Minecraft raids are one of the best ways to farm valuable loot in the game. Raids traditionally take place inside of villages that can be found around the world, and while this is a useful way to tackle the Pillager raids they can be made much more efficient by creating a raid farm. These farms allow players to complete an entire Pillager raid from a single area and reap all of the rewards automatically.
How To Make A Raid Farm
Step 1: Make the center of the farm
The first step to creating a raid farm is to create a three-by-one area in a decently large area of flat land. This hole will serve as the center of the raid farm and will eventually be the area that Pillagers fall down and where their loot will be collected.
Step 2: Mine out the edges of the farm
Creating the edges of the farm is important. The blue wool is the center of the raid farm that was created in step one. Players should dig out eight blocks in every direction, and then connect those sides to each other diagonally. The resulting shape should be the same as the one pictured above.
Step 3: Make a hole for a villager
Next, players will need to create a holding area for a villager. This will entice the Pillagers to attack this area when the raid begins. The villager will need a bed to sleep in and some sort of light source to avoid any mobs spawning inside of the holding area.
Step 4: Capture and place a villager
Players should then capture a villager and transport them to this holding area. The easiest way to do this is to block a villager into an area inside of a village and then place a boat on top of them. This will force to villager into the boat and then allow the player to drive the boat to the villager holding area of their raid farm.
Step 5: Cover over the villager
The next step is simply to cover over the villager in the holding area to avoid any mobs taking them out. As with the blue wool in the center, the red wool is not required and just serves as a landmark for future steps.
Step 6: Place slabs and water sources
Placing some type of slabs and water source blocks is the next step. The placement of these blocks is important, and the result should be a pool of running water leading to the three-by-one center that was created in step one. The slabs should be placed on the edge of the carved-out area and the water source blocks right next to them. Players will need to place a water source block on top of the glowstone pictured above as well. The glowstone is not required for the raid farm to work and only serves as a landmark for the extra water source blocks.
Step 7: Dig a hole in the center
Players should now dig a hole in the center of the farm. This hole should be exactly 27 blocks deep, as this is the maximum distance that Pillagers can fall without dying. The bottom of this hole is where players will build the collection area of the raid farm.
Step 8: Make a collection area at the bottom of the hole
This collection area will be built at the bottom of the hole that was dug in the previous step. This collection area is made up of a few parts. At the bottom of the 27 block hole should be slabs of some sort for Pillagers to fall onto. Below these slabs should be hoppers, and those hoppers should be connected to three double-wide chests. Pillagers will fall onto these slabs and players will hit them. Since their health will be lowered from the fall, it will not take much to kill the Pillagers. Once they are killed their drops and items will be sucked into the hoppers and then transported into the chests.
Step 9: Decorate the collection area (Optional)
Decorating the collection area is entirely optional, though this will be where players spend the majority of their time during the raids so it is always nice to make it look good too.
Step 10: Make a way in/out of the collection area
Players will need a way in and out of this collection area. The easiest way to do this is by building a hole and placing ladders. A stair case can also be used. With the water and main area of the raid farm being directly above the collection area, players should be careful not to dig into the farm when making their path up. Doing so would result in water flooding the collection area.
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Step 11: Create a trap for Ravagers
Pillagers can easily fall down the hole made in the center of the raid farm, but Ravagers are a different story. These mobs are too big to fit into the hole, so players will need to create a separate device to kill them. Pictured above is where the players will need to place signs. There should be eleven signs in total, and they should be placed as pictured above the center block in the raid farm. Making this device out of signs will mean that Pillagers will fall through them while Ravagers are stuck floating in the water's current.
Step 12: Create a system to collect saddles
Lava should be placed in the center of the sign contraption, and then three blocks will be placed above the lava. If players want to collect fewer saddles (which is what Ravagers will primarily drop) they can remove these three blocks above the lava and simply leave it open on top.
Step 13: Collect the rewards
The final step is to start a Pillager raid, travel down to the collection area, and then collect loot. Standing in the collection area, Pillagers will fall down the hole and into the collection room where players will simply have to hit them a few times to collect their loot.
How To Start A Raid
In order to start a raid, players will have to find a Pillager with a flag on their back (like the one pictured above). These can frequently be found at Pillager outposts. Killing this Pillager will give players the Bad Omen effect, which means the next village they enter will begin a raid. With the trapped villager in its holding area in the raid farm, entering the area will begin a raid and Pillagers will start flocking to the villager.
Want to read more about raids in Minecraft? Check out How To Start A Pillager Raid In Minecraft on Pro Game Guides!