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Is it possible to acquire a Zombie Pigman's golden sword without killing them (Something like trading with them by throwing another weapon to their feet, such as a wooden sword for example)?

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For what purpose are you wanting to do this? – Unionhawk Mar 13 '13 at 17:42
@Unionhawk: So that the Zombie Pigmen can have wooden swords, which as stated are better than gold ones. – BoltClock Mar 13 '13 at 17:45
To which, I reiterate, for what purpose? Mapmaking would be the only purpose I could see to this, in which case, yes, it is possible. In a survival context, absolutely not. – Unionhawk Mar 13 '13 at 21:23
@Unionhawk It would be easy to gain golden swords if you could give zombie pigmen wooden swords. – bhbdhcbdh Mar 14 '13 at 0:42

Yes, you can trade swords with Zombie Pigman, as per the wiki states, however I just spent almost 20 minutes attempting the act and I could not replicate it, so I am unsure of the truth to the wiki article.

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So, can you at least give them iron or stone swords? – bhbdhcbdh Mar 13 '13 at 17:20
Can you at least bribe them? – MapCavalier Mar 13 '13 at 17:59
@Ender check the minecraft wiki,if you throw down,lets say, a diamond sword in inventory form towards a zombie pigman,he will drop his golden sword and take the diamond one.He will deal more damage to you if you attack him then. – bhbdhcbdh Mar 14 '13 at 0:45
@Ender That is interaction, since you are doing something to affect them somehow. In that case, the answer would be "There is no way to interact with zombie pigmen besides throwing down better swords at their feet and cause them to switch a bad weapon for a better one" – user1337 Mar 14 '13 at 12:28
I guess you cannot trade with Zombie Pigman... – Michel Mar 14 '13 at 12:45

NO trading with zombie pigmen unless you die and the pigman picks up your stuff. It works the same way as wither skeletons. (If you want a golden sword, just keep on killing zombie pigmen because they have a rare chance of dropping one.)

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It will be easier to obtain gold swords if you could drop a wooden sword and they drop their gold one and take the wooden sword.Check my comment to Ender above. – bhbdhcbdh Mar 14 '13 at 0:50

Yes I have seen a pigman drop his gold sword for a stone one. However I tried for ages and had picked up several about a chest full from killing them in the process.

I was playing 1.9

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