They say that the best offense is an enchanted sword; no one knows who said that, but that’s an irrefutable fact. You don’t want to get caught out in the wilds without a sword, even more, without a sword enchantment. This guide will help you pick from the Top 10 Best Minecraft Sword Enchantments. So, pick up your enchanted books and your freshly-crafted diamond sword, and let’s start enchanting.
Best Minecraft Sword Enchantments
10. Curse of Vanishing
As you’ve read in the name of the enchantment, it’s cursed. Curse of Vanishing allows you to forge your sword in misfortune, making it disappear once you die. This enchantment does not increase your weapon’s overall attack damage, nor does it give your sword better durability. However, it gives you a sense of realism that if you die, your weapon dies with you, no matter how good its quality is. Unless you’re roleplaying, it is highly recommended that you don’t use it.
9. Knockback II
Probably the least favorite in the Minecraft community, Knockback II is a sword enchantment that puts a bit of extra knockback force with each hit. Normally, your sword will deal with a small amount of push force (plus the base damage) that will knock back your enemies for around 2-3 blocks. But with Knockback II enchantment, you can send them flying for around 6-7 blocks away from you.
It’s an effective crowd control enchantment if you’re in a tight spot, especially on Hardcore mode, where it is the most useful. But for Survival, you don’t really need it since your goal is to kill enemies, not to push them away.
8. Bane of Arthropods
Tired of crawlers ganging up on you when you’re trying to Indiana Jones your way to mine some diamonds? The Bane of Arthropods is the perfect enchantment for you. Coat your weapons in this bug spray enchantment and hit harder against bug-type mobs such as cave spiders, silverfish, regular spiders, endermites, redstone bugs, and spider jockeys.
Note: Bane of Arthropods does not stack together with Smite V and Sharpness V. They are mutually-exclusive enchantments, so you should only choose one of them at a time.
7. Smite V
Smite V is the equivalent of Bane of Arthropods, but for undead creatures. Since the undead-type are the largest variety of mobs in the game, this is pretty useful most of the time, compared to BoA. Undead types include:
- Skeletons (the most common)
- Zombie (another common)
- Zombie Villager
- The Wither
- and many more.
Note: Smite V does not stack together with Bane of Arthropods and Sharpness V. You have to choose which one of the three you’d like to keep in your sword.
6. Looting III
Looting III is a top-tier choice for treasure hunters and those who want to notch up the RNG in the game. Not only does it increase the chances of getting better loot from mobs, but it also allows the player to periodically, if not successively, obtain a hefty increase in the number of loot that can be acquired from using this enchantment.
Like for example, you’re trying to kill a cow for its raw beef and leather, which they usually drop at around 1-3 and 0-2, respectively. With Looting III, you can get around 2-4 and 1-3 drops, which is a pretty good amount.
5. Fire Aspect II
Set your enemies ablaze by using this weapon enchantment. What’s good with Fire Aspect II is that once you kill a chicken, a cow, or any kind of animal that you can eat, they immediately drop a cooked food (beef, chicken, meat, etc.).
Fire Aspect II will light up your enemies on fire and add burning damage plus the base damage of the sword. Combine it with Sweeping Edge III and Sharpness V to set multiple enemies on fire. Good for decorating caves with the burning bodies of your enemies.
4. Sweeping Edge III
Sweeping Edge III is the highest level of sweeping enchantment for swords. Its core properties are very simple. Each cleave or sweep attack you do with your sword will have a predetermined amount, to which with Sweeping Edge III, will add an increment in the damage output per hit.
Sweeping Edge III is an enchantment suitable for mass farming mobs like skeletons or zombies that are always numerous and in groups. You can pretty much swipe 3 enemies at once, although the damage from this enchantment isn’t really noticeable at all when you’re up against a single enemy. Try pairing it with Fire Aspect II.
3. Sharpness V
Sharpness V is considered one of the best enchantments in the game and the jack-of-all-trades when it comes to damage output that it can deal with any type of mobs.
Basically, Sharpness V will increase the outgoing damage of your sword by 3 attack damage. It’s still the same sword, except sharper, deadlier, and even more devastating with every increase in enchantment level. There are better enchantments against specific types of enemies like Smite V (very effective against Undead-type enemies) and Bane of Arthropods (very good against bugs). If you ever want to go on a rampage, this is what you’ll bring.
2. Unbreaking III
Unbreaking III is a must and definitely the perfect all-rounder enchantment. Unbreaking III offers a huge boost in the lifespan or the durability of the sword it is imbued into, as well as a chance of not consuming the durability hit points of the weapons when used.
While it doesn’t increase damage or push enemies away when you hit them, UB III will increase your sword’s durability. This, in turn, will increase your successful hits that will be valued far better in the long run because you’ll repair less than when using a Sharpness V alone.
Mending is the best enchantment out there. When it comes to durability, nothing beats this beast of enchantment since it will instantly make your sword a durability-free weapon that doesn’t need any kind of repairs, which limits the potential of other weapons by their durability rate and capacity.
This enchantment will not increase your overall attack damage, nor will it send your enemies flying, nor will it increase your chances of getting a better quantity of loot, but will definitely increase your weapons’ outgoing total damage in the long run. Mending is the better version of Unbreaking III; however, it still consumes durability points, but for each enemy you slay, the points previously consumed will be restored by the amount of XP you gained.
You can also convert the XPs you gain through farming and other activities that drop them. You can call it the Law of Equivalent exchange, in which you trade experience points or XP for the durability of your Mending-enchanted blade.
To conclude, there is no best sword enchantment in the game. If you want a non-enchanted sword or just purely roleplay a git-gud, hardcore run with a Curse of Vanishing enchantment, you can do it. You do you. However, if you’re trying to play by the books, try using this guide instead or experimenting by yourself.
Try Smite V, Iron Sword, and Fire Aspect II. Cleanse the sinner land with your sword of holy fire or whatever you want to name it. For Magic lovers you may also be interested in our guide to the best Minecraft Magic Mods.
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