I'm trying to repopulate an empty village by curing zombie villagers. The village is in the desert, so most of the zombies that spawn are husks. What's not clear to me is whether zombie villagers spawn in deserts at the same rate as in other biomes. The wiki contradicts itself on this point. At one point, it says:

In desert biomes, all zombies exposed to the sky will have an 80% chance to be replaced by husks, a zombie variant. Zombies that are not husks have a 5% chance to spawn as a zombie villager while all zombie variants also have a 5% chance to spawn as a baby zombie type.

This would seem to suggest that only 1 percent of all zombies in desert biomes will spawn as villagers. However, later on the page it says simply that

Zombie villagers comprise 5% of all spawned zombies.

I've tried to figure out which is correct for myself, but zombie villagers have been laughably scarce for me in all biomes ever since I commenced Operation Repopulation, so I can't tell whether they're really not there in the desert, or if I'm just getting unlucky. Does anyone know which statement from the wiki is correct?

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    From what I can tell, the 5% figure has been on the page since 2012, so won't be taking husks into account.
    – SirBenet
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 20:24

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The first answer is correct. Pseudo-code for what's actually going on when the zombie spawns:

if (biome is desert) and (has sky access from spawn point) and (80% chance) 
    spawn Husk
else if (5% chance)
    spawn Zombie Villager
    spawn Zombie

That means it is a 1% chance if it has sky access, so if you want villagers you should make a dark, underground room.

  • Extending out from PPCG, I see... Nice answer!
    – user140963
    Commented Jun 27, 2016 at 17:30

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