How to Breed Villagers in Minecraft – A Simple Guide

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Do you love Minecraft? Are you looking for a way to advance your game, trade more, and have easy, consistent, access to iron ingots? Learning how to breed villagers in Minecraft is a beneficial tool that not only advances your gameplay but also works to unlock new items for you and your village.

If you are interested in learning how to breed villagers keep reading! Below we have compiled a step-by-step guide on how to successfully produce Minecraft villagers for a number of uses. We will also answer some of your burning questions regarding the game and its mechanics.

What Is the Purpose of Breeding Villagers in Minecraft?

Learning how to breed villagers in Minecraft can be beneficial for a number of reasons. One of the most useful reasons to breed villagers in Minecraft is for the purpose of creating an iron golem farm. Iron golem farms are used to gain continuous iron ingots and poppies.

If your goal is to create an iron golem farm, you will have to consider learning how to breed villagers. The reason breeding villagers is necessary for iron golem farms is because, for each golem, ten villagers are needed. That means, if you want to have ten golems in your village, you will need at least 100 extra villagers. Villagers are not easy to come by, so many players resort to breeding villagers in bulk.

Is There a Need to Breed Villagers in Minecraft?

One of the most significant needs for villager breeding in Minecraft is for trading halls. A villager trading hall is a literal hall in which villagers line up to trade with you. The best part about villager trading halls is that you can discard the villagers who are in the hall trying to trade unwanted items.

Learning how to breed villagers in Minecraft is the best way to make a successful villager trading hall. Villager trading halls open your game up to new items you wouldn’t typically have access to. We also know how hard it is to kidnap other villagers and bring them to your villager trading hall; so breeding is going to be your best method here.

How to Breed Villagers in Minecraft

Are you ready to starting learning how to breed villagers in Minecraft? Below is a step-by-step guide on one of the easiest ways to encourage your villagers to produce. Keep reading to learn more:

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Step One: Create a Tall Square

To start learning how to breed villagers in Minecraft you will need to create a hollowed-out square. We suggest making a 12 x 12 square of blocks. For this step, it does not matter which type of blocks you use.

You will want to ensure that you make your 12 x 12 square of blocks at least two blocks tall. Making your square two blocks tall keeps the box secure. You will want this box to be protected because you will be putting villagers inside of it, and you do not want them hopping out.

Step Two: Place Doors

The second step to successfully breeding villagers is to place your doors on your square of blocks. Place a door around each side and edge of your square. Make sure you have the doors facing the right way otherwise you won’t be able to get your villagers inside.

Step Three: Lure Villagers

The third step to successfully knowing how to breed villagers in Minecraft is to lure villagers into your newly constructed square of blocks. If the villagers don’t make their way over to your structure, naturally you can attract them in a few ways. We recommend luring villagers using a minecart to push them into your structure using a lead. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different lead methods or lures.

Tip: Genders

Not sure how to tell apart men from women villagers? That is because villagers have no gender. You do not need to make sure there are any number of men or women because if both parties are willing, a child will be created.

Step Four: Feed

Once you have lured villagers into your enclosure, you can begin to work on their willingness to breed. A villagers willingness to breed can be based on a number of factors. First and foremost, one of the easiest tricks to increase breeding willingness is to provide food.

Food is an essential step to learning how to breed villagers. To feed villagers, throw food at their feet in order for them to obtain it into their inventory. If the villager has too much food, it will throw the food to other villagers for them to receive. The amount of food to provide a villager before they are willing to breed varies depending on the type of food. We recommend trying the following amounts and types:

  • Bread: 3
  • Carrots: 12
  • Potatoes: 12
  • Beetroot: 12
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Step Four: Feed

Are you feeding your villagers and taking all of the necessary enclosure precautions and still not seeing an increase in willingness? Try trading with your villagers to grow your relationship. Trading with villagers can often heighten their desire to breed.

Step Five: Wait

After you have ensured that your villagers are willing to breed (If you are not sure if your villagers are willing to breed, check for hearts floating around their person), you can go about your business. All you have to do now is to wait. Luckily, in the world of Minecraft, waiting for villagers to breed and produce a child only takes around 20 minutes.

The Importance of Doors 

Doors have a very important use in Minecraft and breeding. In your village, a detector is counting your villagers and doors almost every minute. In order for a door to be counted as a door in your specific village, it needs to have an inside and an outside. This is why door placement is so important; you want to ensure that your door can actually function in order to be counted. If the door opens from the inside but not the outside, this is not a proper door.

The Importance of Height 

How tall you make your breeding enclosure is very important. If you have followed the instructions above and are still not seeing an increase in willingness, your structure may be too high. As we learned above, your structure should stick to around two blocks tall. Three blocks or more will cause any doors attached to the blocks to not register properly. Doors that are not registered will stop your villagers from breeding.

Creating a Villager Farm

Do you love the idea of endless iron ingots? Who doesn’t? If you want even more iron or even more trading opportunities, you will need to be creating new villagers on a consistent basis. One of the best ways to breed villagers consistently in Minecraft is to create a villager farm. To set up a villager farm, make sure that no other villages are in the surrounding 80 block radius.


You will need three different types of villagers to get the process started. First and foremost you will need a farmer to tend to the crops that are used to feed the villagers inside your farm. The farmer itself will not deliver the crops to your farm.

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The second villager you will need to create a villager farm is a breeder. The designated breeder will take the food the farmer makes and provide it to the villagers. The breeder is also the one who will be performing the breeding work and producing children.


The detector is an essential part of the village breeding farm process because they register doors to the village. Villagers will only be willing to breed if the population is lower than 35% of the number of doors in the village. Ensuring you have a detector will ensure that breeding can occur inside your villager farm.

Can You Create Too Many Villagers? 

Believe it or not, if you have set up a villager farm or a designated breeding station, you will acquire new villagers every twenty minutes or so, if done correctly. If you lose track of time or forget about your continuous breeding, chances are you may have more villagers than you know what to do with. This is why it is imperative to have a way to halt breeding at any given time.

If you do not find a way to stop your villagers from breeding, they can cause some serious game lag. That’s right, the villagers will continue to breed, much like rabbits, until you forcibly stop them. If you already have too many, try creating a new village to add the extras to or set up an iron golem farm!


You have finally done it; you have learned how to breed villagers in Minecraft. No matter your reason for creating more villagers, you now have an effective and quick way to do so. Just make sure that you remember to provide food and check back often. You don’t want to accidentally lock doors and forget about all of the new villagers that were just created.

As always remember to have fun. After all, Minecraft is just a game. Best of luck breeding villagers and gaining new trades!

Emily R

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