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Health Points 20HP (10x Heart)
Attack Strength None
Drops None
Spawn In NPC Villages
First Appearance Beta 1.9
Network ID 120
Savegame ID Villager


Villagers, formerly known as Testificates, are passive Non-Player Characters that spawn and move around in Villages. They have different roles, such as priests, butchers, blacksmiths, farmers, generics and librarians and spawn in their respective buildings. They possess large, bald heads, green eyes, uni-brows, and long, squidward-like noses.


Villagers are considered as one of the most intelligent of all peaceful mobs, however, there are some factors that they are unaware of or pay no attention to. Villagers realize the day-night cycle as well. Villagers are not fond of water, and unlike the other peaceful mobs, will immediately attempt to find an escape route. Villagers will attempt to avoid zombies, however, they do not attempt to escape any attackers except zombies. Unlike other mobs, villagers do not notice when they are set on fire, making any source of fire extremely dangerous to a village's population. Villagers will not run when they are on fire as well, showing no attempt to put the fire out.

Villagers only spawn in villages, which can be located only in the flattest (or close to flat) biomes- desert biomes, savannas, and plains. When a villager notices a zombie, they immediately begin to run away from them. Villagers are fast enough to escape a zombie, however, this will not always protect them. When it becomes nighttime, all villagers move in-doors to safety. However, there is a flaw in this behavior, whenever it is raining outside, villagers still realize it as day. Zombies, however, will not die because it is raining, and the sun is not out. This can cause some villagers to die.

A common sight in a village would be villagers facing each other, assuming the human-like characteristic of "talking". When a player attacks a villager they have steam coming from their heads, most-likely indicating anger or frustration. As of 1.6, villagers produce noises (sounding similar to a "hmmm", a grunt, or a humming sound). They make noises on several occasions, when breeding is activated, when struck by a player, or when you trade with one.


Two villagers socializing.


Villagers are able to be traded with in the game for various items depending on their "profession" or type of villager. The currency that they handle are emeralds. Some villagers will trade for emeralds, while others will take emeralds and give items. Farmer type villagers known for their brown clothing are known to trade items related to farming, such as Wheat, Carrots, Potatoes, and seeds of Melons for emeralds or vice versa. The butcher type known for the white apron will trade for meat such as Pork, Beef, and Chicken. It is far more common for the trade to require the raw version of the meat. Priests which can be recognized by their full purple clothing trade for ender pearls and eyes of the ender, and also allow the player to buy enchanted items, by trade an unchanted version of the item, in addition to a few emeralds as the cost of enchanting the item. The smith type of villager trades for armor and tools and weapons. Lastly, the Librarian villager is known for his all white clothing and "smart" look, buys paper and sells book and navigational related items, such as Bookshelves and Compasses.

Villagers all start with one trade agreement. Once the player does this trade and then closes the trading interface, the villager will have a "thinking" type animation and come up with another trade. This does two things, first it allows more trading options, up to a maximum of 5 per villager, and second, it resets the trade. Each trade will be able to be used 3-5 times until it must be reset again. The villager will only reset if the final or "newest" trade is completed at least one time. Once all five are unlocked, continuing the last trade will continue to reset the trades, and also has a small chance of replacing an existing trade with a new one.

Trading is one of the fastest ways to get emeralds legitimately in survival mode without the use of cheats, as farming animals and crops are far faster than digging for emeralds. This allows players to constantly trade and renew trades that yield emeralds to the player. This is also known sometimes as "farming emeralds" or "emerald bartering."

As of Minecraft 1.8 snapshot, the villagers trading got a complete overhaul. Villagers could now have several trades when they are spawned giving the player more flexibliity when trading. Another factor that helps is that when trading, new trade possibilities can occur depending on how many new trades you have made already.


A player's popularity can be gained or decreased in many methods, and one example is if the player has a popularity below -15, iron golems will become hostile towards the player forever. Popularity can be gained by trading, breeding, etc., but can be decreased by attacking Villagers and/or Iron Golems. A players popularity can be high in one village, yet, low in another.

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Minecraft Mobs Villager

Zombie Villager

Zombie Villager
Zombie Villager
Health Points 20HP (10x Heart)
Attack Strength Easy
3HP (1.5x Heart)

4HP (2x Heart)

6HP (3x Heart)

Drops Common
0-2 Rotten Flesh
Iron Ingot, Iron Helmet, Iron Shovel, Iron Sword, Carrot, Potato
Spawn In a light level of 7 or less or when a villager gets infected in Normal difficulty or higher
First Appearance 12w32a
Savegame ID Zombie
Experience Points 5


Zombie Villagers are aggressive mobs that appeared in Minecraft's Pretty Scary Update (Version 1.4). They make up 5% of zombies that spawn in the Overworld. They will also appear after a Villager is killed by a Zombie during a village siege, 50% on Normal and 100% on Hard. If a Baby Villager is killed during a siege, it will also become a Baby Zombie villager. Baby Zombie Villagers are faster than their grown-up counterparts and will not age. Zombie Villagers can be returned to normal Villagers if weakened using a Splash Potion of Weakness, and then fed a Golden Apple. They will appear to shudder while being cured. It is best to place Zombie Villagers in a sort of "prison cell" structure with a bed and iron bars while curing it. This is because the iron bars and bed make the villager cure about 4% faster. Zombie Villagers take approximately 180 seconds to cure under normal circumstances. A zombie villager has all the behaverals and characteristics of regular zombies, such as being able to wear armor. Iron Golems will still attack them, unless they are cured. In pocket edition and 1.9 they retain their clothes and appearance prior to being infected.

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Multiple Zombie Villagers in Minecraft 1.9. Note how the color of their clothing relates to the Villager's original appearance.

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Two Zombie Villagers. Note that one of them is wearing Leather armor.

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Minecraft Mobs Zombie Villager


  • There is an unused texture for the Villager found in the game files. It had an angry looking face with red eyes.
  • The Villager trading sistem was inspired in the videogame Dungeon Master 2.
  • Villagers may pick up certain items on the ground such as Beetroots, Wheat, Potatoes, Carrots, Seeds and Bread.
  • If a Villager is hit by a lightning then it will turn into a Witch.
  • Villagers and Zombie Villagers can spawn in an Igloo.
  • Villagers are still able to see the player even if the player has an invisibility potion efect.
  • In the Minecraft 1.6 poster, there is a Villager wearing blue robes which had never appeared in the final version of Minecraft 1.6
  • Setting the gamerule mobGriefing to false will make Farmer villagers to stop planting crops.
  • Notch planned for Villages to be populated by Pigmen instead of Villagers.
  • Prior to 13w22a/1.6.1, Villagers did not make sounds.
    • In addition, a splash on the title screen can say "HURNERJSGER?", which is what villagers will sound like when idle.
  • Although Villager NPCs are currently as simple as other passive mobs, they appear to have very basic intelligent coding already implemented. Before, if the player opens the door to their home and leave it open, they will likely soon move out the doorway. However, once outside, they may wander out into the wilderness. As of 1.2 update, they now automatically go inside at night.
  • In Beta 1.9 Pre-release's files, there is a texture for average Villagers, which wear green robes. However, this spot seems to be filled by the Farmer type instead, with no Villager types spawning at all.
    • The average villager can be spawned in 1.7 Update using commands.
  • Different colors indicate different types of Villagers. Brown indicates a farmer, purple indicates a priest, white indicates a librarian, a villager with a black apron is a blacksmith and a villager with a white apron is a butcher.
  • The textures for the Librarian Villager, Priest Villager, the unused Villager in green robes and Witches have a "hood" next to their head, where a mob's hat texture would be, but it does not appear in the game.
  • When you stare at a villager, and the villager sees you, it will nod.
  • Since 1.2, villagers can now have children, which are smaller versions of the adults. They run faster than normal Villagers, and have the same hit-box as an adult Villager, even though their texture is smaller.
  • Occasionally, children don't go inside houses at night.
  • Only a child can take a rose from an Iron Golem.
  • When there are 15 or more villagers an Iron Golem has a chance to spawn.
  • Since the 12w21a snapshot, it is possible to trade with villagers by right clicking them. This way, it is possible to get normally uncraftable items like Bottle o' Enchanting and Chain Armor, as well as rare items like diamonds.
  • All Villagers go inside their homes at night, and sometimes randomly open and close the door.
  • In snapshot 14w02b villagers can have more professions (e.g. blacksmiths can be Tool Smiths, Weapon Smiths and Armorers).
  • In snapshot 14w04a Farmer villagers can destroy full grown plants, and replant them.
  • On April 1, 2014, Mojang announced that the Villagers had taken over minecraft and caused everyone's skin to look like a villager, as an April Fools joke. Players were unable to change their skins during that time.
    • During this time, everyone also had Element Animation's T.E.A.V.S.R.P. (The Element Animation Villager Sounds Resource Pack) automatically installed.
  • When you put a ladder behind a door, The villager will try to exit out the door but instead, he goes up the ladder and when they reach the top, they spin in circles
  • As of 15w35a, Zombie Villagers have new textures which are different for each type of Villager.
  • Some players have noted villagers resemble "Squidward" from the television show "SpongeBob SquarePants" because of their long noses. Notch himself even commented on the resemblance, saying that they look like "caveman Squidwards".[1]
  • They have also been nicknamed Ki-Adi-Mundi in rare cases because of their small resemblance to the Star Wars character.
  • Villagers were based on the shop keeper in Dungeon Master 2


Villager Gallery

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HorseHead Horse MooshroomFace Mooshroom OcelotFace Ocelot PigFace Pig
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Neutral Mobs
EndermanFace Enderman Vg face Iron Golem BetterWolfFace Wolf ZombiePigmanFace Zombie Pigman
Hostile Mobs
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50px-WitchFace Witch WitherFace Wither WitherSkeletonHead Wither Skeleton Spider WitherSkeleton Wither Skeleton Jockey
ZombieFace Zombie Shulker
Unused/Removed/Unimplemented Mobs
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