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Zombie Villager
Zombie Farmer.pngZombie Librarian.pngZombie Priest.pngZombie Blacksmith.pngZombie Butcher.pngZombie Nitwit.png
Baby Zombie Farmer.pngBaby Zombie Librarian.pngBaby Zombie Priest.pngBaby Zombie Blacksmith.pngBaby Zombie Butcher.pngBaby Zombie Nitwit.png
Health points

20 (Heart.svg × 10)

Armor points

2 (Armor.svg)

Attack strength

Easy: 2 (Heart.svg)
Normal: 3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg)
Hard: 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)


Height: 1.95 Blocks
Width: 0.6 Blocks
Height: 0.975 Blocks
Width: 0.3 Blocks


See Spawning


See Drops

Natural equipment

Adult: 5
Baby: 12


Zombie Villager:

Baby Zombie Villager:

Internal ID

JE: 27
zombie_villager : 44
zombie_villager_v2 : 116

Namespaced ID

See Data values

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Zombie villagers are variants of zombies that can be cured into normal villagers using golden apples and weakness potions.


A zombie villager farmer with an enchanted iron sword.

Zombies which are not husks have a 5% chance of naturally spawning as zombie villagers.

Zombie villagers can also result from zombies killing villagers. If any type of zombie kills a villager, there is a chance that the villager will transform into a zombie villager.

Chance for villagers killed by zombies to turn into zombie villagers
Difficulty Chance
Easy 0%
Normal 50%
Hard and Hardcore 100%

A priest zombie villager will appear alongside a priest villager in every igloo basement‌[Java and Legacy Console editions only]. Zombie Villagers spawn also in zombie villages. Zombie villagers that spawn in zombie villages have the behavior to avoid direct sunlight and will never despawn.

Zombie villagers have their own spawn egg, which can be found inside the creative inventory. This spawn egg spawns a zombie villager when used.


Baby zombie villagers[edit]

Baby zombie villagers make up 5% of zombie villager spawns. They behave similar to regular zombie villager, with the following oddities:

  • They are 30% faster than the normal zombies, yet they have the same health as normal zombies. This makes the baby zombie villagers more dangerous than their bigger counterparts.
  • The noises they make are higher-pitched than adult zombie villager sound effects.
  • They can sometimes ride chickens. They can also ride‌[Bedrock Edition only]:
  • Baby zombie villagers will turn into baby villagers, if cured.
  • Worn armor shrinks to fit their body size.
  • They are able to fit through 1×1 block gaps.
  • They drop 12 experience when killed by the player instead of 5.
  • Unlike all other baby mobs in the game, they will stay as babies indefinitely and never grow into "adult" zombie villagers.
  • They have a decreased hitbox size.

Baby zombie villagers are spawned when a zombie kills a baby villager, the chance of infection being the same as adult zombie villagers. Baby zombie villagers also spawn naturally, but the combined chance (5% villagers × 5% babies) is very low at 0.25% (or 1 in 400 chance) of all newly spawned zombies.

Armed zombie villagers[edit]

Along with skeletons and regular zombies, some zombie villagers are capable of picking up dropped items. These zombie villagers will automatically hold any item they come across (except that jack o'lanterns[Java Edition only], mob heads and pumpkins will be worn on their heads), but if those items happen to be armor, weapons or tools, the zombie villager will use them. If they encounter another similar item, they will pick it up and drop their previous item:

  • if the new item is armor or a sword and the old item was not (for example, zombie villagers prefer swords to pickaxes and helmets to pumpkins),
  • if both items are armor/swords and the new item is better damage-wise (reduces more damage for armor, or inflicts more damage for swords),
  • if both items are armor/swords with the same damage reduction/infliction, the new item has NBT tags while the old does not or the new item is more damaged than the old item, or
  • if both items are bows and the new item has NBT tags while the old does not.

Items dropped by mobs in exchange for another cannot be picked up by players or mobs for 10 game ticks (0.5 seconds, barring lag), but can be picked up by hoppers.

Armor worn by zombie villagers is not damaged from most damage sources, which means it cannot "wear out" the way player armor does. Helmets (not blocks like pumpkins) on zombie villagers can wear away and break, if the zombie villager is exposed to daylight or has an anvil or other falling block dropped on its head. Zombie villagers also have a natural armor rating of 2 (Armor.svg), which gives 1.6 - 4% damage reduction from most sources.

Some zombie villagers, which can pick up items spawn already in possession of such items, and those items may also be enchanted. The chances of that event are listed below. If a zombie villager spawns wearing multiple pieces of armor, the armor will never be mismatched (i.e. all pieces will be made of the same material).

Chances of zombie villagers wearing or picking up armor, per difficulty
Easy Normal Hard
Can Pick Up Loot 0% 0%-55%[note 1] 6.875%-55%[note 1]
Armor 0% 0%-15%[note 1] 1.875%-15%[note 1]
Armor Enchantment[note 2] 0% 0-50%[note 1] 6.25%-50%[note 1]
Weapon[note 3] 1% 1% 5%
Weapon Enchantment[note 2] 0% 0%-25%[note 1] 3.125%-25%[note 1]
  1. a b c d e f g h i Value is based on the regional difficulty.
  2. a b Enchantment is the same as on an enchantment table at level 5–22.[note 1]
  3. 13 chance of an iron sword, 23 chance of an iron shovel

If a zombie does spawn with armor, the chances of specific armor are as follows:

Chances of different armor pieces, per difficulty
Armor Easy & Normal Hard
Helmet 100% 100%
Helmet & Chestplate 75% 90%
Helmet & Chestplate & Leggings 56.25% 81%
Full set 42.19% 72.9%

The chances of it being of a particular material are:

Chances of different armor types
Armor Type Chance
Leather 37.06%
Gold 48.73%
Chain 12.90%
Iron 1.27%
Diamond 0.04%

Any zombie villager that spawns with equipment (picked-up items don't count) will drop 1–3 extra experience per item.


When they die, zombie villagers drop 0–2 Rotten Flesh. The maximum drop is increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 0-5 with Looting III.

They can also drop an iron ingot, carrot, or potato when killed by a player or tamed wolf. This drop has a 2.5% chance of occurring, increasing by 1% per level of looting. Individual items have the following chances of dropping:

  • 1120 (about 0.83%)
  • 11600 (about 1.83%) with Looting I
  • 17600 (about 2.83%) with Looting II
  • 23600 (about 3.83%) with Looting III

Any picked-up equipment has a 100% chance of dropping and will drop with the same damage level it had when picked up.

Naturally-spawned equipment[edit]

  1. a b Zombie villagers spawn only with pumpkins and jack o'lanterns[Java Edition only] during Halloween.


Adult zombie villagers will drop 5 experience and an additional 1–3 experience per naturally-spawned equipment. Baby zombie villagers will drop 12 experience.


If a zombie villager wearing a carved pumpkin or jack o'lantern[Java Edition only] is killed using a weapon that is enchanted with Looting, there will be a chance equivalent to the level of Looting used to drop the pumpkin or jack o'lantern, up to a maximum of a 3% chance of a drop.


They behave as ordinary zombies, but their character model's head and face is reminiscent of that of a villager, shaded with a darker green hue. Zombie villagers retain their professions and clothes, which have a tattered appearance. Naturally spawned zombie villagers (or ones spawned with spawn eggs) will normally have a random profession outfit. They will not have this profession upon being cured, and they will instead become unemployed unless a job site block is nearby. Zombie villagers can also spawn with the unemployed outfit or the Nitwit outfit. Baby zombie villagers will always be unemployed.

Unlike regular zombies, zombie villagers cannot transform into drowned when they stay underwater for too long.

When they encounter turtle eggs they will jump on the eggs to destroy them.


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Zombie villagers can be cured by using a golden apple (regular) on them while they are under the effects of Weakness, which can be applied by:

A loud sizzling sound will be heard if successful, and the zombie villager will have particles around it and begin to shudder. The curing process will take 2–5 minutes, during which time the zombie villager behaves as normal. Conversion can be sped up by around 4% by surrounding the zombie villager with iron bars and/or bed blocks within a 9×9×9 cube centered on the zombie villager.[1] ConversionTime is determined by picking a random integer between 3600 and 6000, each game tick this ConversionTime will decrease by 1. Every tick there's a 1% chance for the game to look for iron bars and/or beds, within a 9x9x9 cube centered on the villager, and each one found has a 30% chance to decrease the ConversionTime by 1 more for that tick. When the ConversionTime reaches 0 the zombie villager will transform into a villager.

If the zombie villager is wearing any armor or wielding tools or weapons, those items will disappear when the villager is cured and are not dropped on the ground.

The newly-cured villager will offer a large discount on their trades to the player who cured them, along with any other villagers in the area.[more information needed][2] It is also possible for cured villagers to become nitwits, meaning that they cannot offer discounted trades.

A zombie villager cannot be cured by switching from Easy, Normal or Hard difficulty to Peaceful; they will simply despawn like all other monsters.

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Entity Namespaced ID
Zombie Villager zombie_villager

Bedrock Edition:

Entity Namespaced ID Numeric ID
Zombie Villager zombie_villager 44
(New) Zombie Villager zombie_villager_v2 116

Entity data[edit]

Zombie villagers have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob.

  • Entity data
    • Tags common to all entities see Template:Nbt inherit/entity/template
    • Tags common to all mobs see Template:Nbt inherit/mob/template
    •  IsBaby: 1 or 0 (true/false) - true if this zombie is a baby. May be absent.
    •  CanBreakDoors: 1 or 0 (true/false) - true if the zombie can break doors (default value is 0).
    •  DrownedConversionTime: The number of ticks until this zombie converts to a drowned, or husk to zombie. (default value is -1, when no conversion is under way).
    •  InWaterTime: The number of ticks this zombie or husk has been under water, used to start the drowning conversion. (default value is -1, when no conversion is under way).
    •  VillagerData: Information about the villager’s type, profession, and level.
      •  level: The current level of this villager's trading options. Influences the trading options generated by the villager; if it is greater than their career's maximum level, no new offers are generated. Increments when a trade causes offers to be refreshed. Also used for badge rendering.
      •  profession: A namespaced ID value indicating the villager's profession.
      •  type: A namespaced ID value indicating the villager's type.
    •  Offers: Is generated when the trading menu is opened for the first time.
      •  Recipes: List of trade options.
        • A trade option.
          •  rewardExp: 1 or 0 (true/false) - Whether this trade will provide XP orb drops. All trades from naturally-generated villagers in Java Edition reward XP orbs.
          •  maxUses: The maximum number of times this trade can be used before it is disabled. Increases by a random amount from 2 to 12 when offers are refreshed.
          •  uses: The number of times this trade has been used. The trade becomes disabled when this is greater or equal to maxUses.
          •  buy: The first 'cost' item, without the Slot tag.
          •  buyB: Optional. The second 'cost' item, without the Slot tag.
          •  sell: The item being sold for each set of cost items, without the Slot tag.
          •  xp: How much experience the villager gets from this trade.
          •  priceMultiplier: The multiplier on the  demand price adjuster; the final adjusted price will be added to the first 'cost' item's price.
          •  specialPrice: A modifier added to the original price of the first 'cost' item.
          •  demand: The price adjuster of the first 'cost' item based on demand. Updated when a villager resupply.
    •  ConversionTime: -1 when not being converted back to a villager, positive for the number of ticks until conversion back into a villager. The regeneration effect will parallel this.
    •  ConversionPlayerLeast: Least significant bits of the Universally Unique IDentifier of the player who started curing the zombie, to be joined with ConversionPlayerMost to form a unique ID.
    •  ConversionPlayerMost: Most significant bits of the Universally Unique IDentifier of the player who started curing the zombie, to be joined with ConversionPlayerLeast to form a unique ID.

Zombie villager type


Zombie villager profession



Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
Monster HunterAttack and destroy a monsterKill a hostile mob or one of the following neutral mobs: enderman, zombie pigman, spider, cave spider.Xbox OneYesYesYes15GBronze
Xbox 360Alt20G
Zombie DoctorCure a zombie villager.Throw a splash potion of weakness at a zombie villager and give it a golden apple (by facing the zombie and pressing the use key with a golden apple in your hand)Xbox OneYesYesYes40GGold
Xbox 360Alt20G


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-oval-raw.png Zombie DoctorWeaken and then cure a Zombie VillagerWe Need to Go DeeperThrow a splash potion of weakness at a zombie villager and give it a golden apple (by facing the zombie and pressing the use key with a golden apple in your hand), then wait for the villager to be cured.minecraft:story/cure_zombie_villager
Advancement-plain-raw.png AdventureAdventure, exploration, and combatKill any entity, or be killed by any entity.minecraft:adventure/root
Advancement-plain-raw.png Monster HunterKill any hostile monsterAdventureKill one of these 25 mobs. Other mobs are ignored for this advancement.minecraft:adventure/kill_a_mob
Advancement-fancy-raw.png Monsters HuntedKill one of every hostile monsterMonster HunterKill each of these 25 mobs. Other mobs may be killed, but are ignored for the advancement.minecraft:adventure/kill_all_mobs


Note:this video is outdated as of village and pillage zombie villagers got a new texture.


Java Edition
1.4.212w32aZombie Villager.pngBaby Zombie Villager.png Added zombie villagers. 5% of zombies spawned are zombie villagers, and villagers will now become infected when killed by a zombie. Infecting a baby villager creates a baby zombie villager, which is faster than a normal zombie and does not age.
Zombie villagers under the effects of a potion of weakness can be cured by using a golden apple on them.
12w34aZombie villagers will now have two new rare dropscarrots and potatoes.
12w34bZombie villagers can now pick up and equip dropped items.[4][5]
If killed, zombie villagers will now drop the item they are holding.
Zombie villagers can now survive in sunlight, if they are wearing a helmet or a pumpkin.[3]
?On Halloween, zombie villagers can now spawn wearing pumpkins or jack o'lanterns.
1.513w03aZombie villagers are now able to set the player on fire, if they are on fire and they attack the player.
Zombie villagers can now call other zombies from the nearby area (radius dependent on difficulty) to attack the player, making packs of zombies approach shortly after damaging the zombie villager.
Zombie villagers will now cause more damage when their health is lower.
1.6.113w17aWhen damaged, zombie villagers will now have a low chance to spawn more zombies.
13w21aZombie villager damage increasing with decreasing health has now been removed.
13w23bZombie villager AI and mechanics has now been changed – this has now made them much more horde-like.
Zombie villagers are now able to detect the player up to 40 blocks.
1.6.2preBaby zombie villagers will now spawn among regular ones.
Baby zombie villagers will now have the same percentage of spawning as zombie villagers.
1.7.213w36aBaby zombie villagers will now drop loot and experience.
1.7.413w49aAdded zombie villager chicken jockeys – a rare version of the baby zombie villager.
1.814w11aZombie villagers will now run away from creepers that are about to explode.
14w30aZombie villagers will now drop a zombie head when killed by a charged creeper.
1.8.1pre1Zombie villagers will now no longer run away from creepers that are about to explode.
1.915w32aThe detection range of zombie villagers is now halved when the player is wearing a zombie mob head.
15w33cThe zombie villager's detection range for players wearing the zombie head has now been adjusted, now 37.5% of the normal range.
15w34aZombie villagers will now have an attack animation similar to the one they had in Survival Test, even without weapons.
15w35aZombie Farmer.pngZombie Librarian.pngZombie Priest.pngZombie Blacksmith.pngZombie Butcher.pngZombie Nitwit.png Zombie villagers will now retain their professions and clothes, which have a tattered appearance. Before this version, the zombie villager's body texture shared the same texture as the regular zombie's body.
A new VillagerProfession tag that determines what profession the zombie villager is, as well as what profession it will be when cured, has now been added.
15w36aThe zombie villager's detection range for players wearing the zombie head is now again 50% of the normal range.
15w43aA zombie villager priest can now be found caged in an igloo basement.
1.1016w20a"Generic" green-robed zombie villager has now been removed, due to the new ZombieType tag not allowing invalid villager professions.
pre1Chance of a zombie villager setting the target on fire when burning, and the duration of the effect, will now depend on raw regional difficulty.
1.1116w32aAdded a zombie villager spawn egg.
Entity ID Zombie is now zombie, zombie_villager and husk for those respective mobs.
Removed the ZombieType tag, added the Profession tag to zombie_villager only, and made ConversionTime apply to zombie_villager only.
Setting the Profession tag to 5 will now make green-robed villagers.
The zombie villager's in-game name is now "Zombie Villager" instead of "Zombie".
Zombie villagers will now no longer drop zombie heads when killed by a charged creeper.
Zombie villagers will now no longer spawn from zombie spawners.
16w32bZombie Nitwit.png Re-added generic zombie villagers, along with its normal counterpart.
16w39aZombie villagers will now have their own sounds.
1.1217w14aAdded ConversionPlayerLeast and ConversionPlayerMost tags to the zombie villager, for the purpose of the minecraft:cured_zombie_villager trigger for advancements.
1.1318w07aZombie villagers will now intentionally stomp on turtle eggs and attack turtles.
18w10dBaby zombie villagers will now burn in the sun.
1.1418w50aZombie Villagers now have new skins, corresponding to biome and profession.
Cured Zombie Villagers now retain their trades.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.1build 1Added zombie villagers.
Zombie villagers will retain their professions and clothes, which have a tattered appearance.
0.14.0build 1Baby zombie villagers will now have a 15% chance of becoming be a jockey. Before becoming a jockey, upon nearing the player, they will check for one of the following to mount prior attacking: adult chickens, adult ocelots, adult wolves, adult zombies, adult zombie villager, adult zombie pigmen, cows, pigs, sheep, cave spiders or spiders.
0.15.0build 1Baby zombie villagers can now mount adult husks and horse variants.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha zombie villagers can now mount polar bears.
1.1.0alpha zombie villagers can now mount llamas.
alpha villagers will have their own sounds.
Bedrock Edition
?Baby zombie villagers can now no longer mount adult zombie pigmen.
1.4.0beta zombie villagers will now burn in daylight.
1.5.0beta villagers will now sink underwater.
beta villagers will now attack baby turtles and stomp on turtle eggs.
1.8.0beta zombie villagers can now mount pandas and stray cats.
1.10.0beta villagers are split into 2 different mobs, new zombie villagers now have new skins, coresponding to biome and profession.
Added Nitwit, Mason, and Unemployed zombie villager profession.
Zombie Villagers will now attack wandering traders.
Cured Zombie Villagers now retain their trades.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.12.0beta zombie villager have sounds.
Legacy Console Edition
TU14CU11.04Added zombie villagers.
Added baby zombie villagers. However, they can only be obtained by having a zombie kill a baby villager, as a zombie spawn egg will not spawn them, due to baby zombies not being in game.
TU151.05The zombie villagers' rare loot drop have now been changed to be carrots, potatoes or iron ingots.
TU19CU71.12Zombie villagers can now pick up items and occasionally spawn with armor and/or weapons.
Baby zombie villagers can now be spawned with a zombie spawn egg.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Baby zombie villagers will now drop experience.
Zombie villagers will now drop a zombie head when killed by a charged creeper.
TU54CU451.56Patch 24Zombie Villagers will now no longer spawn from zombie spawn eggs or spawners, since they now have their own spawn egg.
TU60CU511.64Patch 30Baby zombie villagers will now have a 15% chance of becoming a jockey. Before becoming a jockey, upon nearing the player, they will check for one of the following to mount prior attacking: adult chickens, adult ocelots, adult wolves, adult zombies, cows, pigs, sheep, spiders or cave spiders.
TU69Patch 38 Zombie villagers now have their own sounds.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Added Zombie Villagers.


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  • Zombie villager never spawn with equipment In Bedrock Edition due having rendering issue with armor on them.