Playing Bedrock edition on iPad.

I set up my base about 200 blocks from a village. When I first visited, there were a handful of villagers.

When I returned many game-days later, the village was deserted. As the village was generated with a river running through it, I thought the villagers may have drowned or been attacked by drowned zombies.

So I set about protecting the village with fences and torches, and covering the river to avoid drownings or the Drowned.

To start re-populating I cured two zombie villagers, and took them back to the village. They both found beds.

I then went back to my base to get some food to start breeding them, slept, and when I went back they had disappeared without a trace! Very annoying after all that work.

What has happened to them? Can we say? What else should I have done to protect the new villagers?

There are some zombie groans still coming from underground / the covered river - might the villagers still get attacked?


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Now to start with, have you heard of despawning?

Thanks to the chunk loader, you are only allowed to load a limit of chunks. As you leave that area and the chunk is no longer visible, there are certain instances for these villagers to despawn.

It's better to actually find name tags or trade for name tags, name them and they won't despawn even if you are out of the chunk.

Of course, they might still despawn for other reasons (just like what happened to my horse), but setting a name for them would give extra protection. Just make sure to protect them or they're dead.

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    Not to be rude, but villagers don’t despawn. Even if they aren’t associated with a bed or even not in a village, villagers do not despawn.
    – user267212
    Commented Feb 20, 2021 at 20:34
  • @Picklesaregood Strangely, they do in my game. I usually find it deserted sometime after I got in it after some IRL minutes. This is also the same thing when we talk about villagers not in villages. I made them an area in my country world, and some time later, they despawned, even on Peaceful. They all have beds and other stuff like that, but they disappeared. So yeah, villagers still despawn. Commented Feb 21, 2021 at 4:48

I am going to guess they got attacked when you left there probably was to little villagers to spawn a iron golem to protect them in that case. Or they despawned and didn't respawn when you entered. but either way the best thing to do is trap 2 zombie villagers or get villagers from other villages and set your base up inside or next to this village

  • Welcome to Arqade! This doesn't seem to be much of an answer. Could you edit it to help the asker?
    – WarpPrime
    Commented Aug 12, 2020 at 13:45

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