Best Minecraft XP farms: Enderman, Cactus and Bamboo, more

Aakrit Sharma
EXP orbs in Minecraft

Enchantments help players make their tools and weapons powerful in Minecraft and XP lets you combine and put these enchantments on weapons. If you’re running out of XP and its hindering your progress, check out these best XP farms in Minecraft.

From mining to killing mobs, almost every action in Minecraft grants players some XP. You might not realize its importance until you unlock enchantments for your Bows, Swords, Armor, and Tridents, among other things.

XP in Minecraft lets you combine enchantments and put them on the desired tools. Moreover, if you have Mending enabled, you’ll require XP to increase the durability of your weapons.

Now that it’s clear that XP is such an important resource, let’s take a look at the best methods to farm XP in Minecraft.

Top 10 Minecraft XP farms

10. Mob spawner Minecraft XP farm

Minecraft players can set up a mob spawner XP farm in dungeons where they find mob spawners for zombies, skeletons, or spiders. We recommend setting up a farm for skeletons as they’re relatively easy to kill and drop great loot.

Spawner XP farm in Minecraft

How to make mob spawner XP farm:

  1. Find a mob spawner block in a dungeon. Remove the chests from the nearby area and light it with torches to avoid mobs spawning.
  2. Clear the area around the spawner. Ideally, you can clear four blocks of radius and two blocks above and below the spawner. In the end, you should have a 9×9 area with five blocks of height.
  3. Dig some extra blocks where you can place two fences and a dirt block. Then, fill the entire area with water (use buckets) in a manner that the water flows toward the dirt block.
  4. Make an upward elevator of 27 blocks above the dirt block and replace it with Soul Sand. At the top, dig three blocks forward and place a sign.
  5. Dig 23 blocks under the sign. The end of this tunnel is where mobs will fall. Place a hopper and connect it to the chests. You can also add slabs to stop the mobs from hitting you.
  6. Now, return to the spawner and place a slab on it. Remove the torches to start the spawning process.
  7. Lastly, stand in front of the slab and continue killing the mobs that spawn.

The strategy to make a mob spawner XP farm is also showcased in the video below by YouTuber Jumper:

9. AFK fish Minecraft XP farm

From books and saddles to fishing rods and name tags, you can get a ton of resources and XP from fish in Minecraft. As compared to other farms, this one’s fairly easy to make with the help of the following items:

  • Blocks
  • Chests
  • Hopper
  • Glass
  • Signs
  • Rails
  • Minecart with Hopper
  • Lava bucket
  • Trap Door
  • Bucket of Water
  • Fish
  • Name Tag

The quantity of these materials largely depends on the design you’ve chosen for your fish farm. Because you’ll be fishing at a much faster rate, the odds of getting rare drops will also increase significantly.

For reference, you can find a guide to making the AFK Fish XP farm by WaffleNite below:

8. Enderman Minecraft XP farm

The Enderman XP farm is perfect for Minecraft players who’ve defeated the Ender Dragon. You’ll not only get XP but also an infinite amount of Ender Pearls.

Enderman spawn at the End which is full of empty space. Water is the only weakness of these mobs which is why making an Enderman XP farm is not as difficult as it sounds.

You’ll require these materials to make your own Enderman XP farm in Minecraft:

  • Stacks of leaves
  • Stacks of Enderpearls
  • Slabs
  • Strings
  • Hoppers
  • Chests
  • Stacks of Carpet
  • Water bucket
  • Lava bucket
  • Torches
  • Blocks
  • Fences
  • Trap doors
  • Rails
  • Minecart
  • Name Tags

Here’s a guide to making an Enderman XP farm by Shulkercraft.

7. Blaze Minecraft XP farm

Blaze XP farm in Minecraft

Blaze is easily one of the best mobs to farm for XP in Minecraft. You can get XP and Blaze Rods from these mechanisms and the latter help in making potions for invisibility and other status effects.

It’s best to make a Blaze farm near a spawner to save time and resources. Naturally, there are hundreds of designs but the goal is common – kill the Blaze mobs and collect the drops.

Use these items to quickly setup a Blaze XP farm in Minecraft:

  • Torches
  • Magma Block
  • Chest
  • Hopper
  • Slab
  • Trap Doors
  • Glass
  • Carpet

Here’s a guide to making a Blaze farm in Minecraft by YouTuber Pillager.

6. Guardian Minecraft XP farm

Guardian XP farm in Minecraft

Guardians drop a good amount of XP when killed and setting up a farm for them is certainly worth the effort. You usually need to drain an entire ocean to set up this farm but some players have come up with methods that do not include draining.

Regardless of the design, it’s wise for you to collect these materials to make your Guardian XP farm:

  • Over 1000 blocks of Glass
  • Over 1000 blocks of Soul Sand
  • Building blocks
  • Hoppers
  • Soul Campfires
  • Chests
  • Slabs
  • More than 50 torches
  • Targets
  • Redstone Repeaters
  • Redstone Comparators
  • Droppers
  • Redstone Dust

For instance, YouTuber ianxofour has built a Guardian XP without draining the ocean and it grants 180,000 XP/hour:

5. Cactus and bamboo Minecraft XP farm

Cactus and bamboo farms in Minecraft grant decent XP and require the least amount of effort. You’ll need furnaces and Redstone to make a functioning farm but do note that the mechanism makes a lot of noise thanks to the Minecart.

Hence, place the cactus and bamboo farm at a place that’s far from your base and convenient to access.

Cactus and Bamboo XP farm made by Minecraftplayer

The items required to make a Cactus and Bamboo XP farm in Minecraft include:

  • Building blocks of choice
  • Chests
  • Hoppers
  • Furnaces
  • Levers
  • Stone blocks
  • Rails
  • Powered Rails
  • Detector Rails
  • Minecart with Hopper
  • Redstone Repeaters
  • Redstone Torches
  • Sticky Pistons
  • Redstone Blocks
  • Redstone Dust
  • Bamboo and Cactus

A farm by YouTuber Regund can collect XP, cactus, bamboo, bonemeal, and emerald at once, and here’s how you can make it within minutes:

4. Kelp Minecraft XP farm

Kelp farms are perfect for Minecraft players who don’t want to spend hours making an XP farm. The plant commonly spawns underwater in the Overworld and apart from it, you’ll need the following items to make the kelp XP farm:

  • Building blocks of choice
  • Redstone Dust
  • Lever
  • Sticky Pistons
  • Water buckets

There are countless ways to make a Kelp farm in Minecraft. One of the easiest methods is to follow YouTuber Sirius Bluu who’s made a farm with just glass blocks, pistons, and water buckets.

3. Common mob Minecraft XP farm

The Minecraft Overworld is filled with Skeletons, Zombies, and Creepers, and you can kill these common mobs for a ton of XP.

The goal is to make a closed platform either over a water body or up in the air. Mobs will spawn inside the area and you can kill them with fall damage or other methods for XP.

Minecraft common mob XP farm

The common mob XP farm in Minecraft doesn’t require a lot of materials except Scaffolding as it helps make tall structures. Here’s a list of the materials:

  • Over 100 Scaffolding blocks
  • Chests
  • Water buckets
  • Slabs
  • Hoppers
  • Bed
  • Stacks of blocks of choice
  • Trap Doors

One of the most efficient common mob XP farms in Minecraft is created by YouTuber Voltrox.

2. Stone Minecraft XP farm

Minecraft Stone XP farm

New Minecraft players who do not have the outrageous amount of materials required to make XP farms can make a Stone XP farm with ease.

With just cobblestone, furnaces, and smooth stone, you can make a farm that smelts stone and generates XP for you. Here’s a list of all the materials:

  • Coal blocks
  • Cobblestone
  • Chests
  • Furnaces
  • Hoppers
  • Smooth stones
  • Levers

This short tutorial by YouTuber OXAPRO can help you get a simple yet effective design for a Stone XP farm.

1. Wither Minecraft XP farm

If you’ve completed Minecraft by beating the Wither and want to make unique mechanics like beacons, we recommend setting up a Wither farm.

The Wither drops 50 XP and Nether Stars when killed. These resources are really valuable even if you’ve reached the end game.

The materials required to make a Wither XP farm include:

  • Cobblestone blocks
  • Redstone torches
  • Pressure plates
  • Sticky pistons
  • Slabs

It is no surprise that making a Wither XP farm can be quite a grind, and here’s a tutorial by YouTuber Shulkercraft:

Well, these were some of the most useful XP farms that you can build in Minecraft. For more content on the sandbox game, check out how to breed turtles, how to get a command block, and how to make a composter.

Image Credits: Mojang / Reddit / Planet Minecraft

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About The Author

Aakrit is a games writer with over 2000 published articles for EssentiallySports, Sportskeeda, FortniteINTEL, and CharlieINTEL. Currently, he writes guides on Minecraft, Roblox, Pokemon games, Genshin Impact, and Brawlhalla. Aakrit loves playing shooter games and in his free time, you can find him queued up in Valorant, Fortnite, Apex Legends, or Halo Infinite. You can contact Aakrit at [email protected].