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Start a Villager Defense Server

Last modified on Feb 14, 2023 in Gametypes

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When surviving the night on a vanilla Minecraft server, you tend to be more concerned with defending your own life instead of the peaceful inhabitants of villages. This is flipped around with Villager Defense, a premade gametype that has players defending both themselves and a village from a zombie onslaught. Level up to unlock new kits, work with others, and survive as long as possible. Creating your own Villager Defense server can be difficult, as there are numerous plugins and configurations to navigate. Luckily, this pre-configured gametype server includes all the necessary files and configs to work out-of-the-box. With this in mind, we have created this Apex Hosting guide to help you get started.

Resetting Server Files

  1. Navigate to the Apex server panel, then stop the server.
  2. (Optional) Backup any important files through FTP.
  3. From the main panel page, press Reset Server Files.
    Villager Defense Reset Files
  4. In the popup menu, choose All Server Files, then press Reset Server.
  5. When prompted, enter reset to confirm the deletion of all files.
    Villager Defense Confirm Reset
  6. Press Reset Server once again to complete the deletion process.


Gametype Installation

  1. From the main panel page, scroll down to the Game File section.
    Villager Defense Version
  2. Within the dropdown menu, locate and select Villager Defense.
  3. Choose to Change Version when prompted, then select Use Included World.
    Villager Defense Included World
  4. Finally, press Restart to load up the premade gametype on your server.

The server will now automatically install the plugins, configurations, and world required for the gametype to work. Once done, you can join the server and begin playing.

How to Get Started


Spawn Hub

Villager Defense Spawn Hub

Upon first spawning into the server, you will be in the server’s spawn hub area. This has numerous features to check out before you hop into your first round of Villager Defense.
Mystery Vault

Villager Defense Mystery Boxes

As you play on the server, you will slowly earn mystery boxes, which can be opened to earn various cosmetics. The Mystery Vault block opens the GUI where you can manage these boxes. Whether you provide gifts to friends, open your own boxes, or craft new ones, there is lots to earn.


A fun part of any server is the inclusion of friendly competition. By interacting with the Leaderboards NPC, you can view the top players for 5 different categories. These are the highest wave achieved, top kills, top level, number of games played, and the most deaths.

Villager Defense Leaderboard


Villager Defense Stats

If you become curious about your own stats, visit the corresponding NPC and interact with them to receive information on your own performance. While they are all 0 by default, they will continue to grow as you play on the server. Whether you use this as insight for improvement or just for fun, the knowledge is at your fingertips.


Choosing a Map

Villager Defense Choosing Map

Once you are ready to get started, visit one of the 3 available NPCs to choose a map. There are three options to select, being Hollow, Mushroom, and Quarry. Each area is unique with a different aesthetic. Simply right-click the desired NPC to be transported to the gameplay arena.

Villager Defense Hollow

A small town surrounded by large walls, there is plenty of space in the middle to fight the undead.

Villager Defense Mushroom

A beautiful fantasy landscape, the Mushroom arena has tons of space with a lot of vertical movement.

Villager Defense Quarry

A smaller map, the Quarry map’s fights take place on the small bridges, leaving little room for comfort.


Selecting a Kit

Villager Defense Kits

As you wait for the timer to countdown, simply use the Nether Star in your inventory to select a kit. Most of these will be unlocked as you continue to level up, giving access to new loadouts and abilities. It is recommended to coordinate with other players to have offensive, defensive, and medical kits selected.


Starting Wave

Villager Defense Wave 1
Villager Defense Zombie

After you enter the arena, you have approximately 20 seconds before the first wave begins. Once Wave 1 starts, a zombie will spawn, requiring you to protect your various villagers. These are not normal zombies, however, as they have additional health and deal quite a bit of damage.

Difficulty Increases

Villager Defense Lots of Zombies
Villager Defense Armored Zombies

As the waves increase, more and more zombies will spawn. Some will be more powerful as well, boasting armor, extra speed, and more. It will become increasingly difficult to fend off the hordes and defend your villagers, especially if you are playing solo.

Game Over

Villager Defense Leaderboard
Villager Defense GameOver

Your goal is to survive as long as possible while simultaneously defending the village. An announcement is made each time a villager dies, allowing you to take action immediately. Once all players are dead or every villager has died, the game will end, displaying the stats for the match.

Common Issues

I cannot use all commands:
By default, players have limited access to the commands they can use in-game. These are generally reserved for stats, leaving an arena, and more. To use all commands, you will need to provide increased permissions by giving yourself OP or using the pre-installed LuckPerms to add additional ranks. Once either of these options is complete, you can use all server commands.

I spawn into a normal world:
Oftentimes, this occurs if Use Included World is not selected during the setup process. In most cases, the easiest method is to switch off of the Villager Defense version, then switch back again. This will reprompt you to select the desired world and proceed as normal. Once done, you can join and ensure you are within the spawn hub.

Helpful Links

All Gametype Guides
How to Connect Via FTP

How To Make a Villager Defense Server With Apex Hosting

  1. Select your server package from our pricing page
  2. On the ‘Configure Your Server’ page, complete the required fields
  3. Under ‘Server Version’, select your version from the dropdown list
  4. Complete the order and your Villager Defense server will be created instantly