How to Breed Villagers in Minecraft 1.20

Ryan Day
Ryan Day
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Villagers are like the lifeblood of your Minecraft world. They help you gather items, trade, and make the game feel authentic.

So, when you come across a village you like, you might think of making the place bigger. That’s where villager breeding comes in.

Added in version 1.14, villager breeding is still one of the crucial aspects of Minecraft 1.20, and it’s vital to learn its ins and outs. 

In this guide, we will tell you everything you need to know about breeding villagers in Minecraft 1.20. 

How Villager Breeding Works? 

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In general, breeding villagers in Minecraft is similar to producing other mobs: 

  • First, find two villagers that you want to breed
  • Get them together in a room with a bed. 
  • Gather some food to give to the villagers.
  • Wait for the results. 


Unlike in the real world, Minecraft villagers don’t have genders. However, they follow the concept of consent. Willingness is a hidden value in Minecraft that increases when villagers have enough food. 

Before you can get villagers to breed, you must offer them shelter and enough food. 

Materials Needed to Breed Villagers

Minecraft is a game of recipes and requirements. Each item or resource in the game needs materials to be crafted or made. 

In the case of villagers, here are the things you’ll need before you can breed them: 

  • At least 3 Beds. You’ll need to make enough beds for both the villagers that will breed and the baby villager they will produce. 
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  • Food: 3 Breads, 12 Potatoes, 12 Beetroots, or 12 Carrots
Food Options for Breeding

How to Breed Villagers in Minecraft 1.20

Breeding Minecraft villagers isn’t a complicated process. 

Once you get familiar with the requirements, expanding a village you love and increasing your growth becomes more effortless. 

Finding A Village

Find Village in Minecraft

The first thing you need before you can breed villagers is to find an actual village.

  • You can use ChunkBase to locate a village
  • Use the “/locate” command
  • Manually explore the world to look for villages. 

Build A Room/Enclosure (Optional)

Although a room or enclosure is optional, it will make it easier to contain villagers and prevent them from wandering off. You need just a simple box with enough space for three beds. 

Ensure the room is at least four blocks high so villagers can access the beds easily.

Crafting Minecraft Beds

To make Minecraft beds, you’ll need the following: 

  • Crafting Table
  • 3 Wool
  • 3 Wooden Planks

  • Open the Crafting Table and place 3 Wooden Planks on the last row of the 3×3 grid. 
  • Put 3 Wool on top of the wooden planks. 
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  • Gather the Bed and repeat the process until you have enough beds. 
  • Place the beds in the room.

Start Breeding

You can start breeding villagers once you have enough beds and a room. 

  • Lure 2 Villagers in the breeding room/enclosure. 
  • Give them enough food to increase their willingness. You can give them 3 Breads, 12 Carrots, 12 Beetroots, or 12 Potatoes. 
Give Food to Villagers
  • Hearts will appear above the villagers, signaling their willingness to breed.
  • Wait for a baby villager to spawn.

Breed Villagers Automatically 

breed villagers in minecraft 1.20

Monitoring and waiting for villagers to breed can take up much of your time. Fortunately, you can automate this process with gardens.

If you can make a garden inside the breeding enclosure, villagers will automatically harvest crops, and that’s how you can increase their willingness to breed. 

Remember that villagers must have enough unclaimed beds, or they will stop breeding even if they have enough food in their inventory.


Mastering the art of villager breeding in Minecraft 1.20 unlocks endless possibilities to grow your world. From building thriving communities to securing better villager trades, breeding villagers enhances your overall experience. 

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Ryan is an experienced gaming writer who specializes in CS:GO, Valorant, and World of Warcraft. He combines his love for writing and gaming to provide insightful, informative content for his readers.
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