Villager trading list

Minecraft 1.16 Villager Trading Guide

What is Villager Trading?

Villager trading is a in-game feature on Minecraft. It allows players to trade items with villagers using the currency of emerald, so players can obtain items and emeralds.

How to trade

First, find a villager which is not a nitwit or unemployed villager. Their appearance will be discussed later on.

Java Edition

  1. Aim a villager by moving your mouse till your control points at a trading villager.
  2. Click the right button at your chosen villager. Not the left button! I make this mistake when I am still a noob.
  3. A trading interface will pop up.
  4. Select a trade offer, the offers list is in the left-hand side of the whole trading interface.
  5. Fulfill the offer by dragging your items or emerald into the left box of the right-hand side of the trading interface.
  6. Click “Enter” using your keyboard! Done!

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Bedrock Edition

Trading with fletchers
Step 1
Trading interface
Step 3
Trading interface - Coal to emerald
Step 4+5 – Item to emerald
Trading interface - Emerald to Leather Tunic
Step 4+5 – Emerald to item
  1. Aim your control at a villager
  2. Do either of these:
    1. Press the chosen villager for a few seconds. (Recommended way, but be careful or you will accidently hit him)
    2. Press the “Trade” button, which is in the lower middle of the whole screen
  3. A trading interface will pop up.
  4. Select a trade offer, the offers list is in the left-hand side of the whole trading interface.
  5. Fulfill the offer by dragging your items or emeralds into the left box of the right-hand side of the trading interface.
  6. Click “Trade”. Done!

After that, drag the goods or emeralds back to your inventory. You can start a new trade by repeating the steps above.

Press the right-cornered “X” to finish your trading. Your trades with the villager will increase the villager’s career level. The villager may get a 10 seconds regeneration 1 effect, only when you have upgraded the villager’s career level (will explain more on the trading level below).

It also gives 3-6 experience points to the player, 8-11 when the villager wants to breed.

Types of villager

Note: The villagers’ clothes may be differ from the description I provide below, because villager will have different “skins” in different biomes. I am describing the villager clothes in plain biome.

For villager’s clothes in other biome, please check this reddit post:


Villager with straw head

Farmer, who trades food likes wheat and bread.

Fishy hat and apron

Fishermen, who sells for example fishing rods and string. He also cooks fishes for you too.

Brown hat with a white apron

Shepherd ,who both buys and sells different colors of wool. He also sells shears too.

Feather on hat and quiver

Fletcher, who sells ropes and rope-made products like bows and crossbows.

Eyeglasses with a book as hat

Librarian, that buys books and sells compasses. It also sells enchanted books too.

With a golden monocle

Cartographer, which sell special woodland mansion and ocean tournament maps. It also has similar trade items than the librarian.

Purple apron with a purple creeper cloak

Cleric, which buy and sell monster drops like rotten flesh, golds and diamonds.

Welding mask with a black apron

Armorer, which sells mainly armor pieces.

Pirate eyepatch with a black apron

Weaponsmith, which sells mainly weapons.

Black apron

Toolsmith, which sells mainly tools.

All kind of blacksmiths (Armorer, weaponsmith and toolsmith) exchange ~15 coal to 1 emerald.

Red headband with a white apron

Butcher, which sells meat-containing food and buy raw meat from you.

Brown apron with a brown gloves

Leatherworker, which sell leather item and saddle.

Green Robe

Nitwit, this type of villagers can’t trade. Account for about roughly 10% of the total villager population

Brown Robe – Unemployed villager

It has only a normal and a brown suit over them.

Both nitwit and unemployed villagers will shake their head when you try to trade with them. (Only in Java edition)

They will become employed after claiming a job station/ workstation.

Trade Offers

Villager Trade Offer List

Wandering villagers

Wandering villagers can spawn in everywhere and always spawn with two llamas. They also occasionally spawn in village meeting points. He will attempt to spawn after 2 in-game days, they have nearly the same AI as the villagers, you can trade with them with 1-5 emeralds, but you can not sell things to them. They will hide themselves by using potions at night to prevent monsters from attacking him.

Sadly, they will despawn after a few days.

You can get 2 ropes after killing a wandering villager, killing a wandering villager will not affect your popularity level. (It is quite tempting to kill him because ropes are not to be made because its original ingredient, slime ball is quite rare. :))

Actually most wandering villagers trades are useless. Look at his trades. Orange sand? Ice block? These are rubbish. But these items are quite valuable to Minecraft item collectors.

Economic trade

Tiers of villager will accord to career level to determine what the villager can buy and sell. Their career level can be increased by earning experiences. Experiences can be obtained when players trade with them.

Novice is the default villager’s career level when villager first spawns.

Villager’s trade career level list:

  • Novice – Level 1
  • Apprentice – Level 2
  • Journeyman – Level 3
  • Expert – Level 4
  • Master – Level 5

It wastes a lot of time to develop an Expert and Master villager. Try your best to protect them! My dogs once accidentally killed a Master butcher villager and I nearly cried!

Each new level normally unlocks two new trades in Java Edition. While in Bedrock Edition, each new level will unlock 1-2 new trades.

The villager’s trade level can be seen by the badge he wears on his clothes. A black badge means he is a novice, while a blue badge means he is a master!

“Up & Down” Prices

There is no “fixed price” for each trade in villager trading! Trading costs vary from these event:

Events that will increase trading costs: (More expensive)

  • Trading a trade offer until a “X” appears
  • Hurting a villager
  • Killing a villager

Events that will decrease trading costs: (Getting a discount)

  • Curing a zombie villager
  • Getting the “Hero of the Village” effect

By YouTuber wattles, an image of the trading interface

Trading Behaviour

Offering a trade

Sometimes villager will hold an item when the player holds an emerald towards them.

Villager will also hold an emerald when the player holds an item which available for trading.

Work/Job station

Villagers usually “works” at their workstations. You can identify their jobs by their respective workstations easily, as shown below,

  • Fisherman: barrel
  • Shepherd: loom
  • Fletcher: fletching table
  • Cleric: brewing stand
  • Butcher: smoker
  • Leatherworker: cauldron
  • Weaponsmith: grindstone
  • Armorer: blast furnace
  • Toolsmith: smithing table
  • Librarian: lectern
  • Cartographer: cartography table
  • Stone Mason: stonecutter
  • Farmer: compost

Changing jobs

Baby villagers can not change their job (they will not trade and work too), adult villagers can change their job by picking up new job stations. Villagers can only change their job stations only if they have not traded with any players before.

Trading supplies

They refresh their trading supplies by working in the job stations, which happens about 2 times every day per villager.

Trading with a villager on the same trade for 3-16 times will make the trade became inactive. A red X will also appear. It will be renewed after the villager work in the job station again.

Why trading?

Some of the items that they trade with you are rare, such as chain armor (it is kind of useless), woodland mansion or ocean monument map, they can not be obtained using any other methods in survival mode, so we need to trade with villagers in order to get these kinds of rare items.

As I have mentioned before, wandering villager trades seem to be useless. But most of the offers are uncollectible/very hard to obtain in survival mode. If you are a item collector, consider trading with them!

How to master villager trades (Strategies & Cheats)

You can get more emeralds and unlock their trade more easily by following the tips below:

Trade sticks with fletchers. (The Best Strategies!)

It is the best trade in villager trading and it is the easiest way to get emeralds from villagers. You can get sticks easily by chopping up trees, while one wood worths 8 sticks (1 wood -> 4 wood planks -> 8 sticks). Every 32 sticks you trade to him, you will get one emerald.

Avoid trading an offer with a villager to their last slot

It will increase the price of that offer. Wait until it works at their job station so they can research their trades.

Good Villager Trades

Trade compass to cartographer (compasses are cheap to make) and trade wheat/carrots/beetroots to farmers (can be obtained from village farms). Trade unwanted raw animal meats to butcher (Kill animals) and trade clay to stone mason. (Get clay from lakes and ponds). These kind of items are easy to get. This can help you to get emeralds easily.

No attacking and killing!

Don’t do anything that affects your reputation like attacking and killing villagers, this may result in higher prices.

“Hero of the Village” effect

If you get the “Hero of the Village” effect by defeating raids, you will get a discount when trading with villagers. Make the most out of this effect! The effect will disappear after a few days. 90 minutes precisely.

Curing Zombie Villagers

When you successfully cure a zombie villager, you will get a forever discount by the villager you cured.

Destroy the work stations and rebuild another one

This will change the villager’s job. You can do this when you think that villager job is unfavourable to you, mostly because you think the trade offers suck. Unfortunately, this technique can only be used on villager that wasn’t traded with. It will not affect your popularity.

Make the villagers breed

You can trade with more villagers if you do so! Build more beds and give villager your food by throwing food to them. Food that can be given to villagers are wheat, potato, carrot, beetroot and bread. You can also give farmers seeds so they can farm food to themselves. Villager will breed once fulfill the above conditions. (Refer to the photo below for the breeding process.)

Villager – Breeding process

Kill Nitwits

Sorry, I know this sounds bloody. However, they are totally useless in villager trading because they occupy a bed and have no trades. I don’t mean to kill them personally because you will get attacked by iron golems if you do that. Try to lure the nitwits to lava and fire OR lure them to zombies (Zombie will choose to attack villagers first rather than you, so it is safe to do that!), it is easy to do these because they sleep late.


These are all the information and strategies about Minecraft villager trading. Villager trading is fun and easy, try to trade with a villager now!


Latest Update: 4/2/2020 – Major update – More detailed “How to trade” procedures, breaking down into Java amd Bedrock edition trading. One more villager trading tips and two updated. Image copyright infringement fixed. Also fixed some grammatical mistakes. 16/2/2020 – Minor amendments


12 thoughts on “Minecraft 1.16 Villager Trading Guide”

    1. You have to atleast trade once, then you can destroy the workstation if villager runs out of trades it needs it’s workstation to refill the trades

  1. Villagers who were previously zombie villagers that were cured by a player also reduce their prices for trades. To cure a zombie villager, you must splash it with a splash potion of weakness and then feed it a golden apple. this will often drop prices to the lowest possible amount wanted (or cost if you are buying).

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