The ten best Minecraft enchantments to apply to your weapons, tools, and armor. Minecraft has been making a major comeback this year. With bigger and better updates and heaps of new content, the highest-grossing video game of all time is bringing streamers, YouTubers, and casual players alike back in droves. Among the blocks, farm animals, and mining for diamonds, Minecraft has a rich diversity of combat, armor, and tool upgrades, ranging from a waste of time to nearly game-breaking in power. It can be hard to decide which ones to use, after spending all that time grinding for levels to get enough experience to afford the higher-level enchantments. For the indecisive Minecraft players, the enchantments below are always worth your time. Related: The Best Minecraft Mods Best Minecraft Enchantments Mending Mending is easily one of the most powerful enchantments in the game, and it's essential to add to any of your tools, armor pieces, and weapons. It slowly repairs your items every time you gain experience at a rate of two durability-per-experience bubbles. If you have more than one item with mending in your inventory, one receives the upgrade, not both. mending is a \u201ctreasure enchantment.\u201d All that means is that you can't obtain this particular enchantment via the enchanting table. You can find it or buy it in a lot of different ways\u2014including chest loot, fishing, Pillager raids, and trading with villagers. One thing to note about mending: if your bow already has the infinity enchantment, you won\u2019t be able to apply mending to it. The two are mutually exclusive for a good reason. If you had a bow that could shoot infinitely and also never break? Man, game over. Unbreaking III The highest level of ynbreaking is worth all the grinding for experience. If you want your armor, weapons, and tools to last a long time, slap an unbreaking enchantment on that sucker. This enchantment gives a chance for your items to completely ignore durability reduction every time you use them, dependent on the level of the spell. If you want that diamond pickaxe to last through your strip-mining escapade, having unbreaking III is one of the best deals you\u2019ll get. Fortune III Exclusive to pickaxes, shovels, and regular axes, fortune III is how you get the best bang for your buck when you\u2019ve got that next big project ahead of you that needs so much coal. Another high-tier enchantment, fortune works on coal, diamond, emerald, Nether quartz, redstone, glowstone, and lapis lazuli in terms of ore, and carrots, sea lanterns, melon slices, Nether wart, potatoes, beetroot seeds, wheat seeds, and seeds from tall grass in terms of food and other plant-related items. It also increases the probability of gravel dropping flint, saplings, and apples dropping from oak and dark oak leaves. You will soon be rolling in the amount of stuff you drop. Fortune, however, is similar to mending in that it\u2019s incompatible with another enchantment. This time, it\u2019s a silk touch. This one makes sense, too\u2014the game can\u2019t expect you to be mining diamond ore with silk touch and expecting more diamonds from fortune. The good idea is to have one pickaxe with fortune and one with silk touch if you need them both. Related: Minecraft Ceases Development On Super Duper Graphics Pack Protection IV Bad at combat? Die all the time? Keep getting blown up by those dastardly creepers? Protection IV has your back. The highest-level enchantment both within the tier system and in this article, it absorbs 16 percent of all damage you take\u2014per item on your helmet, turtle shell, chest plate, leggings, and boots. Of course, you can\u2019t get around the \/kill command, starving to death, or falling out of the world, but everything else does less damage to you. The absorption caps out at 80 percent, though, so you won\u2019t ever be completely invulnerable. Just close. But, as great as all that is, protection has a lot of qualifiers. And those qualifiers are that you can\u2019t have blast protection, fire protection, or projectile protection on your armor at the same time. You can have specialized protection or regular protection. Choose wisely. Sweeping Edge III Good at combat? Love to kill things? Wish your sword could kill more things at once? Look no further than sweeping edge III for all your mob-murdering desires. Exclusive to the sword, sweeping edge\u2019s highest-tier enchantment adds an extra 75 percent of damage every time you hit a sweep attack on something, and it stacks with other damage-increasing enchantments like sharpness, smite, and bane of arthropods. It\u2019s great for crowded fights in the Nether, taking out a bunch of monsters in your grinding zone, or culling an excessive number of cows on your farm. Infinity The infinity enchantment is pretty self-explanatory. As long as you have at least one arrow in your inventory, the enchantment lets your bow fire an infinite amount of them. It does exclude tipped and spectral arrows, but it\u2019s not a bad deal at all. Like mentioned before, this enchantment is mutually exclusive with mending, but it does have a different tradeoff: you can\u2019t pick your arrows back up after you fire them. It would be far too easy to have infinite arrows differently if that wasn\u2019t the case. Silk Touch Perfect for that snowy fortress made of ice you\u2019ve meant to build, or if you\u2019re just really tired of smelting cobblestone down to regular stone again, silk touch is an excellent enchantment for builders. It lets you pick up blocks you\u2019d never otherwise be able to retrieve\u2014or at least not without some struggle\u2014and allows for a certain kind of creativity. This enchantment normally goes to the pickaxe, which is a good choice, but don\u2019t shy away from enchanting a shovel or a regular ax as well because they prove just as useful. Of course, there are caveats outside of being mutually exclusive to fortune. Most food blocks\u2014like cake, beetroots, carrots, and the like\u2014will be picked up like normal, as well as fire, monster spawners, monster egg blocks, and gravel still has a chance only to drop flint with silk touched shovel. Related: How To Tame Ocelots in the Minecraft 1.14 Update Riptide III Following the addition of the aquatic update, tridents are a handy weapon with an incredibly cool enchantment to go with them: riptide III. It allows you to soar through the rain merrily like a flying fish, move you like a dolphin through bodies of water, and jump out of the water like a humpback whale. If you happen to collide with an enemy on your way, the trident deals damage as if you\u2019d chucked it at them. Except it\u2019s your whole body. Sweet. Unfortunately, snow does not count as rain, so don\u2019t try to jump off a snowy mountain with your riptide trident unless you\u2019ve got a good plan. It\u2019s also mutually exclusive with the two other trident-exclusive enchantments, channeling, and loyalty, but that\u2019s a fair trade. Loyalty might let you call your trident back like Thor, but can it make you fly? No. No, it can\u2019t. Looting III Like Fortune, but for mobs, looting III is a decent enough enchantment if you\u2019re doing some serious grinding for materials. Sometimes you want to get into the Nether, get your blaze rods, and get out. Looting III, the highest tier looting enchantment and exclusive to swords practically guarantees you frequent common drops, bumps up the chance of rare drops to 5.5 percent, and bumps up the chance of equipment drops by 11.5 percent. It\u2019s not mutually exclusive with any other enchantments, so feel free to go nuts with this one. It's useful to note that the looting effect applies as long as you\u2019re holding the enchanted sword in your hand, even if you didn\u2019t kill the mob with the sword. So if you fire an arrow at a zombie and quickly switch to your enchanted sword before the arrow kills it? Looting applies to that. Respiration III This one\u2019s also pretty self-explanatory as long as you know what the word \u201crespiration\u201d means. A helmet- and turtle shell-exclusive enchantment, respiration III helps you breathe underwater. At level three, the highest tier, respiration adds 45 extra seconds of breathing time onto the base fifteen second time limit without it. It also gives you a chance not to take any drowning damage if and when you do run out of air. This enchantment is perfect for exploring wrecked ships that aren\u2019t quite deep enough to be worth a potion of water breathing, or if your next project involves a lot of clay. And that about covers it for the best enchantments in Minecraft. There are a lot of cool and exciting ways to make this game way more than placing blocks and carving out a hole in a mountain, and these magical upgrades are the best way to do that. Good luck in your enchanting.