Top 20 Best Minecraft 1.20.5 Seeds for January 2024

Armadillos and wolf armor are now available in Minecraft 1.20.5 on our list of the top seeds for January 2024.

A villager stands in front of the house in Minecraft
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The first snapshot for the 1.20.5 update is now available, introducing armadillo mobs and armor for protecting your tamed wolf. On top of those additions, though, are some great seeds. Here, I’ve gather the Top 20 best Minecraft seeds for January 2024. Let’s dive in!

Minecraft 1.20.5: Top 20 Best Seeds for January 2024

Seed: 6942710633571786

Ring mountain village in Minecraft
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  • Spawn: X: 0 Z: 0
  • Biomes: Various

If you’re getting bored with your current survival world, then it’s time to load up this fantastic Minecraft seed. You spawn inside the ring mountain with a village and a blacksmith. Neatly, there’s a forest and a cherry blossom grove nearby, too, adding to the allure of this seed. To top it off, there’s also an ancient city at coordinates X: 72 Y: -51 Z: -296, which is just a skip and a jump away from spawn.

Seed: -2924886536288401212

Shipwreck village in Minecraft
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  • Spawn: X: 0 Z: 0
  • Biomes: Plains

In this MC seed, you’ll spawn on a lakeshore with a village that has an exposed shipwreck beached amongst the huts. This is a great start for any game, as you gain access to several treasure chests full of loot from the get-go. And believe me, you can’t go wrong with that. To make things even better, there’s also a ravine in the village with quick access to mining materials, too!

Seed: -7764935247156037496

Double village in Minecraft
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  • Spawn: X: -16 Z: -48
  • Biomes: Plains, Forest

Here, you’ll spawn on a beach with an ocean monument very close by at coordinates X: 88 Z: 152. If you turn eastward, you’ll end up at a mushroom island at coordinates X: 264 Z: -264. And if you turn westward, you’ll arrive at a double village at coordinates X: -416 Z: -224. If I were ranking each of these 1.20.5 seeds, I’d put this one near the top — if not at the top.

Seed: 6942696510040759

Shoreline village in Minecraft
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  • Spawn: X: -48 Z: 32
  • Biomes: Plains, Stony Shore

There’s always a chance to find a village on land in any Minecraft biome, but what about settlements on the water, drifting near the mainland but recreating their very own Waterworld? This seed has just that, with one of the most unique villages in the game (and I’ve covered a lot of Minecraft seeds; believe me when I say this is a treat!). Just head to coordinates X: 144 Z: 208. The best part about it is that it’s naturally protected by water to keep it safe from mobs — and it has a blacksmith.

Seed: -4756351377987125101

Double dungeon in Minecraft
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  • Spawn: X: 0 Z: 0
  • Biomes: Plains

Finding a double dungeon is as rare as it gets in Minecraft. But finding it next to your spawn point is even rarer. Here, you can find it at coordinates X: -525 Z: 905, not too far from where you load in. The best part is that this seed also provides you with plenty of resources to get there, as there’s not one but two villages near spawn at coordinates X: 112 Z: -192 and X: -256 Z: 128.

Seed: 934215447717820509

Mansion village glitch in Minecraft
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  • Spawn: X: 0 Z: 0
  • Biomes: Forest

Minecraft villagers don’t usually want to see illagers roaming about and causing a stir, but what if the villagers were the trespassers? This seed turns Minecraft hierarchy on its head and spawns you right next to a woodland mansion with some village huts inside. This is a really bizarre scenario that opens up lots of opportunities for an exciting survival game.

Seed: 7245953699767030565

Double river village in Minecraft
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  • Spawn: X: -224 Z: -16
  • Biomes: Taiga

If you like to have a village at spawn but don’t want your game to be too easy, then check out this seed with a couple of taiga villages near where you drop in. I found them at coordinates X: -480 Z: 144 and X: -736 Z: 320, and what I really like about this seed is that both villages are perfectly separated by a river, adding a lot of character for a building a little hamlet with a base.

Seed: 2855039808880076494

Island village in Minecraft
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  • Spawn: X: 48 Z: 32
  • Biomes: Savanna, Ocean

Here, you’ll spawn on another beach, but the main attraction of this 1.20.5 seeds isn’t where you initially find yourself, but out in the ocean. Swim north to find a tiny survival island with a really small acacia village at coordinates X: 16 Z: -240. There are only a few huts and a single farm, but it’s more than enough to start a solid survival game as a castaway at sea.

Seed: 45449741837768526

Portal village glitch in Minecraft
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  • Spawn: X: -288 Z: 224
  • Biomes: Plains, Jungle

I wouldn’t want to be in a situation like this, but when you have no other options, it’s better to adapt to the circumstances. This seed spawns you near a village with an exposed ruined portal at coordinates X: -496 Z: 208. You’ll need to restore it and enter the nether to find a fortress at coordinates X: -661 Z: 331.This is one of the more challenging seeds on this list, but it can be rewarding if you implement the right strategy.

Seed: 722009593393180938

Frozen lake igloo and village in Minecraft
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  • Spawn: X: -48 Z: -16
  • Biomes: Taiga, Frozen River

I’d contend that cold biomes are even more challenging than Nether ones, but they also offer some fun, often unexpected, opportunities. I think I struck gold in this seed when I landed on a frozen lake at coordinates X: 664 Z: -184. I found an igloo with a basement, which is great for any survival game, and a village hiding in the trees right behind it.

Seed: -8261778912593579371

Cherry grove village in Minecraft
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  • Spawn: X: 0 Z: 0
  • Biomes: Plains, Cherry Grove

In this 1.20.5 seed, you’ll spawn in the forest with seemingly nothing of note or importance around. But you’d be wrong to think that! Not only is the forest serene and a great place to build a base of mansion, there’s actually a wonderful cliff village not far away at coordinates X: -400 Z: 144. It stands right next to a patch of cherry blossom trees, another great place to set up shop.

Seed: -5470157088065720067

Stronghold in the ancient city in Minecraft
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  • Spawn: X: 0 Z: 0
  • Biomes: Snowy Slopes

Here, you’ll spawn at the foot of a massive mountain with two villages at coordinates X: 64 Z: -192 and X: -304 Z: 176. But the best point of interest in this MC seed is located at coordinates X: 1,672 Y: -51 Z: 952. That’s where you’ll find a stronghold near an ancient city!

Seed: -3737561343194720532

Mangrove village in Minecraft
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  • Spawn: X: 192 Z: -288
  • Biomes: Desert, Mangrove Swamp

Desert villages are often overlooked by many players — including myself — due to a lack of resources, especially trees, an important building block for many bases, mansions, and other buildings. But what if you found a desert village surrounded by nothing but trees? I was really happy to find such a location at coordinates X: 400 Z: -960 in this seed, opening up some very interesting build opportunities that didn’t require too much effort.

Seed: 2963087079833075843

Mansion outpost glitch in Minecraft
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  • Spawn: X: 0 Z: 0
  • Biomes: Forest

If you ever wanted to see pillagers and illagers battle against each other, here’s the perfect chance. There’s a woodland mansion at coordinates X: 584 Z: 504 with a pillager outpost glitched right into the wall. It’s quite entertaining to watch what happens next, and it’s a seed worth visiting if to only watch the chaos ensue.

Seed: 61772516657

Mountain village in Minecraft
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  • Spawn: X: 16 Z: -48
  • Biomes: Savanna, Badlands, Stony Peaks

Badlands rarely have extremely tall mountains. But when they merge with stony peaks, the sky’s the limit. In this seed, you also get a nice acacia village at spawn, which has those unique mountains in the background. It’s really one of the more beautiful Minecraft seeds I’ve encountered, and it’s one you shouldn’t sleep on if you want to build an eye-catching base.

Seed: 7690507748979310771

Jungle temple and village in Minecraft
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  • Spawn: X: 0 Z: 0
  • Biomes: Plains, Forest, Jungle

Sometimes it takes hours before you can find a single jungle temple in a Minecraft seed, and frankly — no one has time for that. Here, I was able to spot one right at spawn near a village that stands at coordinates X: 32 Z: 160. If you still have trouble reaching the temple, then use these coordinates X: 8 Z: -232 to get inside.

Seed: 1994501450418825168

Double taiga village in Minecraft
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  • Spawn: X: 48 Z: 0
  • Biomes: Taiga

Here’s another double taiga village at spawn, but this time, it’s surrounded by a fine selection of rare biomes, including old growth spruce taiga, meadows, old growth pine taiga, and a birch forest. One thing’s sure: you’ll have plenty of wood for building.

Seed: -2136442121827848353

Lava hut glitch in Minecraft
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  • Spawn: X: 0 Z: 0
  • Biomes: Plains

If you load this survival Minecraft seed and check out the village at coordinates X: 176 Z: 272, you may not see anything unusual about it at first. On the surface, it’s just a regular, non-descript village. But be sure to take a look at a small cave nearby, where you’ll see one of the huts underground getting flooded with water and lava.

Seed: 6229498559099830937

River village in Minecraft
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  • Spawn: X: 0 Z: 0
  • Biomes: Plains, Forest

There are several benefits to having a starting village on a river (X: 0 Z: -352). First, you don’t need to bother with irrigation systems when farming food. Second, there’s always a patch of trees nearby for extra resources, especially useful if you want to build with wood. Lastly, you can easily obtain seagrass to breed turtles, making this seed one of the better ones from 1.20.5 so far.

Seed: 746933944818790228

Trail ruins under village in Minecraft
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  • Spawn: X: -80 Z: 80
  • Biomes: Taiga

If you enjoy excavating archeological sites, then be sure to visit the village at coordinates X: 336 Z: -272, as there are trail ruins right under it. Be sure to craft a Brush tool and discover various armor trims and sniffer eggs.

That’s it for this month’s best Minecraft 1.20.5 seeds for January 2024. Check out more Minecraft articles right here, including a huge catalog of awesome seeds for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch!

About the author

Serhii Patskan

Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin.