The Minecraft Enchanting Table is a mid-game tool, but if you want to use it as soon as possible, then you should know exactly how it works and how to craft it.
The Enchanting Table is a type of block where you can enchant weapons, armor, books, and tools. You can also enchant certain items, although particular enchants require the Anvil.
These enchants are buffs you put on the gear, and you can put various simultaneously. To use the table effectively, though, you need various Bookshelves, which are a rare find.
Minecraft Enchanting Table Crafting Recipe
An Enchanting table requires the following items:
- 1 book
- 2 diamonds (you can find them on the Overworld’s underground, and water sources in caves. The lower you go, the higher the chances of finding Diamond Ore blocks).
- 3 Obsidian blocks (you can find these on water sources near lava pools, but you need a diamond pickaxe to mine it).
The ores can be difficult to find, but you probably already have a book stored somewhere, or a place to find one.
After you find the items, open the Crafting Table, and put the items in the following pattern:
Then, you can put it on the inventory and place it anywhere on the map or your base. Afterward, remember that the chance of getting higher-tier Enchantments on the table is by placing as many bookshelves around the tables as possible. The ideal setup should be like so:
Minecraft worlds generate bookshelves in libraries within strongholds, village buildings, and woodland mansions.
The exact number of bookshelves you need to maximize the table is 15. 15 bookshelves equal 90 wooden planks and 45 books. The recipe for each recipe is 3 wooden planks (like Oak, Spruce, or Berch) and three books:
To set up the table put it about two blocks from the wall. Then, place the bookshelves around the table, one block away, while leaving space in front of you to walk and use it.
15 bookshelves will put the table on level 30, which is its maximum level. That means each bookshelf offers 2 levels. Leveling up the table allows you to craft higher-tier enchantments.
How to Use Enchanting Tables?
You can place any gear item, tool, or weapon on the Enchanting table to buff it with magic. We recommend doing it with diamond gear and above only, as it can be an expensive process.
To enchant an item, these are the steps:
- Put the item in the enchanting spot. It can be armor, a weapon, a pickaxe, or an ax.
- Put up to 3 Lapis Lazuli in the other spot. Each Lapis Lazuli will unlock a possible enchantment option.
- Once you put the Lapis Lazuli, you’ll see the possible enchantments you can put on the item. These options are randomized, and the chance of getting a better enchantment increase with the bookshelves you place.
- Hover the mouse over each enchantment to read the description and choose one to finish.
There are a few extra rules and tricks we can teach you about the Enchanting Table. First of all, take a look at the “2 Enchantment Levels” you see in the image below. That’s the level price you pay for each enchantment.
For example, if you’re level 40, and you pay a “2 Enchantment Levels” price, you’d end up as a level 38 character after the enchantment. This price is on top of the Lapis Lazuli price listed.
Sometimes, enchantments with a high price can randomly add an extra buff to your weapon. It’s a rare mechanic, but it may happen.
Then, to refresh the enchantments you’re seeing on the table, you need to use them. The process is known as a “dummy enchantment,” where you use a low-tier weapon to get rid of the enchantments you don’t want. Each enchantment you use refreshes the options on the table.
We recommend using one low-tier weapon and one Lapis Lazuli to reset the “enchantment Seed.”
If you see an enchantment you like and you want to save it, you can place it on a book via the Enchantment Table. You still need Lapis Lazuli and Levels to pay it, though.
Beware, because you generally get the worst enchantment on books. Also, to enchant an item with the book, you need to you the anvil instead.
Finding Lapis Lazuli
If you’re wondering about the Lapis Lazuli, you can find these on Lapis Lazuli ore blocks. Each drops four to nine Lapis Lazuli stones.
You can mine these with stone, iron, diamond, and netherite pickaxes. Lastly, you can find these blocks in Woodland Mansions, at the center of “villager statues.”
You may also find these blocks in the underworld, close to bedrock. The lower you go, the higher the chances of finding the ore.
Items You Can Enchant
The items you can enchant are:
- Fishing rods
- Body armor
- Leg armor
- Turtle Shells
You can enchant any type of armor, tool, and weapon as well (like iron, wooden, or Netherite). Also, different items get better chances of receiving a higher-level enchantment on the table.
For example, most iron and stone items have the worst “enchantability.” Diamond tools have the second worst, whereas Netherite and golden tools have the best. Iron is right in the middle.
List of Available Enchants
Let’s wrap up the article by detailing every available enchantment in Minecraft:
You can put up to seven enchantments on an item on Bedrock Edition. On Java, you can put up to eight enchantments, as Java offers the Sweeping Edge enchantment.