How to make an Anvil in Minecraft

If you want to repair, rename, or combine enchantments on an item then you're going to need an anvil! These are a bit costly when it comes to iron, but when you're deeper in the game you'll be wanting to make repairs to some of your high quality tools. We'll be taking a look at how to make an anvil in Minecraft survival 1.14, 1.15, and 1.16 in this step-by-step guide.

Anvils can be made in all versions of the game, whether it's PE, PS4, PC, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, or any other platform.

How to create an Anvil

Time needed: 15 minutes.

To make an anvil in Minecraft you will just need three blocks of iron and four iron bars! While this is relatively simple, you will need quite a stock of iron to make it happen!

  1. Obtain Iron Ore

    We're going to need a lot of iron ore, which can be found pretty much anywhere there's stone to be mined. Both caves and ravines are great places to find the ore. Any space that's opened up which gives you a lot of surface area to explore makes it easier to spot it. You also might see it in the side of a mountain or hill. If you can't find it that way, mine your way downwards, and you should eventually come across it. It's one of the more common ores you will find in the game.

  2. Create Iron Bars

    We need 27 iron bars to create the blocks of iron we need, and we're going to need an additional four iron bars for the base of the anvil. So, start smelting with a furnace. This will be a long process, so you might want to get a few furnaces going to get it done quicker!

  3. Create Blocks of Iron

    As mentioned, we need three blocks of iron which require a total of 27 iron bars. Fill up your Crafting Table with the bars to make a full block of iron.

  4. Create the Anvil

    Now that we have all the iron we need, we just need to place it in the Crafting Table in the right shape! The recipe for the Anvil is three blocks of iron across the top, three iron bars across the bottom, and one iron bar in the middle!Crafting recipe for an anvil

Now you can start repairing, renaming, and combining enchantments! To repair for the most part, you can place the resource that the tool is made out of in with the broken tool to bring up the durability level. You can also pair tools of the same type together to create one higher durability. This can also combine the enchantments together to make a more powerful tool! Renaming just requires you to place the item in the anvil and then change the name via the text box. All of these will cost you experience levels, so make sure you've got enough!

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