Minecraft provides tons of options when it comes to customizability. Some of these enable you to build greater structures while others can aid you in creating unique habitats. There are certain mobs that inhibit these habitats. Some of them can attack you at a moment’s notice while others are as passive as one could be.
Villagers belong to the latter category. They focus on their professions instead of attacking you. You can even trade with them in exchange for emeralds. However, finding these villages can be hard. Therefore, the idea of making an artificial village for quick access seems totally plausible.
You could bring the entire village manually but that can take a lot of time. This is especially true when your destination is far from the village. If you want to increase your villager’s population then breeding seems like the best possible way to do that. However, your captured villagers might not breed as you intended them to.
The reason why your Villagers aren’t breeding in Minecraft is because they are lacking the prerequisites necessary to initiate the task. Here is what you need to have as a bare minimum:
- Do they have a bed?
- Are they happy enough?
- Are they willing?
- Do they have a heart above their heads?
If your villagers are not mating then you can follow the steps listed below to solve this issue. There are certain cases where the villagers won’t breed no matter what. Therefore, follow the steps below and hope for the best.
Setting the Environment
This guide will be mentioning the steps you can take in order to increase their chances of breeding. It is worth understanding that any kind of change has an effect on the willingness of the villagers. Therefore, do not try to change a lot of variables. With that said, here is what you should try:
Build a Place for The Villagers
The villager’s mood is extremely dependent on the willingness factor. Make sure they are not in an angry mood. Villagers tend to get angry whenever you destroy their beds or workstations. Therefore, give them a reason to be happy. Simply make new houses for them to stay in and let them do their stuff.
You only need to add beds (for the new baby as well), a workbench, and a chest and you should be good to go. You can make it grandiose or minimalistic depending on your tastes. However, the size of the house will have no effect on the villagers.
Here are the structures you need to build in order to make your own artificial village:
|Village Building||Job Site Block|
|Cartographer House||Cartography table|
|Fletcher House||Fletching table|
|Tool Smith||Smithing table|
Keep them Stuffed
Another factor that has an effect on the villager’s willingness is the amount of food they have in their inventories. Here are the least amount of consumables a villager needs to have with them:
The player has the ability to throw food towards a villager to have them pick it up. Make sure to give them plenty or they will refuse to breed. Becoming willing will decrease their food stack and you will have to refill it after the mating is over in order to make them willing again.
Place the Beds Correctly
Finding what’s wrong with your bed placement can be frustrating, to say the least. Therefore make sure you do it right the first time. Here is how you can place your beds correctly.
In order to place the beds, you need to make sure every requirement is fulfilled perfectly! There should be a lot of beds in the room. If there are no beds available to facilitate a newcomer then the villagers will not breed.
The beds must also have around 2 blocks of clearance in between. The baby villager needs to be able to pathfind and reach the bed. Any obstructions will hinder it from claiming the bed. Make sure no object is placed above the bed as it might invalidate it.
Keep Your Villagers Happy
The villagers have a gossip system that lets them share different gossip around the entire village. There are certain conditions that can affect a villager’s mood therefore make sure the villagers are not in a negative mood.
It is really hard for negative villagers to breed with each other. Plus, it also affects the amount you can trade with them. Here is how the gossip system works:
|Type||Caused By||Amount Gained||Decay||Share Penalty||Max Value||Reputation|
It is worth understanding that the gossip system has no direct correlation with breeding. Rather, it is a factor that can affect a villager’s mood.
Keep Track of the Particles
Villagers go into love mode if they have enough food. A mating session consumes around 12 units of food. The player can check these modes by observing the particles above a villager’s head. Hearts indicate love mode while angry particles along with the hearts indicate that there are not enough beds for them to mate.
The particle mechanic can be extremely useful in identifying different villager traits. The villagers will also display angry particles if the population limit is met. You need to expand the village in this scenario to accommodate as many villagers as needed.
All in all, make sure to have your villagers in the perfect setup if you want to increase the population as fast as possible. An important point to note is that Breeding villagers does not drop any experience.
If your villagers are not breeding then try to diagnose the problem by implementing the mentioned steps. You need to take good care of your villagers to create your dream village!