Originally fully introduced and working way back in 2012, villagers have become a staple of any survival play-through. Located in commonly found Villages, you’ll encounter many little settlements on your travels.
Some players choose to move in to a village, others just use them as secondary bases or simple trading posts. Protecting them can be tough, I always recommend building a 2 block high wall around every village and covering it with torches.
Iron Golems do well for protection but if you really want to keep your villagers safe, you’re better off building defenses yourself.
Utilising trading to obtain rare and powerful items is critical to long term success. Diamond equipment, food, maps etc are all easily traded for. Villagers are also great for keeping your chests in order, as you can build up a lot of items you barely use.
I’ll be going through the 10 best villagers in Minecraft. Not only will I consider what you can buy, I’ll also consider how good they are for acquiring Emeralds.
Job Block: Cartography Table
If you see the Woodland Explorer Map, don’t be baited into it like me. I spent an hour on my fastest horse, travelling in the direction of the Mansion yet I still didn’t get close. Those maps have no minimum distance, you could get one that’s hundreds of thousands of blocks away 🙁
Job Block: Grindstone
Until you get a sword with the Mending enchantment, Weaponsmiths can be your easiest way of keeping your offensive equipment topped up. Enchanted Diamond swords/axes are available for up to 35 Emeralds.
Enchanted Iron swords are pretty cheap too, offering a good source of weaponry during your early stages.
Getting past the Apprentice trading level can be daunting though, with Bells costing 36 Emeralds, or requiring you to sell a ton of Iron Ingots.
Job Block: Smoker
Despite the Butcher requiring a load of uncooked meat to get to Master level trades, it’s well worth it. Offering an Emerald per 10 Sweet Berries, which are easily obtainable in stacks, they can become a great source of Emeralds.
Also offering Cooked Porkchops/Chicken, you can get a chest full of valuable cooked meat to ensure you never run out of food.
Job Block: Blast Furnace
Deemed obsolete once again when you eventually get the Mending enchantment on your armor, Armorers are amazing in the mean-time.
If you get lucky with the trades offered, 2 Armorers can supply you with full sets of Enchanted Diamond armor, for a cost of between 58 and 124 Emeralds.
Unless you want to sell loads of Coal, Iron Ingots, Lava Buckets or Diamonds, don’t utilise an Armorer for getting Emeralds.
Job Block: Smithing Table
Unlike weapons or armor, tools with the Mending enchantment can still break pretty easily, as you need to have the tool equipped for the enchantment to repair it. Due to this, Toolsmiths are more valuable than Armorers or Weaponsmiths.
You’ll be able to find enchanted Iron tools at lower trading levels. After a few more levels, you can find enchanted Diamond Axes, Shovels and even a Pickaxe. If you can get a Villager with the ideal enchantments, you’re pretty much set for the rest of your play-through.
For earning Emeralds though, don’t bother with a Toolsmith. Same as the Armorers and Weaponsmiths, you’ll spend way too many resources for few Emeralds.
Job Block: Fletching Table
You can never have too many Arrows or Tipped Arrows. Fletchers offer 16 and 5 of those respectively. Enchanted Bows and Crossbows are also available, although they’re easy enough to get through fishing for enchanted books/bows.
Trading for Emeralds requires Feathers and String, 2 resources that tend to build up in chests without much use. Fletchers offer those resources a way out, for easy Emeralds.
Job Block: Barrel
Fishing is one of the most boring, yet rewarding, things to do in Minecraft. Searching for valuable enchanted books, bows or fishing rods can be useful, especially if you like to disenchant items you don’t really use. Fish for eating, Pufferfish for brewing and exp for levelling/enchanting are also prevelant.
So you’ve gone fishing for 20 minutes, you don’t need the fish as your food chests are full, best to offload them to a Fisherman in return for Emeralds!
Job Block: Brewing Stand
Forking out your precious Emeralds for 1 Redstone Dust or 1 Lapis Lazuli isn’t exactly nice at first but at later trading levels, Clerics are amazing.
Nether Wart is another item you can get easily and can be sold for Emeralds to Clerics.
Job Block: Lectern
Specifically for enchanted books, Librarians are amazing for decking out your equipment. Paper and Ink Sacs are good for selling too.
I’ve mentioned the Mending enchantment a few times, Librarians are the most efficient way to get it. Make sure you have an unemployed villager, lock him in a room and place a Lectern. Check the first enchanted book on offer, if the book isn’t Mending, or there isn’t a book available, destroy the Lectern and place it again.
Keep doing this to get your desired enchantment!
Job Block: Composter
Farmers are by far the easiest way to acquire Emeralds in the game. Requiring the likes of Wheat, Potatoes, Carrots, Beetroots, Pumpkins and Melons. All of those item are easily obtained in huge numbers with a simple farm set up.
Multiple farmers (at least 5) and constant farming can grant dozens of stacks of Emeralds. You won’t have any need to buy items from a Farmer villager but you’ll get enough Emeralds to buy whatever you want from any other villager!
Of all the villager merchants in the game, the Farmer variant is by far the most useful overall.