Minecraft villagers are very capable NPCs in the game. Given how many activities they participate in, it can be difficult to figure out their limits.

Many gamers have likely seen their villagers often walk through the doors of their homes while they were also traveling to their place of work, business, or to raise a family. However, is there a certain object that they cannot interact with?

The Minecraft community has seen through observation that while villagers can walk through things like wooden doors, they cannot walk through wooden fence gates. The gate must be open for them to pass through. You are unable to open it yourself.


Minecraft: Other Fun Facts About Villagers

(Image via Mojang)
(Image via Mojang)

Villagers have a turbulent history in Minecraft and have undergone multiple content updates during their tenure.

While the villagers were initially just harmless mobs roaming their towns, they soon got the opportunity to trade. They now have their own specific roles within their communities. However, there are more things to know about villagers that some Minecraft players may not know:

  • Huge pillars support their houses: To avoid a problem known as “overhanging” (this sees Minecraft’s world generator making villagers’ homes soar above the ground), Mojang has tweaked the generator in subtle ways. There are now automatically generated dirt blocks under each villager house. This is to ensure that the house is on solid ground. Even if the house spawns in a ravine, a massive pillar of dirt spreads beneath it until the pillar touches another solid block. Seeing slaughterhouses may be rare in modern Minecraft, but it supposedly still happens on occasion.
  • Enormously or lonely villages: Since Minecraft’s world generator works partially with RNG, the lowest and highest number extremes are sometimes selected during world generation. This can create a number of interesting things in a seed. For villages, this sometimes results in huge “super” villages with dozens of buildings spread over a large area. At the other end, the game sometimes generates “lonely” villages, which are villages with a single building and a well.
  • Villagers can lie down in boats: Interestingly, a villager who is near his assigned bed and also in a boat can lie down in it as if he were sleeping. This strange behavior appears to be related to the fact that villagers do not have a “seat” animation in boats, forcing them to just stand or lie flat in it.
  • Captured Villagers: Players who have explored Minecraft’s colder biomes may have come across an igloo or two. Players who break the carpet in an igloo can often find a route to a basement where a villager is trapped in a cell next to a zombie villager in a dungeon. The purpose of this is unclear, but it paints a very eerie picture of who might be experimenting on the poor NPCs.
  • Forgotten villages: Although Minecraft villagers are incredibly attached to their homes and communities, the loss of closeness with them seems to cause some form of amnesia. Once a villager is at least 32 blocks from their home, they will forget to return to their village. They will also forget their assigned job within the community.
  • Villagers show signs of sadness: Much like real people, villagers need time to grieve after a disaster strikes their home and community. If a villager is killed for any reason, villager breeding will be suspended for a total of three minutes. Although it doesn’t take long to process grief, this little mechanic makes the villagers feel more human. They show signs of loss and sadness when they lose one of their own, which is an inherently human quality.

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Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh