How to Make an Armor Stand in Minecraft

All armor types are fairly unique appearance-wise, and thanks to the addition of armor trims in the Minecraft 1.20 update, you can customize the looks of these pieces of equipment even further. So, you must be wondering if there could be a way to somehow showcase armor in your world. And the answer is yes! You can display armor on, well, armor stands. If you clicked on this guide, then you’re probably eager to know how to make an armor stand in Minecraft. Keep reading to find out!

Resources You Need to Make an Armor Stand

The crafting recipe for an armor stand requires the following resources:

  • 6 Sticks
  • 1 Smooth Stone Slab
  • 1 Crafting Table

Sticks are one of the most basic items in the game. They can be made using two planks from any wood type. For crafting a smooth stone slab, you need to first make smooth stone.

The crafting table is a utility block that allows you to craft items in a 3 x 3 crafting grid. It’s also very simple to make, especially since this process is explained in detail in our crafting table guide. On the other hand, you can also use the crafter, which is basically a crafting table, but it can only craft items using Redstone power. It is a game-changing block, so if you want to learn more about it, follow our guide on the crafter in Minecraft 1.21.

How to Craft an Armor Stand in Minecraft

If you collected the required resources, let’s start crafting an armor stand.

  • First, place the crafting table or crafter in your world and right-click it to open its UI.
Crafting table and the crafter side by side
  • Start by placing the smooth stone slab in the central slot of the bottommost row.
  • Next, place one stick above the stone slab and then one to the left and right of it.
  • Finally, fill the top row of the crafting grip with sticks completely.
  • Then, you can click on the armor stand icon on the right to craft it.

However, if you’re using a crafter, you’ll need to power the block with a button, lever, or any other redstone power source.

Spawn an Armor Stand with Arms in Minecraft

Technically, you can’t make armor stand with arms in Minecraft Java Edition. But using Minecraft commands, you can spawn one in your world. To do so, press T to open chat and use the following command to summon an armor stand with arms:

/summon minecraft:armor_stand ~ ~ ~ {ShowArms:1}

Do keep in mind that the spawned armor stand will lose its arms when broken. So, only spawn it where you want to place it. Moreover, this custom armor stand can hold items like swords, even on the Java edition. But you will have to break the stand to get that item back.

Where to Find Armor Stands in Your World

Armor stands generate naturally only in one location throughout your world – in taiga villages. But, not in every single one. That village needs to contain an outside armory site. You will find that they are completely open with a blast furnace and an overhang above it.

Here, you’ll always find 2 armor stands with a couple of iron armor pieces. So, stumbling upon one of these in the early game would be a pretty good time-saver.

There you have it folks, now you know how to make armor stands in your world. The most special feature of armor stands is the poses. Some members of the community have even developed an entire art style involving them.

You can make your world feel alive using armor stands as well as tell a story in a unique way. What do you use armor stands for? Let us know in the comments below!

Do armor stands fall?

Armor stands are entities and are affected by gravity. So if you break a block below one, it will start to fall.

Can you put weapons on armor stands?

In Bedrock addition, yes, you can put weapons on armor stands. You can put all sorts of items in the armor stand’s hands. However, in the Java edition, you cannot since those armor stands don’t even have arms.

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