Minecraft enchantments: how to use them

Find out how to buff items with our Minecraft Enchantments guide

Minecraft enchantments let you turn normal everyday game tools and armor into powerful items. Whether it’s a bow that fires infinite arrows, a set of boots that freeze water under your feet, or a sword that sets enemies ablaze, Minecraft enchantments can really enhance your game, and increase your chances of survival when delving into the darker and nastier parts of the world.

In this Minecraft enchantments guide, we are going to walk you through how to get the resources you need to build an enchantments table, and give a list of Minecraft enchantments available for equipment in the game. We also have a list of our favourite Minecraft enchantments, some of which are practical, and others that are just downright absurd.

Follow our enchantments guide and before you know it, you’re going to have personalised and powerful enchanted equipment that suits your playstyle. That’s the joy of Minecraft enchantments – the sheer variety means that you can create all sorts of useful items. Let’s see another monster get the better of you now…

here’s everything in our minecraft enchantments guide:

Minecraft Enchantment table

Minecraft enchantments first require an enchantment table – or an anvil if you have enchanted books. Here’s the crafting formula for an Enchantment Table:

None Book None
Diamond Obsidian Diamond
Obsidian Obsidian Obsidian

You can find Obsidian where lava meets water, and you can only mine it with a diamond or netherite pickaxe. We have tips to help you find diamonds and build a pickaxe of your own in our Minecraft diamonds guide!

minecraft enchanted book

If you’d prefer the anvil route for using Minecraft enchantments, here’s how to make one:

Block of Iron Block of Iron Block of Iron
None Iron Ingot None
Iron Ingot Iron Ingot Iron Ingot

You make blocks of iron from nine iron ingots. You can make these ingots by smelting iron ore over a furnace, or just a simple campfire. Here’s how you get enchanted books to use with that shiny new anvil:

  • Looting: enchanted books are available in stronghold and temple chests
  • Fishing: though not the fastest way, there is a small chance you can fish an enchanted book as a treasure item
  • Enchanting: you can create an enchanted book yourself, using a book and three lapiz lazuli. You do need an enchantment table for this, however.
  • Trading: librarian villagers can sell you enchanted books for a number of emeralds, based on the enchantment. You can get emeralds in chests, by trading with villages, and by mining emerald ore with an iron pickaxe or better. Emerald ore is often found near lava.


Here’s our list of Minecraft axe enchantments:

  • Smite: better attack against undead
  • Efficiency: faster mining
  • Unbreaking: better durability
  • Silk Touch: mined blocks stay in original form
  • Sharpness: better attack
  • Mending: xp mends equipment
  • Fortune: increased drops when mining
  • Curse of Vanishing: cursed item vanishes after you die
  • Bane of Arthropods: better attack against insects

Minecraft Sword enchantments

Here’s our list of Minecraft sword enchantments:

  • Bane of Arthropods: better attack against insects
  • Mending: xp mends equipment
  • Sharpness: better attack
  • Smite: better attack against undead
  • Unbreaking: better durability
  • Fire Aspect: sets target aflame
  • Knockback: increases attack knockback
  • Sweeping Edge: increases sweeping attack
  • Looting: increases loot dropped

Minecraft PickAxe enchantments

Here’s our list of Minecraft pickaxe enchantments:

  • Curse of Vanishing: cursed item vanishes after you die
  • Fortune: increased drops when mining
  • Efficiency: faster mining
  • Unbreaking: better durability
  • Mending: xp mends equipment
  • Silk Touch: mined blocks stay in original form

Minecraft Bow enchantments

Here’s our list of Minecraft bow enchantments:

  • Infinite: never runs out of arrows
  • Flame: fires flaming arrows
  • Curse of Vanishing: cursed item vanishes after you die
  • Power: increases damage
  • Punch: increases knockback
  • Unbreaking: better durability
  • Mending: xp mends equipment

Minecraft Armor enchantments

Here’s our list of Minecraft armor enchantments and what armor pieces they can be applied to:

  • Unbreaking: (chestplate/helmet/leggings/boots) better durability
  • Curse of Vanishing: (chestplate/helmet/leggings/boots) cursed item vanishes after you die
  • Mending: (chestplate/helmet/leggings/boots) xp mends equipment
  • Aqua Affinity: (helmet) increased underwater mining speed
  • Respiration: (helmet) increased underwater breathing duration
  • Blast Protection: (chestplate/helmet/leggings/boots) less explosion damage
  • Curse of Binding: (chestplate/helmet/leggings/boots) you cannot remove cursed item
  • Fire Protection: (chestplate/helmet/leggings/boots) decreased fire damage
  • Depth Strider: (boots) increased underwater movement
  • Feather Falling: (boots) decreased fall and teleportation damage
  • Projectile Protection: (chestplate/helmet/leggings/boots) decreased projectile damage
  • Protection: (chestplate/helmet/leggings/boots) protection against attacks, fire, and falling
  • Thorns: (chestplate/helmet/leggings/boots) damage attackers
  • Frost Walker: (boots) freezes water under your feet
  • Soul Speed: (boots) increased movement over souls sand and soil

Minecraft Hoe enchantments

Here’s our list of Minecraft hoe enchantments and what armor pieces they can be applied to:

  • Curse of Vanishing: cursed item vanishes after you die
  • Mending: xp mends equipment
  • Unbreaking: better durability

Best Minecraft Enchantments

Minecraft enchantments can be useful, efficient, and just plain crazy. Here are our best Minecraft enchantments:

  • Frost Walker: maybe it’s not the most practical or necessary, but turning water to ice beneath our feet is just too cool
  • Silk Touch: when applied to a pickaxe, this enchantment is crazy good in terms of gathering resources
  • Infinite: why would you not want to fire infinite arrows? This enchantment lets you fend off entire armies of mobs if you find a good spot to fire from
  • Efficiency: let’s face it, Minecraft involves a lot of mining. Why, then, wouldn’t you want to make that process quicker?
  • Unbreaking: equipment breaking at inopportune times is a pain, so having a little bit of extra durability is always useful

That’s all the Minecraft enchantments we’ve got! If you’re looking for some other games like Minecraft, be sure to look up our best mobile RPGs list. We can also help you build your dream home with our Minecraft houses guide!

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