How to spawn villagers in Minecraft survival mode

By Kenneth Williams


Dec 12, 2021

Reading time: 2 min

Spawning villagers in Minecraft survival mode is as easy as typing in chat.

Villagers have all sorts of uses in Minecraft. They can be helpful trading partners or tricked into operating automatic farms. Lonely players can at least enjoy the company. Creating them manually is a great way to test your creations or set up an artificial village near your base.

How to spawn villagers in Minecraft survival mode using chat

The first thing you need to do to spawn Minecraft villagers in survival is to make sure you’re playing on a server with cheats enabled. When creating the world, make sure to change the Allow Cheats option to ON. This will allow you to use chat commands in survival and creative mode.

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Once you’re on a survival Minecraft server with cheats enabled, it’s time to spawn in some villagers. Open up chat and type in the following command:

/summon villager 

This will immediately spawn an unemployed villager at your exact location. The way that it spawns will make you look at the inside of its face, so beware of the jump scare before entering the command. This method of spawning Minecraft villagers works in both survival and creative mode. 

Unemployed villagers are fairly useless, but they can be easily converted into any job you need by spawning the desired job block. Check out our guide to every Minecraft villager job to learn how to change jobs and what each profession can be used for.

How to create a village in Minecraft survival

A few unemployed villagers running around isn’t the same as a village. These new spawns will simply wander around and die to mobs without a place to call home. 

To create a Minecraft village in survival, you’ll need to create a few houses for them to live in. There are a few requirements to consider when creating an artificial village. Homes will need to have the following properties.

  • Be made out of wood
  • Have a wooden door
  • Contain a bed
  • Contain a light source
  • Be at least three blocks long and wide

If you’re having trouble creating suitable villager housing, just go to a natural village and copy what you see. A lot of the decorations are optional.

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Once you’ve made a few houses, you’ll also need a bell to help them find their way home. Bells cannot be crafted, but you can find them in ruing portal chests, trade for one with an existing toolsmith villager, or steal one from another village using a pickaxe. Keep in mind that the village you steal from will eventually depopulate. 

Finally, make sure that at least one of the villagers has the farmer profession. You can convert one into a farmer by placing a composter near some farmland. You only need two villagers for them to begin breeding. For more details on creating an artificial village in Minecraft survival, check out the detailed Minecraft wiki page.