Mastering Sword Enchantment in Minecraft: A Comprehensive Guide

In the realm of Minecraft, enchanting your sword is not merely an option—it’s a necessity for survival and dominance. This guide sheds light on the essential sword enchantments, including Smite, Fire Aspect, and the coveted Sharpness, providing you with the knowledge to transform your blade from ordinary to legendary. Discover the enchantments that suit your adventuring style and prepare to conquer the blocky world.

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Understanding Sword Enchantment in Minecraft

Sword Enchantments in Minecraft: The game offers a myriad of enchantments for swords, enhancing their damage, durability, and utility. Knowing how to navigate the enchantment system is key to maximizing your weapon’s potential.

Key Enchantments for Swords

1. Sharpness

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Effect: Increases the damage dealt by the sword.

Levels: Up to Sharpness V (5).

Utility: Ideal for general use, as it increases damage against all entities.

2. Smite

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Effect: Increases damage against undead mobs (such as zombies, skeletons, wither skeletons, and the Wither boss).

Levels: Up to Smite V (5).

Utility: Particularly useful when exploring areas heavily populated by undead mobs or fighting the Wither.

3. Bane of Arthropods

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Effect: Increases damage against arthropod mobs (such as spiders, cave spiders, silverfish, and endermites).

Levels: Up to Bane of Arthropods V (5).

Utility: Useful in specific scenarios, like exploring mineshafts or fighting endermites.

4. Knockback

Effect: Increases the knockback effect, pushing entities away when hit.

Levels: Up to Knockback II (2).

Utility: Great for crowd control and keeping enemies at a distance.

5. Fire Aspect

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Effect: Sets the target on fire, dealing additional damage over time.

Levels: Up to Fire Aspect II (2).

Utility: Useful for dealing extra damage and cooking meat from animals without a furnace.

6. Looting

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Effect: Increases the amount and chance of loot drops from mobs.

Levels: Up to Looting III (3).

Utility: Excellent for acquiring more resources, like ender pearls from Endermen or rare drops.

7. Unbreaking

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Effect: Increases the durability of the sword, making it last longer.

Levels: Up to Unbreaking III (3).

Utility: Reduces the frequency of repairs or replacements, saving resources.

8. Mending

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Effect: Uses experience gained to repair the sword.

Utility: Essentially makes the sword capable of lasting indefinitely, as long as you keep gaining experience.

9. Sweeping Edge (Java Edition only)

Effect: Increases damage of sweep attacks.

Levels: Up to Sweeping Edge III (3).

Utility: Enhances the effectiveness of dealing with groups of mobs.

Basic Sword Crafting Recipe

Open the Crafting Table: First, you need to access your Crafting Table. If you don’t have one, create it by placing 4 Wooden Planks in the crafting section of your inventory, filling all four squares.

Gather Materials: Collect 1 Stick and 2 units of your chosen material (Wooden Planks, Cobblestone, Iron Ingots, Gold Ingots, or Diamonds). The material you choose determines the type of sword you’ll craft (wooden, stone, iron, gold, or diamond, respectively).

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Place the Materials:

  • Place 1 Stick in the bottom-middle slot of the crafting grid. This will serve as the handle of your sword.
  • Place 2 units of your chosen material vertically above the stick: one in the center-middle slot and another in the top-middle slot of the crafting grid. This forms the blade of your sword.
  • Craft the Sword: Once the materials are correctly placed, a sword icon will appear to the right of the crafting grid. Drag this icon into your inventory to complete the crafting process.

Crafting a Netherite Sword

Crafting a Netherite Sword is a bit more involved, as it requires you to first have a Diamond Sword and then upgrade it using a Smithing Table.

Craft a Diamond Sword: Follow the steps above, using 2 Diamonds and 1 Stick to create a Diamond Sword.

Obtain a Netherite Ingot: Netherite Ingots are crafted from 4 Netherite Scraps and 4 Gold Ingots. You can find Netherite Scraps by smelting Ancient Debris in a furnace.

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Use a Smithing Table:

  • Craft a Smithing Table by placing 2 Iron Ingots over 4 Wooden Planks in the crafting grid.
  • Right-click the Smithing Table to open its upgrade menu.
  • Place your Diamond Sword in the left slot and the Netherite Ingot in the right slot. This will result in a Netherite Sword, which will appear in the output slot.
  • Drag the Netherite Sword into your inventory.

How to Enchant a Sword

To enchant a sword, you need an enchanting table and lapis lazuli. Place the sword in the first slot of the enchanting table interface, and lapis lazuli in the second. Choose from the list of random enchantments offered, which are influenced by bookshelves placed around the enchanting table. For more specific enchantments, combine the sword with enchanted books using an anvil.

Compare: Enchanted wooden sword vs Netherite sword

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  • Wooden Sword: Wooden swords have the lowest durability of all sword types, with just 59 uses before they break.
  • Netherite Sword: Netherite swords boast the highest durability, with 2031 uses, making them significantly more durable than wooden swords and all other sword types.


  • Wooden Sword: A wooden sword deals the least amount of damage, with a base damage of 4 (or 2 hearts).
  • Netherite Sword: Netherite swords deal the highest base damage of all sword types, with a base damage of 8 (or 4 hearts). This means a Netherite sword inflicts double the damage of a wooden sword.


  • Wooden Sword: Wooden swords have a higher enchantability than Netherite swords, meaning they can receive higher-level and more varied enchantments more easily when using an enchanting table. The enchantability score of a wooden sword is 15.
  • Netherite Sword: Netherite swords have a lower enchantability score of 15, compared to wooden swords. While they can still receive high-level enchantments, it may require more experience levels or the use of books and an anvil to achieve the same level of enchantments as on a wooden sword.

Special Properties

  • Wooden Sword: Wooden swords have no special properties other than their basic functionality and the ability to receive enchantments.
  • Netherite Sword: Netherite swords come with additional benefits besides high durability and damage. They are immune to fire and lava, meaning they won’t be destroyed if dropped in either. This makes Netherite swords more valuable in risky environments.

Practical Comparison

  • An enchanted wooden sword could temporarily perform better in specific situations, depending on the enchantments. For example, a wooden sword enchanted with Sharpness V can deal significant damage, surpassing an unenchanted Netherite sword temporarily. However, its low durability and the lack of special properties limit its long-term usefulness.
  • A Netherite sword, even without enchantments, stands out for its superior durability, damage, and special properties. When enchanted, it becomes an even more powerful weapon, capable of dealing massive damage and lasting for a significantly longer time.

Personal Experience

Through trial and error, I’ve found that a combination of Sharpness V and Fire Aspect II on a Netherite sword creates an unstoppable force against almost any foe. The thrill of watching enemies fall with ease as my enchanted blade cuts through them is unmatched. It’s not just about the power; it’s about crafting a weapon that feels uniquely yours.


Q1: Can I combine Sharpness with Smite or Bane of Arthropods on a sword?

A1: No, Sharpness, Smite, and Bane of Arthropods are mutually exclusive. You can only have one of these enchantments on a sword at any given time.

Q2: How many experience levels do I need to enchant a sword?

A2: The maximum enchantment level (30) requires at least 3 lapis lazuli and 30 experience levels. However, you won’t spend all 30 levels; the action only deducts 1-3 levels, depending on the enchantment.

Q3: Does Sweeping Edge increase the damage of individual hits?

A3: Sweeping Edge increases the damage dealt by sweep attacks – the ones that hit multiple mobs – in Java Edition. It does not increase the damage of individual hits against a single target.

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Sword enchantment in Minecraft opens up a world of possibilities, allowing players to customize their weapons to suit their adventuring needs. Whether you’re battling the Ender Dragon or simply defending your base, the right enchantments can turn the tide in your favor. Dive into the enchanting world, and witness the transformation of your sword into a tale of legend.

Ready to upgrade your arsenal? Head over to APKAFE now to explore comprehensive guides, tips, and tricks on mastering Minecraft enchantments and beyond. Elevate your gameplay today and forge the sword that legends are made of.

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