Minecraft villagers stealing beds, breeding in players' homes after latest update

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Minecraft (opens in new tab)'s massive new Village & Pillage update (opens in new tab), which Mojang reckons is the "biggest Minecraft update yet", has caused havoc with the AI of villagers: players are discovering them stealing beds, breeding like rabbits, and claiming player-built land for their own.

On multiple occasions, villagers have been found sleeping, wide-eyed, in a player-owned bed (opens in new tab). Sometimes, those villagers have been headless (opens in new tab)—and in one case, the only entrance to the home was a locked iron door (opens in new tab). Inconvenient, sure, but if you don't want to disturb them you can use a fishing rod (opens in new tab) to quietly lower them onto the floor.

The strange behavior isn't limited to when villagers are catching up on sleep. One player found a trader endlessly sprinting around a village (opens in new tab), making it impossible to interact with them. Another found a group villagers who spent a whole night walking up and down stairs (opens in new tab), as if trying to figure out how they work.

My favorite oddity is when a player discovered villagers breeding behind a bookcase in their home (opens in new tab). "I'm fine with whatever is going on here, just maybe not in my house?", the player wrote on Reddit.

The update makes many improvement to villages, so it's natural that it might cause a few issues for villagers, and that's exacerbated by players spending more time around NPCs in order to see the changes in action. Hopefully some of the issues will be ironed out soon, and villagers can find somewhere they can sleep in peace. If you're jumping back into Minecraft in 2019, see our handy Minecraft update (opens in new tab) log to see what else is new.

Thanks, Kotaku.

Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.