The best Minecraft XP farms: Enderman, Cactus and Bamboo, more

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The best Minecraft XP farms: Enderman, Cactus and Bamboo, more

Enchantments help players make their tools and weapons powerful in Minecraft and XP allows you to combine and put these enchantments on weapons. If you’re running low on XP and it’s hindering your progress, check out these best XP farms in Minecraft.


From mining to killing mobs, almost every action in Minecraft earns players some XP. You may not realize its importance until you unlock enchantments for your bows, swords, armor, and tridents, among other things.

XP in Minecraft allows you to combine enchantments and put them on the desired tools. Also, if you have Mending enabled, you will need XP to increase the durability of your weapons.

Now that it’s clear that XP is such an important resource, let’s take a look at the best methods to farm XP in Minecraft.

Top 10 Minecraft XP Farms

10. Farm Minecraft XP generating mob

Minecraft players can set up a mob-generating XP farm in dungeons where they find mob generators for zombies, skeletons, or spiders. We recommend setting up a farm for skeletons as they are relatively easy to kill and drop a lot of loot.

Farm XP Spawner in Minecraft

How to make a mob spawner XP farm:

  1. Find a mob spawner block in a dungeon. Remove chests from the nearby area and light them with torches to prevent mobs from spawning.
  2. Clear the area around the player. Ideally, you can clear four radius blocks and two blocks above and below the generator. In the end, you should have a 9×9 area that is five blocks high.
  3. Dig some extra blocks where you can place two fences and a dirt block. Then fill the entire area with water (use buckets) so that the water flows into the dirt block.
  4. Make an ascending elevator 27 blocks above the ground block and replace it with Soul Sand. At the top, dig three blocks forward and place a sign.
  5. Dig 23 blocks under the sign. The end of this tunnel is where the mobs will drop. Place a hopper and connect it to the chests. You can also add slabs to prevent mobs from hitting you.
  6. Now, go back to the generator and place a slab on it. Remove the torches to start the spawning process.
  7. Lastly, stand in front of the slab and continue killing the mobs that spawn.

The strategy for making a mob-generating XP farm is also shown in the following video from YouTuber Jumper:

9. AFK fish farm Minecraft XP

From books and saddles to fishing rods and dog tags, you can get a ton of resources and XP from fish in Minecraft. Compared to other farms, this one is quite easy to make with the help of the following items:

  • blocks
  • chests
  • Hopper
  • Glass
  • signals
  • rails
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  • lava bucket
  • hatch
  • Bucket of water
  • Fish
  • name tag

The quantity of these materials largely depends on the design you have chosen for your fish farm. Because you’ll be fishing at a much faster rate, your chances of getting rare drops will also increase significantly.

For reference, you can find a guide to making WaffleNite’s AFK Fish XP Farm below:

8. Farm Enderman Minecraft XP

The Enderman XP farm is perfect for Minecraft players who have defeated the Ender Dragon. You will not only get XP, but also an infinite amount of Ender Pearls.

Enderman spawns at the end, which is full of empty space. Water is the only weakness of these mobs, so making an Enderman XP farm is not as difficult as it sounds.

You will need these materials to make your own Enderman XP farm in Minecraft:

  • lots of leaves
  • Piles of Enderpearls
  • slabs
  • String instruments
  • hoppers
  • chests
  • piles of carpet
  • Water Cube
  • lava bucket
  • torches
  • blocks
  • fences
  • Trap doors
  • rails
  • trolley
  • name tags

Here is a guide to making an Enderman XP farm by Shulkercraft.

7. Farm Blaze Minecraft XP

Farm Blaze XP in Minecraft

Blaze is easily one of the best mobs to get XP in Minecraft. You can get XP and Blaze Rods from these mechanics and the latter help make potions for invisibility and other status effects.

It’s best to make a Blaze farm near a spawner to save time and resources. Naturally, there are hundreds of layouts, but the goal is a common one: kill Blaze’s mobs and collect the drops.

Use these items to quickly set up a Blaze XP farm in Minecraft:

  • torches
  • magma block
  • Chest
  • Hopper
  • Slab
  • Trap doors
  • Glass
  • Rug

Here is a guide to make a blaze farm in Minecraft by YouTuber Pillager.

6. Farm Keeper Minecraft XP

Farm Guardian XP in Minecraft

Guardians drop a good amount of XP when killed and setting up a farm for them is certainly worth the effort. You usually need to drain an entire ocean to set up this farm, but some players have come up with methods that don’t include draining.

Regardless of the design, it is advisable that you collect these materials to make your Guardian XP farm:

  • More than 1000 glass blocks
  • More than 1000 blocks of Soul Sand
  • Building blocks
  • hoppers
  • soul bonfires
  • chests
  • slabs
  • More than 50 torches
  • Objectives
  • redstone repeaters
  • redstone comparators
  • Dropper
  • red stone dust

For example, YouTuber ianxofour has built a Guardian XP without draining the ocean and it awards 180,000 XP/hour:

5. Minecraft XP Bamboo Cactus Farm

Cactus and bamboo farms in Minecraft give decent XP and require the least amount of effort. You’ll need Furnaces and Redstone to make a working farm, but be aware that the mechanism makes a lot of noise thanks to the Minecart.

Therefore, place the cactus and bamboo farm in a place that is far from your base and easily accessible.

Cactus and Bamboo XP Farm made by Minecraftplayer

The items needed to make a cactus and bamboo XP farm in Minecraft include:

  • Building blocks of choice
  • chests
  • hoppers
  • ovens
  • levers
  • Rock blocks
  • rails
  • motorized rails
  • detector rails
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  • redstone repeaters
  • redstone torches
  • sticky pistons
  • red stone blocks
  • red stone powder
  • Bamboo and Cacti

A farm by YouTuber Regund can collect XP, Cacti, Bamboo, Bone Meal, and Emerald all at once, and here’s how you can do it in minutes:

4. Kelp Farm Minecraft XP

Seaweed farms are perfect for Minecraft players who don’t want to spend hours creating an XP farm. The plant usually spawns underwater in Overworld and other than that you will need the following items to make the XP seaweed farm:

  • Building blocks of choice
  • red stone powder
  • Lever
  • sticky pistons
  • buckets of water

There are countless ways to make a Kelp farm in Minecraft. One of the easiest methods is to follow the YouTuber. sirius blue who has made a farm with only glass blocks, pistons and buckets of water.

3. Mob Minecraft XP Common Farm

Minecraft Overworld is full of skeletons, zombies, and creepers, and you can kill these common mobs for a ton of XP.

The objective is to make a closed platform on a body of water or in the air. Mobs will spawn within the area and you can kill them with fall damage or other methods for XP.

Minecraft Common Mob XP Farm

The common XP mob farm in Minecraft does not require many materials except scaffolding as it helps to make tall structures. Here is a list of the materials:

  • More than 100 scaffolding
  • chests
  • buckets of water
  • slabs
  • hoppers
  • Bed
  • stacks of choice blocks
  • Trap doors

YouTuber creates one of the most efficient common XP mob farms in Minecraft. Voltrox.

2. Stone Farm Minecraft XP

Minecraft Stone XP Farm

New Minecraft players who don’t have the massive amount of materials needed to make XP farms can make a Stone XP farm with ease.

With just cobblestones, ovens, and smooth stone, you can make a farm that melts stone and generates XP for you. Here is a list of all the materials:

  • carbon blocks
  • Pebble
  • chests
  • ovens
  • hoppers
  • smooth stones
  • levers

This short YouTuber tutorial OXAPRO can help you come up with a simple yet effective layout for a Stone XP farm.

1. Farm Wither Minecraft XP

If you have completed Minecraft by beating Wither and want to create unique mechanics like beacons, we recommend setting up a Wither farm.

The Wither drops 50 XP and Nether Stars when killed. These resources are really valuable even if you have reached the end of the game.

The materials needed to make a Wither XP farm include:

  • cobblestone blocks
  • redstone torches
  • pressure plates
  • sticky pistons
  • slabs

It’s no surprise that making a Wither XP farm can be a daunting task, and here’s a tutorial from YouTuber Shulkercraft:


Well, these were some of the most useful XP farms you can build in Minecraft. For more content on the sandbox game, check out how to breed turtles, how to get a command block, and how to make a composter.

Image Credits: Mojang/Reddit/Planet Minecraft

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