Minecraft: How to breed villagers

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Villagers in Minecraft can help you unlock some great enchanted items through trades but to make the most of this you’ll want to breed your villagers. Here’s exactly how you can breed villagers in the game.

There are a lot of fantastic items in Minecraft but if you’re looking to get golden apples, fully enchanted tools and armor, or rare arrows in the game the best way to do so is via trading.

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Finding a villager of the appropriate type and getting them to trade until you get the required levels to get those high-value items can be a massive investment of time and emeralds, and there’s also a risk of the villager being killed when you’re away which means you’ll have to start the process all over again.

A solution to this is to move your villagers to a secure location and breed them, and here’s exactly how you can do this in the sandbox game.

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How do villagers breed in Minecraft?

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Villagers can be bred under certain conditions.

The actual mechanics of the breeding of Minecraft villagers are quite simple. If there are two adult villagers who are willing to breed and there is space for the baby villager they will create, they will indeed breed to create a new villager.

There are no limits on the type of villagers that can breed, as they are have no gender, so long as they are adults. However, both must be able to physically reach each other.

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When villagers are ready and there is enough space for their offspring, the two will enter into “love mode” to produce the baby. Just like Minecraft animals, the two characters in love will stare at each other for a few seconds and then spawn a baby villager between them.

The baby villager will eventually grow into an adult villager who can also breed and be given an occupation for trades.

Unlike breeding animals, however, breeding villagers does not grant experience.

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When will villagers breed in Minecraft?

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For villagers to breed, they need to be in love first.

However, villagers cannot breed constantly. There is a cooldown after two villagers breed that must elapse before they can do it again.

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Also, villagers will not breed without the player’s intervention and this two conditions need to be met: willingness and capacity.


The willingness requirement is met when the villager has 12 food points, as this is the energy required to breed.

Players can satisfy this by throwing either three bread (4 food points each) or twelve carrots, potatoes, or beetroots (1 food point each) at the villager’s feet. The villagers will pick up the food near their feet and eat it.

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The capacity needs refers to the number of available beds nearby for the villagers and their offspring. Even if villagers are breeding, they will not produce an offspring if there is not enough capacity.

All baby and adult villagers require a bed with at least two empty blocks above them, so villagers can breed for as many beds with such space as is allowed.

However, if the bed is too far away (outside a 48-block radius) or inaccessible via the villager’s pathfinding logic, breeding will not occur regardless of willingness.

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Once the baby villager is born, it will claim one of the available beds, reducing the population capacity unless more are added.

And that’s it. That’s all you need to know about how you breed your villagers in Minecraft! For more Minecraft tips and tricks, be sure to check out our other guides:

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