Minecraft Best Enchantments – Armor, Sword, Pickaxe, Trident & More!

Our Minecraft Best Enchantments Guide features all of the top options for enchanting your Armor, Crossbow, Sword, Pickaxe, Bow, Axe, Shovel, Elytra, Fishing Pole, and even your Trident! If you're looking to get the most out of your enchantments in Minecraft, then we've got all of the information you'll need.

Gaining Experience

You will need quite a bit of experience and levels to really enchant your gear to its fullest potential! As a bit of a tip for this, you can disenchant some gear and items that you may have lying around in the Grindstone. This a useful way to quickly gain some early levels if you're just trying to finish up with some gear. This is a good method if you've got a Monster grinder or you got some kind of AFK fishing system going and you have a lot of extra enchanted fishing poles and books.

Check out some additional XP gaining methods with our guide here.

Best Armor Enchantments

All Armor

These enchantments should be placed upon all of your armor!

  • Protection IV - This is a must for every piece of armor you have, because it gives you four additional points of armor for each piece you have enchanted. So, if you have it on all four pieces (helmet, chest, legs, and boots), you will gain an additional 16 armor. You can only have one protection enchantment per piece of armor and this is the best one overall.
  • Mending - If you want your armor to last pretty much forever, then having the Mending enchantment is very important. If your armor has some of its durability removed, the Mending enchant will restore its durability by consuming Experience Orbs you collect.
  • Unbreaking III - Unbreaking gives anything you have enchanted with a chance for it not to have its durability lost when used. You'll want this so your items aren't constantly consuming your Experience Orbs via the Mending enchant. This is just an additional way to keep your items from degrading, and will hopefully allow you to avoid ever losing your armor. Just try to avoid dying in lava pools!
  • Thorns III - If you're a melee up close and personal fighter then Thorns will cause all enemies who attack you to take damage. This means that if you get surrounded, enemies are taking damage from hitting you weakening them, making them easier to kill after slaying everyone else!

Helmet Only

  • Respiration III - This enchantment will help you hold your breath underwater for an extended period of time. It's very useful if you are harvesting coral or exploring oceans.
  • Aqua Affinity - Your ability to mine underwater is pretty slow, this enchantment removes the penalty that is inflicted upon you when you go into the depths.

Boots Only

  • Depth Strider III - If you have any plans at all of entering the world of the underwater, then you are going to want this enchantment. This makes it so you have increased speed when you are moving around underwater, so if you plan on exploring coral reefs or doing anything to do with oceans or lakes, you will want this one for sure!
  • Frost Walker II - It should be noted, however, that if you have no plans on going underwater then you might want to get Frost Walker II. This creates frosted ice block when you walk over water, which will make traveling around a bit easier. The decision between these two largely depends on what you are doing most often in the game.
  • Feather Falling IV - Fall damage can be pretty harsh in Minecraft, so Feather Falling will help temper down the damage you take if you find yourself accidentally launching yourself from high area frequently.

Shield Only

There aren't a lot of enchantments that you can apply to shields. You can apply Curse Of Vanishing to your shield if you want, but all that does is stop other players from picking it up if you die. Here are the only enchantments you can apply to a shield that benefit you directly.

  • Mending - Mending is helpful for all items, but it especially applies to shields. It makes it so you don't constantly have to keep maintenance on your shield and waste valuable resources. This is essential for protection if you find yourself fighting a lot of mobs!
  • Unbreaking - Along with Mending, Unbreaking is crucial for your shield. Unbreaking and Mending are also good substitutes for each other if you can only get one of them. Also like Mending, it is good to help you save on resources if you're fighting players and mobs and you don't want your shield constantly breaking.

Best Sword Enchantments

  • Sharpness V - Gives you a pretty significant boost to melee damage!
    • Smite - Not a bad option either if you mostly find yourself fighting against undead monsters.
  • Sweeping Edge III - Increases the damage of your sweep attacks, all damage buffs are good when we're talking about a sword.
  • Looting III - This will increase the amount of items that can drop from monsters.
  • Unbreaking III - Reduces the likelihood of your item having its durability reduced when used.
  • Mending - Repairs your item if it has had its durability reduced when you collect Experience Orbs.
  • Fire Aspect II—Sets your foes on fire!

Best Bow Enchantments

  • Power V - Increases your arrow damage, always good on a weapon!
  • Unbreaking III - Reduces the likelihood of your item having its durability reduced when used.
  • Punch II - This increases the amount of knockback that is done when you hit something with an arrow. If you're using a bow, you usually want your enemy to be further away from you, and this enchantment makes that more likely.
  • Flame - You will now be shooting flaming arrows! Pretty good for dealing additional damage overtime onto monsters and other players.
  • Infinity or Mending - This largely depends on if you have a method for gathering a lot of arrows. If you have a monster grinder or have access to a lot of feather, then you can pretty much skip Infinity for Mending. If not, then you might want to go with Infinity to reduce the hassle of having to obtain arrows. However, you might end up breaking your Bow if you don't have Mending, so weigh those benefits against whether or not you can easily craft another high end bow!

Best Crossbow Enchantments

  • Quick Charge III - Increases the speed of your load time on the Crossbow. This is very useful if you needing to fire shot after shot into monsters.
  • Multishot - You can have this or Piercing on your Crossbow. It largely depends on if you are fighting enemies in packs or if they are in caves and lined up one after the other. Most of the time your enemies are spread out, so Multishot is the better pick.
  • Unbreaking III - Reduces the likelihood of your item having its durability reduced when used.
  • Mending - Repairs your item if it has had its durability reduced when you collect Experience Orbs.

Best Axe, Pickaxe, & Shovel Enchantments

  • Efficiency V - This will increase the speed of which you harvest material depending on the item it has been placed on.
  • Unbreaking III - Reduces the likelihood of your item having its durability reduced when used.
  • Mending - Repairs your item if it has had its durability reduced when you collect Experience Orbs.
  • Axe Only: Sharpness V - The axe is actually a pretty good weapon, it does more damage than a sword. Sharpness will help increase that damage if you use it for that purpose.

Silk Touch or Fortune

You can only have one of these on your harvesting tools, but they are both very useful for a specific thing. Silk Touch is useful if you want to move whole block around and move them around. Stuff like leaves, ice blocks, Glowstone, and much more. So, if you are more into design and wanting to customize your area, you are going to want at least one of your tools with Silk Touch.

Fortune is the better all-around enchant, because you are likely more often going to be out collecting resources and this gives you an increased chance to multiply the drops you get from valuable resources like Diamond, Emerald, Nether Quartz, Lapis Lazuli, and a whole lot of other stuff.

These are largely more important on a pickaxe, but Silk Touch & Fortune both have their uses on the axe and shovel.

Best Elytra Enchantments

  • Unbreaking III - Reduces the likelihood of your item having its durability reduced when used.
  • Mending - Repairs your item if it has had its durability reduced when you collect Experience Orbs.

Best Fishing Pole Enchantments

  • Lure III - The Lure enchantment decreases the wait time for catching fish. This is obviously a great advantage if you're doing a lot of fishing.
  • Luck of the Sea III - This one lowers the chance of catching junk items, and increases the chance of catching treasure!
  • Unbreaking III - Reduces the likelihood of your item having its durability reduced when used.
  • Mending - Repairs your item if it has had its durability reduced when you collect Experience Orbs.

Best Trident Enchantments

  • Impaling V - This is only useful if you are fighting aquatic mobs a lot. If not, then you might as well not bother with it because it doesn't increase damage against land monsters.
  • Loyalty III - This is probably the best overall enchantment for the Trident! When you throw your Trident, this enchantment will automatically bring it back to you. The higher the level you have on it, the faster it will return to you.
  • Channeling - This has some niche uses but it is also very cool. What Channeling does, is that when you hit a mob with your Trident during a thunderstorm, it will strike down a lightning bolt onto the monster. This is useful for creating Charged Creepers, which can help you farm mob heads... If you're into that sort of thing.
  • Unbreaking III - Reduces the likelihood of your item having its durability reduced when used.
  • Mending - Repairs your item if it has had its durability reduced when you collect Experience Orbs.
  • Riptide - This enchantment is awesome for getting to places quickly, as in when it is raining, when you throw the Trident, the player goes with it. This also works when standing in water, and in snowy weather. However, it's best to use this in conjunction with a slow-falling potion or something along those lines, as fall damage will hurt/kill you.

Best Nether Enchantments

These enchantments are absolutely essential if you want to go into the Nether, especially if you're expecting a fight!

  • Fire Resistance - At this point, this is almost a given. Fire Resistance protects you from falls into the lava, attacks from Ghasts and Blazes, and accidentally walking onto fires. It is absolutely essential.
  • Soul Speed - You can only put this enchant on your boots, but it gives you the ability to walk faster on Soul Sand. The downside to this enchantment is that when you run on Soul Sand, it was decrease durability on your boots. So it's strongly recommended that with this enchantment you also have the Unbreaking or Mending enchantments.
  • Feather Falling - We couldn't decide between which is more helpful in the Nether between Feather Falling and Soul Speed, so we included both. Feather Falling is a huge help if you're trying to traverse the Nether and search for Biomes or structures. Free movement is way more convenient than you might expect, especially in the Nether.
  • Knockback - Last but not least is Knockback. If you find yourself in a PVP battle, or even a fight against a Nether mob, Knockback will be your best friend. It gives you a chance to get away, and maybe even knock your enemies into lava or fire for a quick and easy battle!


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  1. Thanks this was really helpful! I happen to love the fire aspect enchant for swords πŸ™‚

  2. thank you very much

    1. Thx so much ,that helped me a lot
      Now I am not afraid of beating the ender drag on anymore

  3. its a very good help with the minecraft world

  4. thank you for the info now I don’t have struggle myself

  5. Ty very much I easily completed my armour as I had a stock of enchanted books well done 🀯

    1. ty o much I’m making a villager farm for all the enchants and this really helped πŸ˜€

  6. I play an anarchy server, and frankly when I was a noob on there this helped me rush my gear! Cheers

  7. Very helpful thank you!

  8. thanks, i am trying to make a god set of weapons and armor to fight the ender dragon so this really helped.😁

    1. Yeah I wanted god armor too as well as a god sword this was great.


  10. Can a trident have knockback considering it is a melee weapon as well as a ranged weapon?

    1. I don’t think so

  11. If you are reading this comment you are cool and i hope you have a great day

    1. Thank you Ghost

    2. Right back at ya!

  12. Nice, It was very Helpful since is my first time playing Survival!

  13. I like it so much.

  14. Thank you, very helpful

  15. Woah! Thanks. Some enchantments I didn’t know the uses of and what they would do. Thanks! Very helpful for Minecraft players!

  16. Nice, this will help me in my quest to get perfect enchahts in every single item

  17. Thank you so much

  18. thank you this helped so much

  19. Amazing thank you that really helped

  20. I didn’t know that you could put channeling riptide and impaling on a trident

  21. this is very helpful but you are forgetting a enchantment (knockback)

    1. knockback is actually one of the worst because it makes it where you can not hit combos that much therefore it does not do much damage

      1. but it can save you from creeper without needing a shield. (if you hit them it can save you)

  22. thank you, helped me beat my friends ass

  23. this is helpful because i know what enchantment i put.

  24. this is helpful, but anything good for ender defending enchants?

  25. Hey! This is dumb, but got any god enchants for fishing rods?

    1. hey there! if you read the entirety of the article, you’ll notice there’s a section on fishing rods too! Luck of the sea 3, lure 3, unbreaking 3 and mending πŸ™‚

  26. Thanks for the info. Super helpful. Made my choices very clear.

    1. We’re glad! What did you go for?

  27. Can you have fire protection while having protection on the same piece of armor?

    1. No, sadly not

    2. No, however you can have feather falling on your boots along with any other protection. (Fire, blast, projectile and, normal protection)

  28. You forgot fire aspect 2 for the sword section

    1. Cheers!

  29. Are these the best enchants for netherite though?

    1. We will be updating the guide very soon, so stick with us πŸ˜€