Minecraft: Here’s How To Talk to Villagers and Other NPCs

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Playing Minecraft without your friends can get lonely from time to time. You can lose direction, forget about your goals, and wander aimlessly in your world like a lonesome wolf. Rarely do games have these problems since there are a ton of NPCs you can interact with, but Minecraft is sadly the exception. It would be great if you could actually talk to villagers and other NPCs, and as we all know, almost anything is possible in Minecraft, so can you?

  • Article Breakdown:
  • Although most Minecraft players can’t even imagine talking to NPCs in Minecraft, it is possible to do so, but only in Bedrock Edition Minecraft.
  • You can only create them and set their conversations yourself. To do that, you’ll need to be in creative mode and have cheats enabled.
  • Then you’ll want to enter the creative inventory and get an NPC spawn egg. You will then have to customize the NPC and give it a set of commands to make them interact with you.

Can you actually talk to NPCs in Minecraft?

NPCs in Minecraft are not what you’d expect them to be. You still have to create your own storyline, and there’s no predefined NPC you can’t completely control. This might take the joy out of enjoying the game on a different level since you already know what will happen when interacting with a specific NPC.

Although it is out of the ordinary, it does make sense that this was done like that since it remains true to the essence of Minecraft, which is that you don’t get a story; you create your own. If you can’t enjoy the newly created NPCs, your friends can still enjoy them. You can make up a whole story, let your friends explore, and make the NPCs guide them to the end game.

So, once you have the NPC spawn egg, what then? When you’ve got the NPC spawn egg in your hand, you want to right-click it to open the NPC interface. You can then enter a name for the NPCs and even change the color of how their name will appear above their head.

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You can also set their appearance. Once you’re done with this, it’s time to go into Advanced Settings and make the NPC come to life. A built-in dialog feature will tell you what commands you can execute or give story details.

By default, the dialogue box is limited to 307 characters, and you can create simple interactions where you’ll be able to provide an answer to what the NPC said. This feature is limited, so if you want to go deeper into what the NPC can do, you’ll need to change the code in the scene.json file. You can learn more about how this is done on the official Microsoft website.

How to get NPCs in Minecraft Bedrock Edition

Apart from hopping into creative mode to get the NPC spawn egg, you also need to turn on Education Edition. You can find this option in the World Edit screen. Once you enter the world, you can type in the command /summon NPC to spawn them.

These NPCs can run commands and give you items. They can do much more than that because, in the Advanced Settings, you can type in commands that they’ll execute. You have three buttons that you can toggle on: Button Mode, On Enter, and On Exit.

The Button Mode executes the command you choose only when the player presses the button attached to that command. This will make more sense in the picture below. When On Enter is toggled on, the command runs immediately when a player starts a conversation with an NPC. The On Exit option then becomes self-explanatory – the command will run when the player ends the interaction with the NPC.

Can you talk to villagers in Minecraft Bedrock?

It appears that you can do almost anything with NPCs in Minecraft Bedrock Edition, but it’s not without its limits. You can’t speak to villagers unless you consider trading with villagers by talking to them. Don’t worry; you can’t do it in Minecraft Java Edition either, so the two editions are equal in this instance.

Java Edition players remain lonely

Ever since Microsoft bought Mojang, Java Edition players have remained lonely in their world. They feel left out because both Mojang and Microsoft are focusing all their attention on Bedrock Edition, but why is that? Minecraft Bedrock Edition can continue to make money for both Microsoft and Mojang through add-ons that you have to buy to get the chance to experience a different dimension of the game.

Java Edition never fell victim to this because Java was coded in Java, whereas Minecraft Bedrock was coded in C++. Java’s executable code can easily be translated to a language that makes sense to developers, whereas Bedrock’s code can’t. Hence, anyone can mess with Java Edition’s code and create mods.

This is great news for Java Edition players because even though they’re excluded from almost anything cool that Mojang releases, community members will make something to make up for it and make it even better. So, in reality, even Java Edition players can enjoy NPCs in their game.

The solution: modding

1. Custom NPCs

The Custom NPCs mod has been downloaded over 19 million times which tells you a lot about how great the mod is and how safe it is to use. It gets updated relatively frequently, but it received its last update in May 2022. The mod has a bit of a learning curve but all the information you need to get started can be found on the web page. It’s safe to say that the mod is better than what Mojang gave Bedrock Edition players since you can provide them with health bars, change their skins, give them weapons, and even change their AI.

2. Talking Villagers

The Talking Villagers mod also has a learning curve; you need to learn and get used to how it works, but the payout once you do this is amazing. You will get talking villagers, install your voice lines, and give them to random villagers. The mod gets updated frequently, and the devs even plan on adding a feature where villagers greet you more often if they’re fond of you and so much more. I plan on giving this a go in my world when I’m not playing with friends. One quick note, the mod only works with Fabric.

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