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How To Find a Woodland Mansion in Minecraft

How To Find a Woodland Mansion in Minecraft

Woodland mansions are naturally generated structures in Minecraft that can only be found inside dark forest biomes. These buildings contain loot and special rewards, including diamond blocks and totems of undying. You can also renovate the mansion to your liking and live inside as your own house!

Due to their rarity, it is unlikely you will randomly find a Woodland Mansion while exploring. Luckily you can locate them with the help of a woodland explorer map.

This tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about how to find a Woodland Mansion in Minecraft.

Step One: Obtain a Woodland Explorer Map

minecraft cartographer villager trade

Woodland explorer maps are essential to finding a woodland mansion in Minecraft. These maps can be obtained through villager trading with a cartographer villagers. The trade is considered a “tier 4 trade”, which means you will have to repeatedly trade with the villager until tier 4 is unlocked and the map is available in the trading menu.

Colorful particles will surround the villager each time a tier is unlocked and the map will cost you a compass and about 15 to 30 emeralds. Trading with villagers is also a source of Minecraft XP.

Step Two: Follow The Map

woodland explorer map in Minecraft

The next step to finding a woodland mansion in Minecraft is to open the map and travel towards the structure. Hold the map in your hand and look at the ground to enlarge it on your screen. Every map has a white dot (your location), a house (woodland mansion), and a sketch of the world.

Note that the map is absolutely not to scale and in this photo the woodland mansion is actually about 3000 blocks away from the player!

Use the map to determine which general direction to go, for example in the above photo the player would need to travel south-east from their current location until reaching the woodland mansion. Remember, the player location is the white dot in the top left corner and not the crosshair.

To travel a specific direction (southeast in this example map), use the debug screen (F3 on PC) to find which direction you are facing. Keep turning and checking the F3 screen until you are facing the correct direction, travel that way, and eventually you will find a woodland mansion inside of a dark forest!

Step Three: Explore and Enjoy the Woodland Mansion

illagers inside a Minecraft woodland mansion

Now that you have successfully found a woodland mansion, you can explore and collect all the rewards! There are many chests inside containing loot similar to dungeons, including diamond armour. Additionally, you will also find hidden rooms where you can find diamond blocks!

Note there are special mobs inside called Illagers which can drop emeralds and Totems of Undying when killed. The totem of undying can revive you upon death (when held in one of your hands) and is a special item only dropped by Evoker Illagers. Note that illagers do not respawn when they are killed.

When you are finished and decide to leave the area, it is a good idea to leave a marker to remind you where the mansion is. One way to do this could be by using a beacon beam to mark the location.

Tip: If you are having trouble finding a woodland mansion on a new world, try using a seed that includes one nearby.

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That concludes our article on how to find a woodland mansion in Minecraft. Do you have any questions or additions? Leave a comment below!


Friday 3rd of September 2021

The problem with woodland mansions is that they're super rare so you will have to walk 10-20 or even 30 thousand blocks just to find it. And once you make that trip, you don't want to make it again, so bring everything you need to defeat it at one run. Most importantly a bed (and don't forget to sleep in it)


Wednesday 24th of March 2021

Is it possible to get a second/ third map for a woodland mansion I have got the first one would like to do it again but can’t get a new but they all give me the same map this is for bedrock.


Sunday 18th of June 2023

@Panda4life, The ancient city is typically underneath unusually huge mountains like Frozen Peaks biome in the negative Y level (in deep slate)


Tuesday 28th of February 2023

@chesstauren, How do you find an ancient city?


Friday 3rd of September 2021

I'm not 100% sure but once you defeat the first mansion, the next cartographer will give you a new location. If there are illagers left in the first one, you will be getting the same map.


Tuesday 16th of February 2021

I think the map is supposed to look really, really, REALLY old.


Tuesday 16th of February 2021

I think if you max out the cartographer and if you don't get anything good because that happened to me seven times, then you need to go to a woodland mansion on your own if you were looking to get an ocean monument and an ocean monument if you were hoping to get a woodland mansion and then if you go back to the cartographer then he will have the map you originally wanted. That worked for me. Also, you get loot from the woodland mansion or ocean monument you go to. It's time-consuming, but you get A LOT of loot from a woodland mansion AND an ocean monument so it's worth it to do so.


Tuesday 12th of January 2021

The plain map area represents land above sea level. The horizontal lined area (orange-grown) represents land below sea level. The thin snaky lines, therefore, can be deduced as rivers.