Bartering

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Not to be confused with Trading.

Bartering is an action the player can perform with piglins to obtain various items.

Mechanics[edit]

To barter with a piglin, either throw a gold ingot near the piglin or use a gold ingot on it. After the piglin takes the gold ingot and examines it for six seconds in Java Edition or eight seconds in Bedrock Edition, it tosses a random item to the player. Piglin brutes or baby piglins cannot be bartered with.

Piglins pick up many other items that are made of gold; however, ingots are the only items that piglins accept for bartering. Baby piglins are incapable of bartering and treat gold ingots like any other gold items.

Hitting a piglin causes it to "confiscate" the ingot; the piglin does not complete the barter. It cannot be bartered with again unless it puts another item in its inventory. Piglins who are killed in one hit before they finish examining always drop the ingot.

Bartering is controlled by the loot table minecraft:gameplay/piglin_bartering. If the gamerule mobGriefing is false, piglins only barter when the player uses a gold ingot on them.

A piglin looking at a gold ingot.

Items bartered[edit]

The item the piglin throws may be one of the following: (Avg. expected gold ingots to roll can be thought of as a "price," where on average, it "costs" a certain amount of gold ingots, on average, to get a single item)

Bartering items in Java Edition
Item given Quantity Chance Avg. expected gold ingots to roll
Enchanted Book with Soul Speed (random level) 1 5459
(~1.09%)
91.8
Iron Boots with Soul Speed (random level) 1 8459
(~1.74%)
57.375
Splash Potion of Fire Resistance 1 57.375
Potion of Fire Resistance 1 57.375
Water Bottle 1 10459
(~2.18%)
45.9
Iron Nugget 10–36 1.996
Ender Pearl 2–4 11.475
String 3–9 20459
(~4.36%)
3.825
Nether Quartz 5–12 2.7
Obsidian 1 40459
(~8.71%)
11.475
Crying Obsidian 1–3 5.7375
Fire Charge 1 11.475
Leather 2–4 3.825
Soul Sand 2–8 2.295
Nether Brick 2–8 2.295
Spectral Arrow 6–12 1.275
Gravel 8–16 0.96
Blackstone 8–16 0.96
Bartering items in Bedrock Edition[until BE 1.16.100]
Item given Quantity Chance
Netherite Hoe 1 1424
(~0.24%)
Enchanted Book with Soul Speed (random level) 1 5423
(~1.18%)
Iron Boots with Soul Speed (random level) 1 8423
(~1.89%)
Iron Nugget 9–36 10423
(~2.36%)
Splash Potion of Fire Resistance 1
Potion of Fire Resistance 1
Nether Quartz 8–16 20423
(~4.73%)
Glowstone Dust 5–12
Magma Cream 2–6
Ender Pearl 4–8
String 8–24
Fire Charge 1–5 40423
(~9.46%)
Gravel 8–16
Leather 4–10
Nether Brick Block 4–16
Obsidian 1
Crying Obsidian 1–3
Soul Sand 4–16
Bartering items in Bedrock Edition[upcoming: BE 1.16.100]
Item given Quantity Chance Avg. expected gold ingots to roll
Enchanted Book with Soul Speed (random level) 1 5459
(~1.09%)
91.8
Iron Boots with Soul Speed (random level) 1 8459
(~1.74%)
57.375
Splash Potion of Fire Resistance 1 57.375
Potion of Fire Resistance 1 57.375
Water Bottle 1 10459
(~2.18%)
45.9
Iron Nugget 10–36 1.996
Ender Pearl 2–4 15.3
String 3–9 20459
(~4.36%)
3.825
Nether Quartz 5–12 2.7
Obsidian 1 40459
(~8.71%)
11.475
Crying Obsidian 1–3 5.7375
Fire Charge 1 11.475
Leather 2–4 3.825
Soul Sand 2–8 2.295
Nether Brick 2–8 2.295
Arrow 6–12 1.275
Gravel 8–16 0.96
Blackstone 8–16 0.96

History[edit]

Java Edition
1.1620w07aAdded bartering.
20w09aSoul sand, mushrooms, crimson fungi, flint, rotten flesh, and raw porkchops have been removed from the possible barters.
Crying obsidian, string, Fire Resistance potions and splash potions, and netherite hoes have been added to the possible barters.
Barter chances have been tweaked.
Due to a bug, all barters give stacks of 1–5 items.[1]
20w10aBarters now give the correct amounts of items.
Warped nylium, warped fungus, and shroomlights have been removed from the possible barters.
Iron nuggets and soul sand have been added to the possible barters.
Barter chances have been tweaked.
20w11aEnchanted books and iron boots with Soul Speed have been added to the possible barters.
20w13aItems enchanted with Soul Speed are now slightly more common.
20w20aNetherite hoes can no longer be obtained through bartering.
1.16.220w28aWater bottles, spectral arrows, and blackstone have been added to the possible barters.
Magma cream and glowstone dust have been removed from the possible barters.
Barter chances have been tweaked.
Many barters give fewer items.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.51Added bartering.
beta 1.16.0.57Updated the loot table to match Java Editon. Previously, right-clicking the piglin would give the player obsidian or flint and steel, while dropping gold onto the ground would result in a Nether wart block
Piglins now "inspect" the gold ingot before giving the player an item, as opposed to giving the item instantly.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.100beta 1.16.100.54Water bottles, arrows, and blackstone have been added to the possible barters.
Netherite hoes, Magma cream and glowstone dust have been removed from the possible barters.
Barter chances have been tweaked.
Many barters give fewer items.

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Issues[edit]

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