In Minecraft, there are various ways to increase your chances of survival. From upgrading your gear and equipment to brewing all kinds of potions—the possibilities are endless! And one of the best ways to do that is through enchanting.
Enchanting is an in-game mechanic in Minecraft that allows players to enhance specific tools, armors, and weapons by imbuing them with a special ability. This mechanic costing only experience points provides a considerable boost to a player’s equipment, thus increasing their chances of survival. To begin the enchantment process, you, as the player, must first obtain an enchanting table. And although the process of acquiring one might seem too taxing, the reward by the end of it is always worth it.
How To Craft an Enchanting Table
There is only one way a player may obtain an enchanting table without the use of cheats: crafting. Crafting an enchanting table requires you first to collect three specific crafting materials, all of which are not accessible to the player in an early-game scenario.
To craft the enchanting table, you must gather four obsidian blocks, two diamonds, and one book. Obsidian blocks can be created by pouring water over lava which can only be mined using a diamond pickaxe. Using a pickaxe of a lower type will destroy the obsidian, which will drop nothing in the process.
Next, you will need to collect diamonds through mining. Diamonds are commonly found between layers 5 and 12 and are typically best found on layer 11. You can check which layer you are on by pressing F3 on your keyboard for PC users and FN + F3 for Mac, then navigating using the coordinates on the Y-axis.
Lastly, you need one book to complete the recipe. There are three ways to obtain a book in Minecraft. You can break down a bookshelf using an ax, loot from chests, or craft a book yourself. To craft a book, you will need three papers and one leather arranged in a specific pattern as indicated below:
Now that you have all materials, you are ready to craft an enchanting table. Using a crafting table, arrange the four obsidian blocks in a triangle pattern, then place two diamonds on each side before placing the book on top (refer to the image below). This will produce one enchanting table for you to use.
How To Use an Enchanting Table?
Once you’ve crafted the enchanting table, it’s time to put it to good use. To use an enchanting table, you need one essential item first: Lapis Lazuli. Lapis lazuli is a rare blue ore that allows you to enchant and can only be acquired through mining. You can find Lapis Lazuli below layer 32, with its highest concentrations between layers 17 and 19.
Now that you’ve gathered lapis lazuli, you can start enchanting. To enchant an item, place lapis lazuli inside the enchanting table along with the item you wish to enchant. You will then be given three enchantment options to choose from. Each option is entirely random, so you have to choose wisely!
You can also enchant a book to save that specific enchantment for later use. To use an enchanted book, you need to place the book in an anvil along with the item you want to enchant.
To optimize enchanting, craft 15 bookshelves and place them around the enchanting table in a square-like pattern. Doing this will increase your chances of getting better enchantment options and increase the level of enchantment.
Take Note: Each enchantment will cost you between 1 and 3 lapis lazuli and an equivalent experience level depending on the level of enchantment. The higher the player’s experience level is, the higher chances of getting better enchantments.