A Complete List of Minecraft Enchantments (2024)

Among all the mechanics and features in Minecraft, enchantments are one of the most important. They make your gameplay easier and more enjoyable while helping you become drastically more powerful to overcome in-game challenges. So, in this detailed guide, we have compiled a list of all the Minecraft enchantments to help you understand what each does, and how you can get and use them. So, let’s not waste any more time and jump straight in!

Editor’s Note: last updated on June 12, 2024, to include mace enchantments and improve the readability

What are Enchantments in Minecraft

In simple terms, enchanting is a way to upgrade and add abilities to a Minecraft item like armor, swords, and tools. An enchantment can not only give your item new features, but it can also push its existing ability to a whole new level. You can use them to mine faster, fight better, and even improve your in-game luck. The best part is that you can apply any of the enchantments easily.

Minecraft Enchantments List in 2024

To help you understand with ease, we have created tables of all Minecraft enchantments separated into different categories. You can use the tables below to learn what each enchantment does along with their maximum levels. However, if you don’t want to read about each of them, use our list of best Minecraft enchantments for some of the coolest upgrades and abilities.

General Enchantments

EnchantmentLevelsEffect
Mending 1Repairs items using experience points
Unbreaking3Increases the durability of any item
Curse of Vanishing1Despawns item upon player’s death

Armor Enchantments

EnchantmentLevelsEffectApplicable To
Aqua Affinity1Increases underwater mining speedHelmets
Blast Protection4Reduces explosion based damage and knockbackAny
Curse of Binding1Disables the ability to remove equipped armorAny
Depth Strider3Increases underwater movement speedBoots
Feather Falling4Decreases fall damageBoots
Fire Protection4 Decreases fire-based damageAny
Frost Walker2Converts water into ice when walked on top of a source blockBoots
Projectile Protection4Decreases projectile-based attack’s damageAny
Protection4Decreases all types of damageAny
Respiration3Increases underwater breathing timeHelmets
Soul Speed3Increases walking speed when used on soul soil or soul sandBoots
Thorns3Gives back damage to the attackerAny
Swift Sneak3Increases player’s movement speed while sneakingLeggings

Weapons Enchantments

EnchantmentLevelEffectApplicable To
Channeling 1Hits enemy with lightning bolt during a thunderstormTrident
Flame1Sets enemy on fireBows
Impaling5Deals additional damage to ocean mobs Trident
Infinity1Stops bow from consuming arrowsBows
Loyalty3Returns trident back to the player after the attack Trident
Riptide3Throws the player alongside tridentTrident
Multishot1Shoots 3 arrows using only 1 arrow Bows
Piercing4Allows arrow to pass through multiple entitiesBows
Power5Increases attack damageBows
Punch2Increases attack knockbackBows
Quick Charge3Decreases waiting time to reuse weaponCrossbows
Sweeping Edge*3Increases secondary/sweeping damageSwords
Smite3Does additional damage to undead mobs Swords and Axes
Sharpness5Increases attack damage Swords and Axes
Knockback2 Increases attack knockback Swords
Looting2Makes dropped loot quantity higher and rarer Swords
Fire Aspect2Sets enemy on fireSwords
Efficiency5Increases attack damageAxes
Bane of Arthropods5Increases damage caused to arthropod mobs while slowing them downSwords and Axes
Density5Increases damage per level per block fallenMace
Breach4Ignores some percentage of the enemy’s armor valueMace
Wind Burst3Launches player in the air upon landing a smash attackMace
*Only available for the Java edition

Tools Enchantments

EnchantmentLevelsEffectApplicable To
Efficiency5Increases mining speedPickaxes and Shovels
Fortune3Increases drop quantity of some itemsPickaxes, Axes, Sickles, and Shovels
Luck of the Sea3Increases looting rate and rarity during fishingFishing Rods
Lure3Decreases wait time during fishing Fishing Rods
Silk Touch1Makes mine blocks drop as blocks instead of items Pickaxes, Axes, Sickles, Shovels, and Sheers

While we listed every enchantment that exist in the game, you cannot use many of them alongside other enchantments. So, make sure to follow the next section thoroughly before jumping into the game. Moreover, if the lists above look confusing to you, read our in-depth articles on some of the best enchantments for swords, tridents, and bows linked below.

Conflicting Minecraft Enchantments You Should Know About

As you might have noticed, there are many enchantments that you can apply to the same item. But at the same time, some of the enchantments can have contradicting effects.

To tackle that, Minecraft has a set of conflicting enchantments. You can apply only one of them to the item. Let’s go over some common conflicts in this enchantments guide:

  • You can’t apply two or more of the same enchantment on a single item.
  • Multiple types of protections can’t be applied to the same item. However, you can apply unique types of protection enchantments to each part of your armor.
  • You can’t apply infinity and mending on the same bow.
  • Damage-based enchantments conflict with each other (for example – sharpness, smite and bane of arthropods cannot go on the same diamond sword or axe. Similarly, density, breach, smite, and bane of arthropods cannot go on the same mace).
  • Silk touch and fortune can’t be applied to the same item.
  • Riptide and loyalty cannot go on the same trident.
  • Depth strider and frost walker can’t be applied to the same set of boots.

Minecraft Java vs Bedrock: Enchantment Differences

It’s unfortunate that even after 15 years of existence, the Java and Bedrock versions of Minecraft are far from equal. Because of that, you have to face some differences in enchantments as well. None of them are groundbreaking and won’t affect a majority of the enchantments.

However, here are the differences you will across Bedrock and Java when using enchantments with tools, weapons, or armor:

  • Sweeping edge enchantment only exists in Java edition.
  • Fire Aspect can be used to light TNT, candles, and campfires but only in the Bedrock edition.
  • Protection enchantment reduces damage from magic attacks in Java edition.
  • Trident with impaling causes damage to any wet mob, not just aquatic mobs in the Bedrock edition.
  • Sharpness causes higher damage in the Bedrock edition.
  • Soul speed changes the player’s field of view in Java edition.
  • Trident with riptide can cause damage to multiple enemies in the Bedrock edition.
  • Helmet with respiration also decreases the chance of drowning damage in Java edition.

How to Apply Enchantments to Armor, Weapons, or Tools

Now that you have gone through our Minecraft enchantments list, let’s see how you can apply them to items. There are two ways – using enchanted books and the enchanting table.

1. Using Enchanted Books

Enchanted books are spread throughout the Minecraft world. You can get them by trading with librarians, in loot chests, and by fishing. This type of villager is the most reliable source of enchanted books and usually the main attraction of the villager trading halls.

If there’s an enchantment, there’s definitely an enchanted book for it. Not to forget, some of the enchantments can only be applied through an enchanted book.

Using Enchanted Books on an Anvil

To use enchanted books, all you need is an anvil which you can combine these books with the item you want to enchant. Doing so only costs experience orbs, which are easy to collect using Minecraft XP farms. If this method interests you, dive deep using our tutorial on how to use enchanted books in your Minecraft world.

2. Using Enchanting Table

At the core of our Minecraft enchantments guide is the enchanting table. You will need the item you want to enchant, XP levels, and lapis lazuli. Upon placing the item and lapis lazuli in the enchanting table, you will see all the possible enchantments you can apply to it. It shows up to three enchantments at a time, as shown in the screenshot below.

Comparatively, this method mostly takes less time to utilize than the first one but is also a lot more unreliable. The enchanting table therefore needs a lot more love since it’s an old feature that hasn’t been updated in a while.

But if it still attracts you, you can quickly make an Enchanting table in Minecraft using our linked tutorial. Moreover, you might encounter text in the SGA script in this block. It’s a popular symbolic language that many video games use. Even though it doesn’t hold any real function in Minecraft, it still has an interesting story attached to it. So, you can learn to read Mionecraft’s Enchanting table language using our guide.

How to Level Up Minecraft Enchantments

Enchantments on enchanted books or inside an enchanted table might not be of the highest level. If the level is maximum, then that certain enchantment will provide the best results. So, if you want a higher level enchantment, you can upgrade the enchantments on enchanted books or on items by combining them.

We have a dedicated guide on how to combine enchantments to get the highest possible level, so you can be as powerful or protected as possible.

Where to Find Enchanted Items in Minecraft

If you are not in the mood to do manual work of applying enchantments to each of your equipment, you can also obtain enchanted items through the following methods:

  • Trading with villagers
  • Fishing in oceans and large rivers
  • By killing mobs like zombies or skeletons that might be carrying an enchanted item
  • In rare Minecraft chests, which spawn in almost every popular in-game structure. However, the chances of chests spawning with an enchanted item are highest in end cities
  • Bartering with Piglins in the Nether
  • Bedrock users can also obtain enchanted items by killing vindicators and pillagers in raids.

How to Remove Enchantments in Minecraft

Now that you know how enchantments work, it’s time to understand how to remove them. It can be for leveling up the item or removing a wrong enchantment. Fortunately, Minecraft makes it simple to remove an enchantment. You just need to place it on a grindstone.

Grindstones are a common in-game block that you can use to repair and disenchant items. All you need to do is place your enchanted item in the grindstone and then click on the disenchanted item on the right.

To dig deeper into disenchanting, use our guide on how to remove enchantments in Minecraft. Keep in mind that all enchantments will be removed from the item, not just one that you don’t want. Also, you can’t remove Curse of Binding and Curse of Vanishing in any way.

With that, you are ready to explore and make the most out of all the in-game enchantments. Our Minecraft enchantments guide is here to help you learn about the enchantments one at a time. You can bookmark it to keep coming back and digging deeper. That said, don’t waste a moment more and start enchanting!

What is the greatest enchantment in Minecraft?

The greatest enchantment is the mending enchantment. Although it doesn’t provide you with OP buffs or abilities, it allows you to repair your armor, tools, and weapons with XP. This way, it saves a whole ton of resources that would have been used to craft new gear.

What is the hardest enchantment to get in Minecraft?

The treasure enchantments are the hardest to get since you cannot obtain them through the enchanting table. Those include – wind burst, mending, frost walker, soul speed, swift sneak, and curse enchantments. Out of these, the hardest ones to get are swift sneak and wind burst because of the dangerous structures and low odds.

How many bookshelves do you need for a level 30 enchantment?

You’ll need 15 bookshelves around the enchanting table to get the highest tier of enchantments.

When were enchantments introduced in Minecraft?

Enchanting was added all the way back in Minecraft 1.0.0.

Can you enchant a shield?

Some items like the shield, shears, and a brush cannot be enchanted in the enchanting table, but they can be combined with enchanted books in an anvil. However, those enchantments include general enchantments like mending, unbreaking, and curse of vanishing.

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