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How to Move Villagers in Minecraft



Villagers were added to Minecraft just before the official release of version 1. Back then, they didn’t serve many purposes, and their villages were primarily used as a source of refuge for people starting a new world. Since then, they have become an essential part of the game, offering mechanics like trading, Iron Golems, and farming!

How to move villagers in Minecraft

Due to the mechanics they bring to the game, it can be useful to move a villager to different locations. The main use for this is to place them for iron farms, but some players also just want to move them close to their base to have neighbors! It can get lonely in a single player game. Here we explain the different ways to move a villager.


Preparing to place a boat in front of a villager.

The most efficient way to move a single villager is by boat. Moving a boat on land does not slow it down by a substantial amount. If there is a river nearby, it becomes the fastest way to move a villager a long distance (as long as the river goes where you want it to go!

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To configure this, simply place a boat in front of a villager while walking. It may take some getting used to, but generally speaking, they will show up inside if placed correctly!

  • Pros
    • Efficient: An excellent method of moving a villager. This method is suitable for short, medium and long distances.
    • Easy: It only requires a boat and a villager!
    • Fast: It is only slightly slower than walking. It is much faster than any other method if you can make the boat sink.
  • Cons
    • Maneuverability: This method can only go through the same or lower world level. You cannot move a boat up.


A villager looking at a workplace.

This method is generally used to make a villager climb blocks if he is using boats. It is not recommended to use it for long distances as it is much slower than walking (due to all the stops). To make a villager move in a particular direction in a short distance, place a workplace nearby. When the villager notices it, he will walk towards him and change his job. Repeat as needed.

  • Pros
    • Maneuverability: This is the quickest and easiest way to get a villager to a higher level.
  • Cons
    • Speed: This is not a good method to make even a villager cross great distances. Usually only used in conjunction with Boats.


Villagers in a house.

This method is generally used to move multiple villagers to a new location. It is very productive but can be costly in terms of resources. It can also be difficult to configure. It is difficult to bring the villagers to the Minecarts. Generally the best method is to trace the entire path of the railroad, find a villager in a small / limited space, and then trap them until you can build the railroad. You can also break the blocks underneath them, but they like to move before you can break the second block!

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You will see an example of this in the image above. These villagers were trapped in … well … their home. We built the railroad at their house while they were … doing whatever. In the picture below, one of the villagers says goodbye to the other with a kiss on the cheek before being kicked out.

A villager kissing his spouse goodbye.

  • Pros
    • Speed: This is the fastest way to get the villagers to traverse great distances (no water nearby). It works for multiple villagers, and you can even send them all down the railway in succession.
    • Maneuverability: This method allows you to move villagers to higher levels without the use of job sites.
    • Efficient: This method is best for moving multiple villagers from the same area to another location.
  • Cons
    • Means: This method can be expensive. However, you can break the rails when you are done with them to reuse them.
    • Hard: It is much more difficult to configure than any other method. Catching a villager can be tricky, and laying the rails can take a long time.

Apart from these three methods, the only other way to move villagers is to push them down a path! However, that method is expensive, time consuming and difficult, so it is generally not worth it.

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