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The Ultimate Guide to Villagers

Newbies Guide to Minecraft:

The Ultimate Guide to Villagers

The 1.14 Village and Pillage update has changed the structure of Minecraft forever. The item economy, trading, and the villagers themselves have all been reworked. With this guide, I will teach you how to recognize and improve relationships with your villagers. As well as teaching you how the trades and the new minecraft economy functions and works. 

Villagers For Hire!

Congratulations to all the villagers who found jobs. For the most part, all the villagers are employed and leading on good lives. However, there are some unemployed villagers. These are not lost causes though (Except for the Nitwit… lets just say he is trying his best) you can employ them! This is done by building them a house, hosting them, throwing up some torches, beds, and a work item.  A work item is a basic tool that each job requires. Now that you’re following, here is our list of favorite villagers,  all the jobs and their corresponding work items.  

  • Weapon Smith: 
  • Work Item- Weapons (swords/axes)  from iron to diamond. This also includes enchanted. 
  • Tool Smith:  Tools of all quality. (This includes enchanted) 
  • Work Item – Smithing Table
  • Shepard: Colored wool and Painting. 
  • Work Item– Loom 
  • Mason: Cut Blocks and Bricks. 
  • Work Item- Stonecutter 
  • Librarian: Enhanced Books and Name Tags. 
  • Work Item– Lectern 
  • Leatherworker: Leather, Leather armor, Horse armor, and saddles. 
  • Work Item– Cauldron 
  • Fletcher: Bows, arrows, flint, and tipped arrows. 
  • Work Item- Fletching Item 
  • Fisherman: Fish and Enchanted Fishing rod. 
  • Work Item- Barrel 
  • Farmer: Advance Food and brewing ingredients. 
  • Work Item– Composter
  • Cleric: Magical items and Bottle o’ Enchanting. 
  • Work Item- Brewing Stand. 
  • Cartographer: Maps and Banners Patterns . 
  • Work Item– Cartography Table  
  • Butcher: Emerald and cooked meat. 
  • Work Item– Smoker
  • Armorer: All types of armor. 
  • Work item– Blast Furnace


  • Unemployed – Jobless, but can be employed 
  • Nitwit- Can’t be employed 
  • Wander- He spawns in and despawns after 50-60 mins. He looks different from the other villagers and hosts two llamas in tow. Unlike other villagers, he has no trading levels. This means when you trade you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit. However, when respawn his trade options will change. He has a range of items that are not so easy to get.

How to Recognize Your Villager Work Type – 

Each villager is equipped with something to recognize its job. The villagers who have become librarians have glasses. ( This goes for every villager ) However, the full village garb is different. It changes by the biome the villager is in. For example, villagers from the Swap have a purple shirt on. 

The Biggest Popularity Contest in Minecraft – 

Just like the dreaded days of high school, you, the Minecraft player, have a status to uphold. To be the most popular person around you can cure zombie villagers, or just trade with them. However, committing murder or just attacking decrease your popularity. Why does this matter? A lower popularity causes higher trading prices. The opposite happens with a higher popularity. 

Wanna know the best part? If you save the village from a group of Illagers you will be awarded with, ‘Hero of the Village’ award and status effect. This further lowers prices. (That is true for all except the one emerald)  

The Art of  Trading- 

If reminding you of high school wasn’t enough, 1.14 brings in Supply and Demand. Supply and Demand is the foundation of our society. The higher the need for something is the higher the supply. Basic finance 101. So how does this play into Minecraft? If you order something too many times, the prices will rise. Not only the price is affected, but the villagers can run out. The average is four times. 

Some more helpful info, if the trade is not traded that day the price will go down. (See bringing it back to supply and demand) The villagers restock twice a day. 

Leveling up Your Villagers- 

Each time you trade, you and the villagers gain experience. When your villagers level up the item they can trade goes up. They have 5 tiers, they can be identified by the badge on the villagers chest. Stone (Newbie), Iron (Aprinatence), Gold (Journeyman), Emerald (Expert), and Diamond (Master). 

The End- 

Congrats. Now we are both no longer Newbies to Villagers.  Now go forth and fight or trade with your villagers. Recognize and Employ them.