Zombie Doctor is an achievement for Minecraft that requires a player to heal a zombie villager. To do this, a player must throw a Splash Potion of Weakness at a Zombie Villager and give it a Golden Apple by facing it and pressing the "use" button. The process typically takes about 2 to 5 minutes, but can be shortened by about 4% by building a "prison" around it, with Iron Bars and a Bed.[1]

This achievement is available in all editions of the game.

Methods to obtain the Zombie Doctor achievement

  1. Follow the strategy given in the description. To make sure the process is successful, trap the zombie villager in a small chamber protected from the sun. Using a chamber with iron bars and a bed will speed the process up.
  2. Use a Bow (enchantments don't have any effect, but Flame is advised against) to shoot an Tipped Arrow of Weakness on the zombie villager. As in the previous strategy, trap the affected zombie villager in a chamber protected from the sun. This strategy has its advantages in that the tipped arrow only affects the target, whereas splash potions of weakness can affect the thrower if the target is close enough. However, the effect of the Arrow does not last as long as the splash potion, so being quick is recommended. Trapping the villager zombie in water, once the potion and golden apple have been applied, will allow the zombie villager to remain undamaged by the sun. However, it will take longer for the zombie villager to turn into a Villager.


  1. - Villager conversion time experiment on Youtube