Minecraft Enchanting Guide & Best 1.14 Enchantments for Armor, Bow, Picaxe & More


In this post, we’re going to take a look at some of the best enchantments currently available in Minecraft 1.14 for your gear. Whether it be armor, bow, a picaxe, axe, shovel or anything else. 

We’ve also included some of the best enchantments for the Trident, which is one of the newer weapons to appear in Minecraft. Unfortunately, enchantments are completely random unless using an anvil, so don’t expect to get every enchantment we’ve listed below.

What is Enchanting in Minecraft?

In Minecraft, you can begin to enchant your gear around the mid-game stage after crafting an enchanting table which requires 2 Diamonds, 4 Obsidian and 1 Book. It allows you to enhance your tools and gear so that they are stronger and offer special perks and bonuses.

Using an enchanting table will require you to use experience (your levels) and Lapis Lazuli (a mineral found deep underground). Although enchantments can also be added to tools using an anvil if you are carrying any enchanted books.

To get the highest and best possible enchantments in Minecraft, you will need to surround your enchanting table with 15 bookcases at least. You can do this by leaving a 1 block gap between the table and bookcases, which should wrap around 3 sides and be 2 high. Although other designs are available.

How to Enchant Tools and Armor

First, open up your enchanting table in Minecraft. On the left hand side, you will see two slots. One is for your item you want to enchant, the other being for Lapis Lazuli which will be consumed upon enchanting. Start by placing an enchantable item in the first slot and Lapis Lazuli in the second slot.

On the right, you will now see 3 options. These are available enchantments, which show the level and Lapis Lazuli requirement. You will also see one of the guaranteed enchantments.

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Enchantment Interface

It’s recommended to be Level 30 at least to get the highest tier enchantments and a higher chance of receiving multiple enchantments at once. If an option is greyed out, it’s because you don’t meet one of the requirements. 

Select one of the enchantments on the right hand side (ideally the level 30 enchantment). Your tool will now be enchanted and you can pull it back out the crafting table. You will have received at least one enchantment, with multiple being possible. 

What are the Best Minecraft Enchantments?

Well, the enchantments depend on what sort of tool or item you’re enchanting. As well as what task you’re doing.

For example, if you’re doing a lot of combat, then you may want the Protection enchantment on gear. While if you’re doing some underwater exploration looking for temples, you will likely want Aqua Infinity and Respiration. 

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Best Armor Enchantments

Most protection enchantments are a good option, as they allow you to survive for longer and take less damage from enemies. These will mostly be collected on your Chestplate and Leggings as they both offer the same enchantments. Whereas both the Helmet and Boots have unique enchantments which help with travelling underwater or falling from greater heights.

    1. Helmet
      1. Aqua Infinity (I): Increases underwater mining rate.
      2. Respiration (III): Allows you to breathe for a longer duration underwater. 
      3. Unbreaking (III): Increases item durability. 
    2. Chestplate
      1. Blast Protection (IV): Reduces explosion damage and knock-back. Especially useful against Creepers. 
      2. Projectile Protection (IV): Reduces projectile damage which is great against Skeletons.
      3. Protection (IV): Reduces most types of damage. Makes you stronger and harder to be killed by enemy mobs. 
    3. Leggings
      1. Blast Protection (IV): Reduces explosion damage and knock-back. Especially useful against Creepers. 
      2. Projectile Protection (IV): Reduces projectile damage which is great against Skeletons.
      3. Protection (IV): Reduces most types of damage. Makes you stronger and harder to be killed by enemy mobs.
    4. Boots
      1. Depth Strider (III): Increases movement speed when travelling underwater.
      2. Frost Water (II): Turns water beneath the player into frosted ice, allowing you to essentially walk on water. This enchantment has to be applied at an anvil.
      3. Feather Falling (IV): Reduces fall damage, allowing you to fall from greater heights.

Best Tool & Weapon Enchantments

    1. Sword
      1. Bane of Arthropods (V): Increases damage dealt to arthropods. Arthropods include Spiders, Cave Spiders, Silverfish and Endermites. 
      2. Fire Aspect (II): Sets your target on fire upon hitting them, inflicting more damage.
      3. Looting (III): Increases the amount of loot that mobs drop.
      4. Smite (V): Increases damage to undead mobs such as Skeletons and Zombies.
      5. Sweeping Edge (III): Increases sweeping attack damage.
    2. Axe
      1. Efficiency (V): Increases mining speed, allowing you to chop down trees faster.
      2. Unbreaking (III): Increases item durability.
      3. Silk Touch (I): Mined blocks drop themselves.
    3. Picaxe and Shovel
      1. Efficiency (V): Increases mining speed, allowing you to harvest minerals and stone faster.
      2. Fortune (III): Increases some block drops, for example, instead of receiving 1 diamond per block, it’s possibly to receive 4 diamonds with Fortune III.
      3. Silk Touch (I): Mined blocks drop themselves.
      4. Unbreaking (III): Increases item durability.
    4. Bow
      1. Flame (I): Fires Flame arrows, allowing you to set targets on fire.
      2. Infinity (I): Shooting consumes no arrows, essentially allowing infinite ammunition.
      3. Punch (II): Increases arrow knock-back.
      4. Power (V): Increases arrow damage.
    5. Trident
      1. Channelling (I): The Trident will channel a bolt of lightning towards an enemy. However this only works during thunderstorms. 
      2. Impaling (V): Trident deals more damage to ocean mobs. 
      3. Loyalty (III): After throwing a Trident, it will be returned to you.
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Phillip Anderson
Phillip Anderson
Hey, I'm Phillip Anderson! After studying Video Game Design at University, I began writing articles at PwrDown in my free time. I currently play my games on PC, but also own a PS4 & Nintendo Switch. I'm also a VR enthusiast, owning an Oculus Rift S where you might find me playing Beat Saber or Skyrim VR!