off zombie pigmen and generates experience points as well as tons of items from the bartering process. It really does kill three birds with just one stone, and although it's not easy to build resource-wise, it's absolutely a must-have for players.

10 Raid Farm

Minecraft Raid Farm By Avomance
Design by Avomance

It may not have crossed your mind, but illager outposts are excellent locations for farming XP in Minecraft. Even if the outpost tower itself is demolished, illagers will still continue to spawn.

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These farms are simple to build and the rewards include emeralds and totems of undying, both of which can be incredibly valuable. You'll also get more crossbows than you know what to do with.

Items Required For A Pillager Raid XP Farm

4 x Stacks of Stone 4 x Buckets of Lava 36 x Signs
80 x Cobblestone Walls 2 x Trap Doors 2 x Stack of Slabs
3 x Glass 1 x Stack of Fences 2 x Chests
1 x Hopper 2 x Buckets of Water 16 x Lanterns
16 x Ladders 1 x Stack Glass Panes 32 x Pressure Plates
16 x Torches 1 x Bed

How To Build A Raid Farm

This design by Avomance in particular works wonders.By placing a bed and a few villagers in the middle to attract illagers, they can be guided with water down into a tunnel to kill them easily. If a captain is killed, even better, because it will instantly start a raid due to the presence of the villagers.

9 Mob Spawner Farm

Minecraft mob farm with skeletons built by kmond

During any regular survival game, you are very likely to come across mob dungeons with a spawner at some point. Dungeons are easily recognized by their mossy cobblestone walls and loot chest or chests. These are mob dungeons ideal for xp farms in Minecraft.

Most spawner farms work on the simple principle of trapping the mobs in one place where you can safely kill them in order to gain exp and any items they may drop.

Items Required For A Dungeon Spawner XP Farm

2 x Stacks Building Blocks 1 x Slab 2 x Water Buckets
1 x Hopper 1 x Sign 2 x Chests
Torches Ladders

How To Build A Mob Spawner Farm

The best dungeon to turn into an experience farm in Minecraft is a skeleton dungeon due to the useful loot they drop (bones, arrows and bows), but any type will do.

Spiders will be more difficult to trap due to their ability to climb walls and are better contained in the spider-specific farm mentioned earlier. Here's a great design by Kmond.

8 Gold Farm

RandomGgames gold farm

Murdering zombie pigmen is a great way to get xp. If you aren't worried about trying to integrate bartering into your farm this is a great alternative to the piglin bartering farm.

This farm brings in huge amounts of xp and while its resource heavy the actual build is fairly easy to construct.

Items Required For A Gold Farm

8 x Iron Golems 180 x Trap Doors 60 x Soul Torches
24 x Minecarts 1 x Hopper Minecart 2 x Hoppers
50 x Stacks of Blocks 39 x Stacks of Transparent Blocks 1 x Rail
2 x Stacks of Slabs Access to Nether Roof

How To Build A Gold Farm

This farm does involve some cheesy game breaking strategies, such as entering the Nether roof. You'll need to do this before you can begin the build.

The Nether roof is basically a wide flat area made of bedrock, a material on which no mob can spawn. Therefore, any other block that's placed down has a huge chance of spawning Nether mobs, making it easy to manipulate spawn rates for XP farms. RandomGgames constructs a great gold and experience farm with few materials worth copying.

7 Stone XP Farm

Minecraft wafflenite stone exp farm

Most XP farms require a staggering amount of resources to build. This can make most players think twice before attempting to build one, especially in survival mode or even hardcore mode. However, a good XP farm in Minecraft doesn't have to be resource heavy.

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A simple stone XP farm using furnaces is just enough for a singleplayer survival world, at least in the beginning.

Items Required For A Stone XP Farm

1 x Stack Coal Blocks 1 x Stack Cobblestone 4 x Chests
4 x Furnaces 6 x Hoppers 3 x Smooth Stone
3 x Levers

How To Build A Stone XP Farm

By smelting stone, the furnaces store and generate XP in them, similarly to a few other designs. If you are using stone or smooth stone in your builds this is an especially productive way to generate xp.

If you need a design then WaffleNite showcases a simple idea that's easy to replicate.

6 Classic Mob Farm

Minecraft voltrox mob farm

Ultimately, a survival world of Minecraft isn't complete if you haven't made the king of all mob farms, the classic Minecraft mob XP farm.

Although it requires quite a bit of stone and usually a great height to be built on, it can yield a lot of experience points and useful drops.

Items Required For A Classic Mob Farm

100 x Scaffolding 4 x Chests 2 x Water Buckets
4 x Slabs 4 x Hoppers 1 x Bed
25 x Stacks of Blocks 1 x Stack of Trap Doors

How To Build A Classic Mob Farm

If closed off platforms are built over a large body of water or far up in the air, you will see an increased rate of monsters spawning inside. The mobs can then be pushed down by water and left at one or two hearts for you to kill them off at the bottom of the drop.

Voltrox shows the strength of this simple yet iconic Minecraft XP farm perfectly with his design.

5 Kelp XP Farm

Minecraft farzy simple kelp farm

For those that feel super intimidated by more complex experience farms and just need a tiny xp boost to their survival Minecraft world without any frills, there's a simple way to farm xp with only kelp needed.

Items Required For A Kelp Farm

80 x Building Blocks 10 x Redstone Dust
1 x Lever 8 x Kelp
8 x Sticky Pistons 8 x Water Buckets

How To Build A Kelp Farm

Kelp is an interesting material because it can be grown, dried in the furnace and then used as fuel to dry more kelp. As such, it makes for excellent fuel for a simple and easy Minecraft xp farm, as shown by Farzy.

4 Blaze Farm

Minecraft Voltrox blaze xp farm

If you're looking for the best mob to farm for XP, blazes are an excellent place to start. While building a farm in the Nether can get risky, blaze rods are a necessity for the end game, which is why this farm basically kills two birds with one stone.

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If you want to experiment with potions and brewing then you'll need a good supply of blaze rods. This farm will help you get them safely, and gain some xp.

Items Required For A Blaze Farm

5 x Torches 1 x Magma Block 1 x Chest
1 x Hopper 1 x Slab 10 x Trap Doors
7 x Stacks of Glass 1 x Carpet

There are hundreds of different ways to design blaze xp farms in Minecraft, but it's always best to pick a spawner that has a lot of natural cover, so that building around it isn't a chore and potentially doesn't kill the player. Voltrox has a very easy and material light design to follow.

3 Guardian Farm

Minecraft logicalgeekboy no drain guardian farm

It's no secret that guardians are some of the best mobs to farm for XP in the game due to the decent amount of XP they drop.

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That being said, building a guardian farm is a monumental task, since most designs require draining the entire ocean monument.

Items Required For A Guardian Farm

1015 x Glass 1008 x Soul Sand 1364 x Blocks of Choice
188 x Hoppers 144 x Soul Campfires 80 x Chests
9 x Slabs 58 x Torches 4 x Targets
4 x Redstone Repeaters & Comparators 4 x Droppers 8 x Redstone Dust

How To Build A Guardian Farm

Despite the huge time and resource cost, this farm is still worth it due to its sheer output of experience. LogicalGeekBoy in particular has a very easy to follow tutorial on how to nail down the design and mechanics of the guardian XP farm in Minecraft. The best thing about it is that it also avoids the epic task of draining the ocean monument.

You'll also gain a tonne of cod as well as materials to craft prismarine and its variants as well as sea lanterns.

2 Enderman Farm

Minecraft pixlriffs enderman farm

Once you have actually reached The End and defeated the Ender Dragon, you might want to consider building an enderman xp farm. The End is basically full of free space where endermen can spawn, and with water as their sole weakness, it's an easy enough farm to make.

Items Required For An Enderman Farm

10 x Stacks of leaves 4 x Stacks of Enderpearls 32 x Slabs
32 x String 6 x Hoppers 2 x Chests
2 x Stacks of Carpet 1 x Water Bucket 1 x Lava Bucket
5 x Torches 2 x Stacks of Blocks 8 x Fences
6 x Trap Doors 2 x Rails 1 x Minecart
1 x Name Tag

How To Build An Enderman Farm

Not only does this farm yield a ton of experience since endermen are among the toughest mobs, but it also provides more ender pearls than you'll ever use, which come in handy when exploring the End islands.

Pixlriffs has a great guide on how to create a straightforward Enderman farm.

1 Cactus And Bamboo Farm

Minecraft Avomance xp farm bamboo cactus

For those who want maximum output and the least amount of materials used, this cactus and bamboo farm is the answer. Not only is it cheap to make, it's also fully self-sufficient. All you need to do is leave it to do its thing and come back hours later to reap the benefits.

Items Required For Cactus And Bamboo XP Farm

69 x Blocks of Choice 6 x Chests 35 x Hoppers
7 x Furnaces 9 x Levers 34 x Stone Blocks
24 x Rails 26 x Powered Rails 2 x Detector Rails
2 x Minecart with Hopper 4 x Redstone Repeaters 2 x Redstone Torches
2 x Sticky Pistons 2 x Redstone Blocks 10 x Redstone Dust
10 x Bamboo 10 x Cactus

How To Build A Cactus And Bamboo Farm

This farm is compact, but its main problem is how immensely loud it can get due to the constantly moving minecart. For this reason it's recommended that you build it at a distance from your base. Check Avomance's tutorial for the best XP farm design.

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