Minecraft Piglin bartering guide

Learn the know-how and customs of the Nether with Piglin bartering.

Piglin Bartering

One of the ways to get items in Minecraft is to obtain them from NPCs in the game. One example of this is through trading with villagers, while another way is bartering with Piglins. Unlike trading, bartering gives you no choice in what you can get back, and you only have one option of what to give. Here is how to barter with Piglins in the Nether.

Piglins love gold

Piglins are naturally a hostile mob, but they won’t attack you if you are holding gold or wearing a piece or set of gold armor. If you intend to barter with Piglin often, try always having one of your armor pieces be gold. That way, as long as you don’t steal from them or hit them, the Piglins will not be hostile.

Piglin Brutes will always be hostile to you. They are only found with their generated structure, however. Because of this, you cannot barter with Piglin Brutes. You also cannot barter with Baby Piglins, as they will not know how to.


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To barter with a Piglin, you must use gold ingots. They will still take nuggets, blocks, gold armor, and other items, but they will offer no item in return. Make sure you do not offer gold blocks by mistake, as it will waste 9 ingots that could have been bartered with.

To barter, either throw down a gold ingot next to a Piglin, or right-click (or right trigger) on them with a gold ingot in your hand. The Piglin will look at the ingot for a moment (for six seconds in Java Edition, eight seconds in Bedrock Edition), and then give you one random item in return.

Items (from rarest to most common)

Here are all of the possible items you can receive from bartering. Note that you also currently have a low chance in Bedrock Edition only to receive a Netherite Hoe from bartering, but this is being removed in the next minor update.

  • Soul Speed Enchanted Book
  • Soul Speed Iron Boots
  • Splash Potion of Fire Resistance
  • Potion of Fire Resistance
  • Water Bottle
  • Iron Nuggets
  • Ender Pearls
  • String
  • Nether Quartz
  • Obsidian
  • Crying Obsidian block(s)
  • Fire Charge
  • Leather
  • Soul Sand blocks
  • Nether Bricks
  • Spectral Arrows
  • Gravel blocks
  • Blackstone blocks