Minecraft village guide: how to find a village in Minecraft

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Looking for a Minecraft village? Or do you just want to wrap your head around how these cute little towns work? Minecraft Villages are a great resource for stocking up on items before exploring, whether it's trading with villagers or unlocking hidden chests in homes.

A Minecraft village will spawn villagers depending on the amount of beds in the village and will include farmers, fishermen, chicks, butchers, clerics, armor and more. A Minecraft village features buildings, houses, and a well known as the village center. The type of village is determined by the biome in the center of the village or at the meeting point, where most of the villagers are located. Villages spawn naturally, and the amount of buildings and features in the village are randomly generated, including villagers available for trade and the location of the village itself. This can make it difficult to find a village, but it's worth it.



Our Minecraft village guide explains how to find a village in Minecraft, how to avoid a zombie siege, and the best places to discover Minecraft village loot.

Find Minecraft Village

Do you need to know how to find a village in Minecraft? Minecraft villages are found in the plains, savannah, taiga, snowy tundra and desert biomes and spawn naturally.

Village characteristics are randomly generated and the number of buildings that make up a village can vary, as can the structure of the building. So you might find a village without a blacksmith or one with several.

Features of the Minecraft village include:

  • Wooden huts
  • Small houses
  • Big houses
  • Butchers
  • libraries
  • Farms
  • Wells
  • blacksmiths
  • churches
  • Streetlights
  • roads
  • iron golem

The paths intertwine between the buildings and extend to the outskirts of the village. You can find the location of villages by exploring, walking or flying in Creative mode. To start the game closer to a village, you can use a Minecraft seed with a village near the spawn.



You can also use the Minecraft village finder to locate the coordinates of the nearest village. The following platforms support this console command of Minecraft, Java Edition, Pocket Edition, Windows 10 Edition, and Education Edition. Open the chat command and type "/ locate village" and press Enter to retrieve the coordinates of the nearest village.

Minecraft village trade

Minecraft Villages will house trading villagers and you can interact with these Minecraft mobs to buy and sell different goods. In the Bedrock Edition there is a chance that a wandering trader and trader llamas spawn at the village meeting point.

By right clicking on a villager you can trade with them. Not all items you need from a villager will be available with every interaction, but trading with the same villager multiple times will earn you a good reputation with that villager, who is more likely to offer discounts. Villagers won't always be fair with their trades, so make sure you don't get robbed before you deliver your emeralds.

Villagers have five career levels that can be increased by trading with them, so revisiting the villager himself is helpful. As a villager levels up, from beginner, apprentice, journalist, expert and finally master - improved items will be offered. Villagers have professions and their offerings are defined by their profession, such as a farmer offering bread at the beginner level, to a golden carrot at the main level.

Minecraft village loot

Chests are randomly generated in houses and will contain different loot depending on the biome. Thus, a chest from the village desert house will contain a dead bush, but a chest from the village plains house will have an oak sapling. Blacksmith houses, also known as forges, have a loot chest containing valuable items such as ingots, iron armor, and rare loot. The butcher's chests have a wide range of meats such as beef and mutton, but also coal and occasionally emeralds. The cartographer's chest contains paper, bread, sticks and other valuable items.



Minecraft zombie villages

A village in Minecraft has a 2% chance to spawn as a zombie village. All villagers spawned will be zombie villagers instead. Minecraft zombie villages have no doors or torches, and some of the cobblestones in the regular village are replaced with cobwebs and the glass is replaced with brown glass. Zombies in Minecraft also have a 10% chance of appearing at midnight if there are at least 20 villagers and 10 or more doors - then a zombie siege will occur.


Finding a village in Minecraft is half the battle, but once you arrive at an oasis of goodies, a welcome from the villagers and wonderful offers from the villagers, it will seem worth it. Make sure you are nice to the villagers if you see an iron golem wandering around, they don't gently take their villagers attacked or thrown. If you need somewhere to store your loot and items purchased from villager traders, our guide to building a Minecraft house will give you all the inspiration you need.


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