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I recently read about iron golems in Minecraft and it seems like you can just spawn them anywhere, so this lead me to the conclussion that they should be able to protect your house unless they would wander off.

Is it possible to have them defend your house? Perhaps create a perimeter?

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If you move into an NPC village, most definitely. My group likes to build our homes inside a village, so we've built iron golems to protect us and the villagers. The wiki seems to indicate that they'll wander off if you try to put them near your home otherwise, though I've no personal experience with that. The wiki also says you can corral them with fences, if they do start wandering off, though of course fencing and adequate lighting prevents your home from being under attack in the first place.

Apparently you can also use vines to corral them, as they see vines as a solid block while you could walk right through. This could create an awesome hidden-grotto effect around your house.

As of recent updates, you can now transform Zombie Villagers back to Villagers, so you could potentially lure said zombies into the area where you want a village and transform them, giving the golem a natural "tether" to the place you want guarded.

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Thanks! Sadly I found no villages yet and I'd hate to move out, but I could fence them in. – Bugster Aug 8 '12 at 14:19
Of course, if you fence your house in, with iron golems inside the fence, the only enemies are going to be outside the fence, where the iron golems aren't... – SaintWacko Aug 8 '12 at 15:18
Also an alternative would be using vines, NPCs consider vines as solid blocks and cannot see or pass through. – Bugster Feb 24 '13 at 17:43
Spiders can still get through fences right? – Sadly Not Apr 30 '13 at 21:08
@Bugster - You could start a village of your very own by building houses and transforming zombies that look like villagers – Robotnik Jun 21 '13 at 11:24

I think the best way is to obtain a lead and attach them to a fence outside your entrance or door.

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Well if you can spawn golem then spawning villager won't be a problem for you. Make a house in front of your house entrance having about 8 to 10 doors. Spawn a 2 villagers within it. This will act as a village .now spawn an iron golem thus this time it won't wander off.

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If you just build the golem inside your house, they can't get through doors and they protect your house. I do this with every house i build.

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