What Are The Best Pickaxe Enchantments In Minecraft

Wen it comes to Pickaxe Enchantments in Minecraft, what are the best? Here are some of the best enchantments to make your pickaxe even more useful.
What Are The Best Pickaxe Enchantments In Minecraft

What Are The Best Pickaxe Enchantments In Minecraft?

The best pickaxe enchantments in Minecraft are:

  • Silk Touch
  • Fortune
  • Efficiency
  • Unbreaking
  • Mending

Silk Touch Enchantment

The silk touch enchantment for pickaxes in Minecraft is a must have enchantment for any players who love to build.

A silk touch enchanted pickaxe will allow certain blocks to drop themselves when mined, rather than their components (as with a normal, unenchanted pickaxe).

Image of the silk touch enchantment in Minecraft

For example, if a pickaxe enchanted with silk touch mines a block of copper ore, instead of dropping raw copper the copper ore block itself will drop.

This is a great enchantment for mining resources, as often the items blocks are broken down into when mined can be costly and time consuming to gather.

Image of a block being broken in Minecraft

Silk touch only has one level. It can be applied to other tools as well as the pickaxe, however the enchantment is most useful on this specific tool, making it one of the best pickaxe enchantments in Minecraft.

Blocks Affected By Silk Touch When Mined With A Pickaxe

There are certain blocks that silk touch affects in the Minecraft world, that include:

  • Ore: Gold, Coal, Copper, Diamond and Emerald Ore
  • Bee Nests and Hives
  • Bookshelves, Campfires and Ender Chests
  • Glass and Blue Ice
  • Gravel and Clay
  • Coral and Coral Fans
  • Deepslate, Gilded Blackstone and Glowstone
  • Stone block

This enchantment is not compatible with the fortune pickaxe enchantment.

Fortune Enchantment

The fortune enchantment is another of the best Minecraft pickaxe enchantments because as its name suggests, it increases the number of /chances of specific item drops.

Image of several diamonds being dropped in Minecraft

This enchantment has no effect on experience orbs/experience points collected from mined blocks, however it is very useful for resource gathering (much like the other different enchantments in this article) as multiple drops can occur.

This enchantment has 3 levels (fortune I - fortune III) and the chances of/ items dropped increase with each level, with the amount dependant on the item:

Efficiency Enchantment

The efficiency enchantment is an enchantment that's primarily applied to a pickaxe in Minecraft, which significantly increases mining speed.

Blocks in the Minecraft world are usually mined at a speed defined by multiple factors (e.g. the item used to mine or mining underwater), with better tools such as a diamond pickaxe or a netherite pickaxe being the quickest to mine.

Image of a pickaxe with the efficiency enchantment in Minecraft

This is one of the best enchantments in Minecraft for this reason, because it can decrease the time taken to mine by any tier of pickaxe and it has 5 levels to the enchantment:

This means that a gold pickaxe with maximum level efficiency has a mining speed of 38, a netherite pickaxe has 35 and a diamond pickaxe has 34.

An image of a diamond pickaxe being upgraded to netherite in Minecraft

This enchantment only works on a pickaxe in Minecraft (and other tools) if the correct tool is being used to mine the block.

Unbreaking Enchantment

Unbreaking is one of the best enchantments in the game, and for good reason: this pickaxe enchantment increases the pickaxe’s durability by decreasing the chance of it taking durability damage when used.

An image of a pickaxe with unbreaking being repaired in Minecraft

For example, a diamond pickaxe in Minecraft with no enchantment would have 1562 durability “points”, breaking when durability is used. 

The unbreaking enchantment at level I adds a 100% chance the item won't lose durability, effectively doubling the pickaxe’s durability.

This Minecraft pickaxe enchantment is widely used throughout the game, as unbreaking can be used on tools, weapon types and armor.

Mending Enchantment

The mending enchantment is heralded as the best enchantment in Minecraft, and not only for a pickaxe.

The mending enchantment restores durability using experience points.

Image showing an enchanted book with mending in Minecraft.

This means that if a pickaxe is used to kill mobs for example, for every 2 points of durability restored to the pickaxe, one experience point is taken.

After the pickaxe’s overall durability is restored the remaining experience will go to the player as usual.

An image showing a netherite pickaxe with the mending enchantment in Minecraft

Finding one of the best enchantments in the game to enchant your pickaxe with is made easy too by the fact that mending is a treasure enchantment, so can be found in chest loot and by fishing or trading with villagers

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