In Minecraft, Iron is one of the most necessary materials since it can be used to craft irons tools, weapons, armors, buckets, anvils, compasses, and plenty of other useful things.
However, getting iron is not tough but time-consuming, as you need to mine iron ores and smelt them to turn them into iron ingots. Although the most efficient way to farm iron is via slaying Iron Golems as they drop 2-5 iron ingots but you can make the whole process automated by making an Iron Golem Farm.
What are the Requirements for Iron Golems to spawn?
Iron Golem Farm uses the automatic spawn mechanics of villages, there are a couple of requirements we would need to fulfill to build a farm:
In Java Edition, The villagers will attempt to spawn an iron golem if 30 seconds have been passed and there are no golem alive within 16 blocks radius around the villager. An Iron Golem needs at least 3 transparent blocks above the surface to spawn.
Villagers summons an iron golem either when they are gossiping or panicking, when the villager sees a zombie they start to panic and try to spawn golems.
The requirements are completely different for Bedrock than Java, Villagers only try to spawn iron golems when the following requirements are met:
- The Village should have at least 10 villagers.
- The should have atleast 20 beds.
- 75% villagers should have worked at their workstation in the past day.
- The player must be within 64 blocks horizontally and 44 blocks vertically near the village.
Furthermore, only one iron golem will spawn for every 10 villagers and you will need to kill the golem as soon as they spawn. However, you can increase the golem spawn rate by 33% by increasing the villager’s population from 10 to 20.
How to make a working Iron Golem Farm?
To build an iron golem farm, you will need to gather up some materials which however are fairly easy to get:
- Plenty of Water
- 1 Lava Bucket
- 1 Hopper
- three stacks of torches (so mobs won’t spawn near the farm)
- plenty of beds, signs, iron pickaxes and stones.
It is best to start with an “L” shaped village, where the form will be in the crook of the “L”. As the beds are sufficiently near the villager’s job place, they won’t have any problem finding their path to the job blocks.
Make sure to fence the village and light it up so hostile mobs won’t invade and place some extra beds to encourage villagers to breed while you are building the farm.
1. Find Village Center
As the golems spawn at the center of the village, we would need to locate it first since it determines where the structures should be built to spawn and slay the iron golems.
The village center is typically the northwest corner of the village’s well or one of the claimed beds, the bell gives precedence in Java rather than in Bedrock edition.
Start with building a two-floor sleeping bunker with at least 10 beds on each and a stairway between them, then add at least one doorway to at least one bridge that rises up high enough to fit an iron underneath.
Afterwards, you need to make 8-10 blocks of the spawning area for golems all around the bunker (starting with 1 block higher than the lowest floor of the bunker).
Now you will need to build a channel to guide the golems to the killing area, which can be made through lava, hopper, and a collecting chest.
Here’s a detailed guide video to understand easily:
How to increase Iron Golems spawning rate?
The rate of iron golem production depends on the following factors:
- Number of villagers
- Number of spawn blocks
- Average life of an iron golem
Increasing the number of villagers increases summon attempts to succeed during the time it takes to move and kill the existing golem. If you don’t need a complex farm, 20 villagers are enough for an easy iron golem farm.
To maximize spawn attempts, the beds are usually arranged tightly around the horizontal center on the Y-level above or below the spawn platform.
While you can manually kill iron golems, the most efficient way is by using water to transport them on the lava blades (suspended lava on the collision blocks such as signs, gate fences) so that all the dropped items will be collected in the chest.