How to Find a Village in Minecraft | On Foot and in Creative Mode

Villages can be nice to visit, and take over.

Minecraft Villages
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Villages in Minecraft can spawn in different biomes, containing beds, building, crafting tables, composters, and all kinds of interesting things to find. Villagers will also spawn in them, doing various jobs around the village like fishing, farming, and making armor. It can be a great idea to track down a village and live close by, as it offers plenty of opportunities for entertainment.

Which biomes spawn villages?

You can find villages in the following biomes, giving you a good idea of where to start looking.

  • Plains
  • Snowy
  • Tundra
  • Savanna
  • Taiga

How to find the nearest village?

There is a Minecraft console command that will automatically give you the coordinates of the nearest village. This will work in Java Edition, Pocket Edition, Windows 10 Edition, and Education Edition. Open the command window, type in “/locate village” and the window will return the coordinates of the nearest village. You can then use the teleport chat command, in conjunction with the coordinates, and teleport straight to the village’s location.

How to Find Villages on Foot

It’s pretty simple to find villages as long as they can spawn in the biome that you’re playing in. You can head out to search for them on foot just like you’d be exploring normally, or fly around in Creative Mode to search for villages in a much simpler, more expedient manner. 

If you choose to search the game on foot, you should first start with a special seed in-game that will start you out closer to a village at the very beginning. Seeds are simply codes that you can enter before generating a Minecraft world that you have control over. If you use the same seed twice, you’ll generate the same kind of world twice, so if you find one that you enjoy using, you can stick with it and will always see the same world generated with the same code.

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You can find different seeds all over the internet, so find one that you’re interested in using, and you can spawn a new world where you’re potentially near the villages this way. Make sure you tick the “Large Biomes” option when you make your new world, which should allow for additional space for villages to appear. While ticking options, also make sure “Generate Structures” is selected, or otherwise, you just won’t see any villages or buildings whatsoever. This is an important part of the process, so double-check your options before generating a world. 

When you’ve arrived in the world, take a look around the Savannah, Taiga, Desert, Tundra, and Plains areas in your new world. These are some of the only places you’ll be able to find villages in the game since they’re flat, grassy, and easy for the villages to appear in. But just because you find these areas, that doesn’t mean you’ll find a village. They will spawn completely at random, so it all comes down to luck when you’re trying to seek one out. It may take some practice and patience, but eventually, you’ll happen upon one of the villages when you least expect it. You’ll know it when you see the small little buildings and taller, tan humanoid creatures milling about. Congratulations on your new discovery!

How to Find Villages in Creative Mode

If you want to find villages in Minecraft without having to run around and do all the dirty work, you can always opt to play in Creative Mode instead, where you can fly around the world rather than explore it on foot. You can jump straight up into the air and look around the world you’ve created in tandem with the suggestions in the “explore on foot” part of this guide. 

This way, you can look around at your leisure, empowered to roam the skies and look down on the world below you for any latent villages that may be hidden. Creative Mode obviously doesn’t have all of the same features as Survival Mode, but it does make it exponentially easier to seek out villages when you get a bird’s eye view of all of the areas below you. It won’t matter much if you find villages, however, if you don’t need to trade or interact with the villagers, so this option is really more suitable for exploring and seeing what’s out there instead of actually using their trading skills.

Trading with Villagers

Villages will, unsurprisingly, be home to villagers and you can trade with them to sell goods, or buy things that you need. Trading repeatedly with the same villager can result in a better reputation and eventual discounts on items. Trading with the same villager over and over again will increase their level, and this means they will sell you better items.

The villager career ranks are as follows:

  • Novice
  • Apprentice
  • Journeyman
  • Expert
  • Master

Villagers can have the following careers:

  • Armorer
  • Butcher
  • Cartographer
  • Cleric
  • Farmer
  • Fisherman
  • Fletcher
  • Leatherworker
  • Librarian
  • Stone Mason
  • Shepherd
  • Toolsmith
  • Weaponsmith

Hero of the Village

If a player defeats a Raid, you will get the Hero of the Village status, which will lower trading prices. You can actually force a Raid to happen if you enter a village with the Bad Omen effect on you. To do this, you need to kill a Raid Captain.

Brittany Vincent contributed to this article.