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Looking for the best Minecraft enchantments, but not sure how to use them? Minecraft has plenty of potential item powers to choose from, with different tiers, and a shedload of possible effects that you can apply to your gear—the sheer variety of choice is a little daunting to say the least. But luckily, this guide should help explain what's involved in the process.

Minecraft enchantments are by no means essential, but they are a great way to create equipment that complements your playstyle, and add a little bit of extra value to your gear. We're not just talking about attack, either. These enchantments can also help you harvest materials, such as increasing your chance to obtain gilded Blackstone (opens in new tab), which normally only has a ten percent drop chance. 

Of course, there are other ways to get strong, too. Minecraft Netherite armor is one of the rarest and most valuable pieces of kit out there—if you can find Ancient Debris (opens in new tab) to make it, that is. That said, let's get to the bottom of how to use Minecraft enchantments. Be aware beforehand that if you want to make a Minecraft enchanting table, your also going to need a diamond pickaxe (opens in new tab) to gather the necessary materials. 

What is Minecraft enchanting?

Minecraft enchantments are an essential mechanic to set you up for endgame as it grants your items various special effects. You can enchant everything from weapons, tools, and armor, so there's certainly something in your possession that you can take to the next level. It basically involves imbuing items with special powers to make them stronger. 

How to build an enchanting table

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How to build an enchanting table

To craft a Minecraft enchanting table, you first need the ingredients. Here's your shopping list:

  • 4 obsidian blocks
  • 2 diamonds
  • 1 book

To get the obsidian, you need a diamond pickaxe: you can pilfer the diamonds you need for that in the deeper levels of the world, though you may need a bit of luck to stumble across them.

Obsidian, on the other hand, doesn't require luck to find. What's more, you can craft it yourself. Obsidian forms when water and lava meet, so grab a bucket and go looking for some of the hot stuff.

You can make books by combining three pieces of paper and some leather, or by destroying book cases. Either way, they're pretty easy items to get for the Enchanting Table.

Once you have the ingredients, you can combine them using a Crafting Table. Just place the obsidian along the bottom row, then the middle row needs to be: diamond, obsidian, diamond. Finally, put a book in the top-middle space. Then, it's time to get enchantin'. 

How to use an enchanting table

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How to use a Minecraft enchanting table 

Enchanting items in Minecraft comes in three main flavours, each with different rules. The main way to enchant items is to use an enchanting table, which allows you to exchange experience points and Lapis Lazuli to grant special effects to your items. 

There are two other ways of enchanting items. The first of which is to combine an enchanted book with an item that has no enchantments. The other involves combining two enchanted items into one single item that has the enchantments of both. 

To enchant items from scratch, you need to place Lapis Lazuli into the table and then the item you want to enchant. Once you've done this, you'll be shown an enchantments list. Each has a level cost no higher than your current level and the number of Lapis Lazuli in the table. The higher your level, the better the enchantments. That said, there's no real way to guarantee you get the enchantments you want. 

How to improve enchants

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How to get better enchanting items 

If you hover your mouse over the enchantments, you'll see a suggestion of what the enchantments could include. If you're lucky, you could get more than one. You can also make these enchantments more powerful if you set up bookcases around the enchanting table. If you put up to fifteen bookcases around the table, the enchantments created will be far more potent. 

You can't change the offered enchantments until you select one. For instance, if you enchant a book, this allows you to save those enchantments for later. Then you can combine it with an item at an anvil to enchant it. This is a great way of making sure you don't accidentally waste some rubbish enchantments on your Diamond Sword.

Best Minecraft enchantments

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The best Minecraft enchantments

There are a wide range of Minecraft enchantments, each with different levels of effectiveness. Here are the ones to look out for: 

EnchantmentEffectMax level
UnbreakingIncreases item durability3
MendingRepairs items with experience1
FortuneIncreases block drops3
LootingIncreases mob drops3
InfinityInfinite regular arrows1
SharpnessIncreases weapon damage5
Silk TouchCollect blocks in their original state1
Aqua AffinityRemoves underwater mining penalty1
ThornsEnemies near you take damage3
PowerIncreases arrow damage5

All Minecraft enchantments

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Every Minecraft enchantment 

Here's a list of every Minecraft enchantment available, as well as what they do and the maximum level for each:

EnchantmentEffectMax level
Aqua AffinityIncreases underwater mining speed1
Bane of ArthopodsIncreases damage and applies slowness IV to arthopods5
Blast ProtectionReduces explosion damage and knockback4
ChannelingSummon lightning with Trident in storms1
CleavingIncreases damage and shield stun3
Curse of BindingItems can't be removed from armor slots1
Curse of VanishingItem destroyed on death1
Depth StriderIncreases underwater move speed3
EfficiencyIncreases mining speed5
Feather FallingReduces falling damage4
Fire AspectSets targets on fire2
Fire ProtectionReduces fire damage and burn duration4
FlameArrows set targets on fire1
FortuneIncreases block drop rate3
FrostwalkerTurns water between feet to ice and prevents standing magma damage2
ImpalingIncreases Trident damage against ocean enemies5
InfinityInfinite regular arrows1
KnockbackIncreases knockback2
LootingIncreases mob drops3
LoyaltyTrident returns after throw3
Luck of the SeaIncreases luck while fishing3
LureDecreases wait time when fishing3
MendingRestores item durability with experience1
MultishotShoot three arrows for the cost of one1
PiercingArrows pass through enemies and objects4
PowerIncreases arrow damage5
Projectible ProtectionReduces projectile damage4
ProtectionReduces damage4
PunchIncreases arrow knockback2
Quick ChargeDecreases crossbow reload time3
RespirationExtends underwater breathing3
RiptideTrident launches player when thrown in rain or water3
SharpnessIncreases melee damage5
Silk TouchMined blocks drop themselves1
SmiteIncreases damage against undead5
Soul SpeedIncreases walk speed on soul sand or sand soil. Boots take damage3
Sweeping EdgeIncreases sweeping attack damage3
ThornsReflects damage taken when hit at cost of durability3
UnbreakingReduces item break chance3

That's it for our Minecraft enchantments guide. Hopefully, you feel wiser, stronger, and ready to face Mojang's perilous world. Failing that, at least you know a bit more than you did previously. Crafting the perfect items takes a lot of time and a bit of luck, but it's certainly worth the effort.