Minecraft – Do Villagers count towards the passive mob total with respect to animal spawning


With regard to mob spawning, a 17 chunk by 17 chunk area centered around the player will have a passive mob cap of 11, meaning that if there are 11 or more passive mobs (i.e. animals) in that area, no new passive mobs will spawn. Villagers do appear under the passive mob list, but they have very different spawning behavior than animals do (i.e. they will not randomly spawn, and can only be created either at world generation, through villager breeding, or by curing zombie villagers).

So, for the purpose of animal spawning, are Villagers counted towards the passive mob total? In other words, if I had nothing except 11 Villagers in an area, would no animals spawn at all there?

Best Answer

After some watching and waiting, I found the answer myself. Villagers do not appear to count towards the passive mob total.

I discovered this while playing Skyblock 2.1 in Minecraft 1.6.2. I had managed to amass 7 villagers, 3 cows, 3 sheep, 1 pig, and 1 chicken in my quaint sky village. If villagers counted towards the passive mob total, this would have put the total at 15 and kept any new passive mobs from spawning. However, I had another pig spawn. Even now with 3 cows, 3 sheep, 3 pigs, and 1 chicken (for a total passive mob count of 10, 1 less than the cap), I still get new animals spawning on occasion. Villagers appear to only be categorized as "passive" in name only, and are treated as separate with regard to passive mob (i.e. animal) spawning.