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How to find a village in Minecraft

Want to collect unique resources? Check out this guide on how to find a village in Minecraft and get access to trading and cats.

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Minecraft villager and two different types of villages

Finding and exploring villages is essential for progression in Minecraft because they offer a wide range of resources. If you cannot find a village in your Overworld, here’s a guide to finding villages in Minecraft with and without cheats.

Finding a village in Minecraft can significantly boost a player’s progress. You can collect crops from the farms, trade rare resources with villagers, loot chests for valuable items, and most importantly, get a bed.

Villages generally have many structures where the residents live. Moreover, there are cats, Iron Golems, and wandering traders with their llamas.

There are five different types of villages in Minecraft, and here’s how to find them easily.

A massive Lemon and pumpkin farm in Minecraft

How to find a village in Minecraft without cheats

Where do villages spawn in Minecraft?

There are five biomes in Minecraft where you can find villages:

  • Desert
  • Plains
  • Savanna
  • Snowy
  • Taiga

Having said that, you cannot get to a village with maps. Instead, you’ll have to visit one of the five biomes mentioned above and roam around to find civilization.

Taiga biomes are generally the worst for locating a village because the dense forest affects your ability to see far-off places. On the flip side, you might be able to spot a village more comfortably in plains and desert biomes as they have flat terrain.

Open the Game Menu and then go to Options > Video Settings > Render Distance and set it to the highest possible number your device supports. This will increase the range of your in-game vision and will help with finding a village.

Lastly, try going to higher altitudes and look for villages from there. They often generate near water sources in the game.

Savanna biome in Minecraft

Create a new world with the same seed

Every Minecraft world has a unique seed and you can use it to find a village. Follow these steps to do so:

  1. Pause Minecraft and go to Settings.
  2. Go to World > Game > Seed.
  3. Note down the unique Seed number and quit the game.
  4. Restart Minecraft and create a new world.
  5. Before finalizing, just turn this world’s game mode to Creative. This will turn off achievements but allow you to literally fly in the air. Also, this is a new world so achievements won’t matter.
  6. Find Seed in the new world’s settings and enter the Seed of your original world.
  7. Create this world.
  8. Increase the Render Distance and fly up.

In this new world, you’ll be able to find a village easily unless you’re looking for it in the wrong biome. You can also disable clouds as they can hinder your view at times.

Upon finding a village, just note down its coordinates and get back to your original survival world. Visit the coordinates and you’ll find the village.

Minecraft village spotted while floating in the air in Creative mode

If you’re unaware of coordinates, make sure to first check out this guide on how to turn on coordinates in Minecraft.

How to find a village in Minecraft with cheats

If you’re fine with using cheats/commands, follow these steps to instantly find a village in Minecraft Java edition:

  1. Open Minecraft and enter the world in which you want to find a village.
  2. Go to the settings.
  3. Click on Allow Cheats and make sure that it’s enabled.
  4. Get back to your world and press the / key to open the commands menu.
  5. Type /locate village and the game will automatically display the coordinates of nearby villages and specify their biome as well.

Now, you simply need to turn on your coordinates and visit the location specified through the commands.

A Minecraft villager smiling

This was everything to know about finding a village in Minecraft with or without cheats. For similar content on the sandbox game, you can read these guides on how to make an invisibility potion, how to make an armor stand, and how to find amethyst.

Image Credits: Mojang