I am planning on creating a village, but I am wondering if I can influence them to spread around a little bit more.

Currently, I have a small temporary village set up, where I have 4 houses and about 10 villagers. All the 10 villagers always cramp around in 1 single house.

How can I make it so they use up more houses? Is this intentional or a bug/glitch?

  • 1
    Have you build the houses or are they generated? The AI does not recognize houses sometimes.
    – Andalur
    Nov 11, 2012 at 23:47
  • 1
    Is that one house in the NorthWest? minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Talk:Villager#Attracted_to_the_Northwest
    – DKnight
    Nov 12, 2012 at 17:20
  • @DKnight that is quite interesting, I will have to check that out. Thanks for the link. Nov 16, 2012 at 18:32
  • @SaifBechan seems to be true on my game - i just tried to dig tunnels to some houses that are on other sides of the village and they are going in the tunnels but not heading out far enough to spread out in the village
    – DKnight
    Nov 16, 2012 at 20:04

3 Answers 3


What your asking is if you can influence the decisions the villagers make, and short of 'trapping' them in a place, no you cannot make them spread out as that would require you to be able to influence the AI of the villagers.

  • I THINK you may be able to build appropriate houses for appropriate classes. Such as the special houses with the bookshelves belong to a particular villager type, and the blacksmith house belongs to the blacksmith villager... They MAY prefer to be in the house appropriate for their type but I'm not at all sure if this works.
    – Ender
    Nov 12, 2012 at 1:15
  • 2
    empirical evidence states that that is incorrect. They like to flock together, I've noticed, be it in the sheep pen or in the giant condo or in the library, so they might be attracted to each other, but not to furniture. Nov 15, 2012 at 17:33

Villagers always spawn in the same chunk. If you destroy the entire village and replace it with grass, they will spread out. You can then build custom houses in the area that you would like them to be in to trap the villagers.

  • 1
    I don't think that the OP wants to 'trap' the villagers, and besides, they can open wooden doors.
    – user28379
    Nov 12, 2012 at 0:56

They tend to gather at the center of the village. You can move the center of the village by expanding your village on one side. They will still tend to clump at the new center.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .