How to Breed Villagers in Minecraft: A Step-by-Step Guide

In Short
  • To breed villagers in Minecraft, you need two villages, food for them like bread, carrots, or potatoes, and three beds.
  • When the villagers are in a safe area with beds, throw food at them. If there are more beds than villagers and if they have enough food, they'll breed
  • Breeding villagers lead to the birth of baby villagers. A baby villager will grow up in about 20 minutes.

Villagers are not only one of the most friendly but also the most useful mobs in Minecraft. Trading with them can get you almost every block and item that you need in your playthrough. So, having a bunch of villagers around will only help you long-term. That said, let’s not wait around and learn to breed villagers in Minecraft with ease.

Requirements for Breeding Villagers

Unlike breeding other Minecraft mobs, the process of breeding villagers in Minecraft is a little complex. Let’s go over the various factors that affect it separately. You need to ensure all of the requirements below are met to breed villagers in the game.

  • At Least Two Villagers
  • Breeding Area
  • Food Items
  • Willingness

Yeah, the most basic requirement for breeding is at least two villagers. And two willing villagers at that. We have explained how willingness is important to make the villagers breed and get a baby villager in the section below.

The second requirement to breed villagers is a proper space. You need to place a bed for each villager while leaving two empty blocks above each bed. So, if you have two villagers and want to get the third one, you’ll need a total of three beds, and so on. The empty space above the bed allows the baby villagers to jump, and thus, improves the circumstances of their spawning.

Beyond that, make sure the area where you keep your villagers is large enough. A good practice is to have 3 block area for each villager. So, if you want to breed 10 villagers, make sure you have an empty area of 30 blocks.

Unlike animals, you can’t feed food to villagers to make them breed. But having enough food supplies does make them willing to breed. So, you need to collect and throw food in front of each villager. The villager will then pick up the food items until they have at least 3 bread, 12 carrots, 12 potatoes, or 12 beetroots. You can also mix these food items together, but make sure to provide a sufficient amount.

We already have a tutorial on how to get carrots in Minecraft. You can use that to grow the crop quickly and satisfy your villagers. Also, we have covered how to plant seeds and grow beetroot and potato in Minecraft in another guide. Do check it out from the link here. Furthermore, you should know that if a villager has excess food, they will throw it for others to pick it up. So, you don’t have to worry about providing food to individual villagers.

Compared to real life, the villagers in Minecraft don’t have defined gender roles. But they do follow the concept of consent. So, once you have provided food and shelter, the rest of the process remains with the villagers. Willingness is usually dependent on the amount of food a villager has. So, you must keep providing food if you want your villagers to keep breeding.

How to Breed Villagers in Minecraft

Once you have fulfilled all the above requirements, the actual process is easy, and you can follow the steps below to breed villagers in your world. Here’s how it works:

  • To begin, you need to lure two villagers to a certain enclosed location. Minecraft being Minecraft, you have to do it by force. You can either push the villagers to the location or build a structural path to lead them. Though, the simplest way is to place a boat in front of the villagers and wait for them to sit in it. Then, you can row the boat to a specific area.
  • Now, you need to trap the two villagers close to each other by creating a structure of some kind. The best place to make villagers breed is either their house or a dedicated breeding area.
  • Finally, you need to place 3 beds around the villagers and give them their desired food. Doing so will increase their willingness to breed, and within minutes, you will meet the baby villagers.
  • Also, keep in mind that villagers will only breed when it’s their meeting time before and after work. So, if you feed them during work hours, you’ll need to wait a bit for them to breed.

Benefits of Breeding Villagers

Here are some of the major benefits of breeding the villager mob in Minecraft:

  • Villagers in a specific area automatically make the Iron Golem spawn.
  • A variety of villagers can help you get a variety of trade deals (as well as discounts).
  • If you have enough farmers, you can create multiple automated food farms.
  • Villagers such as librarians can provide rare items like enchanted books, which you can use for the best sword enchantments, best trident enchantments, and more.
  • Aesthetically, your base can be more colorful and active with the villagers in it.

The time to expand your village is finally here. With the ability to breed villagers in Minecraft, you can now create large villages, get the best trading deals, and even automatic farms. With that said though, don’t forget to share why you are breeding villagers in the comments below. Until then, keep exploring!

How to protect villagers from zombies?

The easiest way to protect villagers is by placing torches. Hostile mobs don’t spawn in well-lit areas, even during the nighttime. Meanwhile, you can also place an iron golem in the breeding area for additional protection.

How long does it take to grow a villager?

Baby villager only takes 20 minutes to develop into a fully grown adult. However, it doesn’t affect or stop adult villagers from breeding more baby villagers.

How many times can two villagers breed?

Minecraft does not define the number of times villagers can breed, and well, the villagers can breed more than once. There is a 5-minute cooldown after two villagers successfully have a child.

Even if breeding is unsuccessful due to overcrowding or lack of resources, the villagers will try to breed once again after 5 minutes. So make sure to meet the requirements defined in this tutorial to keep the villagers breeding in your village.

Is there a limit to villager breeding?

No, the villagers can breed indefinitely if you have added enough beds and food available in your breeding area. If the location is not overpopulated, the villagers will continue to breed with a 5-minute cooldown. So yes, you can make an infinite villager breeding farm if you are interested in that.

How to assign professions to villagers?

In Minecraft, each profession has a block attached to it like a composter for farmers or a brewing stand for clerics. You just need to place a specific block near the villager for it to get that profession. Alternatively, you can also kill an existing villager to allow the new villager to take their profession. Many players use the latter method to obtain better trading options.

Comments 3
  • Mirak says:

    I had plenty of bed and food, but they still wouldn’t breed, even after moving to other chunk. idk why.

  • Shaurya says:

    There are
    Real or not 😵🤣🤨😟🧐

  • Ares says:

    If you want to blow somewone get tnt on top of house get arrow with fire and shoot and that expolde and make sure to have pearl to pearl away

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