What does Bane of Arthropods do in Minecraft?

What does Bane of Arthropods do in Minecraft?

Bane of Arthropods is a unique enemy damage-focused enchantment that will cause weapons to deal more damage towards arthropod mobs or spider enemies. Enemies that fall under the arthropod category include the following.

  • Spiders 
  • Cave Spiders
  • Bees
  • Silverfish
  • Endermites

This enchantment will also cause these enemy types to gain slowness IV with a one-second duration that will increase with the level of the enchantment.

Related: Best Minecraft Shield Enchantments

Overall, Ban of Arthropods is a useful enchantment if you plan on making a spider farm, in any other case, it's not recommended to use the enchantment. The main reason is that it will cause the following enchantments to become incompatible with the item you enchant it on to. 

  • Sharpness
  • Cleaving
  • Smite

These enchantments are far more useful than Ban of Arthropods as they can deal more damage to all mobs types in the game. Nonetheless, if you want this enchantment, you can get it through the following methods.

  • Fishing
  • Enchanting table
  • Trading
  • Looting Chests

Starting with fishing, if you have a fishing pole enchanted with luck of the sea and lure enchantments, there's a good chance you can get enchanted books with it - one of these may also be the Ban of Arthropods enchantment, so it's always worth trying it. 

However, you might be better off trying to enchant books via an enchanting table and Lapis Lazuli. Beyond that, looting dungeon chests, and checking villagers, and trading emeralds when they have the book is another option. 

Check out some of our other fantastic Minecraft guides!

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get updates on your favorite games!

About the Author

Andrew Vaughan is a Contributing Writer at Pro Game Guides that has written guides on popular RPGs and FPS survival titles for several years. Andrew Vaughan specializes in survival and roleplaying games and has been a lifelong gamer.
Find Andrew Vaughan On: Twitter

Write A Comment

What does Bane of Arthropods do in Minecraft?

Comments are on moderation and will be approved in a timely manner. Please read the following rules before commenting:

  • All comments must be on topic and add something of substance to the post
  • No swearing or inappropriate words
  • No asking or begging for anything free
  • Do not attempt to start a poll in the comments
  • Comments in all CAPS will be removed
  • We reserve the right to remove a comment for any reason
  • Do not impersonate a staff member or influencer

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.