Three Ways To Transport Villagers in Minecraft
In Minecraft, the fastest way to get emeralds is through villager trading. Depending on their profession, villagers will trade emeralds for various items (or vise versa). They spawn in villages or igloo basements and can sell items that players wouldn’t normally be able to find on their own.
One would think that the hardest mob to transport would be a bee or polar bear, but it’s actually the villagers that are the most excruciating mob to move around. While you could rely on traveling to and from a village for trading, most likely, you’re not building your base right next to a village.
Depending on the distance, there are various methods to get your villager to their destination. This guide will explain three different ways to transport villagers to your base so you can trade (or convert) them to prosper!
Short Distance: Job Blocks
This is, no doubt, the simplest way to transport villagers based on how few blocks it requires. Recommended for shorter distances, locate a village with an unemployed villager, or one that doesn’t have a profession and isn’t a nitwit. With this method, it’s recommended that you only try to lure one villager at a time.
- Job Block: lectern, composter, smoker, barrel, brewing stand, blast furnace, cartography table, fletching table, cauldron, stonecutter, loom, smithing table, or grindstone
Once your target is within sight, place down the job block, and they will seek out a profession and be lured towards you. Keep in mind, they will seek employment by searching a 48 block horizontal radius.
If the villager doesn’t go for the job block, then either another one is on its way to claim it or they can’t find a path to it. You can continuously place and break the job block until your village is home, safe at your base!
Medium Distance: Boat
For those who live not far from a village, but also not beside it, a boat is the next best thing for transporting a villager. Boats are easy to craft and best for medium distance traveling. Whether its an unemployed villager or one that does have a profession, locate your target and begin prepping the area.
- Boats: As many as your inventory can fit.
- Blocks for a barrier: Dirt, planks, or cobblestone are the easiest to break and preferred.
Before trapping villagers, make sure you have a path figured out first. You can row a boat on the ground, but it isn’t a quick method. Use naturally spawned waterways when you can, or spend time creating a temporary river to where you want your villagers to live. Keep in mind that outside water, boats cannot move vertically upwardds and they require a width of two blocks.
Once the path is prepared, it’s time to try and trap a villager in a boat. The best method is to wait until a villager is inside a building, then block up the door with you inside it. Place down the boat (or as many as needed) and the villager will pop right into it! Now you can get into it yourself and row you both home safely!
Long Distance: Minecart and Rails
This method is for those who want the fastest way to transport multiple villagers across longer distances. It is a trickier method, however, and requires more supplies that aren’t easily available in early game.
- Rails: Made with iron ingots and sticks.
- Powered Rails: Made with gold ingots, sticks, and redstone.
- Redstone torch or block
- Blocks for a barrier/path: Use blocks that are easiest to break down.
As with the above method, make sure to have a path prepared beforehand. Villagers require at least a two-block height, so make sure they won’t hit their heads going through tunnels. The best way to complete this method without risking the villager’s life is to have the entire rail placed before beginning transport. Depending on the distance, however, you might not have enough resources to make that happen. So ensure to light up the path, bring a bed, and have some sort of barrier between where the villager stops and any hostile mobs nearby.
Also place a powered rail every 38 blocks for maintained speed or as needed to go up inclines.
Getting villagers into a minecart is more difficult than a boat because they can only be placed down on rails. Rather than try and corral villagers out in the open, copy the method above by blocking them inside a structure. Once they’re in a minecart, you can connect the rails together and send them on their way!