Minecraft

Minecraft Villager Trading (Full Guide)

Minecraft is a game with infinite possibilities; the sky isn’t the limit, your imagination is, anything you can think of, you can build in the game, and this makes Minecraft a unique experience when you do play it. 

Minecraft has something for every type of player that plays the game; there are a lot of excellent world generations or those who like to explore and go on adventures there, and Redstone is for people who want to engineer things and figure out ways to build various contraptions, there are tons and tons of blocks that you can use to make anything you can comprehend, and bosses to keep things spicy. The multiple aspects of the game give you an experience that you just can’t stop playing!

One such aspect of the game is the NPCs, the various mobs, bosses, and the villagers especially. These villagers can be of much use to the player as the player can trade with the villager for things he doesn't want and take stuff from the villager they don’t want! 

This trading mechanic is fundamental to the game, and just like everything in Minecraft, it can also be automated; in this tutorial, we’ll show you just how you can build a trading hall for all the different types of villagers so that you get the best trades possible and also get every time possible from the various other villagers in the game!

The tutorial goes really in-depth about the various ins and outs of how the villagers function, so if you want to learn about every villager and what they do, you can read all the way through. It will be good, and we actually encourage this. But if you want to build the trading hall directly and don’t bother about the various mechanisms involved, skip to the part of the tutorial, and you’ll get what you want!

Villagers in Minecraft

Before we start building the trading hall, it’s essential to understand what these villagers are at first; if you know all the different villagers that are present in the game and what they do, you’ll have a firm grasp of how the trading hall worlds and maybe you’ll even be able to make your very own trading hall that’s more efficient than what we are presenting to you!

Villagers are NPCs in Minecraft; these NPCs can be found in the villages spread across the Minecraft world. You can find these villages randomly generating in various biomes; depending upon the biome or climate, they will be different; for example, a taiga village is different from a village found in the savanna biome.

Even though these villages may appear different, they are mostly the same thing; they are communal spaces where these villagers live. Even though their attire may be other, all the villagers have almost the same mechanics across the different villages. As of writing this article, the game has 15 different villager variants.

Each villager variant offers something unique to the player in terms of interaction, trade, work block, and usefulness to you in the game. In the next section, we shed some light on each type of villager except for the Baby and the average villager.

The baby villager is just a baby; it has nothing interesting; similar is valid for the average villager who is just an unemployed villager who converts into a farmer or any other villager when placed near a workstation. 

Armorer

Guess what this villager does; I think the name gives it away if you can read English. And that’s the case for most of the villagers and even mobs in Minecraft. That aside, the armorer is an NPC or a villager in Minecraft that trades armor to the player and is dressed in a style that signifies his profession!

The armorer can sell you rare items like chainmail armor or even diamond armor. The armorer is one of the most essential villagers in the trading hall, as it can take away your dependence on mining when you need some new armorer. In the long run, having an armorer who supplies your armor is really good to have.

Blast Furnace 

An Armorer can be found around a blast furnace when you need him. A blast furnace is a block used for smelting ores at a faster pace than in a standard furnace. The blast furnace is the work station of an armorer, so you can place this blast furnace near a villager to convert it into an armorer.

Butcher

The butcher is of the most attractive villages in the game; you know what he sells to you, Meat! Yeah, right, like I’m going to buy meat with emeralds, especially in a world where cows, chickens, and sheep just roaming around waiting to be killed by the player and eaten after being cooked.

But the cool thing about the butcher is that he also trades emeralds for the meat you have, so you can actually have a lot of cows and use their meat as a way to get tons and tons of emeralds. And unlikely in the real world, meat doesn’t go wrong in Minecraft, so go ahead and build an automatic cow killing farm and use that meat to buy emeralds!

Smoker

As the name suggests, the smoker in Minecraft is a block that can be used to cook food or smoke it, as some like to call it. It is the workstation of a butcher who might use it for cooking all the delicious meat he has lying around in his palace. Use this block to convert a villager into a butcher!

Cartographer

The cartographer is quite interesting; he makes maps and also sells them. These maps can also be crafted by the player, but hey, who will go and search for the items and craft a map when you can get one for so cheap from the cartographer in the game. The cartographer is also very important to the game’s progression, as he has the map to the woodland mansion, which the player can’t find on its own.

The cartographer also sells banner patterns that can be used when creating custom banners!

Cartography Table

As the name suggests, this table is the property of the cartographer who uses it to create some stunning maps of the world of Minecraft that you inhabit. And at this point, it goes without saying, but here I go once again. You can use the cartography table to convert a villager into a cartographer.

Cleric

The cleric is a very useful villager as he can sell you some costly items like bottle enchanting and many other magical items. As the villager's primary purpose is to sell you magical stuff, the name cleric is quite fitting.

This villager can supply brewing ingredients and all the other related stuff, which is often very hard to get a hold of. Especially the blaze powder, which needs you to kill blazes to get the rods that they drop!

Brewing Stand

As the cleric sells you potions, he obviously needs a brewing stand to create these potions. Hence the brewing stand is his workstation.

Farmer

The farmer in Minecraft is the one that you see the most, and he is the most visible in any village as he is literally always doing something or the other on the farms. The farmer also has a distinctive appearance as he wears a big straw hat in the dry biome of the game.

The farmer can also be used as an automatic farm as he will plant new seeds every time the farm is empty and has no seeds planted n the, So just cultivate all the corps when they are grown and send this man in after that, he’ll literally place all the seed in all the blocks that you have for him!

Composter

The composter was a block a couple of years ago; it has a fascinating mechanic behind it. You can pout in stuff you don’t like (perishables), such as seeds, old wheat, potatoes, etc. When the composter is full of all the junk you threw in it, it will shoot out a bone meal which you can use as fertilizer! And it is the workstation of a farmer.

Fisherman

The fisherman in Minecraft is responsible in the village for catching fish and fulfilling all the fishing-related needs of the villagers living around him. The fisherman can sell you fish that you can cook and eat, and he also sells you fishing rods that you can use to fish in oceans or rivers.

The fisherman also sells enchanted fishing rods, which are the only type of rods you should use when fishing as they significantly increase your chance of getting fish or treasure as opposed to sticks.

Barrel

The barrel in Minecraft is used by the fishermen to store their goods. Hence it also is their own workstation in the game. You can use a barrel as an alternative to the chest in Minecraft.

Fletcher

The fletcher is the master of bow and arrow; he probably is the most popular villager in the village because of his archery skills. The Fletcher villager will sell you anything related to archery, bows, and arrows in the game, even tipped ones!

Fletching Table

The fletching tale is an exciting block in Minecraft not because it is the fletcher villagers' workstation and not because it has a very excellent mechanic. It is remarkable because of the totally opposite reason, the table has no use in the game. The devs intend to add functionality to the table in the combat update, which has been in the making for years!

Leatherworker

The leatherworker in the game does what the name suggests; he works with the leather he has to create apparel for himself and probably all his villager buddies. You can buy leather armor from this villager and anything related to leather. 

Not only armor but the leatherworker also saddle, which is pretty hard to find in the game; he also sells the most incredible looking leather armor for horses. Turn your horse into a fashion statement using the leatherworker!

Cauldron

The cauldron is a block with many uses apart from being the workstation of the leatherworker. It can be filled with water, lava, and also snow! The cauldron can also contain positions and dyed water as well. This dyed water then can be used to dye leather armor!

Librarian

The librarian in Minecraft sells one of the most essential commodities you need early on in the game to build an enchanting station: books. The librarian sells all kinds of books to the players, including books that are enchanted. The librarian is by far the most critical villager when it comes to trading. It sells the mending enchantment book.

The mending enchantment book is a must-have book in the game, and this is the only reason many trade with the librarian!

Lectern

The lectern is like a small desk where the Librarian can be seen reading books or just wandering around it. It is its workstation and is needed to convert an unemployed villager into a librarian. The lecterns are also used to write notes in the game; you can do this by using a Book and Quill in Minecraft.

Masons

Need any type of bricks for your build, head on to the house of the mason, who will take care of all your brick-related needs. The mason in Minecraft sells precisely cut blocks crafted or cut using a stone cutter. The villager might be really helpful when you undertake large projects and don’t have time.

Stonecutter

The stonecutter is a block used as a workstation of the mason. As the anime suggests, the stone cutter is used for various different blocks in the game. The stonecutter can cut regular blocks into the slab, stair, etc., in the game.

Shepherd

The shepherd in Minecraft is more than a cattle razing worker, he is also responsible for meeting the colored woods and painting needs of the village it exists in. The shepherd can sell you a lot of different colored woods, which you can use in your builds and paintings, which can increase the beauty of any base.

Loom

The loom in Minecraft is a handy block for decorating the banners that exist in the game. Minecraft has many different colored flags, but you can also further customize these banners by adding various other prints and combining them to create a banner that is unlike anything in the world.

Toolsmith

Rather than going through the laborious process of getting wood and all the ores necessary for crafting tools in Minecraft, why not directly buy it from someone who can sell it to you? The toolsmith is the guy that can fix you up with all your tools-related needs in the game. The toolsmith can sell some awesome weapons, including diamond ones, so make sure you pay him a visit!

Smithing Table

The smithing table is the de facto workstation of the toolsmith. As the name suggests, the block is used for developing tools; at first, it didn’t have any use in the game, but after the addition of netherite, it has been used to upgrade your standard diamond gear to the new top tier of ore, that is the netherite ore!

Weaponsmith

And last but not least, we have the Weaponsmith; guess what he does for a living? He sells weapons in exchange for the green emeralds that the villagers covet! The Weaponsmith can sell you swords and axes of any kind; the more you play, the better the woman. The weaponsmith also has enchanted weapons in store for you, so make sure you pay him a visit!

Grindstone

The weaponsmith can be seen working on the grindstone, as it is its workstation in the game. The grindstone is a very new addition to the fun. Not a lot of players are familiar with it at the moment. It basically is used for repairing old items in the game, plus it is also used to de-enchant any tool you want, making it a handy block.

Minecraft Villager trade levels

Minecraft also has a very intricate Villager trading level system in place for you. The higher the level of the villager trading with you is, the better the trade and the better the items they sell you. Obviously, we’ll always want to have the best work possible for us, so we will be covering what you can do when we make the trading house.

Here are the levels of the villagers in Minecraft -

  • Novice - stone-colored badge
  • Apprentice - iron colored badge
  • Journeyman - gold-colored badge
  • Expert - emerald-colored badge
  • Master - diamond colored badge

Why use a Minecraft villager trading house? 

Trading with villagers is one of the most critical aspects of the game. Yes, you can totally skip it if you want, but it would be music better for you to just start trading with villagers; this way, you want to have to spend hours and hours collecting materials. So if you decide to trade with villagers, you can simply do that by approaching a villager.

But that’s not efficient at all; it is even more time-consuming than going out to resource gathering yourself. But there's a solution to this problem in which you can reap all the rewards of the trading systems without spending a lot of time trying to get good deals from the various villagers you have.

Enter the villager trading hall! This trading hall, as the name suggests, houses a lot of different villagers, which will trade you anything you want for just 1 emerald or a little more than that. And we’ll show you how to build in the next section in the easiest way possible!

How to make a Minecraft villager trading house? 

Items needed

You’ll be needing the following items for the build - 

  1. Lever x6
  2. Redstone x6
  3. Redstone torch x6
  4. Piston x6
  5. Sand x6
  6. Villagers x6
  7. Lectern x6
  8. Wood stairs x39
  9. Planks x100
  10. Stone bricks x19
  11. Stone stairs x6
  12. Zombie x1
  13. Chest x2
  14. Trapdoors x12
  15. Door x1

Villager breeder 

Before we jumbo into the trading making, we’ll obviously need some villagers that we can trade with. Rather than having a long track from the village to the trading hall, we suggest you pick up a boat and take only two villagers to a place where you can breed them. This p[lace will be the village breeder and supply any number of villages you need!

Start by building a box-shaped house of any size you prefer; it should be able to store 2 beds inside it; that's the only requirement for this breeder. Once that’s done, add an iron door to the build so that you can enter it. Then just throw some potatoes at the villagers, and they’ll soon have a child, which you can then use ot breed more of the villagers!

Setup and build

Start by placing 6 planks, one block apart, into the dirt, as shown in the image above, and place a lever beside each of the planks. 

After that, dig a four-block deep hole beside planks in the manner shown in the image above!

Then add and get rid of the two blocks underneath the spruce plank. Do the same step for each and every hole that you dug in the step before this one.

Once all the holes are dug, place a Redstone dust, a Redstone torch, and a piston in the configuration shown in the image above.

After that, place a sand block on top of the activated piston. Repeat this same step for each and every hole there is.

Cover all the openings with spruce planks

Dig a one block deep hole across the entire line

Place lecterns as such in between the levers.

Get rid of the back layer dirt blocks in the way shown in the image.

And then add the spruce planks to the holes.

Add trapdoors to every single sand block, as shown in the image.

Then build a frame of spruce planks, as shown in this image.

Cover the backside completely using the planks.


You can add a layer of stone brick stairs and blocks in order to enhance the beauty of the build, but it’s functionally not needed. You can also place stairs at the backside to make it look better. Lanterns could be added in the front for some much-needed light.

Get the villagers in their cells. The villagers can be brought here in any way you seem fit.

A zombie has to be brought to the backside of the villagers. Don’t worry, it won’t be able to harm the villagers unless we guide it. Also, very important, make sure you use a name tag on him, or he’ll just despawn!

Break the blocks shown in the image if the zombie isn’t getting attracted by the villagers.

And with that, your very own Trading Hall of villagers is complete. Wasn't that easy? Many get cold feet when it comes to Redstone, but this setup doesn't require a lot of Redstone knowledge. You can now build this exact unit on top of this one or beside this one; you can build as many as you like.

To change the villager's profession, all you have to do is simply break the lectern that has been placed in front of every villager in the workstation. This will make them unemployed, and when you add a new workstation in front of them, they’ll become that profession the work stations associated with. We have the entire list of villagers, their profession, which workstation they use, and what trades they have above, so make sure you take a good look at that.

How to use

Now that your villager trading hall is complete, how do you use them? It is simply, checks the villager's trade, see if it has what you want, and if it doesn't interest you, simply kill it and get a new one. Do this till you get a villager that you like trading with. Then when you have a specific villager selected, lower him using the lever as shown in the image. When you do this, the villager will get attacked by the zombie. 


Now make sure you aren’t very close to the zombie. For some people, the zombie just won’t focus on the villager when you’re very close. When the villager gets converted into a zombie villager, flick the lever again, and take the poor villager back in it’s place.

Then throw a potion of weakness at that zombie villager, it will start to shiver like crazy, and you’ll also hear a screeching sound. Then give it a golden apple; when it consumes the apple, in some time, it'll be re-converted back into a typical village. Ad now checks the trades on that villager; all of the works will have a massive discount; it might even go down to 1 emerald per trade!

If you’re on hard difficulty, you’ll most probably get a 1 emerald trade; on a normal one, there's a 50% chance you won’t get a 1 emerald trade on easy or peaceful ever!

How to maximize trades

The trick to maximizing your trades is straightforward, throw the villager in the zombie pit and let them become zombies for a while. Convert them back into the average villager, and they’ll give you discounted trades. You can also increase your popularity to get better trades in the game. This can be easily achieved by fighting raids. You can get more details on this in the next section 

Popularity

Unlike high school, popularity in a Minecraft village is earned through kindness and not by being an asshole to everyone around. But why become popular amongst villagers that don’t even understand what you’re saying, right The thing is being popular in a village has a lot of perks, especially for trading, and this article is focused on a trading hall, so if you’re going to trade, why not get the best trades deals possible, I’ve never heard anyone giving up on a good deal.

Below we have separated two lists, one is for things that you want to do more off to boost your popularity, and the next one is for the things you want to avoid at all costs or you’ll lose the popularity game. Also, there is a point system involved, you nat as many points as possible!

DOs

  • Be a hero to the people; the pillagers are always trying to attack the villagers, fight the raids off for the villagers, and you’ll be rewarded with 10 points!
  • Help a villager climb higher in his career by trading with him and helping him level up in his village!
  • Trading with a villager will not make him a better trader but will also give you an extra point!

DON’Ts

  • Never kill a villager in the game; I know they can be dumb and very hard at times, especially when transporting them, but doing so will cost you two points!
  • Don’t kill a baby villager; I don’t think this should be mentioned here, but please, for the love of Minecraft God, don’t kill the babies; it’ll cost you -3 points.
  • 5 points will be deducted from you if you ever kill the guardian of the villages, the iron golem!
Andrew M.

Andrew M. is a contributor to our news feed here at Servers-Minecraft and is passionate about all things Minecraft!