I've been playing in my Minecraft world (XBox One edition) for a couple of weeks now, and I've not found a village, stronghold, or abandoned mineshaft yet.

Yesterday, I explored (above ground, anyway) an entire map's worth of the world, and still couldn't find a village.

I'm now concerned that (somehow) I didn't enable structures when I initially generated the world, and that there aren't any villages, etc.. Is there any way to check?

  • Strongholds are underground, abandoned mineshaft too. So the only thing you'd find above ground is villages (or that's the way in pc-minecraft anyway)
    – Arperum
    Aug 18, 2016 at 7:46
  • Granted. I didn't find any mineshafts (and usually I would have done within a couple of weeks of play), so I went looking for villages (because above ground is quicker). I haven't found any... Aug 18, 2016 at 7:49
  • I thought there was no way to check for World details in Xbox One & 360 and PE
    – MakaMido
    Aug 18, 2016 at 9:31
  • I found some forum posts that imply that ravines are "structures", but nothing definitive. Is this true for the Console edition? I have a couple of ravines near my house. Aug 18, 2016 at 9:34
  • No, they're generated in a similar way but not considered structures for the purpose of the toggle (on PC at least; and I didn't see any mention of it being different on console on the wiki). Aug 19, 2016 at 5:08

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It doesn't appear to be possible to examine the properties of an existing console saved game, so you'll have to do something like this:

Start the game in Creative mode and fly around until you find a generated structure. Make a note of the coordinates. Try to find a few different structures.

Enabling Creative mode disables achievements, so you can either make a copy of the game file first, or use the same seed to generate a new world.

You might have to travel a long way before you find any villages. On my world, the only village I could find was about 4 "maps" away.

Then reload your Survival game and travel to those coordinates. The structure should be there.

(Of course, when I started heading to the coordinates of the village that I discovered, I stumbled across an Ocean monument in the sea just a short distance from my home...)


Is actually normal.
Minecraft Bedrock edition has a different way to spawn entities and buildings.
It happens in Minecraft Java edition, too. So dont worry about it.

Try changing the seed of the world, sometimes it helps changing the "rarity" of the buildings spawn.
Maybe, check some seeds online for different worlds.

If you're searching a village for a survival world, create one world, and copy it. In one of the copies, look around in creative, so you know where the village is. Then, save coordinates somewhere, and in the survival world, search the village that you found, thanks to the coordinates.

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