Minecraft Piglin Guide – Trades, Bartering, & More!

Piglins are a new addition to Minecraft 1.16! Use this guide to learn the basics about them!

Piglins were added as a snapshot in the 20w07a Snapshot and officially a part of the 1.16 Nether Update. This  neutral monster can be found in the Nether and is useful for bartering and trading with for specific items that aren't renewable in your Minecraft world!

Piglin Guide

Where-to Find Piglins

Piglins can only be found in The Nether. They spawn most commonly in the Crimson Forest biome but will sometimes rarely spawn in the Nether Wastes biome. If you're having trouble finding one of these, you can use the new Locate Biome (/locatebiome [biome name]) command! You can learn more about these with our Minecraft Console Commands List!


  • Locations: Piglins have a chance at spawning in the areas listed below.
    • Nether Wastes
    • Crimson Forests
    • Bastion Remnants
  • Light Level: The light level must be below 12 (or 8 in Bedrock).
  • Difficulty: Piglins will spawn regardless of whether or not the mode is set to Peaceful.
  • Baby Piglins: Each Piglin has a 20 percent chance of spawning as a Baby Piglin (5 percent chance in Bedrock).
  • Armor: Piglins have a chance to spawn with one to four pieces of gold armor.

Piglins Are Attacking Me!

Piglins are naturally hostile towards players if the difficulty is anything but Peaceful. However, there are a few ways to distract them and pacify them. The methods listed below are currently the only ways to prevent them from attacking you.

  • Drop Items: Piglins are distracted by most gold-related items. This distraction only lasts a short period. If you drop a Gold Ingot, they'll even give you something back in return! The list below is the current list of what items will work as distractions when you throw them on the ground.
    • Bell
    • Block of gold
    • Clock
    • Enchanted golden apple
    • Gilded Blackstone
    • Glistering Melon Slice
    • Gold Ingot
    • Gold Nugget
    • Gold Ore
    • Golden Apple
    • Golden Axe
    • Golden Boots
    • Golden Carrot
    • Golden Chestplate
    • Golden Helmet
    • Golden Hoe
    • Golden Horse Armor
    • Golden Leggings 
    • Golden Pickaxe
    • Golden Shovel
    • Golden Sword
    • Light Weighted Pressure Plate
    • Nether Gold Ore
    • Powered Rail (Bedrock Only)
  • Wear Gold Armor: If you're going into the Nether in 1.16 and up, we recommend changing your Boots or your Helmet to Gold Armor instead of Diamond or Netherite. Piglins will not be inherently hostile towards players with a piece of gold armor equipped.
    • This does not apply to Piglin Brutes. Regardless of whether or not you're wearing gold armor, Piglin Brutes will attack you!

Piglin Trades & Bartering

The main interest of Piglins is that you can trade with them to obtain an item at random. These items come from a set list, but you will receive some more often than others. Piglins only barter with Gold Ingots, which you can hand or throw to them on the ground, and they will reward you with one of the items listed below. The Piglin will stare at the Gold Ingot for a brief period; you cannot give them another one at this time. Once they put the ingot away, you can then give them another one and receive a new item.

Piglin Barter List

We've included the percent chance of getting a particular item, as well as the amount you can get! This is the current list of items you can obtain from them at the start of the Nether update.

Netherite Hoes: It appears that some players are still receiving Netherite Hoes as part of the trading system. These were supposed to be removed from the table. It also appears to only happen in the Bedrock version of the game. This (assumed) glitch will likely be fixed in a future update.

  • ~8.71 Percent Chance to Receive
    • Obsidian (1)
    • Crying Obsidian (1-3)
    • Fire Charge (1-5)
    • Leather (4-10)
    • Soul Sand (4-16)
    • Nether Brick (4-16)
    • Spectral Arrow (6-12)
    • Gravel (8-16)
    • Blackstone (8-16)
  • ~4.36 Percent Chance to Receive
    • String (3-9)
    • Nether Quartz (5-12)
  • ~2.18 Percent Chance to Receive
    • Water Bottle (1)
    • Iron Nugget (10-36)
    • Ender Pearl (2-6)
  • ~1.74 Percent Chance to Receive
    • Iron Boots with Soul Speed Enchantment (random level)
    • Splash Potion of Fire Resistance
    • Potion of Fire Resistance (1)
  • ~1.09 Percent Chance to Receive

Original Guide by Shaun Savage

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  1. is this accurate ? with over 200 gold given, i recieved 30 iron nuggets, 3 pair of enchanted boots, a ton of potions, but only 2 pearls

    1. thats your bad luck i think i gave like 60-70+ gold and piglin gave me 15 pearls

    2. We haven’t updated it in a while. I’ll see if I can update it for you 🙂

  2. Is it possible to get netherite scraps from bartering?

  3. Erm I was trading with a piglin and it gave me a netherite hoe but its not included here?

    1. That’s because you play on bedrock edition. It used to be a thing in Java in the snapshots, but was removed in the official release. I got really lucky today and got two of them in 25 trades. Not sure of the exact odds.

  4. Does it not work if your gold armor is enchanted cuz it’s not working well

    1. It should still work if it’s enchanted, just remember it doesn’t work against Piglin Brutes.

      1. I am on bedrock

        1. And it gave me a netherite hoe

          1. I mentioned that in the post, it might still be happening in certain updates of the game.

  5. Uhmm… I have a golden helmet and one is still attacking me??

    1. It might be a Piglin Brute, they were recently added to the game and they attack regardless of if you are wearing something gold or not.

  6. But somehow I got a netherright hoe

    1. Do you play on Bedrock or Java?

  7. Got a netherite hoe, a book with Soul Speed II, and another with Soul Speed III

  8. I got a netherite hoe from a piglin while bartering how rare is it?

    1. Weird, I thought they removed that from the pool. That’d be one of the rarest drops.

      1. I got a nether it’s hoe as well

        1. I got the netherite hoe to

          1. Are you on Bedrock or Java?