Enchantment TableEnchanting in Minecraft

Enchanting is a way to make magic armor, weapons or tools. To enchant an item, you trade in experience levels. The more levels you trade in, the stronger the enchantment will be, but you won't know what you're getting until after it's done!

How to Enchant Items

Check out the How-To guide here.

How to Earn Experience

The game provides several ways to earn experience levels to trade for enchantments.

Enchanted BookEnchanted books

Instead of enchanting an item, you can enchant a book instead. The enchantment can be saved for later, and applied to an item using an Anvil.

Why would you want to do this?

  • Maybe you have a lot of experience levels but don't have anything to enchant at the moment.
  • Maybe you really want a Fortune enchanted pickaxe and don't want to waste diamonds on yet another Silk Touch tool.

Combining Enchantments

Once an item is enchanted, it can't be further enchanted using an Enchanting Table.

However, you can combine two enchanted items, or add a second enchantment from an enchanted book, using an Anvil.

You can also combine the enchantments from two books together into a new double-enchanted book.

Repairing Enchanted Items

You can repair enchanted items with an Anvil.

How to get the Enchantments you want

There is no way to choose which enchantment(s) you will get, but you can improve your chances of getting what you want by trading in the proper number of experience levels.

If you want something in particular, it may be best to enchant lots of books with low level enchantments and combine them using an Anvil.

Here are a few hints for some of the more desirable enchantments.

Tools

Silk Touch

Invest at least 15 levels for a 10% chance, rising to about 15% at 30 levels.

Bows

Less than 9 levels will always get you Power I.

Spend at least 20 points for a chance of Infinity or Flame.

Swords

Spend a minimum of 8 levels for a chance of Fire aspect, 14 levels for a chance of Looting

Villager Priests

Priests (the purple-robe guys in villages) sometimes offer to enchant certain items: give them an item and some emeralds and they will give you back the enchanted item. You can't choose what enchantments they offer, so you're lucky if you find a trade that's worthwhile.