How to Build an Iron Farm in Minecraft Bedrock Edition 1.18 (2022)

Iron as a resource is often the guardian of automation in Minecraft. It is used to make rails, minecarts, hoppers, and many other essential components of farm automation. This means that access to an abundance of easy iron could make or break any future farming venture.

There is a way to get iron outside of farming, and that is by killing iron golems. This is a system that players can use to create AFK iron farms. He takes advantage of villagers summoning iron golems when panicked to summon the golems in a kill box to collect the iron they drop.


Build an Iron Farm in Minecraft Bedrock 1.18

Find a location

A biome of open planes, a good location for the farm (Image via Minecraft)
A biome of open planes, a good location for the farm (Image via Minecraft)

Players will want to choose a location that is at least a hundred blocks from a village. This is due to villages interfering with the spawning iron golem of farm villagers. Because of the generality of this requirement, it is easy to satisfy.

Deserts, airplanes, or any flat, mostly empty biome are ideal for the location of this farm, as players will want to keep elevation differences to a minimum.


Build the platform

The empty platform built (Image via Minecraft)
The empty platform built (Image via Minecraft)

Once players have chosen a location, they must build four blocks. On the fourth block, they must build a platform 14 blocks wide and 14 blocks long. Then they need to add a wall around the edge that is two blocks high. This will result in an internal deck size of 12 blocks by 12 blocks.

Next, players need to add leaf blocks around the top of this wall. This will prevent iron golems from spawning on the wall. Players then need to add a one block length to one of the walls, which will be 12 blocks long. Then, along the left side, facing this new block structure and in the far corner of it, players must add three blocks.


Add water

The platform with the water added (Image via Minecraft)
The platform with the water added (Image via Minecraft)

Once these blocks have been placed above the platform, players must add spring water blocks along the 12-block length and the three-block length. This should cause a current to push whatever is in the platform into a three by three area in one of the corners.


Create the killbox

The basic killbox (Image via Minecraft)
The basic killbox (Image via Minecraft)

Players must mine this area three by three, dropping them to the ground. Then build walls around this area to isolate it from the outside world, creating a small box that water will push mobs into. Finally, place blocks on top of the dirt, creating what is effectively an open-topped box.

Chests with a hopper (Image via Minecraft)
Chests with a hopper (Image via Minecraft)

Players must place a double chest as part of the outer walls, with a hopper at the bottom of the box facing them. They must then set up a water source block in the corner opposite the hopper to push the drops into the hopper and then into the chests. Players must then place nine panels above the water to prevent any liquids from flowing and ruining the farm’s collection method.

The signs in place in the box (Image via Minecraft)
The signs in place in the box (Image via Minecraft)

Players should then place a single lava source block on top of the middle panel. This will cause the lava to flow and cover all signs, but not fall and ruin the water below. This lava will be what kills the iron golems.

The lava placed in the killbox (Image via Minecraft)
The lava placed in the killbox (Image via Minecraft)

Create village capsules

Empty Villager Pods (Image via Minecraft)
Empty Villager Pods (Image via Minecraft)

Players then need to create small floating pods along the back wall of the farmhouse. It will be on the same side of the farm as the 12 block long water source. These capsules will each contain five villagers for the farm to count as a village in the game.

Pods should be created with a one block empty space between where the villagers are and the farm itself. There should also be a glass block that allows villagers to see into the farm, but other than that the design of the pod matters very little. Do this four times, with three blocks separating where the villagers are standing.


Create the bed support

The platform the beds will eventually be placed on (Image via Minecraft)
The platform the beds will eventually be placed on (Image via Minecraft)

Players must count four blocks up from the leaf wall on the same side as the villagers’ pods and build what appears to be a large capital H on the side. Two blocks by eight blocks, then two blocks by four blocks, then another two blocks by eight blocks. This is a temporary platform that will be removed once the beds are placed on it.


Fill the capsules

The capsules each filled with five villagers (Image via Minecraft)
The capsules each filled with five villagers (Image via Minecraft)

There are many methods to move villagers: Minecarts, Ships, Boats, Sinkers, etc. It doesn’t matter which method players use, as long as they get five villagers in each capsule. Once each capsule contains five villagers, seal the top of the capsule. Then go through each capsule and place a water source block at the bottom of the capsule.

The village capsules with water at the bottom and sealed at the top (Image via Minecraft)
The village capsules with water at the bottom and sealed at the top (Image via Minecraft)

Place beds and sheets

The beds and the order in which they should be placed (Image via Minecraft)
The beds and the order in which they should be placed (Image via Minecraft)

The platform built earlier can hold 20 beds, one for each villager. They must be placed in a certain order, noted in the picture. Once all the beds are placed, and each has emitted green particles after being placed, showing that a villager has claimed it, break the platform the beds were placed on. Then crouch down and place sheets on top of all the beds. This will prevent iron golems from spawning on beds.

Beds covered in leaves (Image via Minecraft)
Beds covered in leaves (Image via Minecraft)

Connect villagers to workstations

The completed capsules, with workstations and leaves (Image via Minecraft)
The completed capsules, with workstations and leaves (Image via Minecraft)

Place a workstation of any type on the leaf wall near the capsules and see which villager it is assigned to. Then go to the pod and break one of the blocks next to the villager and place this workstation there.

Repeat this process until every villager in each pod is assigned to a workstation placed in the pod. Then cover the capsules with leaves to prevent iron golems from spawning on them. Later, place a torch on the front of each capsule.


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