10 Best Minecraft Enchantments

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The enchantments in the game of Minecraft were an awesome addition for players. Not only did they offer Minecraft enthusiasts a great deal of end-game content at their fingertips, they also magnified the functionality of many other of the game’s features.

To become truly a master at Minecraft, you will definitely need a set of enchanted armor and tools. These enchantments, as defined by the game’s rules, will enable you to access and obtain resources in the game at a more rapid and efficient pace.

Enchantments will also help you ward off and survive mob attacks more effectively, often leaving you completely unscathed.

To give you an idea regarding which enchantments are viewed as the best and most valuable, below we have compiled a list of ten such enchantments and the type of gear to which they can be added. We have also described each enchantment in terms of its benefit to you during game play.

1. Thorns

The Thorns enchantment can be added to your overall armor. Once it is added and worn, it will help you if a single player or mob physically attacks you, as those invaders will take massive damage from the thorns.

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So why is this such a valuable enchantment? Say you come upon a zombie horde. While a single zombie does not usually present that much of a threat, largely because you can keep knocking it back until it ultimately capitulates, a zombie horde is a different story altogether.

When trying to fight off a horde of zombies, you will definitely find it hard to hit all the targets around you. They will keep hitting you repeatedly, and eventually that can spell the end of you as a Minecraft player.

However, when you add the thorns to your armor, this powerful enchantment will deal a great deal of damage to anyone that attacks you in a rush. These Thorns are incredibly beneficial when dealing with hordes, preventing them from hitting you repeatedly and consistently taking from you.

According to the rules of Minecraft, you can add the Thorns enchantment to any piece of armor in the game, including helmets, chest plates, leggings or boots using an enchanting table, anvil, or game command.

Then you will need to wear the enchanted armor to damage attackers (the Thorns attachment only works when you wear the piece or pieces of armor to which you attached it). The maximum level for the Thorns enchantment is Level 3.

This means that you can enchant an item with up to Thorns III. And the higher the level, the more powerful the enchantment will be.

To use this enchantment, simply move each of the armor items (helmet, chest plate, leggings, boots) with Thorns from your inventory to your character’s armor boxes. Once you do this, you will see your character’s appearance change as the armor is worn.

And once you are wearing the enchanted armor with Thorns, mobs and hordes will suffer grave damage any time they attempt to physically attack you.

2. Lure

Sometimes when playing Minecraft you just want to fish. You want to remove your armor, lay down your sword for a little while, and simply lounge by the sea with your fishing rod.

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No amount of game action can match the peace and serenity of these moments, as you efficiently pull fish from the waterway and store them for eating purposes at another time. You could, of course, fish with an enchanted fishing rod, but for these purposes that enchantment will do you little to no good.

Instead, you will be waiting hours between catches, and that is not very satisfying. The good news is that there is an enchantment that can make fishing easier and more enjoyable: The Lure.

The Lure is a wonderful enchantment to add to your fishing rod. Reducing—drastically—the time it takes for a fish to bite on your line, the Lure will promise you much more fish and an array of treasures.

3. Projectile Protection

The Projectile Protection enchantment is another great tool to have in your Minecraft toolbox. This handy enchantment reduces the damage you will incur from projectile attacks, such as arrows, ghast fireballs, and blaze fire charges.

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Let’s face it, the arrow knock-back in Minecraft is one of the most infuriating aspects of the game, particularly if you’re just attempting to swim or wade across a small stretch of water.

Sadly, there is not much you can do about the knock-back, but you can make sure you don’t take a ton of damage in the process—this is where the Projectile Protection is so very valuable. This enchantment nearly nullifies ballistic damage from arrows and fireballs, leaving you to fight another day.

You can add the Projectile Protection enchantment to any piece of armor such as helmets, chest plates, leggings or boots, again using an enchanting table, anvil, or game command. You will then need to wear the enchanted armor to gain the projectile protection.

The maximum level for the Projectile Protection enchantment is Level 4. This means that you can enchant an item with up to Projectile Protection IV when playing the game.

4. Sharpness

When playing Minecraft, most people would tell you that their most valuable weapon, the one used most frequently for protection and attacking at close range, is the sword.

There is just something very satisfying about destroying your enemies from a close-up and personal range.

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Sure, you could just go in for a run-of-the-mill enchanted sword, but when you want to augment the slicing power of your sword, you should definitely think about adding the sharpness enchantment.

With the sharpness attachment you can increase the damage done by your sword, effectively becoming one of the best close-range fighters. These are great enchantments, whether fighting one-on-one or when you want to inflict maximum damage on a group of farm mobs.

5. Fire Aspect

Another great attachment or enchantment for your sword is the Fire Aspect enchantment. This explosive enchantment actually sets the target of your attacks on fire when they are struck by your sword.

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Players can add the Fire Aspect enchantment to any sword using an enchanting table, anvil or game command. And once that enchantment has been added, you can light afire anyone who dares attack you.

This is one of the best enchantments in the game because it helps you create a lot of damage over a long period of time. However, it does have some vulnerabilities of which you should be aware, the most glaring of these being rain.

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At times of rain the Fire Aspect enchantment will not work, but given all of its other advantages it must appear on our list of Best Enchantments. Also important to note is that the maximum level for the Fire Aspect enchantment is Level 2.

6. Unbreaking

One of the most common enchantments in the game, the Unbreaking enchantment is also one of the most valuable.

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Even if your sword is loaded with the third-degree of the Sharpness enchantment, it may still be prone to breaking from time to time, especially when used in mass combat.

However, when you add in the Unbreaking enchantment, your sword will become a super weapon whose durability increases exponentially.

Having this enchantment on your sword will save you the precious Diamonds or Ingots, as you will rarely need to make sword repairs. Because of this, the Unbreaking enchantment should be a priority for anyone who plays the game.

7. Looting

The simplest way to describe the Looting Enchantment is this: The Looting enchantment increases the amount of loot that is dropped when a mob is killed.

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This means more food and resources like string & gunpowder. According to some experienced players, you might not want to add the Looting enchantment to your primary fighting sword.

However, having a backup sword handy that is loaded with this enchantment can really help you stockpile a lot of great resources. Like most of the other enchantments, you can add the Looting enchantment to any sword using an enchanting table, anvil, or game command.

Then. Once it is added, you can use the enchanted sword to fight and see your enemies drop more items when they die.

8. Silk Touch

Some players call the Silk Touch enchantment one of the most valuable in the game.

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Say you are mining for blocks in preparation of building a structure. These blocks could be stone, lapis or snow.

Unfortunately, what always seems to happen is that these “blocks” when they are mined have a tendency to break into their smaller pieces (stone blocks into cobble stone, etc.), which can cost you a lot of unnecessary and wasted time.

With the Silk Touch enchantment, however, you can mine these blocks in one solid piece, instantly giving you the stones you need for a fortress or dwelling. In short, this enchantment will save you a ton of time and resources.

9. Fortune

The Fortune enchantment is similar to the Silk Touch attachment in that they are both used for mining.

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This enchantment augments the block drops from mining, making that activity faster and more fruitful.

For instance, with the Fortune enchantment you will have a better chance of getting flint from gravel or an apple from a tree.

You can add the Fortune enchantment to any pickaxe, shovel or axe to vastly increase the numbers of blocks dropped.

10. Infinity

Last but certainly not least is the Infinity enchantment—one of the most valuable enchantments in the game of Minecraft.

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As its name would suggest, the Infinity enchantment will give you an unlimited supply of ammo for your bow, provided you have at least one arrow left in your inventory.

Naturally, the idea of having unlimited ammo in a game that demands so much of it is always a good thing. And the best part?

All you need to have are two inventory slots—one for the bow and one for the 1 arrow—to receive unlimited shots with that bow. Due to its value, a good portion of Minecraft players deem the Infinity enchantment the best in the game.


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