Illager patrol

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Illager patrols[1] are common naturally spawning groups of pillagers and vindicators that attack villages.


Illager patrols spawn as a group of a maximum of five pillagers (weight 55) or vindicators (weight 27), one of which is the patrol captain.

Illager patrols spawn 200 blocks away from villages in plains, taiga, desert and savanna biomes, as well as their variants, on sand and grass blocks with a block light level of 0–8 and a sky light level of 10–15.

The patrol captain will wear an Illager Banner.png illager banner on their head.


Illager patrols will circle inwards to villages and then proceed to attack the village and try to kill villagers and iron golems.

The patrol captain always drops an illager banner upon death.

Bad Omen[edit]

Upon killing a patrol captain, the player will have 1 to 3 levels of the Bad Omen effect applied to them indefinitely, but has no immediate affect on the player. However, if a player enters a village, it will immediately be removed from the player, and a raid will spawn near the village after approximately 5 seconds.


Java Edition
1.14 18w45a Added illager patrols.
18w46a Illager beasts will now no longer spawn in illager patrols.
Illager patrols will now spawn 5 illagers instead of 4.
18w47a Added the Bad Omen status effect, which is applied to players upon killing a patrol leader.
Illager patrols now spawn in the world less often.


See also[edit]


  1. "Minecraft Snapshot 18w45a" –, November 7, 2018