How to Get an Armorer in Minecraft [Illustrated Guide]

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Minecraft can often feel like an empty, barren world where only you exist, but fortunately, there are always some villages within your Minecraft world you can visit.

These villages are often teeming with life, with villagers, iron golems, and even sometimes a wandering trader or two lurking about. 

Keep reading to learn how you can find the armorer naturally in villages, and if all else fails, how to turn peaceful unemployed villagers into armors so they can provide you with useful items.

When you have many cool armors, you need armor stands to showcase them in your home. Check out this guide on how to create custom armor stands and an armor stand generator in Minecraft.

What is An Armorer Villager?

Minecraft armorer villager example
Say hello to my little friend: the Minecraft Armorer Villager!
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The Minecraft armorer villager is one of several jobs that Minecraft villagers can choose when growing up.

When you trade with them, they will sell you various armor pieces, which are the easiest way to get enchanted diamond armor.

In return, they will purchase items like coal or lava buckets, which they use to forge the armor they sell you.

They are also a close cousin to the weapon smith and often have homes close to one another to share tools and supplies. 

Armorers are also the only way to get some items, like chainmail armor and bells, without finding them in loot chests or stealing them.

While they aren’t the most useful items, you may want them for their aesthetic value.

How To Make An Armorer?

While most villages will come with an armorer, you may have to transform an unwilling villager into an armorer.

Once you have an armorer, you can stick them in a villager farm and force them to breed with another villager, allowing you to build an entire army of armorers.

Remember, baby villagers are more inclined to pick one of their parent villagers’ jobs, so always have enough extra job site blocks nearby.

To turn a villager into an armorer, you need to provide an unemployed villager with the utility block of an armorer: the blast furnace.

If you are lucky, you may have found one in another village, but if you do not have one, you will have to craft one.

Follow the below recipe to make the blast furnace:

  1. Open your Crafting Table.
  2. Place three iron ingots across the top row.
  3. Put a regular furnace in the middle slot.
  4. Now place two iron ingots on the sides of the furnace.
  5. Finally, put three smooth stone blocks across the bottom way.
Blast furnace crafting recipe
Blast furnace crafting recipe. Notice I’ve placed a regular furnace in the center.
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If you don’t have a regular furnace, you first need to craft one. You can craft the furnace with eight cobblestone arranged in a square on the crafting table with the middle spot empty.

Furnace Minecraft Crafting Recipe
Furnace Minecraft Crafting Recipe. Here I’ve made a regular furnace. Pretty simple as cobblestone are abundant in Minecraft.
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The smooth stone blocks are crafted by smelting stone in a furnace. 

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Now that you have the appropriate job site block, it is time to hunt down any type of villager to force into your service.

Once you have found one, place the blast furnace anywhere within a ten-block radius, though I recommend placing it smack down in front of them.

Minecraft villagers can be frustrating to deal with, and sometimes won’t acknowledge a job block unless it is next to them.

Note: If you find a villager who already has any of the possible Minecraft villager jobs, then you must break their job site block before they begin a new job.

The Armorer Trades

Once the armorer has been created, it is time for the fun part, trading with the villager.

Unfortunately, that is also one of the more boring parts because you have to work the villager’s career level up all the way to master level if you want to get anything of real worth from them.

Unless you’re early in the game, and iron armor will suffice, that is. So get settled in for a ton of trading and wait quite a few Minecraft days to finally get through the lower levels.

Luckily though, as you progress through, you will unlock new trades, and if you’re really lucky, you might get some rare items.

If you want to get emeralds quickly, I recommend finding a farmer villager wearing a straw hat.

How to get emeralds quickly in Minecraft - find a villager farmer with a straw hat
The trick to getting emeralds quickly in Minecraft: find a villager farmer with a straw hat!
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Since every village comes with at least one or two farms, you can make a ton of emeralds by selling the farmer’s crops back to him after stealing them.

Not the most ethical method, but it works well. 

  • Novice
    • 15 Coal for 1 Emerald
    • 5 Emeralds for 1 Iron Helmet
    • 9 Emeralds for 1 Iron Chestplate
    • 7 Emeralds for 1 Iron Leggings
    • 4 Emeralds for 1 Iron Boots
  • Apprentice
    • 4 Iron Ingots for 1 Emerald
    • 36 Emeralds for 1 Bell
    • 3 Emeralds for 1 Chainmail Leggings
    • 1 Emerald for 1 Chainmail Boots
  • Journeyman
    • 1 Lava Bucket for 1 Emerald
    • 4 Emeralds for 1 Chainmail Chestplate
    • 5 Emeralds for 1 Shield
  • Expert
    • 19 – 33 Emeralds for 1 Enchanted Diamond Leggings
    • 13 – 27 Emeralds for 1 Enchanted Diamond Boots
  • Master
    • 13 – 27 Emeralds for 1 Enchanted Diamond Helmet
    • 21 – 35 Emeralds for 1 Enchanted Diamond Chestplate

So as you can see, trading with the armorer is a great way to get a full set of diamond armor, as it does not cost lapis lazuli or experience points.

Unfortunately, though, armorers do not sell horse armor, though you can pick up some leather horse armor if you stop by a leatherworker villager. 

With Minecraft’s latest update, 1.20, turning that enchanted diamond armor into netherite armor is now more difficult than ever.

So, don’t plan on getting it soon after acquiring the diamond armor; that was the easy part.

Another thing to remember is that the only way to add enchantments to any piece of already enchanted gear is by combining it with enchanted books on an anvil.

Also, check out this guide to repair all your junk in Minecraft.


Armorers are some of the most useful villagers in Minecraft, especially when you get up to their higher levels of trade.

Not only can they provide you with enchanted diamond armor, but they are more than happy to buy all that useless coal from you.

If you enjoyed this article, check out What Does Bad Omen Do so that you can learn how to keep your villagers safe from pillagers. Until next time, happy gaming!

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Jan has played video games since the early 1980s. He loves getting immersed in video games as a way to take his mind off stuff when the outside world gets too scary. A lifelong gamer, the big interest led to a job as a lecturer on game sound at the University of Copenhagen and several written articles on video games for magazines.

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