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I am grinding emeralds to save up for some mending books from a librarian villager. However, it costs 38 emeralds (the most expensive price for an enchanted book), and I am having trouble getting emeralds to save up for them (~10 minutes per emerald). I have several novice villagers; I just set up my villager trading hall:

  • Novice Weaponsmith: Default Novice trades
  • Apprentice Toolsmith: 15 Coal for 1 Emerald, 1 Emerald for Stone Axe + Default Apprentice trades
  • Novice Farmer: 20 Wheat for 1 Emerald, 1 Emerald for 6 Bread
  • Novice Armorer: 15 Coal for 1 Emerald, 5 Emeralds for Iron Helmet
  • Novice Librarian: 24 Paper for 1 Emerald, 38 Emerald + 1 book for 1 Mending book (target)

Which villager should I farm-trade with, and if none of those are preferable, other villagers can be used as well.

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A Fletcher villager (with it's workplace block being the fletching table) that sells sticks for emeralds is a pretty decent and cheap trade. If you're able to make a dark oak, giant spruce, or giant jungle tree farm, or you just happen to have an over-abundance of wood, then this villager will prove to be very useful.

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    Turns out, that's exactly what I did! Do you think a fisherman or cleric villager would work as well? – fasterthanlight Jul 19 '20 at 13:09
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    I would imagine that they may not be as effective as fletchers, though if you have zombie or spider farms and have an excess of mob drops (as fishers often have string trades, and clerics have high chances of having rotten flesh trades), then fishers and clerics with those trades are still quite useful to have around. – BlueTangsRock Jul 20 '20 at 8:11
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Clerics will trade Emeralds for Gold.

If you have a gold farm, this can be an efficient way to get Emeralds.

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Either novice farmer, considering wheat is pretty easy to get, or novice armorer, because coal is easy to get.

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    Okay... So I am wondering if you could put some more detail into that. – fasterthanlight Jul 18 '20 at 21:51
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I like to use the Apprentice/Novice Stone Mason. They offer 1 emerald for 10 clay and also 1 emerald for 20 stone. It's a grind but worth it

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Get a librarian that has emeralds-> bookshelves and books-> emeralds trades. Then, cure and infect it many times until the bookshelves cost one emerald and the books give one emerald. Then, get a book, trade for emerald, input emerald to get bookshelf, break bookshelf for 3 books, then repeat.

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I prefer to use a farmer(composter), though a fletcher(fletching table) is very useful as well.

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