Minecraft: How to Farm Iron

A survival game like Minecraft requires its players to find ways to collect as many resources as possible to support themselves in its world. This includes creating a farm that will produce a solid rate of items so the player will never find themselves in a situation to search for it again.



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One of the most common Minecraft factories that are created in survival is an iron farm. This requires players to spawn iron golems at a decent rate to gather their iron. Tackling these creatures individually can be part of the solution, but it’s best to create a system that does it all on its own.

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6 Build a structure for the farm

Any Iron Farm must be spawned eight blocks above the surface to prevent golems from spawning on the ground. Players must use building blocks to create a decent sized box for villagers to live in. This area should have two blocks of space for the villagers to enter, but not enough room for the golems to move into.

Once the farm has started, the golems should appear above the villager’s box. This is where water should be placed to push iron golems in the direction of their death and fences/walls to prevent golems or water from escaping. Hoppers and chests should be used to collect anything they drop, and many of them should be used in case the farm is very productive.

5 Gather the villagers

The hardest part of any farm is getting mobs to cooperate with the operation. Luckily, villagers are the only mob needed to run an iron farm, and they’re not too hard to surround. Players must find a village and gather civilians by placing boats they can jump into.

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From there, hop in the boat with a villager to the farm site where players can then try using a mining cart to get the villagers up and into the box. Players should try to get five villagers in the box, either carrying all five or raising a couple. It is important to note that there should be beds there for breeding and for spawning iron golems.

4 Zombies can increase production

As mentioned earlier, players only need villagers to operate an iron farm. However, there are various tips and tricks players can try to help them get one that is super effective. One of the more complex ideas is to use a zombie to surprise villagers, but not kill them.

Players can build a pod that is a few blocks away from villagers but cannot reach them. If the villagers have eye contact with the zombie, they will squirm to the point that more golems can spawn. Finding a zombie is easy, but players must ensure they shield it from the sun (with a block or helmet) and name it to prevent it from disappearing.

3 Set up a method to kill the golems

With most of the structure built, players will have to think of a way to kill a golem in the most efficient way. There are a few ways forward on this front. One idea is to have their water path lead to a steep hole that will send the iron golems falling to their deaths.

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Another method is to set up lava a few blocks above the hoppers so that their feet touch the hopper, but they still die burned. Players can levitate lava using wooden panels (they won’t burn), allowing items to fall and not be burned. Other methods are to simply hit them after serious damage from a fall or even cacti.

2 Prevent the truss from breaking

It’s nice to have the farm set up and ready to go, but there’s always a risk that things will go wrong and repairs need to be made to the farm. One of the first things to do after creating the structure is to light everything up. Golems don’t need darkness to spawn, so don’t risk destructive mobs spawning as well.

There’s also the case where iron golems might get stuck on ledges or might see something blocking them from going down the water path. Make sure all obstacles are dealt with, such as replacing blocks with walls or getting rid of a zombie the golem was unnecessarily targeting.

1 Create an AFK space

Players will want to be present while their farm is running, but it’s hard to just stare at the screen without expecting anything to collect a hefty reward. This is why creating a vault where mobs cannot enter should be a priority in building a farm and maintaining it.

Some AFK spaces may simply require a lighted room with a bed. But if the farm only operates during the day, as some farms tend to do, players might want to consider implementing a system where players can automatically sleep whenever darkness comes.

Minecraft is available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS and many other platforms.

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