Best Trident Enchantments in Minecraft

7 Best Minecraft Trident Enchantments in 2023

Trident is one of my personal favorite and one of the rarest in-game items in Minecraft. It’s one of the very few tools that you cannot craft and need to obtain in your Minecraft world. But that’s not all. Trident also has some of the coolest in-game enchantments you can find in this sandbox game. Some of the trident enchantments can even make you feel like Aquaman. And we are here to cover all the best trident enchantments in Minecraft, along with the process of obtaining a trident.

All you need to do is follow our guide thoroughly to understand everything about all the trident enchantments in both Minecraft Java and Bedrock Editions. If you want anything more powerful, you can always install Forge in Minecraft. It will enable you to install and run the best Minecraft mods. With that said, let’s not delay it any further and discover the best trident enchantments in Minecraft. We tested the enchantments and their effects on the latest Minecraft 1.20 update.

Basics: How to Get a Trident in Minecraft

Unlike most weapons and tools, a trident can only be obtained by killing a drowned in Minecraft. Drowned is a zombie variant mob found in the ocean biomes. You can locate a drowned easily near ocean ruins. This is the only way to find a trident in Minecraft. There is no crafting recipe for this weapon, and you can’t find it in any chest loot either. Additionally, the tridents you get from drowned aren’t always at the peak of their health. So, it becomes a necessity to repair and enchant them before using them.

As a weapon, tridents can act as a throwable as well as a close-range melee weapon. When compared to a diamond sword, it has a higher rate of damage but a slower attack speed unless you are underwater. The best part about the trident is that you can kill mobs up to 80 blocks away from you. But that’s only after you can grab it from a drowned that has less than a 10% chance of dropping it. With that out of the way, check out the best trident enchantments in Minecraft.

Best Trident Enchantment You Should Use in 2023

1. Loyalty Enchantment

Probably one of the coolest enchantments in Minecraft, loyalty is a trident-exclusive enchantment. As the name suggests, it will make your trident loyal so that it comes back to you after each throw. If you ever wanted to feel like the Greek god (or the Avenger) Thor, this is the way to do it. You can apply this using an enchanted book as well as the Enchanting table.

The speed of the trident’s return depends upon the level of your enchantment. It has a maximum of 3 levels you can upgrade to. As for the limitations, your trident will get damaged when thrown into lava and won’t return from the void (Java-exclusive). And in the unfortunate case that you die before it returns, you can find it in the same location as your death.

2. Channeling

Continuing the theme of Greek God Thor, our next trident enchantment lets us produce lightning in the game. But don’t confuse it with an electricity-based attack. When used, this enchantment channels lighting from the sky. It only has one level, but it’s more than enough to make it one of the most powerful enchantments in Minecraft. You can apply this trident enchantment using an enchanted book as well as the Enchanting table.

But to keep the game fair for everyone, this enchantment only works if the attacked mob is under an open sky. That means you can’t use a trident with this enchantment underground or in other dimensions. Moreover, if you want to use this with a thrown trident, it must be during a thunderstorm. As for the benefits of this enchantment, a trident’s lightning can do more than just damage in Minecraft. You can use it to:

  • Turn creeper into charged creepers
  • Light places on fire
  • Set mobs on fire
  • Create witches out of villagers
  • Convert pigs into zombified piglins
  • Change colors of mooshrooms

3. Impaling

As the name suggests, this is one of the best trident enchantments in Minecraft if you want to cause extra damage to the mobs. With an upper limit of 5 levels, Impaling is one of the most dangerous in-game enchantments. So, if you find a drowned or another player using it, running is your best option. You can apply this enchantment using an enchanted book as well as the Enchanting table.

Each level of this enchantment adds additional 2.5 hearts worth of damage to the trident. At its maximum level, another player can easily kill you with a single hit. But to keep it from being overpowered, at least in Java edition, the extra damage only applies to aquatic mobs. Meanwhile, in the Bedrock edition, you can use it on any mob as long as they are in contact with water. And yes, even rain counts as contact with water in Minecraft.

4. Riptide

Our next entry on the list of best trident enchantments in Minecraft is nothing less than a superpower. The Riptide enchantment pushes or hurls the players towards the direction in which the trident is thrown. You can even use the same throw to attack mobs, but doing so can increase the risk of confrontation with that mob as well. Riptide has 3 levels of degradation, and each new level increases its distance coverage by 6 blocks.

However, do keep in mind that it only works when the player is standing in water or rain. Additionally, since the trident technically never leaves our hand, we can’t combine this enchantment with loyalty. Similarly, Minecraft also doesn’t allow you to use it alongside lightning because it might end up hurting the player more. You can apply Riptide using an enchanted book as well as the Enchanting table.

5. Unbreaking

Among all the trident enchantments in Minecraft, unbreaking is a common one for most tools and equipment. As you might have guessed, it increases the durability of the trident when applied to it. Technically, it doesn’t increase the durability but reduces the chances or probability of an item getting its durability decreased quickly. In any case, your equipment lasts longer when you apply unbreaking to it.

Keeping the rarity of a trident in mind, this is one of the very first enchantments you should apply. Unbreaking has a maximum of 3 levels, and you can easily find enchanted books with this effect. Alternatively, it’s also one of the first enchantments you can obtain while using an Enchanting table.

6. Mending

Our next enchantment also revolves around durability. But instead of increasing regular durability, mending focuses on restoring the reduced durability of any item. Most players use it to fix damaged tridents dropped by the drowned. But Mending enchantment is not applicable using an Enchanting table. To use it, you need to find an enchanted book.

There are no specific levels to this enchantment, so the amount of restored durability depends upon your in-game experience. Mending restores two durability units for one experience orb point. So, it isn’t technically free, but it also doesn’t cost much. You can do various experience-based activities in-game, including cooking, killing, and more, to automatically mend your trident.

7. Curse of Vanishing

The final entry on our list of best Trident enchantments in Minecraft is the most popular in-game curse. It is very similar to the Potion of Invisibility that makes the player invisible. This curse makes the trident disappear after you die. Unlike other items, you won’t be able to find them at the location of your death. The curse doesn’t seem as problematic for other common weapons and tools. But given the rarity of a trident, it can set you back in your progress.

Moreover, it is one of the only two enchantments in the game that a grindstone can’t remove. If you are looking for a guide on how to remove enchantments in Minecraft, we have already published that for your convenience.

So yeah, if you find a trident with this curse, it’s better to keep it in a chest rather than taking risky fights with it. And since it’s a curse, it is only applicable using an enchanted book. Fortunately, the chances of coming across a trident with this effect naturally are very low.

How to Apply Trident Enchantments in Minecraft

The first 5 enchantments on our lists can be applied using an Enchanting table. You can use our guide to learn how to make an Enchanting table in Minecraft and use it effectively. Alternatively, you can use enchanted books to apply all the enchantments on our list. We have also published a tutorial on how to use enchanted books in Minecraft to make things easy for you.

Now you have the power to explore the depths of Minecraft ocean biomes using these best trident enchantments in the game. And while you are into exploration, use our Minecraft 1.19 ore distribution guide to find the best in-game ores, especially find diamonds with greater ease. These enchantments are at their best when used alongside other in-game special effects such as the Potion of Swiftness. Many game developers also pack these enchantments alongside popular Minecraft modpacks. But, as you might have noticed, it’s quite easy for you to discover them in the game and don’t need to turn to mods. With that said, don’t forget to share your favorite trident enchantments in the comments section.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you put sharpness and looting on a trident?

No, you can’t. Sharpness is a sword and axe exclusive enchantment and Impaling is a trident exclusive enchantment. Whereas looting on a trident doesn’t work as it’s only compatible with a sword.

How many enchantments can a trident have?

If you have a loyalty trident, it can have all the enchantments except riptide, and if you have a riptide trident, it can have all the enchantments except loyalty and channeling.


  1. Why did you not just make a list of 6 and not include curse of vanishing because it shouldn’t really be on a list of best enchantments

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