Exploring the factors that influence trade prices

The Minecraft Villager Exchange is one of the most powerful systems in Minecraft that is available to players. Villagers can trade some of the most powerful items, such as enchanted diamond gear, and allow players to have renewable sources of items that are otherwise difficult or even impossible to acquire.

However, just like in real life, the economy of the villager trade is not static. There are actually many complex systems that work together to produce the prices that can be found in Minecraft.

Exploring Villager Inflation and Trade Prices in Minecraft

How price changes work

An example of the trades offered by a farmer villager (Image via Minecraft)
An example of the trades offered by a farmer villager (Image via Minecraft)

There are two different amounts by which price changes can affect items. There are low price multiplier items, which have much more static prices, and high price multiplier items, which react to changes in price quite acutely.

All price changes will only affect the first item involved in the trade. This means that in the event that a fletcher trades sticks for emeralds, the number of sticks required to obtain a single emerald may increase or decrease, but the number of emeralds the player will receive will always be the same.

Additionally, prices may not be lower than a single item or increase beyond the maximum size of a stack.

Factors Influencing Trade


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This is the first factor that influences the price. If an item is traded until it is recorded as out of stock, the item will increase in price for all players when it is resupplied. If a player does not exchange for the item with the increased price, the amount will be reduced the next time the villager resupplies.

Fortunately, demand is tracked per item, so only specific trades are affected, rather than changing the price of all villager trades. Trades with a price multiplier of 0 are not affected by demand.

village hero

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The Hero of the Village effect is a status that players can gain by defeating a raid. To acquire it, players must enter a village with the Bad Omen effect active, which will trigger a raid.

The Hero of the Village effect will temporarily lower the prices of all trades, based on the level of the effect.

Hero of the Village level one grants players a 30% trade discount, with each additional level increasing this by 6.25%. Since the maximum level is five in Java and one in Bedrock, players of the previous edition can reach a total discount of 55%.

The effect lasts for 40 minutes, which is more than enough time to finalize any potential deals, but will not apply to trades offered by any wandering merchants that spawn while the effect is active.

reputation in the village

A zombie villager and a normal villager can be found in the basement of an igloo (Image via Minecraft)
A zombie villager and a normal villager can be found in the basement of an igloo (Image via Minecraft)

The final determining factor for trading prices is a player’s reputation with a particular town. A positive reputation is gained by healing zombie villagers, though the zombie villager as an individual will offer a much better discount than the rest of the village in thanks. The maximum permanent discount is reached after healing five zombie villagers, although the temporary limit is eight.

Java Edition players can also influence your reputation in other ways. Hitting or killing villagers will lower a player’s reputation, while using healing potions on villagers or trading with them will have a positive impact.

This means that, due to demand, Bedrock players see prices go up while trading, while Java Edition players typically see prices go down while trading, due to reputation gains.


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