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How To Find a Woodland Mansion in Minecraft

Woodland Mansions are naturally generated structures added to Minecraft as part of the 1.11 Exploration Update. They are very rare and found only in the Dark Forest Biome. In a woodland mansion you will find special rewards, including diamond blocks and diamond armor.

Because of their rarity, it’s unlikely you will just randomly stumble upon a Woodland Mansion while exploring. Luckily for you, there are maps you can get to help you track them down. This tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about finding a Woodland Mansion in Minecraft.

Finding a Woodland Mansion in Minecraft

Step One: Obtain a Woodland Explorer Map

Woodland Explorer Maps are sold by cartographer villagers as a tier 4 trade. You will have to unlock tier 4 by trading with the villager repeatedly until 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.

Cartographer Trading in Minecraft

Step Two: Follow The Map

Woodland Mansion - Minecraft Map

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 (the woodland mansion), and a rough sketch of the world. Note that the map is not really to scale, and while in this photo I look close to the mansion, it was actually about 3000 blocks away!

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Use the map to determine which general direction to go, for example in the above photo I need to go south-east from my current location until I find the mansion. Use the debug screen (F3 on PC) to find which direction you are facing.

Step Three: Explore and Enjoy

Minecraft Illagers

Explore your prize and collect all your rewards! There are many chests inside containing dungeon-type loot, including diamond armour. There are also hidden rooms, which can even contain diamond blocks too. 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.

Tip: If you are having trouble finding a mansion, consider using a seed to help.

Woodland Mansion FAQs

  • How far away are Woodland Mansions? They can be very, very far away from your current location due to how rare they are. In fact, they can be over 10,000 blocks away!
  • Can Illagers like Evokers and Vindicators respawn? No, they do not respawn. They are spawned one-time when the mansion is created, and they do not come back after they are killed.

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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.


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.