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This is Why Minecraft Villager Prices Keep Going Up

This is Why Minecraft Villager Prices Keep Going Up

If you’ve tried getting items from Minecraft villagers then lately you might have noticed that their prices keep going up. This is not a bug in the game, nor is it an error, rather it is an intended system. In this article, we’ll explain all the reasons why Minecraft Villager Prices keep going up.

Similar to real-life economics villager trading prices are not static in Minecraft. This is due to a complex system of reasons that include the following:

  • Supply and Demand
  • Hero of the Village Status
  • Specific Mechanics in the Java Edition vs Bedrock

Trading with Villagers is perhaps one of the most powerful systems you can exploit in Minecraft. These villagers can give you enchanted diamond gear. So ensuring you understand their pricing system is pivotal. Read on to find out more about the systems that we mentioned above.

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Why Do Minecraft Villager Prices Keep Going Up?

Minecraft Villager Trading Prices
Minecraft Trading – From Youtuber iDeactivateMC

Minecraft has a lot of resources that are only available through the villager trading system set up in the game. These resources may be very difficult or, in most cases, impossible to come by if it weren’t for these villager trading systems. So you need to get these items while they are still available.

The prices for these resources are not stable, as they are in many other games. Minecraft loves to be different. So in this article, I will explore the reasons behind these irregular or hiking resource prices in Minecraft Villager Trading System. I hope this helps you in your next playthrough.

Supply and Demand

Minecraft Villagers
Minecraft Villagers

Just like in any other economic system, there are mechanics present in the game to make the resources available according to the supply and demand method. This is the primary element that affects the price. When an item is refilled, the price will go up for you, if it is exchanged, until it is marked as sold out.

The price will decrease the following time the villager replenishes supplies. If you do not exchange for the item at a higher cost.

Thankfully, demand is monitored per item, meaning that only certain trades are affected rather than the prices of all the villagers’ trades. This means that demand only affects those trades that do not have a 0 price multiplier.

I understand that this can seem complicated, but ultimately it’s a numbers game. If you buy something a lot, its price will increase. If you don’t buy something frequently then the price will decrease. Simple.

Hero Of the Village Status

Hero of the Village - Status Effect
Hero of the Village – Status Effect

Another reason why prices might go down is if you obtain special in-game titles. One of the most coveted titles for any Minecraft player is the Hero of the Village status. If you get the Hero of the Village Status then you will obtain certain discounts on the shops within a particular village.

Players start in Hero of the Village level one with a 30% trade discount, and each subsequent level raises it by 6.25%. Players from the previous edition can receive a total discount of 55% because the maximum level on Java is five and on Bedrock, it is one.

The 40-minute duration of the effect is more than enough time to complete any potential transactions, but it does not apply to the roving trader.

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How to Get the Hero Of the Village Status?

You can get the Hero of the Village status by thwarting a raid. You must enter a village while the Bad Omen effect is active to obtain it, which will start a raid. Depending on how strong the effect is, the Hero of the Village effect will momentarily lower the costs for all trades.

Specific Mechanics in the Java Edition vs Bedrock

There are specific differences between the Java Edition of Minecraft vs if you’re playing on the Bedrock edition. These additional systems help flesh out the game and make it far more immersive.

Reputation in the Village

If you plan on killing Villagers in the Java Edition of the game then you’ll experience price changes. Let’s just say villagers don’t take too kindly to you attacking them, so the prices of the items in their shops will increase depending on your reputation within that village.

However, you can also help villagers by curing their Zombie sickness to reduce prices as well. This is something that can be carried out regardless of your current status within the village and will help reduce the prices of an item that you want to obtain within the game.

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How Long Do Price Changes Last?

Only the first item included in the deal will be impacted by any price changes. This means that if a fletcher were to exchange sticks for emeralds, the number of sticks required to obtain a single emerald could go up or down, but the number of emeralds the player would receive would always stay the same.

In addition, prices cannot decrease to one item or rise above the size of the most giant stack. Usually, the players are suggested to wait for 3 Minecraft Days, and hopefully, the prices will go back down to the original ones.


And that’s all you need to know. It’s funny how so many systems work together to make Minecraft feel like an ever-changing and ever-evolving world. I hope this article helped you in understanding why the prices in Minecraft go up or down sometimes. And what aspects you can manipulate so they move in your favor.