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Minecraft guide: How to trade with Piglins in the Nether

Equip some Gold armor and give them Gold Ingots

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A Minecraft Piglin inspects a Gold Ingot before giving another item in return Image: Microsoft/Mojang via Polygon
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In Minecraft’s Nether, you can trade with Piglins, human-like pig creatures.

In order to barter with them, you’ll have to wear at least one piece of Gold armor. If you don’t wear at least one Gold piece, they’ll attack you when you approach.

After you’re equipped, you’ll have to give the Piglin in question a Gold Ingot. It’ll look at the ingot for a bit and then toss you a random item. You can drop individual Gold Ingots on the floor, and nearby Piglin will pick each up one by one, exchanging them for random items.

The best items you can get are items that will increase your speed when walking on Soul Sand, a type of block in the Nether that typically slows you down. However, the chance of getting them as a reward from the Piglins is very small.

Minecraft Piglin barter items

Item Chance to obtain
Item Chance to obtain
Enchanted Book (Soul Speed) 5/423
Iron Boots (Soul Speed) 8/423
Iron Nugget 10/423
Potion of Fire Resistance 10/423
Splash Potion of Fire Resistance 10/423
Ender Pearl 20/423
Glowstone Dust 20/423
Magma Cream 20/423
Nether Quartz 20/423
String 20/423
Crying Obsidian 40/423
Fire Charge 40/423
Gravel 40/423
Leather 40/423
Nether Brick 40/423
Obsidian 40/423
Soul Sand 40/423

The Nether has tons of Gold Veins to mine, but beware — if you mine Gold while Piglins are around, they’ll begin to attack you. They’ll do this even if you have Gold armor equipped.

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