Villages are very useful in Minecraft. Villagers can have all sorts of professions and you can take advantage of this in order to benefit your playthrough of the game.

Building a village in Minecraft is a complex process and it takes quite a bit of effort and determination. Especially if you run into trouble, like zombies, creepers, skeletons, and other types of enemies.

Our guide will help you through every step of the way and walk you through the lengthy process of making your own village and getting your own villagers.

Updated August 11, 2021 by Ashely Claudino: Minecraft is a game that you can keep on playing for hours and hours on end without feeling like you're done with it. There's always something to improve in your home base, something new you can build, decorations you can add. Decorations are precisely the reason why we've decided to update this guide. There are several exciting ideas that can easily make your village feel a lot more like home and we've added to this article some of these ideas that you might just feel like using once you start your own Minecraft village.


First Build A Few Houses

Minecraft Village Chest

You will have to build a few houses before starting this process. For the game to consider a building to be an actual house, at least one bed has to be placed inside. Of course, you can make bigger houses and place multiple beds inside. It depends on how many villagers you want in your village.

Since villagers will only breed if there are beds for themselves and for the babies, you need to craft and place extra beds in your village. To craft a bed, all you need is three wood planks and three wool of the same color.

Getting Your First Villagers

Minecraft Villagers grouped up in a village

The next step in this process is probably the most complicated one. The first villagers are the hardest ones to obtain because it all comes down to luck. This is because there are only two ways to get your own villagers. You can either do it by curing zombie villagers that spawn near your base or by kidnapping villagers that already live in a village.

We will describe each method and you can either choose one or the other, depending on your world's conditions and the resources available to you.

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Kidnapping Villagers From Another Village

Minecraft Savannah village aerial view

This process requires the least amount of resources and luck, however, it can be awfully dull and time-consuming. Plus, depending on how distant the nearest village actually is, you might have to go fight off monsters as you take the villager to your base. You might even have to go through the Nether to reduce the distance between your starting location and your destination.

You can kidnap a villager by using a boat. You can force villagers into a boat by pushing them or driving the boat into the villager. The villager will not escape unless the boat is broken so you can travel great distances this way.

Keep in mind that even though boats work on land, they're extremely slow and can only go on flat ground so if your base isn't close by, making a Nether portal might make this quicker. And, if you encounter monsters, they will be much faster than you so be sure to kill them and protect the villager.

Once you've done this, you will have to do it all over again, since you need two villagers.

Curing A Zombie Villager

Minecraft zombie villager

Although this method is technically faster, you do need to have a few specific items stored away beforehand. Plus, zombie villagers will rarely spawn so you need to be quite lucky for one to spawn so you can then cure it.

But, on the bright side, if you're around your base and they spawn, you can simply lure them, no boats necessary. And, once cured, they will trade at a discount price to show you their gratitude for your efforts.

You can cure a zombie villager by crafting a Splash Potion of Weakness, throwing it on the villager and then feeding them a golden apple.

Breeding Villagers

Minecraft carrot farm with villagers

Villagers will breed whenever they are willing to. Certain conditions must be met for this to happen.

Villagers must either have 12 beetroots, 12 carrots, 12 potatoes or 3 bread in their inventories in order to be willing to breed.

Throw the items at the villagers and they will pick them up. Eventually, they will breed and originate a baby villager, as long as there is a bed for it close by.

To make a village, keep repeating this process with the villagers once they grow up into adult villagers. Growth will happen much faster since you won't have to go out and collect more villagers.

Villager Professions

Minecraft group of villagers offering player items

There are 15 types of villagers in Minecraft. Villagers can either be unemployed or nitwit villagers and then there are 13 different professions. Nitwit villagers can't acquire professions but unemployed villagers can if they have access to a workstation.

These are all the villager professions in the game, according to their workstation:

  • Armorer - Blast furnace
  • Butcher - Smoker
  • Cartographer - Cartography table
  • Cleric - Brewing stand
  • Farmer - Composter
  • Fisherman - Barrel
  • Fletcher - Fletching table
  • Leatherworker - Cauldron
  • Librarian - Lectern
  • Stone Mason - Stonecutter
  • Shepherd - Loom
  • Toolsmith - Smithing table
  • Weaponsmith - Grindstone

According to your needs, you can have any of these villagers. Once you trade with a villager, it won't be able to change professions later and it will remain locked so make sure you get the trades you want.


two villageers in a village

Here are a couple of decoration tips to take into consideration when making your own village.


Villagers will walk over your pathways, in fact, they prefer to. So, digging paths with your shovel will make your village more aesthetically pleasing and make it easier for the villagers to walk around.


Consider adding a bell to your village. Villagers will gather around it to gossip. Plus, if you ring the bell, the villagers will hide inside their homes. This is a great way to protect them, especially if there ever is a raid or if there are monsters nearby.

Flower Pots

With only three bricks you can craft yourself some flower pots. These items are awesome because you get to put them in villagers' homes, they're small so won't take up too much space, and they give the place a new feel. You can put flowers. cacti, even fungi, and other types of plants inside so there are several variations you can try for different houses.


There is a way to imitate hedges in Minecraft — with leaf blocks! Trees have leaf blocks that grow on them. If you approach them with either shears or tools enchanted with Silk Touch, you can remove a leaf block and put it somewhere else. If you gather some of them you can create your own hedges.


With four glowdust you can make a glowstone. These blocks naturally emit light. Players with great imaginations have managed to make their own lamps with these. If you place down a fence post and then a glowstone on top with a switch attached to it, it will look just like any table lamp. You can use redstone as well and start getting creative to make all sorts of electricity systems in the village.

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