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How to Cure a Zombie Villager in Minecraft

Villagers are a crucial component of Minecraft survival servers when it comes to resource collection. They give players almost all of the supplies they require, including food, armor, and weapons. However, making good deals with villagers frequently necessitates a lot of grinding, making it difficult for players to advance quickly. But what if you could unlock cheaper prices with villager trades in no time? That's possible if you can save a villager who has turned into a zombie. The process won't be easy but the reward will be dirt-cheap items. So, if you are ready to unlock premium trades with massive discounts, let's learn how to cure a zombie villager in Minecraft.

How to Cure a Zombie Villager in Minecraft

Our simple guide goes over all the mechanics of curing a zombie villager in Minecraft. We have tested it on the best Minecraft 1.20 servers to ensure you get an up-to-date and error-free tutorial.

What is a Zombie Villager in Minecraft

The zombie villager is a variant of the undead zombie mobs that look like a villager. It has costumes similar to villagers and their various jobs. But instead of offering trades, this mob tries to attack and kill you. Other than the appearance, the zombie villager is just like a regular villager in terms of strength, behavior, and even animations.

Naturally, you can find a zombie villager spawning at night in the overworld. Though, at times, the zombie also attacks villagers, and that turns them into zombie villagers. But irrespective of how a zombie villager came to be, it's important that you know how to cure it.

Materials Required For Curing A Zombie Villager

You need the following items to turn a zombie villager back into a regular villager in Minecraft:

  • Zombie Villager
  • Splash Potion of Weakness
  • Brewing Stand
  • Fermented Spider Eye
  • Bottle of Water
  • Gunpowder
  • Blaze Powder
  • Golden Apple

The rarest item you need while curing a zombie villager is a golden apple. To obtain it naturally, you have to explore mineshafts, dungeons, and the Woodland Mansion. If that sounds tiresome, you can also combine 8 gold ingots with a regular apple to turn it into a golden apple. Even though its recipe is not cheap, you can't skip the golden apple if you want to cure a zombie villager in Minecraft.

How to Make Splash Potion of Weakness

To make a zombie villager ready for the cure, you first need to weaken its zombie side. For that, you have to use a Potion of Weakness on it. So, let's figure out how to make one in no time:

1. First, combine a brown mushroom with sugar and a spider eye to create a fermented spider eye. It has the power to corrupt every it gets added to.

2. Next, create a brewing stand in Minecraft with the help of one blaze rod with three blocks of cobblestone.

2. Then, place a bottle of water at the bottom cell of the Brewing Stand and the blaze powder in the left-side fuel cell. The powder will immediately turn into fuel.

3. After that, place a fermented spider eye in the top cell of the brewing stand in Minecraft. It will slowly brew the bottle of water into a Potion of Weakness.

4. Once the potion is ready, you need to make it throwable. To do that, simply brew a piece of gunpowder with the potion bottle. Within seconds, you will have your splash potion of weakness ready.

How to Cure a Zombie Villager

If you want to cure a zombie villager in Minecraft you have to work systematically. One wrong move and your whole village can turn into zombies.

Find and Trap a Zombie Villager

Before you convert a zombie villager, you need to find and trap one. Here's how to do it safely:

1. First, go to a village and wait for a zombie villager to spawn at night. If you don't find one naturally, you can lure a zombie into attacking a villager too. At hard difficulty, villagers always turn into zombies when attacked by them.

2. Then, dig a three-block deep hole and place a trap door on top of it. You can make the hole opening large to make it easier to use.

3. Then, make the zombie villager follow you around and get it to fall into the hole. The best way to go about it is by waiting next to the hole and opening the trapdoor as soon as the zombie walks over it.

4. Alternatively, you can also try an trap a zombie villager inside a village hut. This is often the case when you make a zombie attack a regular villager.

Turn Zombie Villager into a Villager

Once you have trapped a zombie villager, follow these steps to cure it and turn it into a regular villager:

1. First, throw a splash Potion of Weakness onto the zombie villager. If you do it correctly, small potion effects will start flying around it.

2. Then, equip a golden apple and feed it to the zombie villager. The zombie villager will start shaking violently and new particles will come out of its body.

3. While the curing is going on, the zombie villager gains a temporary strength boost and becomes extremely dangerous. So, it's best to leave it alone for a few minutes until the villager is ready.

How long does a Zombie Villager Take to Cure?

Once the cure beings, the zombie villager takes up to 5 minutes on the Java edition and up to 2 minutes on the Bedrock edition to convert. If you don't want to wait that long, you can place beds and iron bars around the trapped zombie villager. Though, this mechanic will only decrease the time by a mere 10%. It's just more convenient to be patient.

In case you are wondering, the zombie villager won't despawn while it's being cured. You don't have to stick around to see the entire curing process. Your presence doesn't even affect the process. So, it's much better if you just roam around the rest of the village while the cure takes full effect.

Do Cure Villagers Keep Their Job and Items?

When a zombie villager turns into a villager, all the armor and tools it was initially holding disappear. You can't obtain or pick them up. However, if the villager had a job before turning into a zombie, the same job reapplies once it turns back. Furthermore, if the zombie villager is a baby zombie, it will become a baby villager when the cure is complete.

Benefits of Curing A Zombie Villager

Now that you know how to cure a zombie villager in Minecraft, it's time to find out if all of it is worth it. The entire process is extremely expensive and time-consuming. So, you should be sure that it's worth all the effort it takes.

Here are all the benefits you get by curing a zombie villager in Minecraft:

  • Trading Discounts: If your zombie villager had a profession, it will give you amazing trading discounts for saving their life.
  • Village Discounts: When you cure a zombie village inside a village, it affects all the villages around you. This leads them to give decent trading discounts but they are nowhere close to the discounts offered by a cured villager.
  • Stop the Spread: By saving the life of one villager and stopping them from turning into a zombie, you also prevent other villagers from turning.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is curing a zombie villager worth it?

Curing a zombie villager unlocks a bunch of great villager trades. It is definitely a great way to get good loot at a cheaper price.

Can you cure zombie villagers in easy mode?

You can cure a zombie villager in any difficulty of Minecraft. Though, being in the hard mode ensure that you get a zombie villager every time a zombie attacks a villager.

Why is my cured villager not giving discounts?

If the zombie villager you cured didn't have a profession it will not offer any trading discounts. The discounts also disappear if you cure the zombie villager too far away from the village.

How many times can a villager be cured?

Generally, you can cure a zombie villager up to 5 times for getting trading discounts. However, many other popular Minecraft SMP servers limit this mechanic for more challenging gameplay.

How do you cure a zombie villager without a potion?

The weakness effect is a must-have if you want to cure a zombie villager. But you don't have to use the potion to apply these effects. You get it done with the help of tipped arrows and commands as well.

Cure a Zombie Villager in Minecraft

Now that you know how to cure a zombie villager in Minecraft, it's time to save a village and unlock great trades. But, do keep in mind that you have to deal with other hostile mobs of the night before trapping the zombie villager. So, make sure to create a diamond sword in Minecraft for some unpredictable situations. Meanwhile, if you plan to trap and cure zombie villagers in bulk then overworld might be a good spot altogether. You should create a Nether portal in Minecraft and move your hostile friends to the Nether dimension for easier control. Either way, it's time for you to go zombie hunting and start exploring!

Udayveer Singh

Udayveer Singh is a contributor to our news feed here at Servers-Minecraft and is passionate about all things Minecraft!