Today, you will learn every single Bow Enchantment and some tips on which you should pick. You can use the table of contents above to navigate quickly.
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So, Let’s Jump Right Into Bow’s Enchantments
Curse of Vanishing
The Bow will disappear if you die, instead of floating on the ground.
Curse of Vanishing is one of the “Curse” Enchantment in Minecraft. You can’t get this Enchantment from the Enchanting Table. Instead, you need to find it inside a Chest.
This Enchantment is not designed for Bow only. Every single enchantable item can have this Enchantment too.
Curse of Vanishing only has 1 level and compatible with other Enchantments.
You can shot flaming arrows at your target. The target who gets shot will be burning for a couple of seconds. You can set other players, mobs, TNT, and even dead Campfire on fire.
Flame only has 1 level and compatible with other Enchantments.
This Enchantment is probably the most important for the Bow (a must-have). You can shot an unlimited number of Arrows at your target. You need at least 1 Arrow in your inventory to make it work.
But there something you should know:
- You can’t pick up the Arrows that you’ve fired (this is very obvious).
- You can’t use other types of Arrows like Spectral and Tipped Arrows.
This Enchantment has only 1 level and incompatible with Mending.
Every collected XP will be stored in your Bow to increase its durability. You need to hold your Bow while collecting the XP to make it work.
Just like the Curse of Vanishing, you can’t get directly from the Enchanting Table. But you got other options: you can get it from Chest, fishing, or trade from the Librarian.
Mending only has 1 level and incompatible with Infinite.
The second important for Bow is Power, it increases the damage of your Bow. So you can kill the mob faster with it.
Power has 1 – 5 levels and compatible with other Enchantments.
Unlike the Sword, by default, Bow can knock back the target who gets shot. And what this Enchantment does is increase the knockback power of the Bow.
So, your target will knock even further when they get shot.
It has 1 – 2 levels and compatible with other Enchantments.
This Enchantment will make your Bow’s durability stronger. It also can be equipped with other enchantable items.
It has levels from 1 – 3 and compatible with other Enchantments.
Which Bow Enchantments Should You Pick?
Try to get your Bow like this.
Flame + Unbreaking + Infinity + Punch + Power (try to get the maximum level of each Enchantments).
Almost every Bow’s Enchantments are compatible with each other. Except for Mending and Infinity.
You surely don’t want to sacrifice the unlimited Arrows you can get from Infinity by picking Mending instead. Unbreaking can be used as an alternative to Mending, which shares the same purpose, to keep the durability.
Power is important. Increasing the damage of the Bow is essential. It makes you kill mobs faster and make the game easier.
The Flame makes killing mobs even faster when combined with Power. You can also do little tricks like fire up a Campfire, get cooked items, and set TNT from far away.
Obtaining those Enchantments can be tough and required a lot of times, so here are my tips:
- Before you enchant your Bow, make sure the Enchanting Table is fully optimized (properly surrounded by Bookshelves).
- Try to enchant books instead. Books give you more Enchantments to choose from.
- Try XP farming in Dungeon or Nether Fortress.
- Try Mine Nether Quartz. It has many XP compared to ore blocks.
Keep in mind, that all this just my suggestion to pick Enchantments that I think great for Bow. You can still select Bow Enchantments the way you want. It’s up to you.
So, that’s all the Bow Enchantments in Minecraft. For more guides like this, see Item Enchantments Guide. Thank you for reading the article.