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Want to find out about Minecraft enchantments, but not quite sure where to start? With various different enchantment tiers and loads of possible effects that can be added to your gear, it can certainly be daunting. Luckily, this guide will help you wrap your head around the various aspects of the enchantments process.

While they're not essential, Minecraft enchants can give you a number of advantages. Not only can you boost your defence or attack power, but certain perks can also increase your chance of obtaining materials such as gilded Blackstone, which normally only has a ten percent drop chance. Of course, enchantments aren't the only way to beef yourself up—if you can find Ancient Debris, you can make yourself some Minecraft Netherite armor which is one of the most valuable —and rare—armor kits out there. 

You'll need a diamond pickaxe to hand to gather all the parts needed to make a Minecraft enchanting table. But if you've got that covered and you've got your heart set on enhancing your gear, read on to discover everything you need to know about enchantments, as well as the best ones to aim for.

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 is a wide range of Minecraft enchantments, each with different levels of effectiveness. It can take a lot of time to craft your perfect set up, but it's well worth it if you're patient enough. Here are the ones to look out for: 

Unbreaking
What it does:
Increases the durability of your items, making them last longer.
Max Level:
3

Mending
What it does: Allows you to repair items with experience.
Max Level: 1

Fortune
What it does: Increases the drops from certain blocks, making rare items much more bountiful.
Max Level: 3

Looting
What it does: Increases mob drops.
Max Level: 3

Infinity
What it does: Allows you to shoot your bow without consuming arrows.
Max Level: 1

Sharpness
What it does: Increases damage with your sword or axe.
Max Level: 5

Silk Touch
What it does: Lets you collect a block in its current state, for instance, mining stone without it becoming cobblestone or collecting glass blocks without breaking them.
Max Level: 1

Aqua Affinity
What it does: Removes the penalty which makes mining underwater much slower
Max Level: 1

Thorns
What it does: Perfect for melee fighters, this enchantments means any enemy who comes close enough to you takes damage automatically, thinning the herd.
Max Level: 3

Power
What it does: Increases damage with your arrows.
Max Level: 5

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:

  • Aqua Affinity (Max Level 1): Increases underwater mining speed.
  • Bane of Arthropods (Max level 5): Increases damage and applies Slowness IV to arthropod enemies. 
  • Blast Protection (Max level 4): Reduces explosion damage and knockback.
  • Channeling (Max level 1): Can only be applied to the Trident. Only works during thunderstorms.
  • Cleaving (Max level 3): Increases damage and shield stun.
  • Curse of Binding (Max level 1): Items can't be removed from armor slots.
  • Curse of Vanishing (Max level 1): Item destroyed on death.
  • Depth Strider (Max level 3): Increases underwater movement speed.
  • Efficiency (Max level 5): Increases mining speed.
  • Feather Falling (Max level 4): Reduces falling damage.
  • Fire Aspect (Max level 2): Sets target on fire.
  • Fire Protection (Max level 4): Reduces fire damage and burn duration.
  • Flame (Max level 1): Arrows set target on fire.
  • Fortune (Max level 3): Increases certain block drop rate.
  • Frost Walker (Max level 2): Turns water beneath the player into ice and prevents damage from standing on magma blocks.
  • Impaling (Max level 5): Trident deals more damage to ocean enemies.
  • Infinity (Max level 1): Shooting consumes no 'regular' arrows.
  • Knockback (Max level 2): Increases knockback.
  • Looting (Max level 3): Increases enemy loot.
  • Loyalty (Max level 3): Trident returns after being thrown.
  • Luck of the Sea (Max level 3): Increases rate of good loot.
  • Lure (Max level 3): Decreases wait time when fishing.
  • Mending (Max level 1): Repair the item while gaining experience orbs.
  • Multishot (Max level 1): Shoot 3 arrows for the cost of one.
  • Piercing (Max level 4): Arrows pass through multiple enemies/objects.
  • Power (Max level 5): Increases arrow damage.
  • Projectile Protection (Max level 4): Reduces projectile damage.
  • Protection (Max level 4): Reduces most damage by a percentage.
  • Punch (Max level 2): Increases arrow knockback.
  • Quick Charge (Max level 3): Decreases crossbow charging time.
  • Respiration (Max level 3): Extends underwater breathing time.
  • Riptide (Max level 3): Trident launches player with itself when thrown. Only works in water or when raining.
  • Sharpness (Max level 5): Increases damage of melee weapons.
  • Silk Touch (Max level 1): Mined blocks drop themselves.
  • Smite (Max level 5): Increase damage to undead enemies.
  • Soul Speed (Max level 3): Increases walking speed on soul sand or sand soil. Boots take damage.
  • Sweeping Edge (Max level 3): Increases sweeping attack damage.
  • Thorns (Max level 3): Reflects damage taken when hit. Reduces durability when procced.
  • Unbreaking (Max level 3): Reduces the chance of items taking damage.

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.