The Best Sword Enchantments In Minecraft

Sword enchantments in Minecraft make even the most basic of swords worthy of a good fight. In this article, we look at some of the best sword enchantments in the game.

The Best Sword Enchantments In Minecraft
The Best Sword Enchantments In Minecraft

What Are The Best Sword Enchantments In Minecraft?

The best sword enchantments in Minecraft available to get are:

  • Sharpness
  • Bane Of Arthropods
  • Smite
  • Knockback
  • Sweeping Edge
  • Looting
  • Fire Aspect

All the enchantments below are sword exclusive apart from the sharpness enchantment, the smite enchantment and the bane of arthropods Minecraft sword enchantment.

Sharpness Enchantments

The sharpness enchantment is one of the best Minecraft sword enchantments available, and not only because it’s easy to get.

Sharpness sword enchantments increase the melee damage of your sword, and have 5 levels available to enchant (sharpness I- sharpness V).

Image of an enchanted diamond sword in Minecraft

While sharpness is incompatible with other enchantments such as smite and cleaving, it still adds a massive bonus to melee, meaning this enchantment makes one powerful sword made for killing mobs.

How Much Melee Damage Does Sharpness Increase In Bedrock And Java?

There are a few differences in the amount of damage increase from these sword enchantments in Minecraft Java and Bedrock edition:

Edition Of Minecraft Extra Damage Given Per Level Of Sharpness Level I Level II Level III Level IV Level V
Java 0.5 per level + 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3
Bedrock 1.25 per level 1.25 2.5 3.85 5 6.25

An anvil is needed to enchant certain swords with sharpness V, however some level 5 enchanted swords are found in bastion remnant chests.

Am image of a netherite sword being repaired in an anvil in Minecraft

Sharpness sword enchantments can be applied to:

  • Wooden Swords
  • Stone Swords
  • Iron Swords
  • Diamond Swords
  • Netherite Swords
  • Golden Swords

Bane Of Arthropods Enchantment

Bane of arthropods are another set of excellent Minecraft sword enchantments, and one of the best enchantments in Minecraft if you want to go out bug hunting.

Bane of arthropods is an enchantment with 5 levels that provides increased damage targeted towards arthropod mobs only.

An image of various arthropods in Minecraft

This means that any other mob will not be affected by these sword enchantments, but that doesn't stop them from being some of the best sword enchantments to take into caves!

Arthropods in Minecraft are:

The bane of arthropods sword enchantment adds 2.5 extra attack damage against arthropods per level of the enchantment, per hit.

Image of the bane of arthropods enchantment in an enchanting table

This enchantment also inflicts slowness IV on the target, lasting for a random duration between 1-1.5 seconds at level I to a max of 3.5 for level V. 

This creates a powerful sword to use whilst caving and exploring, keeping all the nasty bugs at bay.

Smite Enchantments

The best enchantment for use against undead mobs, with a smite sword dealing 2.5 extra damage to undead mobs per level, capping at 15 extra damage at level 5.

This makes smite one of the best sword enchantments in Minecraft, as fighting undead through the night as they haunt the Minecraft world is every player's worst nightmare.

An image showing an enchanting table in Minecraft

The mob type (multiple mobs) the smite enchantment affects are:

  • Skeletons and Skeleton Horses
  • Zombies, Zombie villagers and Zombie Horses
  • Zombie Piglins
  • Zoglins
  • Wither Skeletons
  • Withers
  • Husks
  • Drowned
  • Phantoms

Knockback Enchantment

The knockback sword enchantments are some of the more unique enchantments you can fine while playing Minecraft in that they only affect the weapon’s knockback and not its primary damage.

Image of a spider being knocked back in Minecraft

Knockback increases the base knockback value of the sword it’s enchanted to (e.g. a Netherite sword), for a maximum of two levels.

  • Knockback I gives a 105% increase to knockback
  • Knockback II gives a 190% increase to knockback

This equals around 6 blocks of knock back to mobs not resistant to it.

Mobs that are resistant to knockback include:

  • Wardens
  • Squid outside of water
  • Iron Golems

Sweeping Edge Enchantments

The sweeping edge Minecraft sword enchantments are currently only available in the Java edition of Minecraft, however they are planned for Bedrock.

An image of a group of creepers being hit with a sword using knockback.

The sweeping edge enchantment increases the damage dealt by sweep attacks (able to damage multiple mobs), with the sweeping attacks doing more damage per hit from level I to level III.

Level Of Sweeping Edge Enchantments Increase In Sweeping Attack Damage
Sweeping Edge I 50
Sweeping Edge II 67
Sweeping Edge III 75

The sweeping edge enchantment is one of the best sword enchantments available in the Minecraft World, as it’s versatile.

An image of a sword with various enchantments on it.

Be it with friends in multiplayer mode or treasure hunting in single player, sweeping edge are Minecraft sword enchantments that can be combined with other sword enchantments to create weapons with the best enchantment combo.

Looting Enchantment

Always the most coveted of all the Minecraft sword enchantments, the looting enchantment is one of the best enchantments in Minecraft simply because of how useful it is and how its perfect for any play styles.

An image of a sword in Minecraft with various different enchantments.

Looting can be used on any type of sword in Minecraft (diamond sword, netherite sword etc) up to Looting III to turn it into a looting sword that increases mob drops and the chances of mobs dropping rare loot.

The looting enchantment increases the maximum number of most common items dropped by 1 per level, and increases rare drops by giving the mob more chances to drop rare items if the first time failed.

An image of various mob loot dropped onto the ground

These chances increase by 1 per level (for example 3 at looting III), and the looting sword will affect any kills whilst holding the enchanted sword on the main hand.

There are certain situations in which a sword enchanted with looting will not work:

  • If the mob kills doesn’t normally drop items  (such as bees)
  • Withers, iron golems and snow golems are immune (hostile mobs)
  • Does not increase the amount of fish dropped by fish mobs  

Fire Aspect Enchantment

The fire aspect sword enchantment is a spectacular one, and is one of the best sword enchantments in Minecraft.

An image of a zombie on fire

The fire aspect enchantment sets targets aflame for 80 ticks/4 seconds, burning the target for:

  • 3 hearts at fire aspect level I
  • 7 Hearts at fire aspect level II

When killing mobs which drop raw meat with a fire aspect sword, they will instead drop cooked meat.

There are certain mobs that are immune to the effects of the fire aspect sword enchantment:

  1. Nether exclusive mobs (Ghasts, Blazes, Magma Cubes)
  2. Wardens
An image of a ghast in Minecraft

Skeletons, Endermen and Piglins/hoglins are not immune, even if using the enchanted sword in the Nether, so fire aspect is still one of the best sword enchantments in Minecraft for fighting Endermen.