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Minecraft: How Many Bookshelves Do You Need for Level 30 Enchantments?

You will need multiple bookshelves if you want to use level 30 Enchantments in Minecraft, and this guide shows you how to do it.

After you finally manage to get your hands on the necessary obsidian and diamonds to make an enchantment table in Minecraft during Patch 1.20, you might realize that the level of enchantments you can get is incredibly low.

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This is because you need to set up bookshelves around the enchantment table to increase the maximum level of enchantments you can get. So, how many bookshelves do you need to get level 30 enchantments in Minecraft 1.20? We have the answer below.

Every Bookshelf You Need for Level 30 Enchantments in Minecraft – Patch 1.20

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To get level 30 enchantments in Minecraft 1.20, you will need to set up 15 bookshelves around the enchantment table in your Minecraft world. Unfortunately, this might sound daunting if you just spent a lot of time getting the resources for the enchantment table.

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If you want to craft 15 bookshelves, you will need 45 books and 90 wooden planks. Making 45 books means that you will have to get 135 pieces of paper and 45 pieces of leather. The only source of paper in Minecraft 1.20 is sugarcane. So, you will have to get your hands on exactly 405 sugarcanes to make the necessary papers for the bookshelves. Even though it’s a lot if you’ve already been working towards this, it shouldn’t be too demanding for players, but it does require a good amount of patience.

To get level 30 enchantments, you will also have to place the bookshelves around the enchantment table in the right way. Here’s how to get everything properly placed.

Best Enchantment Table and Bookshelves Set Up (Placement) in Minecraft

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Now that you have the necessary bookshelves, here is how you should set them up around the enchantment table:

  • The bookshelves need to be two tiles away from the enchantment table (diagonally doesn’t count)
  • You can’t stack more than two bookshelves on top of each other to get the enchantment bonus effects

You can simply put six bookshelves of paired stacks behind the enchantment table and then set up three bookshelves on the left and right of the table. After that, you just need to decide where to put the last three bookshelves. You can either put all three on one side or in a relatively random way. See the image above for an example.

Whatever you do, 15 is a bad number if you want your enchantment table to look good. If you want to improve aesthetics, you can make an extra bookshelf, but it won’t offer you any real advantages.

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Zack Palm is the Senior Writer of Gamepur and has spent over five years covering video games, and earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Oregon State University. He spends his free time biking, running tabletop campaigns, and listening to heavy metal. His primary game beats are Pokémon Go, Destiny 2, Final Fantasy XIV, and any newly released title, and he finds it difficult to pull away from any Star Wars game.