How to Breed Villagers in Minecraft

Villages and villagers add life to Minecraft. Villages are great places to trade and buy certain rare items that are extremely useful in the game. Read on to learn how to breed villagers in Minecraft.

How to Breed Villagers in Minecraft

Different Ways of Breeding Villagers

Villagers can be encouraged to breed using a few methods that take care of their requirements.

How to Breed Villagers in Minecraft | Video

Building Houses

Step 1 – Find a Village

The first step to breeding villagers is finding a village that has at least 2 villagers present in it. Although not easy to find, villages are found scattered through the Savannah, plains, and desert biomes.

Step 2 – Gather Material

Houses in villages can be constructed using nearly any type of material. The most commonly used materials are Dirt, Cobblestone, and Wood Planks. Dirt can be found throughout the game and can be gathered using just your hands, or shovel if you want to mine faster. Wood Planks can be made from Wood, which can be easily gathered from the several trees present across the world of Minecraft. You can use either your hands or an ax to collect Wood. Cobblestone is much sturdier than Wood or Dirt and will require a pickax to mine.

Step 3 – Choose Appropriate Location

Select a location within the village. Note that the outer parameter of a village is located 32 blocks away from the furthest door or the center, based on which is greater.

Step 4 – Construct the Structure

Using the blocks that you have gathered, build the structure in any shape or design. Note that it must contain opaque blocks overhead that acts as a roof. The structure must be at least 3 blocks tall to allow villagers to move inside. To build the structure, place the material in the Hotbar. Equip the material by highlighting it in the Hotbar in the bottom of your screen. Point the reticle where you want to place the block and either right-click (PC) or press the left trigger (console).

Step 5 – Build and Place Doors

Craft a Crafting Table using Wood Planks and place it anywhere that is easily accessible. Use the Crafting Table to build a door by placing 6 Wood Planks in the 3×3 grid. Place the door in your inventory. Equip the door in your Hotbar. Now point the reticle to the base of the space that is left open for the door and left-click to place it.

Step 6 – Build Houses with Multiple Doors

In Minecraft, villagers will mate as long as the number of villagers is less than 35% of the total number of valid doors. A valid door in Minecraft refers to a door that leads to a room covered by a roof, with the other side going outside. To increase the number of doors in the village, you can build a structure having several doors.

Build a Garden

Step 1 – Gather Materials

Gather crops and plants such as beetroot, wheat seeds, potatoes, pumpkins, and carrots to plant in the garden.

Step 2 – Build a Crafting Table and Furnace

If you already don’t have a Crafting Table or Furance, craft them from scratch.

Step 3 – Smelt Iron

Using the Furance, smelt Iron Ore to obtain Iron Ingots. Place the Iron Ingots into your inventory.

Step 4 – Craft Bucket

In the 3×3 Crafting Grid of the Crafting Table, place Iron Ingots in the bottom-center, the left-center, and the right-center to craft a Bucket.

Step 5 – Dig a Trench

Find a well-lit area in the village that is about 5 to 10 blocks wide. Use your hand or shovel to dig a 1-block deep trench in the center of the garden.

Step 6 – Water

Use the bucket to transfer water from a nearby source to the trench. Fill the entire trench with water.

Step 7 – Till the Garden

Place a hoe in your Hotbar, and equip it. Till the soil around the trench filled with water. Place your crops in the Hotbar and plant them in the soil.

Step 8 – Wait a Few Days

Wait a few days for the crops to grow, after which you can harvest them. If villagers are present nearby, they sometimes harvest the crops themselves and grow new crops in the gardens. Once a villager has 3 Bread, 12 Beetroots, 12 Potatoes, or 12 Carrots in their inventory, they are willing to breed.

Why do You Need Villagers?

Villagers are quite useful in Minecraft and there are no drawbacks to having too many. You can read more about villagers here.


One of the biggest advantages to having more villagers in a village leads to increased trading opportunities. This means there are more blacksmiths, tanners, shepherds, cartographers, butchers, masons, and so on.


You can be assign jobs that use a blast furnace or composter to villagers.

Best Tips

Villagers are much more likely to breed if their needs and requirements are met. The chances of finding good trades and rare items go up with more villagers in Minecraft. Zombie villagers can be cured by throwing a Splash Potion of Weakness and then feeding them with a golden apple.


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