How to Find a Village in Minecraft


Villages are unique, generated structures in Minecraft populated by villagers. There are farms to gain food from and chests with loot. Not to mention that there are also tons of houses to stay in and villagers to trade with. Whether you plan to stay, visit, or pillage, here is how you can find a Minecraft village!

Part 1
On Desktop

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Select the dirt block-shaped Minecraft icon, then click PLAY at the bottom of the Minecraft launcher.

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It's in the middle of the Minecraft window. Doing so brings up a list of your singleplayer worlds.

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Double-click the world in question to load it. In order to find a village in Minecraft, your selected world must have cheats enabled for it. If you don't have a world with cheats enabled, click Create New World, enter a world name, click More World Options..., click Allow Cheats: OFF, and click Create New World.

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Press the / key to do so. The console text box will open at the bottom of the window.

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Type in locate Village and then press the ↵ Enter key. The capital "V" in "Village" is extremely important, as using a lower-case "v" will result in a broken command.

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You should see a white-text message that reads "Located Village at [x-coordinate] (y?) [z-coordinate]" near the bottom of the Minecraft window. For example, you might see "Located Village at 123 (y) 456" here. The y-coordinate (altitude) is usually unknown, meaning that you'll need to use trial-and-error to guess it.

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Re-open the console, then type in teleport [player] [x-coordinate] [y-coordinate] [z-coordinate], replacing the bracketed information with your username and the coordinates of the village. You will need to guess the y coordinate. For a player named "Waffles" in the above example, you'd enter teleport Waffles 123 [guess] 456. Names are case-sensitive. Try using a number between 70 and 80 for the y-coordinate. If you are running Minecraft 1.12 or higher, you can use the selector @s instead of your username.

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This will run your teleport command. As long as the y-coordinate isn't so high that the fall kills you or such that it places you inside of a wall, you will land in, above, or below the village. If you're underground, dig up to get to the village. If you spawn inside of a wall in Survival mode, you'll quickly suffocate; to prevent this, you can attempt to mine your way out.

Part 2
On Mobile

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Tap the Minecraft app icon, which resembles a block of dirt with grass on it.

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It's near the top of the main Minecraft page.

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Tap a world that you want to load. Unlike Minecraft on desktop, it is possible to enable cheats from within the game, meaning that you can choose any world.

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It's the two vertical lines key at the top of the screen. Doing so opens the Pause menu. If you already have cheats enabled in your world, skip ahead to the "Tap the 'Chat' icon" step.

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This option is in the Pause menu.

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It's near the bottom of the menu on the right side of the screen.

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This switch will turn light-grey, signifying that cheats are now enabled.

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Doing so returns you to the menu.

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Tap the x in the top-right corner of the screen, then tap Resume Game at the top of the Pause menu.

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It's a speech bubble-shaped icon at the top of the screen. A text field will appear near the bottom of the screen.

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Tap the text field, type in /locate village, and then tap → on the far-right side of the text field.

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You should see a message that says "The nearest Village is at block [x-coordinate], (y?), [z-coordinate]" at the bottom of the screen. For example, you might see something like "The nearest Village is at block -65, (y?), 342" here. -616 y 1032

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Re-open the "Chat" box, then type in /tp [username] [x-coordinate] [y-coordinate] [z-coordinate], replacing the bracketed information with your username and the coordinates of the village. You will need to guess the y coordinate. For a player named "hippo" in the above example, you'd enter /tp hippo -65 [guess] 342. Names are case-sensitive. You will usually need to guess the y-coordinate, which determines the village's altitude.

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It's on the far-right side of the text box. This will teleport you to your entered coordinates; as long as the y-coordinate isn't so high that the fall kills you or such that it places you inside of a wall, you will land in, above, or below the village. If you're underground, dig up to get to the village. If you spawn inside of a wall in Survival mode, you'll quickly suffocate; to prevent this, you can attempt to mine your way out.

Part 3
On Consoles

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Since you can't use commands to find a village and then teleport to it on console editions of Minecraft, you'll need to find the seed code for a world and then enter it into a village finder online to find the location of a village. After doing so, you'll be able to travel to the village's location manually by using a map.

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Select the Minecraft icon to do so. If you bought Minecraft in disc format, you'll need to insert the disc before doing so.

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It's at the top of the main Minecraft menu.

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Press A or X with the world selected to open its page.

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Near the top of the menu, you'll see a "Seed:" section followed by a long string of numbers. You'll need to enter that string of numbers into a website on your computer to find villages in your world.

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Go to in your computer browser.

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In the "Seed" text field near the middle of the page, type in the number listed at the top of the world menu in Minecraft.

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. It's a blue button on the right side of the page. This will show yellow dots around the map grid; these dots represent villages.

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Click the PC (1.10 and up) box in the lower-right side of the page, then click XOne/PS4 or X360/PS3 in the pop-up menu. This will revise the map to show console-specific villages.

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If you don't see any yellow dots on the map grid, click and drag the slider at the bottom of the window to the left.

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Select one of the yellow dots on the map, then look at the coordinates that appear below the bottom-left corner of the map. Note these coordinates so that you know where to look when going to the village later.

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In the console version of Minecraft, having a map allows you to see your current coordinates.

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With the map equipped, walk toward the village. Once the x- and z-coordinates intersect, you should be standing near the village. The ChunkBase Village Finder is not 100 percent accurate, so you may find yourself near (but not in) a village. Search around the area for the village if you can't find it immediately. Ignore the y-coordinate for now, since you'll know whether you need to travel up or down once you reach the village's x- and z-coordinate intersection.

Part 4
Finding Villages Organically

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Even in small worlds, finding one village amidst tens of thousands of blocks is a bit like finding a needle in a haystack.

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Villages spawn in Desert, Savanna, Taiga (including cold variants of Taiga), and Plains (including icy plains) biomes. If you find yourself in a Jungle, Mushroom, Tundra, or other biome not supported for villages, don't waste your time looking.

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Villages are often made of wood planks and cobblestone, and tend to stand out from their surrounding areas.

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It can take hours to find a village, so stock up on basic tools, a bed, food, and weapons before you set out. It's best to travel during the day and camp during the nights, so consider digging yourself a hold and sealing it most of the way to keep out mobs. You'll need to leave at least one block open to avoid suffocating.

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If you happen to have a saddle, you can use it to get a mount and speed up your exploration. Find a horse and interact with it several times with an empty hand until it doesn't throw you off, then sneak up to the tamed horse and select it with the saddle to make it controllable while you ride it.[1]

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Navigate to the tallest hill that you can find in a biome in which villages spawn. This will allow you to take in the surrounding areas, making it easier to spot man-made structures.

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You'll be able to see fire much more clearly at night than during the day. While fire at night may be lava, there's a good chance that the fire is coming from torches—and torches typically mean villages. Be extremely careful while doing this if you're playing survival mode on anything other than "peaceful" difficulty. It's best not to investigate the torches until the following day due to mobs.

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Villages are random, and there is no sure-fire way to find one in the game without using third-party tools. For the best chance at finding a village, take the time to explore each compatible biome you come across.