Minecraft enchantments: how to enchant and which ones are the best

In Minecraft, it is possible to enchant items to give them special abilities or even improve their effectiveness. To enchant a weapon, armor, or tool, two methods use two different items:

  • Enchanting table
  • Anvil

Enchanting an item with an enchanting table

To follow this method, the first thing you will need is an enchanting table. It is obtained by combining the following materials:

  • Book
  • 2 diamonds
  • 4 obsidian blocks

To get the book, you can destroy a bookshelf block, but if you cannot find such a block, you can also craft it on a table using 3 strips of paper and a piece of leather. Diamonds are harder to get, you can find them in chests or ores using an iron pickaxe in the most central layers of the planet. Obsidian is even harder to get, as it requires the use of a diamond pickaxe and is only found in places with water and lava.

Once you have all the materials, the formula for crafting an enchanting table is as follows:

  • First row: Book in the central position
  • Second row: diamonds on the sides and obsidian in the center
  • Third row: Three obsidian blocks
Recipe to create an enchanting tableRecipe to create an enchanting table

Once you have the enchantment table, it is necessary to use lapis lazuli, obtainable from lapis lazuli ore with an iron pick or higher. After tapping on the table, you will see two holes, one for the item to enchant (above), and one for the lapis lazuli (below). After placing both, three different enchantments will be displayed on the right, and you can choose one of them to assign to your object.

Enchantments available on an enchanting tableEnchantments available on an enchanting table

Enchanting an object with an anvil

The other way to enchant objects is by using an anvil. To create an anvil you will need:

  • 3 iron blocks
  • 4 iron bars

These materials are easy to get, with a stone pickaxe, you can get the blocks, and with the blocks, you can craft bars. The position of the objects to create the anvil is as follows:

  • First row: 3 iron blocks
  • Second row: One iron bar in the center
  • Third row: 3 iron bars
Crafting an anvilCrafting an anvil

Having the anvil built and after tapping on it, you can start enchanting items. To do so, you will need either an enchanted book or two identical enchanted objects. If you use the enchanted book, the resulting weapon will take the book's enchantment. If you use two items of the same type with different enchantments, the resulting item will have both enchantments.

Enchantment with an enchantment bookEnchantment with an enchantment book

Best enchantments

Due to a large number of existing enchantments, you may be wondering which ones are the best. Of course, the first thing you should look at is that the enchantment is at its maximum enchantment level. From here on, it depends on the situation and the use you want to give to the item you want to enchant, but here are some of the most useful ones.

  • Aqua Affinity: Improves your speed underwater
  • Looting: With it, you will get more items after killing creatures.
  • Efficiency: Increases mining speed
  • Sharpness: Increases the damage of the weapons you use in melee combat.
  • Fortune: Increases the amount of loot after breaking certain blocks
  • Infinity: When you shoot, you will not waste arrows with this enchantment.
  • Protection: Thanks to this enchantment, enemy attacks will not be as lethal.
  • Silk Touch: Lets you mine blocks that normally cannot be mined.