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How to Lower Villager Trade Prices (2 Easy Ways)

How to Lower Villager Trade Prices (2 Easy Ways)

Minecraft is probably one of the most popular video games in the world, but many of its finer systems can only be understood through copious trial and error. For example, do you want to know how to lower the trading prices of Villagers? Well then, in this article, we’ll give you the easiest and optimal ways for that.

There are two primary ways in which you can Lower Villager Trade Prices with them being the same for both Java and Bedrock editions:

  • Become the Villager’s Champion
  • Cure Zombie Villagers

It can be quite essential to lower the prices for trades with Villagers. This is because they are an absolute vital store of necessary resources. Their prices, however, can be quite bothersome. Read on to learn in detail precisely how lower their prices!

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How to Lower Villager Trade Prices?

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You can reduce the prices of Villager trades by either saving the villagers from a raid or finding villagers that have been turned into zombies and then curing them of their sickness. Within this section of the article, we’ll be going over everything related to these two fixes, and how to do them easily.

Become the Villager’s Champion

Screenshot of Minecraft Villagers

One of the best ways that I’ve been able to find to reduce the prices for items traded by Villagers is if you become the Villager’s Champion. You can become the Villager’s Champion by starting and completing a raid that is occuring within a particular Village.

To start a raid, you first need to find a village that is being affected by the Bad Omen Active Effect. This effect is what gives you the indicator that multiple waves will be rushing towards the village, and thus the area needs some from of protection by the player in order to survive.

A raid usually consists of multiple waves, these waves include witches, evokers, vindicators, ravagers, and pillagers. Your character will require the absolute best equipment possible to complete a raid, by yourself, successfully.

Simply wait in the village until the raid starts, and then continue to clear the waves as long as they launch attacks toward the village. Once the waves stop you have not completed the raid and can gain the Hero of the Village Status.

Now, whenever you talk to a villager then they will lower their trade prices for over 40 minutes after you completed the raid.

Note: You can stack the Hero of the Village Status by completing multiple raids or completing higher-level raids on the same or different villages. Even though this stacking effect is very effective, and drastically reduces prices, but it will be capped to a certain trade price at a certain point. The discount can not go lower than 55% if you follow this method.

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Cure Zombie Villagers

Screenshot of Zombie villagers

Another great method of reducing the prices on most Villagers is by curing Zombie Villagers. This is because if you cure a Zombie Villager then they are willing to give your character a discount on the items that they are selling.

What’s great about this method is that much like the method of becoming a Hero of the Village, if you cure Zombie Villagers then you can stack this discount. All you need to do is cure that same villager again if they turn into a Zombie again.

The stacking potential for this discount is so powerful that you can repeatedly use this method until you reduce the trade to just 1. Which will essentially mean that you can trade a single stick for 1 emerald by trading with the Villagers. Guess they’re grateful to you.

But what do you need to do in order to cure Zombie Villagers in the First place?

How to Cure Zombie Villagers?

To cure a Zombie Villager you need to give the villager a golden apple. However, you cannot simply give the Zombified villager the golden apple you must first prepare the villager to be able to receive the item in the first place.

Follow these steps in order to ensure that you can cure Zombie Villagers:

  • Find a Zombie Villager
  • Hit the Zombie Villager and splash a Potion of Weakening on them.
  • Once they are in a weakened state, Give the Villager a Golden Apple.

But how do Villagers become Zombies in the first place? Well, a Villager becomes a Zombie if they are attacked by a regular Zombie in the open world. On lower difficulties, however, most Villagers die before they can be turned.

In hard mode or Hardcore mode the Villagers are far more survivable, and thus can receive a few hits from Zombies and turn into Zombie Villagers. What that essentially means is that unless you find a Zombie Villager in the open world in an easy game, you should generally be playing on the hard mode setting for this method to be successful.

Additionally, this also means that if you wish to cure a Villager multiple times, to get the best deals possible in the game, you must exclusively play on hard or hardcore mode. Or else the villagers will die too quickly for this stacking buff to apply at all.

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Are these Methods the Same For Java and Bedrock Editions?

Regardless of whether you’re playing on the Java Edition of Minecraft or the Bedrock Edition of Minecraft these methods will work as we’ve mentioned above. So you can without any additional worry or hesitation use this super simple guide to get the items that you want from your Villagers as soon as possible.


and that’s how you can simply and easily reduce the prices for trading with Villagers on Minecraft. In my opinion, completing a raid will take much more time and effort, but requires very few resources on your part. However, curing villagers can be quite resource-intensive.

Both methods are viable, and have their benefits and drawbacks, which is why we recommend curing zombie villagers since the sacking benefit of that method is simply far stronger and often lasts longer as well.