In Minecraft, experience is a vital aspect of ensuring you are continuously getting more robust in the fight for survival. It is useful for multiple reasons. You can spend it on repairing and enchanting items, and if you have a mending enchantment on something, collecting the experience orbs will repair whatever item you have that enchantment on.
Luckily, there are many ways to earn experience. Killing mobs, mining orbs, smelting, and breeding animals are the most common ways to gain experience, but those methods can take a while to pull off. They can be useful for less experienced players or someone not worried about getting the best equipment, but hardcore players may want to explore other options to get their levels higher quickly. Bottle o’ Enchantings, on the other hand, can give tons of experience if you gather multiple bottles and use them at once, but acquiring them can take a long time or require you to trade off lots of materials to villagers, so we do not necessarily recommend going down that route.
To gain experience effectively and efficiently, you will want to do some building. If you have just started a world, play like you normally would at first. After you have built up a decent home area and have quite a few resources, you should gain a respectable amount of experience on your own. At this point, it is time to start building more effective ways to gather XP orbs. Here are some of the fastest ways to gain experience in Minecraft.
Build a mob farm
This is probably the most common form of gathering experience quickly. While you could go out into the dark and fight various mobs for experience, that requires a lot of movement, and you are putting yourself in danger. Instead, consider setting up a situation where the mobs are dumped automatically into a small area where you can quickly take them out.
There are various ways to go about making a mob farm, and you can find hundreds, possibly thousands of videos on YouTube explaining how to build “the best” experience farm, so be sure to explore your options and see what works best for you depending on the kind of work you want to put into it.
For an accessible, early game mob farm, check out the video below from Dusty Dude. The only essential materials for this build are five stacks of wooden planks or cobblestone, easy to gather, and some water. Of course, to make the collection process profitable, you can add on to the farm as you gather more resources.
Find a mob spawner
A simple and effective way to set one up is to find a spawner out in the world. Your best bet to find one is to search underground or go into the nether and find a Blaze spawner in a Nether Fortress. Before you go, make sure you have at least four torches, some buckets of water, some fence posts or slabs, and blocks to build the room to your specifications.
Unfortunately, even Silk Touch pickaxes cannot pick up spawners, so be sure NOT to break it down. When you find the spawner, whatever mob that spawner is designated to will continuously spawn and attack you. Place torches on every side of the block to stop mobs from spawning momentarily and kill any mobs in the room. Make sure the torches are connected to the spawner itself and not on the floor.
Now that it is safe, it is time to set up the room so the mobs will fall into one area that you can safely kill them in. This is where the water comes in handy. Mobs cannot swim against the current from a water source block, so be sure it pushes them into a small alcove you have made to gather them.
Now that you have a gathering spot for the mobs, go the opposite side of where they gather and break out any blocks and place your fence post or slab there instead. This makes it so the mobs can’t escape, but you can still strike them and gather any orbs or items they drop.
For a relatively easy spawner experience farm, check out the video below from TheStickz6. He uses most of the method mentioned above but goes further with transporting zombies to a different section, so they take fall damage using soul sand. All this does is make it faster to kill the mobs when you want to gather experience.
Build a wheat garden next to a pen of cows or sheep
An easy way to gain experience without much work is to breed cows or sheep. At first, the output will be minimal, but the more animals you have, the more orbs you will get. First, capture two cows or sheep (or both) and put them in a fenced-in area. Now start breaking tall grass until you begin getting seeds. Craft a hoe and start tilling the ground near your animal pen. Plant the seeds, and eventually, you will start getting wheat to grow. If things are taking too long, you can put bone meal on the growing plants to produce it instantly.
Now that you have wheat, go to your cows and sheep and feed it to them. This will put them into breed mode (you will know from the hearts that pop up around them). Once they are in this mode, they will take care of the rest, as long as there is another animal of the same kind around them. Once the baby is born, you will earn the experience.
As you start growing your collection of animals, be sure to extend your garden as well, so you get more wheat to feed them. Every time you break down a full-grown wheat stalk, you will also earn extra seeds, so this process is exceedingly easy. Anytime you see your wheat field fully grown, gather it up and feed it to your animals. If you want more experience quickly, you can also kill the animals to get items from them.
Set up a trade market with villagers
Trading items with villagers is a surefire way to collect plenty of experience. As you trade with them, they will level up and allow for more trading opportunities (until they run out of supplies). First, gather villagers in separate encasements so they will not run away or be attacked by mobs. For added protection, make iron golems in the area. Each golem will protect up to ten villagers. In the encasement, place a bed for each villager to sleep and restore their trading resources the next day.
Keep in mind which profession the villager has, as the items they want will change depending on it. We recommend making as many farmer villagers as possible, as they are probably the easiest to gather items for. To make the villager a farmer, leave a composter next to their bed. When they have the straw hat on, you can trade garden items with them, so build up a farm so you can keep dealing with them.
If you would rather have villagers with different professions, here is a list of all the other blocks you will need to swap the composter out with.
- Armorer: Blast Furnace
- Butcher: Smoker
- Cartographer: Cartography Table
- Cleric: Brewing Stand
- Fisherman: Barrel
- Fletcher: Fletching Table
- Leatherworker: Cauldron
- Librarian: Lectern
- Stone Mason: Stonecutter
- Shepherd: Loom
- Toolsmith: Smithing Table
- Weaponsmith: Grindstone
To breed more villagers, have two in the same building, each with their own bed. As opposed to breeding other mobs, villagers need to pick up food. You cannot feed them directly, so throw any food onto the ground, and they will pick it up and eventually go into romance mode. This process can take a while, so leave the food for them and do something else for some time. Finally, a baby villager will spawn. Make sure it has its own bed, and when it grows up, you can put the proper block with it to give it the profession you want. Build up your collection of villagers to make more trade opportunities.
While it may seem slow and uneventful, fishing in Minecraft is a very effective way to gather experience rather quickly. First, craft a fishing rod from three sticks and two string and find any body of water. If wanted, you can even move one water source block and fish from that.
If you do not know how fishing works in Minecraft, it is quite simple. Cast out your bobber into the water. When the whole bobber goes underwater, press the cast button again, and you will reel in either a fish, junk, or treasure along with experience.
The key to making this method more lucrative is catching individual enchantment books or enchanted fishing rods while fishing. If you notice any of the following books or enchantments on a fishing rod, be sure to use that rod.
- Mending I: Restores durability to the item when you pick up experience orbs.
- Lure III: Makes catching things go faster and less time waiting for the bobber to go underwater.
- Luck of the Sea III: Makes it more likely to catch treasure instead of junk.
- Unbreaking III: Only needed if you do not have Mending on your fishing rod. Increases the durability of the item by giving it a chance not to lose durability when used.
Mining for nether quartz
This method is the most dangerous of the previous methods mentioned here, but if you feel brave, a trip to the nether might be in the cards for you. Nether quartz ore frequently appears throughout the hellish dimension and gives experience orbs when broken down. Unfortunately, the nether is one of the most dangerous areas you can be in between ghasts and everything introduced in the Nether Update.
Before you go in, be sure you are prepared. At the very least, ensure you have a full suit of iron armor and an iron sword to protect yourself with. It might be beneficial to you also to have some potions of fire protection, so you do not burn to death in lava or fires. It is also relatively easy to get lost in the nether with its labyrinthian designs, so maybe bring some torches to lay down a pathway back to the portal for a quick escape. Finally, have some cobblestone you can use to build an enclosure around the portal. Cobblestone cannot be destroyed by ghast fireballs, making this a very effective way to ensure your way portal isn’t wasted. Without a portal, you cannot return home without dying.
Now that you are prepared, using a bunch of stone pickaxes, you can dig through the ground and walls of the environment. Be sure to be on the lookout for lava dripping from the ceiling. If you break that block, lava will fall on your head, leaving you to a fiery fate unless you have a potion of fire protection active. Also, magma blocks are more plentiful since the Nether Update, so don’t step on these blocks unless you have boots with the frost walker enchantment on them. They do not hurt bad, but in the nether, it’s better to protect your health as much as possible.