I see people playing around with Minecraft version 1.4, and I see that zombie spawners now also spawn infected villagers.

On another video I saw how you can cure an infected villager. I wonder if you could cure the villagers that are spawned from the zombie spawner.

This would be great for me. I have been wanting to bring villagers to my base, but it would be quite a project as the nearest village is miles away. I have a zombie spawner just under my base, so that would be ideal.


I answered the question bellow with screenshots. Here is a video I made of the system:

  • We won't know for sure until the actual release of 1.4. Great question though!
    – fredley
    Sep 10, 2012 at 8:41
  • I'm playing with the pre-1.4 12w36a snapshot, and at least in Creative I can't get villager zombies to accept Golden Apples. Splash potions of weakness (which the wiki says is step one in curing them) don't appear to affect them. Sep 10, 2012 at 19:56
  • @SevenSidedDie: Read further in the wiki and it should tell you that it takes a few minutes for the cure to take effect.
    – MBraedley
    Sep 11, 2012 at 1:25
  • @MBraedley I did read that. What I haven't figured out is how to effect them with a Weakness potion first. My test subjects appear immune. It's possible that only zombie villagers that were originally villagers (not spawned from an egg or spawner) can be cured. Sep 11, 2012 at 2:50
  • @SevenSidedDie Well it is still working in creative for me. Just throw the splash potion on the infected villager. After that just leftclick him with a normal golden apple, and he starts shaking. After a few mins he is cured. I will work on the spawner in my survival world today, I will set up a quick test, let's see if it works. Sep 11, 2012 at 4:22

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I usually don't answer my own question, but in this case I have to I guess.

I am running Minecraft pre-release 12w36a and I can confirm that you can cure infected villagers spawned from dungeon zombie spawners in survival mode.

I had a zombie spawner underneath my base that I never destroyed, I am glad I kept it. I set up a small killing device for killing the unwanted zombies, and waited for a infected villager. In my case it spawned one every 30 zombies or so.

When I got one I used a splash potion of weakness (water bottle + fermented spider eye + gunpowder). As soon as I threw it I got my golden apple in my hand, and just right-clicked the villager. At this point he started shaking.

While he was shaking, I waited around. About 5 minutes later he turned into a normal villager.

At this point I wanted to know if he would despawn, so I went exploring in my world, slept for a few days, and went to the nether a few times. When I came back he was still standing there, which was great.

I do not know if this will stay in the game. I will update the game once in a while to see if it still works in the snapshots.

For now I will work on setting up my village, I am glad I don't have to build the 1000+ block railway anymore.

I can confirm this works in 1.4.2, see the video in the question for more details.

  • I have a question: what do the pistons do?
    – user28379
    Oct 25, 2012 at 21:01
  • Look at the video in the question for more details. Oct 26, 2012 at 5:31

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