Best Sword Enchantments in Minecraft (2023)

Here are some of the best Minecraft Sword Enchantments.

Enchanting in Minecraft is a way to upgrade your equipment, either by enhancing its attributes or by imbuing it with new abilities. I always like enchanting weapons when I play in an RPG setting to improve my experience. Here, we will explain the best sword enchantments in Minecraft and which ones you should use more than others.

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We have compiled a list of the best Swords enchantments in Minecraft based on our experience playing Overworld adventures and fighting mobs. If you're looking to venture beyond the scope of the main dimension, you can always visit Nether and End, but you may want to look into enchanting the rest of your gear because those environments are a lot more hostile.

5 - Smite

Smite is an extremely useful enchantment for fighting the undead mobs in the game. The reason is that the enchantment gives a considerable damage boost depending on the enchantment level. You will also end up fighting a ton of zombies and other undead at some point in the game. Because of that, I recommend Smite as a go-to enchantment that should always be on your sword, as undead are some of the most common mob types in the game.

Bane of Arthropods also has a similar effect, but instead of a boost to undead, you gain an increase in damage to the following creatures.

  • Spiders
  • Bees
  • Silverfish
  • Endermites

Overall, beyond the spiders, the enchantment is not that very useful in the long run, and if you have the chance, we would recommend going with smite over it.

Related: Best Minecraft Fishing Rod Enchantments

4 - Sharpness/ Fire aspect

This next enchantment, Sharpness, is a highly useful enchantment and one of the best because it will increase the total melee damage of your weapon. The damage boost also increases depending on level, with the highest being a level five enchantment boost. You can also boost your damage output by adding a fire aspect, which adds fire damage to your sword.

3 - Knockback

Knockback is another excellent enchantment for the simple reason that it increases the knockback effect when you hit enemies with a sword to about three blocks away. Overall, a practical enchantment gives you an edge when overwhelmed by mobs or during PVP with other players.

2 - Sweeping Edge

Sweeping Edge is another notable and perhaps best enchantment because it boosts the sweeping attack of swords depending on the level of sweeping edge on the sword. Also, if you have an enchantment such as sharpness, the damage output for the sweeping strike will increase depending on the enchantment level. 

1 - Looting

If you want to gather more items when slaying mobs, looting is your best enchantment and should always be placed on your sword for this reason. The bonus drops you get from looting will also increase depending on the level of enchantment placed on the sword. 

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