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Minecraft Bartering Guide for Java Edition 1.16.2 to 1.18

A reference table of Piglin trading as of 1.16.2 and above. Bartered items may differ in Bedrock Edition.

Bartering is an action the player can perform with piglins to obtain various items.


To barter with a piglin, either throw by dropping a gold ingot near an adult piglin or use a gold ingot on it. After the piglin takes the gold ingot and examines it for six seconds in Java Edition or eight seconds in Bedrock Edition[1], it tosses a random item to the player. Piglin brutes ignore gold ingots and do not barter. Baby piglins take the ingot without giving anything in return, instead holding the ingot, which is dropped when killed.

Piglins pick up many other items that are made of gold; however, gold ingots are the only items that piglins accept for bartering. Baby piglins are incapable of bartering and treat gold ingots like any other gold item.

Hitting a piglin while it is examining a gold ingot causes it to "confiscate" the ingot; the piglin does not complete the barter. It cannot be bartered with again unless it puts another item in its inventory. Piglins who are killed in one hit before they finish examining always drop the ingot.

When a piglin is admiring a gold ingot, it can still be angered by the player breaking a container or a gold-related block nearby, although its behavior differs depending on the game edition. In Java Edition, the piglin finishes the barter on the original schedule, and only starts attacking the player once the barter finishes. In Bedrock Edition, the piglin immediately finishes the barter and starts attacking the player,[2] leading to a bartering transaction much shorter than the default 8 seconds.[3] This allows piglins in Bedrock Edition to barter rapidly when gold-related blocks are repeatedly broken nearby, or when a gold-related block is repeatedly pushed and pulled by pistons.

Piglin Admiring Item

A piglin looking at a gold ingot.

Bartering is controlled by the loot table minecraft:gameplay/piglin_bartering. If the game rule mobGriefing is false, piglins only barter when the player uses a gold ingot on them.

If a piglin is zombified into a zombified piglin before the bartering is complete, the newly zombified piglin drops the gold ingot.

The player can only barter with piglins, not piglin brutes or zombified piglins, even if the zombified piglin was a piglin that was zombified in the Overworld or the End.

When a piglin is admiring a gold ingot while bartering, it does not run away from nearby zoglins or nearby zombified piglins.

Items bartered[]

The item the piglin throws can be one of the following:

Bartering items
Item given Quantity Chance Ingots needed
per item (average)
Enchanted Book
with Soul Speed (random level)
1 5459
Iron Boots
with Soul Speed (random level)
Splash Potion of Fire Resistance
Potion of Fire Resistance
Water Bottle 10459
Iron Nugget 10–36 1.996
Ender Pearl 2–4 15.3
String 3–9 20459
Nether Quartz 5–12 2.7
Obsidian 1 40459
Crying Obsidian 1–3 5.7375
Fire Charge 1 11.475
Leather 2–4 3.825
Soul Sand 2–8 2.295
Nether Brick
Spectral Arrow[JE only]
Arrow[BE only]
6–12 1.275
Gravel 8–16 0.96

Bartering is the only renewable source of nether quartz, crying obsidian, soul sand, nether brick‌[JE only], gravel, blackstone, as well as the Soul Speed enchantment.


Java Edition
1.1620w07aAdded bartering.
20w09aSoul sand, mushrooms, crimson fungi, flint, rotten flesh, and raw porkchops have been removed from the possible barters.
Crying obsidian, string, Fire Resistance potions and splash potions, and netherite hoes have been added to the possible barters.
Barter chances have been tweaked.
Due to a bug, all barters give stacks of 1–5 items.[4]
20w10aBarters now give the correct amounts of items.
Warped nylium, warped fungus, and shroomlights have been removed from the possible barters.
Iron nuggets have been added to the list of barters and soul sand has been re-added.
Barter chances have been tweaked.
20w11aEnchanted books and iron boots with Soul Speed have been added to the possible barters.
20w13aItems enchanted with Soul Speed are now slightly more common.
20w20aNetherite hoes can no longer be obtained through bartering.
1.16.220w28aWater bottles, spectral arrows, and blackstone have been added to the possible barters.
Magma cream and glowstone dust have been removed from the possible barters.
Barter chances have been tweaked.
Many barters give fewer items.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta bartering.
beta the loot table to match Java Edition 20w13a. Previously, right-clicking the piglin would give the player obsidian or flint and steel, while dropping gold onto the ground would result in a Nether wart block
Piglins now "inspect" the gold ingot before giving the player an item, as opposed to giving the item instantly.
1.16.100beta the loot table to match Java Edition 1.16.2. Arrows are used in place of spectral arrows.


Issues relating to "Bartering" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Piglins sometimes pick up and equip iron boots enchanted with Soul Speed that they have just offered while bartering. A player wanting to obtain the iron boots without killing the piglin can induce the piglin to discard the iron boots by offering a pair of golden boots.

See also[]


  1. MCPE-99448 — Piglins need 8 seconds to barter, while they only need 6 in java
  2. MCPE-94099 — Piglins get angry when a player destroys a chest or a gold-related item while admiring a gold item
  3. MCPE-91275 — Piglin can skip bartering animation when being distracted by other activities
  4. MC-173165