Swords might be the most basic weapon, and among the strongest melee weapons in Minecraft. Right from the beginning, you can craft a trusty wooden sword to start your journey with. Swords will stay with you to the end, from wood to Netherite, from having nothing to owning everything in Minecraft.

If you're reading the article, it means you already know about enchantments. So we won't bother you anymore with the details. Let's find out how many enchantments can a sword have 2021. Stay tuned for the list of the best enchantments for swords in Minecraft as well.

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Enchant your swords to make them even stronger.

1. How many enchantments can a sword have 2021?

Technically speaking, there is no real limit for how many enchantments you may forge into your sword in Minecraft. However, it doesn't mean you can cram every single enchantment in the game to the blade or to any other items. Each weapon, tool, or armor has a different set of enchantments that they're compatible with. For example, you can enchant a pickaxe with Fortune, but you cannot do so with a sword or a bow.

Minecraft Enchantments Enchanting Table
Don't try to cram every available option to your sword.

Then there's the compatibility between the enchantments themselves. A certain number of them conflict with each other, meaning you can only apply one to your item. To illustrate, let's take a look at the trident. Once you've enchanted your trident with Channeling, you cannot reforge it with Riptide or Loyalty.

The same thing goes for swords. That's the basics of the enchanting mechanics in Minecraft.

Sword Enchantments Feature
You can fit 8 enchantments at max, including Curse of Vanishing.

So, what are all the enchants for a sword? For swords, there are 10 enchantments currently available:

  • Bane of Arthropods
  • Curse of Vanishing
  • Fire Aspect
  • Knockback
  • Looting
  • Mending
  • Sharpness
  • Smite
  • Sweeping Edge
  • Unbreaking

In fact, you cannot apply all of 10 enchantments to a sword. According to the latest game rule 2021, you can reinforce a sword in Minecraft with up to 8 enchantments to be exact, including Curse of Vanishing, because such enchantments as Bane of Arthropods, Smite, and Sharpness are incompatible.

Build your sword according to your gameplay.

2. Best enchantments for swords in Minecraft

Here's what you need to forge the ultimate weapon in Minecraft. They are the best enchantments for swords in 2021.

Sharpness V/Smite V/Bane of Arthropods V

The first thing to do? Determine whether you want Sharpness, Smite, or Bane of Arthropods on your sword. Maybe the information below can help decide:

  • Sharpness is good for general use. It increases melee weapons' damage for swords and axes. At level 5, this enchantment boosts your sword's damage by 3 points (Java Edition).
  • Smite deals extra damage to undead mobs. If you're fighting a lot of Zombies, this is the one to choose.
  • Bane of Arthropods deals bonus damage to arthropod mobs (spiders, cave spiders, bees, silverfish, and endermites). Overall, this is not a good choice, unless you're going for a spider farm.
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Sharpness is the most logical choice for general usage.

Unbreaking III

Unbreaking increases the durability of your items. When the items are used, there's a chance that they won't lose any durability. With Unbreaking III, swords have a 33.33% chance of losing durability when being used.


What sword enchantment is the best? It has to be Mending. Mending is the must-have enchantment for all items in Minecraft. It uses your EXP to restore durability. In order for Mending to work, you will have to hold the items on your main hand, offhand, or equip them into armor slots. Mending will use 2 EXP points to restore 1 durability.

Use Mending so that you don't have to repair your item.

Sweeping Edge III

Being one of the few Enchantments exclusive to the Java Edition, Sweeping Edge increases the sweeping damage of swords. It's super effective against large groups of enemies but is hard to come by.

Looting III

Looting is a great enchantment for grinding monsters in Minecraft. It increases the chance of dropping items when killing mobs. This applies to common, uncommon, and rare loots. However, Looting does not affect the EXP drop.

Fire Aspect II

Say goodbye to the furnace and smoker for cooking meat! Fire Aspect will set the target on fire. Mobs like pigs, cows, or fishes will drop cooked meats when they're killed by Fire Aspect.

Fire Aspect
Burn your enemies with Fire Aspect.

Knockback II

Knockback increases the knock-back distance of your sword. It's great to create space between you and the enemies. However, it will make fighting ranged mobs like the Drowned and Skeletons a real hassle.

3. How to get the highest level enchantments in Minecraft?

The Enchanting Table isn't the best place to enchant your items. It gives random enchantments and the chance of you getting a high-level one is super slim. So, to acquire the best and highest-leveled enchantments in Minecraft, use Enchanted Books instead.

Enchanted Books can be acquired from trading with Villagers or enchanting a book at the Enchanting Table. What's make these books so great is that you can combine them to make one of higher level.

To sum up, how many enchantments can a Diamond sword have? Or how many enchantments can a Netherite sword have? Regardless of the materials, the answer is always 8 at max. And to get the highest enchantments for your sword, use Enchanted Books.

Enchantments In Minecraft
Enchanted books for the win!

That's everything you need to know about how many enchantments can a sword have 2021. For more useful guides on Minecraft, visit our website at GuruGamer.com.

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