How to Cure a Zombie Villager in Minecraft

Doctors hate him for this one neat trick to trim that Zombie fat!

Quite often in Minecraft Survival, players will seek out shelter or residence in Villages. These are often great places to gather supplies, rest, or trade. However, interacting with villagers means Zombie raids might happen, and the friends you made in town might become Zombie Villagers! How do we fix this dilemma?

How to Cure a Zombie Villager in Minecraft

So, you've made friends with a Villager, and now they're a zombie. It happens to the best of us. Or the worst, since you couldn't protect them (we kid, we kid). Regardless of the circumstance, you want to bring them back to the Villager they used to be. Luckily, there is a fairly straightforward way of doing that.

First, you'll need two things: a Golden Apple and something to make the Zombie Villager have the Weakness Effect. This can be anything that causes weakness, but in case you're not sure what that is, you can use the list below.

  • Splash Potion of Weakness (Extended or Normal)
  • Lingering Cloud from a Lingering Potion of Weakness
  • Lingering Cloud from a Creeper Explosion
  • Arrow of Weakness

A normal Golden Apple can be crafted at a Crafting Table and requires 8 x Gold Nuggets placed in the crafting slots around an Apple in the middle slot.

A Zombie Villager under the Weakness Effect.

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Use your Splash Potion of Weakness (or whichever way you're causing the Weakness effect) on the Zombie Villager. It will cause the normal effects on the Zombie Villager that it would cause on any other entity affected by it. The important thing to take note of, though, is the visual effects. Make sure grayish-purple particles emanate off of the Zombie Villager, so you know it's under the Weakness Effect. You can see an example of them in the image on the right above.

A Zombie Villager transforming.

While the Zombie Villager has the Weakness Effect, use the Golden Apple on it. You can tell this was successful if the Zombie Villager now has red particles floating around it. The Zombie Villager will not immediately change to a Villager. Instead, it will be given a random time from three to five minutes and transform once that time is up. It will act like a normal Zombie while it's waiting to change to a Villager.

Congratulations! You just cured Zombie-ism! Maybe now they'll stop making so many Zombie movies?

Want an army of Dogs to fend off Zombies in an attack? Check out our guide on How to Breed Dogs in Minecraft!


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