In Minecraft, players often use armor enchantments, or particularly sword enchantments to improve their effectiveness. The enchanted item gains a special attribute that improves an item's existing ability or imbues them with additional uses. Enchanted items gain a special "glint" animation. In this article, we are going to showcase everything you need to know about the enchanting system in Minecraft.

1. How to get enchanted items in Minecraft

Players can get enchanted items by doing the process of enchanting themselves or looting already enchanted items from villagers.

  • Using an Enchanting table, in exchange for experience points and lapis lazuli. Only unenchanted items work using this method.
  • Using an Anvil, combining an item with an enchanted book, or two of the same item with different enchantments.
  • Acquiring already enchanted items from random drops or chest loot, or from villagers.

In the later sections, we will go in detail how you can use enchanting table and anvil to enchant items in Minecraft.

High-end enchanted items in Minecraft have a lot of useful enchantments.

2. How to enchant items in Minecraft

Players will need to craft an enchanting table and an anvil to enchant items. Enchanting tables are pretty high-end - you need 4 blocks of obsidian, 2 diamonds blocks and one book. Meanwhile, the anvil requires 4 iron ingots and 3 iron blocks to be crafted.

Enchanting table

To enchant using the table, players will need enchanting levels, meet the level requirement and lapis lazuli. When the table is opened, a small menu will come up with a spot for players to place the item. On the right is a list of 3 enchantments for players to choose from. They can enchant items as long as they have enough resources (levels and lapis lazuli).

Minecraft Enchantments Enchanting Table
An enchanting table is the main way to enchant items in Minecraft.

Enchantment levels can be increased by placing bookshelves next to the enchanting table while separating them with one block of air. This results in a 5x5 square, with an opening for the player to get out.

To get level 30 enchantments, you need a total of 15 bookshelves around the enchanting table. The higher your enchantment level, the stronger the enchantments you can get from the table.


You can craft an Anvil using 4 iron ingots and 3 iron blocks. Players will need to use enchanted books to enchant using an anvil. They can be found in strongholds, treasure chests, fishing or trading with villagers. They can also be created by enchanting normal books using the Enchanting table.

Enchanting with an anvil does not cost any resources except for the book and experience. Interface-wise, it works the same as the enchanting table. Some enchantments only spawn in enchanted books. For example, Mending, the most powerful enchantment in Minecraft, never appears on an enchanting table.

Stacking enchantments
You can stack enchantments onto books then use them with the anvil.

3. How to disenchant an item in Minecraft

The only way to disenchant an item is to repairing them via the crafting grid or using the grindstone. The latter removes all enchantments, except for Curse of Binding and Curse of Vanishing, and gives players experience back based on the level of enchantments and their value.

A grindstone usually spawns as the village weaponsmith's job block. You can craft a grindstone in Minecraft by using a stone slab, 2 sticks and 2 of any planks.

Minecraft Grindstone Disenchant
Minecraft Grindstone Disenchant gives you some experience back.

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