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I have a large explored area in a pre "Pretty Scary Update" world. Including several swamp areas. Will witches spawn in those areas? If so, is there a stand alone tool (like this one for slimes: http://mcslimes.appspot.com/ ) or similar for finding witch spawn areas?

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If the swap areas is generated before the update, then no, witch will not spawn. –  w1nger1 Nov 12 '12 at 3:24
    
Are there any swamp huts there? If yes, then witches will spawn there. If not, you could go to single-player, select the world, and then press re-generate to re-generate the world again (as a different save). This will use the same seed, so the swamp huts will be there in the re-generated world save. –  Jeffrey Lin Nov 12 '12 at 3:26
    
@JeffreyLin does doing such a thing erase anything I've done to my world? –  Ender Nov 12 '12 at 11:52
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@w1nger1 do you have a reference for that? I've read inconclusive reports on this. –  John Nov 12 '12 at 13:45
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@Ender If you are looking to bring buildings and items to a new map. No you can't do that in game, you need a 3rd party program to do that. –  w1nger1 Nov 13 '12 at 8:29

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Are there any swamp huts there?

If yes, then witches will spawn there.

If not, you could go to single-player, select the world, and then press re-generate to re-generate the world again (as a different save). This will use the same seed, so the swamp huts will be there in the re-generated world. Your inventory and world will still be in your old save.

Your third option is to port them over using MCEdit, a third-party program used to customize your world.

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Unless the map was generated with snapshots, there won't be any Swamp Huts before the update. –  w1nger1 Nov 13 '12 at 8:38
    
Time to dust off the maps, and do some exploring! –  John Nov 13 '12 at 15:48
    
@John Are you going to be transferring your old map? –  Jeffrey Lin Nov 13 '12 at 21:04
    
Nah, I think I'll just use this an excuse to go exploring. I'd hoped to avoid that. Have a pretty sweet "all in one" farming system built in my current world, but building a witch farm is too darn important.... –  John Nov 14 '12 at 14:52
    
Why? Do you want potions? –  Jeffrey Lin Nov 14 '12 at 20:15

If you have any swamp huts, they will spawn, if not, they won't.

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These responses are incorrect, they will spawn in pre pretty scary update worlds. dinner_bone confirmed this somewhere. I used the tool "amidst" which tells you where witch huts should be, and built a witch farm there.

edit: here is my source

and here is AMIDST, perfect for finding witch spawning locations in old worlds. link

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Please provide information do backup your answer. Specially if you say that all others are wrong... –  Michel Feb 1 '13 at 15:35
    
If you did it yourself, that's helpful, but not everyone will believe it. If you can find a link to where Dinnerbone said that, that's even better. –  SevenSidedDie Feb 1 '13 at 15:43

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