Enchantment Table

Enchanting in Minecraft

Enchanting is a way to make magic armor, weapons or tools.

To enchant an item you need to get Experience Levels from doing all sorts of things such as trading, fighting monsters, farming, mining and smelting ore.

When you want to enchant your item, you will need to build an Enchantment Table. Each enchantment will cost 1, 2 or 3 Experience Levels, and you will also need to supply 1, 2 or 3 pieces of Lapis Lazuli as well.

For higher level enchantments you will need to have more experience levels, (although only 3 will be spent) and you will need to surrond your Enchantment Table it Bookshelves

How-to guide

Check out the full step-by-step guide if this all seems complicated.

Earning Experience Levels

The game provides several ways to earn experience levels to spend on enchantments.

At first you will get plenty of experience from all the things you do in the game: mining, farming, fighting mobs and tading with villagers.

If you want to do serious amounts of enchanting, you might want to construct a large chicken farm or mob grinder to collect huge quantities of experience. Look at the tutorials section for ideas.

Enchanted Book

Enchanted Books

Instead of enchanting an item, you can enchant a book instead. This is a way of saving an enchantment for later. The enchantment can later be applied to an item using an Anvil.

This is really useful if you really want to make a particular item. For instance, if you really want a Fortune enchantment on a pickaxe, you might enchant lots of books until you get the right enchantment, then apply that enchantment to yur precious diamond pickaxe.

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 anAnvil.

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

Each time you use an enchantment table you will be given three options, and for each option you will be told one enchantment that you will get, but not if there will be a second or third enchantment on the item.

If you don’t like any of the choices you see the only thing you can do is enchant something else and try again.


I have a nice shiny Diamond Sword that I want to enchant with Sharpness. When I go to my Enchantment table, it offers me Smite I... ?, Smite II...? or Bane of Arthropods IV...?. I don’t want any of those! The only thing I can do is enchant a different object – a wooden shovel maybe? – and then try again with the Diamond Sword.

There are two more parts to controlling the level of enchantments you can get with an enchantment table:

  • having the right number of enchantment levels: you will only be offered enchantments if you have enough levels!
  • have the right number of bookcases around your enchantment table.

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:


Silk Touch

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


Less than 9 levels will always get you Power I.

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


Enchant with a minimum of 8 levels for a chance of Fire aspect, 14 levels for a chance of Looting.

Trading with Villagers

Don’t forget that enchanted books and items can also be obtained by trading with villagers