Tutorials/Curing a zombie villager

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This article covers curing zombie villagers.

About zombie villagers[edit]

Zombie villagers have a 5% chance to spawn in place of a regular zombie and can also spawn if a zombie kills a regular villager, depending on the difficulty level. (0% on Easy, 50% on Normal, and 100% on Hard)

A villager and a zombie villager will always spawn inside an igloo basement. Zombie villagers will also naturally generate in zombie villages.

Zombie villagers have a similar appearance to normal villagers but have zombie-colored flesh and attempt to attack the player like other zombies.

Equipment needed to cure a zombie villager[edit]



  • A Creeper when exploded produces an area effect cloud of the status effect it has.‌[Java Edition only] This can be used as a fun alternative than by having a player or witch give the zombie villager the weakness status effect directly.
  • Any type of expendable block (e.g. dirt or cobblestone)
  • A full set of armor, preferably iron or above
  • Any type of mining tool, such as a pickaxe for stone or shovel for dirt
  • A boat or minecart to restrict movement and ease transportation
  • Iron bars and a bed to speed up the curing process

Finding and crafting the equipment[edit]

Splash Potion of Weakness[edit]

To create a Splash Potion of Weakness, it must be brewed using a brewing stand, which can either be crafted using blaze rods and cobblestone or found in a igloo basement, end ship or a cleric house in a village.

Place the water bottle(s) and the fermented spider eye in the brewing stand, then insert the blaze powder to initiate the brewing process. Once your potions have brewed, place in the gunpowder to convert them into splash potions.

A splash potion of weakness can also be found placed in igloo brewing stands.

Lingering Potion of Weakness[edit]

To create a Lingering Potion of Weakness, it must be brewed using a brewing stand.

Place the three water bottles and the fermented spider eye in the brewing stand, then insert the blaze powder to initiate the brewing process. Once your potions have brewed, place in the dragon's breath to convert them into lingering potions.

Arrow of Weakness[edit]

An Arrow of Weakness can provide an alternative to splash potions of weakness and eliminate the risk of splashing yourself with the weakness potion; however, they are harder to obtain than splash potions.

To craft arrows of weakness, you will need to brew a lingering potion of weakness, which can be done by brewing a Splash Potions of Weakness with dragon's breath.

  • Dragon's breath can be obtained by right-clicking(or long-pressing if in PE) the ender dragon dragon breath or dragon fireball clouds with an empty glass bottle in hand
  • Combine eight arrows and a Lingering Potion of Weakness in a crafting table, and you will craft eight Arrows of Weakness.

Alternatively, there are multiple methods to obtain arrows of weakness without having to fight the ender dragon:

  • Arrows of weakness can be obtained by filing a cauldron with a Potion of Weakness and then using arrows on it. A full cauldron will tip up to a stack of arrows.‌[Bedrock Edition only]
  • Arrows of weakness can be obtained through trades with master level fletcher villagers.


Witches have a 25% chance of throwing a splash potion of weakness if the player is within 3 blocks and does not already have the Weakness status effect. While this method is more dangerous to attempt than others, this method can be used as an alternative if a player is not able to obtain a potion or arrow of weakness at the time.

Witches spawn in numerous ways, including:

Golden Apple[edit]

Golden apples are crafted from eight gold ingots and an apple in a crafting table.

They can also naturally generate in:

Finding a zombie villager[edit]

Zombie villagers spawn in place of a normal zombie 5% of the time and can also be found in igloo basements and zombie villages. Manually scouting your base's perimeter during the night is a good way to find zombie villagers.

Curing a zombie villager[edit]

  1. When you find a zombie villager, secure it in a safe area that no hostile mobs can break into. Make sure to include a roof so the zombie villager does not burn when the night ends.
  2. Select the Splash Potion of Weakness, use your bow if you are using Arrows of Weakness, or lure a witch close to the zombie villager.
  3. Throw the splash potion/shoot the tipped arrow at the zombie villager. Or stand within 3 blocks of the witch and the zombie villager until the witch throws a splash potion of weakness. If done correctly, the zombie villager should have gray swirls emanating from it; this means that the zombie villager is currently inflicted with weakness, which, as it he an undead mob, gives him lives (giving "live energy" so to say, the first part of the cure).
  4. Feed the zombie villager the golden apple, done by facing the zombie villager and pressing the use key. If done correctly, the zombie villager will begin to emit red particles and start shaking. Note that Iron bars and beds will speed up the curing process.
  5. After 2 to 5 minutes have elapsed, the zombie villager will convert into a normal villager. Note that if you found your zombie villager in an igloo basement or a zombie village, you will most likely have to transport them via boats, minecarts, upward bubble columns, nether portals, or other ways of manual movement, as villagers cannot be leashed unlike other mobs.

After the zombie has been cured, you will obtain the Zombie Doctor achievement/advancement if it has not been obtained yet. If the cured villager has a profession, it will permanently provide heavy discounts while trading to the player that cured them.‌[Java Edition only] There is also a heavy discount on Bedrock with 1.16, another thing to keep in mind is that in Bedrock, the discount will spread through the "talking" of villagers 16 blocks in a cube from the cured Villager.