Here’s How Long Raids Last in Minecraft & How To Stop Them

how long do raids last and how to stop them

Minecraft is filled with various features, resources, items, and mobs, both aggressive and passive in nature. But, as the game evolved over time, villages were introduced, as well as aggressive mobs that attacked those villages. If you’ve been playing Minecraft recently, you might notice that the so-called “raids” can happen near your village as long as certain conditions are met. Once a raid starts, it’s a battle to the death, and if you’re not really good at combat in Minecraft, you might be wondering whether it’s possible to stop a raid and how long it lasts in the first place.

  • Article Breakdown:
  • Raids in Minecraft last for 40 minutes maximum if you’re unable to clear the waves and if illagers are unable to wipe your village.
  • The most straightforward way to stop a raid is to simply defeat it, but you can also use console command /gamerule disableRaids true.
  • If your village is defeated, e.g., all villagers are dead and all beds destroyed, the raid stops on its own accord.

Editor’s Note: This post was updated in October 2023, and it reflects the most up-to-date state of the game.

How to start a raid in Minecraft?

Now, if you’ve never been a part of a raid in Minecraft, you’re probably wondering how it takes place at all. For your village to be eligible for the raid, it needs to have places of interest, and it needs to be nearby illager outpost.

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The second condition of having an illager outpost nearby can be ignored if the player enters a certain village with a Bad Omen status effect. The quickest way to get the Bad Omen status effect is to kill the patrol captain you can encounter while exploring the world. Pillager Outposts, woodland mansions, and regular patrols are fairly common if you explore far enough from your starting point.


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But, there is also a fairly easy way to start a raid without meeting the above-mentioned conditions, by adding the Bad Omen status effect via commands. This is how it’s done.

  1. Press “T” to open the console.
  2. Type /effect give @p Minecraft:bad_omen
  3. Press enter, and you should see a red “raid bar” appearing on your screen and filling in as the raiding illagers are spawning near your village.

How long does a raid last?

The duration of the raid depends on the difficulty of the raid itself as well as how successful you are. However, they can never last more than 40 minutes.

At the easiest difficulty, raids have three waves. In normal difficulty, the number goes up to 5, and on hard difficulty, it goes up to seven. If you’re Bad Omen level is more than II, you can expect one additional wave to appear at every difficulty.

Normally, raids last until you clear all the waves or until your village is gone, but if none of the conditions to end the raid are fulfilled, it will naturally expire in 40 minutes. As soon as the raid expires, the raid bar will disappear, and a message confirming what happened will appear on your screen. Just because the raid is over doesn’t mean that all illagers are gone with it, however, as you will still be in danger from aggressive mobs that decided to stick around the villager.

Is it possible to stop a raid in Minecraft?

It’s possible to stop a raid in Minecraft, and the most straightforward way is to simply clear the waves as they take place. Once all the waves are cleared, the raid bar will disappear, and all aggressive mobs will be gone.

The raid also ends if your village is destroyed; remember, we’ve mentioned how illagers will attack places of interest within a certain area as long as you are around. Once those places of interest are destroyed, for example, beds, the raid ends or when all your villagers are killed.

But is it possible to stop a raid before illagers attack your village in the first place? It is, but only with console commands. To stop a raid from taking place, follow these steps:

  1. Press “T” in the game to open the console.
  2. Type /gamerule disableRaids true.
  3. The raid bar should disappear, and the raid should stop as soon as you press enter.
  4. Please remember that using this command will disable future potential raids, don’t forget to enable the game rule if that wasn’t your plan.


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