Discovering or crafting a favorite item in Minecraft brings mixed feelings; it's wonderful to have it, but it won't last forever. Almost everything in Minecraft, even Netherite Tools, has durability. However, there are ways to repair cherished items, such as Mending enchantments. This article explores everything you should know about mending in Minecraft.

What is Mending in Minecraft?

Mending is a highly valuable enchantment in Minecraft that lets players restore the durability of items and enhance them using EXP orbs.

Mending In Minecraft
Mending is a highly valuable enchantment in Minecraft.

Mending enchantment in the game can be applied to various items such as weapons, tools, books, and even diamonds, which is quite surprising.

How to get Mending in Minecraft

How To Find Mending Enchantment Books

To enchant an item with Mending in Minecraft, you first acquire a Mending book. Unlike most enchantments that can be applied using an enchanting table, Mending cannot be obtained this way. Instead, players need to purchase, find, or loot these books.

  • Fishing: Mending enchantment books can be obtained by fishing in water sources just like fish. Although some find fishing boring, it's one of the easiest and quickest ways to get Mending for items.
  • Looting Chests: Mending enchantment books can be found in Dungeon Chests, Temples, End Cities, and various other chests scattered around the map. If players are already exploring for loot, they may come across Mending books without extra effort. End Cities have a particularly high chance of containing enchanted gear and weapons.
  • Trading: Seek out a villager who is a librarian and engage in trading. Librarians will exchange one random enchantment book for an emerald.

How to make a Librarian Villager

If you can't find a librarian in Minecraft, you can create one by luring a villager without a profession away from others and giving them a lectern. The villager will then adopt the job, allowing players to trade emeralds for books.

How To Make A Librarian Villager Minecraft
Librarian Villager

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If the captured villager does not offer the Mending book trade, you can reclaim the lectern, place it again, and restore the villager's librarian profession. This allows you to trade with them again and attempt to obtain a Mending book.

Mending can appear as the very first trade a new librarian villager offers. This means you don't need to level up the villager to unlock Mending, it can be available right away.

How to fish for a Mending book

Since Minecraft's 1.16 update, fishing mechanics were adjusted to balance AFK fish farms. Now, you can't fish for valuable items like Mending books in small AFK fish farms with just one water block. This change has made it harder for players to find Mending books while fishing.

Fishing For Mending Minecraft
Fishing mechanics were adjusted to balance AFK fish farms.

Now, your bobber needs to be in a spacious area at least 5 blocks wide, 4 blocks deep, and 5 blocks long. This open water zone can only contain air, regular water, or waterlogged blocks.

How to use Mending in Minecraft

Here's what you need to do to use the enchantment book:

  1. Craft an anvil! (You'll need 3 iron blocks and 4 iron ingots)
  2. Place your item and the Mending book: Put the tool or armor you want to enchant in the first anvil slot, and the Mending book in the second.
  3. Enchant away (if you have enough XP)! If the enchantment doesn't work, you might not have enough experience points to complete the process.

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Items with the Mending enchantment in the player's main hand, offhand, or armor slots will automatically repair themselves using experience orbs collected from any source, as long as they are not at maximum durability. Each experience orb contributes two points of durability to the item.

  • When using the Mending enchantment, the experience stored in the orb decreases by one point for every two durability points repaired. For instance, repairing one durability point does not subtract any experience from the orb.
  • Any experience left in the orb after using the Mending enchantment is added to the player's total experience gauge in the usual manner.

When multiple equipped items have the Mending enchantment and require repairs, the game randomly selects one item for each experience orb collected. There is no priority given to any specific item or slot for repair.

  • The Mending enchantment does not choose items that are already fully repaired. To cite an example, if you have a fully repaired helmet but a damaged chest plate, leggings, and boots, only the chest plate, leggings, and boots will be considered for random repairs.
  • Durability does not influence which item is randomly selected for repair with Mending. For instance, a sword that is nearly fully repaired has an equal chance of being chosen as a pickaxe that is almost broken, even if repairing the sword would use less experience.
  • Only one of the equipped items with the Mending enchantment is repaired for each experience orb collected. Any leftover experience on the orb is not distributed to repair other items; instead, it is added to the player's total experience gauge in the usual manner.

Mending cannot be combined with the Infinity enchantment, which is found on some bows. Nonetheless, it can be used together with Unbreaking on items, effectively making them nearly indestructible.

Best items to use Mending in Minecraft

Mending is a potent but costly enchantment, so selecting the right gear is crucial. Typically, any valuable enchanted gear or weapon that players aim to use long-term should be enchanted with Mending. Yet, it's recommended to reserve Mending for items at least of diamond-tier quality or higher. Good items for Mending include:

  • Bows with Power IV
  • Diamond armor with Protection IV and/or Feather Falling IV
  • Diamond pickaxes with Efficiency IV and/or Fortune III and/or Silk Touch
  • Diamond swords with Looting III and/or Sharpness IV
  • Fishing rods with Luck of the Sea III

The most crucial item to reserve a Mending book for is the elytra. Players should prioritize using their first Mending book on the elytra to avoid later difficulty in repairing it.

Finally, this guide has covered everything you need to know about Mending in Minecraft. Remember, it's a powerful but rare enchantment, so use it wisely! 

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