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AnvilSlightly Damaged AnvilVery Damaged Anvil

Solid Block







Blast resistance





A wooden pickaxe or better is required to mine this block




Yes (64), same damage state only



First appearances

See History



Data value

dec: 145 hex: 91 bin: 10010001



Anvils! Your sword can now be a "Dragon's Tooth" if you want, or you could just repair it a little.
The Pretty Scary Update Promo Poster

Anvils are blocks that use the item repair interface to repair and to rename items, as well as to combine enchantments.


An anvil can be mined using any pickaxe. If mined without a pickaxe, it drops nothing.

Hardness 5
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 25
Wooden 3.75
Stone 1.875
Iron 1.25
Diamond 0.9375
Golden 0.625
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.


Ingredients Crafting recipe

Block of Iron +
Iron Ingot

Block of Iron Block of Iron Block of Iron Grid layout Arrow (small).png Anvil

Iron Ingot
Iron Ingot Iron Ingot Iron Ingot


Anvils can be used to repair tools and armor, to enchant items with enchanted books, and to rename items and blocks. All of their functions cost experience levels (earned by performing certain actions) and crafting materials.

Anvils are damaged by use for repairing and will eventually be destroyed by such use. On average, an anvil will survive for 24 uses, which is approximately one use per 1.3 iron ingots used in crafting the anvil.

Anvils are affected by gravity in the same way as sand, gravel, and dragon eggs are. A placed anvil cannot be pushed or pulled by pistons, but a falling anvil can. Falling anvils can do considerable amounts of damage to mobs or players, so they can be used in traps. However, anvils themselves have a chance to be damaged by the fall as well.

Repairing and renaming[edit]

Anvils have two modes to repair items that have a durability rating:

  • As with the crafting grid, a player may repair items by combining two similar items. With the anvil, however, the target will keep its enchantments, and may gain new ones from the sacrificed item.
  • Alternatively, a player can use materials originally required in the crafting of the item (iron ingots for iron items with durability, diamonds for diamond items with durability) to repair a single item. One material can only repair 25% of the target's maximum durability.

In addition, the player can rename any item - not just items with durability - by using an anvil.


See also: Repair
Example showing a repair of two diamond pickaxes.

Repairing with materials works for the most part, but not with all items: As a rule of thumb, it works for items with their material in the default name, like iron pickaxe, so it can be done with various tools except for bows and shears. As a special case, chain armor can be repaired with iron ingots. The repair does not need to be complete; one material will only repair 14 of the item's maximum durability.

Repairing with a matching item works for any item with durability including bows, shears and so on. The items must match in type; you cannot combine a golden pickaxe with an iron one, for example.

Note that in both cases the resulting durability will be limited to the item's maximum, and there is no discount for "over-repair".

As a subset of repairing one item with another, the anvil can transfer enchantments from the sacrifice to the target. This can have a synergistic effect when both items share identical enchantments, or simply add to each other when they do not. Two Sharpness II swords can be combined to make a Sharpness III sword, for example, or a pickaxe with Efficiency can be combined with one that has Unbreaking. This can produce enchantments and combinations that could not be made by using an enchanting table. But even so, some enchantments cannot be combined if they are similar, or contradicting, in context of what it does. If the target is damaged, you will pay for the repair as well as the transfer.

Transferring high-level enchantments is more expensive, and renaming an item has an additional surcharge. The anvil has a limit of 39 levels, beyond which it will refuse to repair altogether. This limit is not present in creative mode.


Any item or stack of items can be renamed at a cost of one level plus any prior-work penalty. If the player is only renaming, the maximum total cost is 39 levels. Renamed tools and renamed mobs from renamed spawn eggs will show in death messages. Renamed mobs will show their name when your cursor is on them. Renamed command blocks will use their name instead of "[@]". This feature is also used, in two different ways, to produce a named monster: Firstly, it is the only way to assign the desired name for a name tag. Secondly, if a spawn egg is available (from creative mode or provided from an adventure map), any name given to the spawn egg will be kept by the mob it produces. If a renamed block is placed on the ground (or anywhere in the world), and then mined, it will lose its given name and will go back to its original one. The maximum length for renaming is 30 characters.

Enchanted books[edit]

Enchanted books themselves can be combined to create higher tiered books.

Falling anvils[edit]

Falling Anvil
Upload Falling Anvil.png
First appearance


Network ID


Savegame ID


When there are air blocks below anvils, they will fall. Anvils will make a metallic clanging sound when they land.

When anvils land on a non-solid block, they destroy the non-solid block rather than dropping as an item, unlike gravel or sand. When an anvil is dropped on pressure plates, boats, cobwebs, slabs, signs, cakes, lily pads, opened fence gates, or closed trapdoors that do not have a block beneath them, the anvil will drop itself as an item. When dropped on a mob head, the mob head will become the item form.

Falling anvils, when they fall on a player or mob, will damage them. Damage amount depends on fall distance: 2 (Heart.svg) per block fallen after the first (e.g., an anvil that falls 4 blocks will deal 6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg) damage). The damage is capped at 40 (Heart.svg × 20), no matter how far the anvil falls. Wearing a helmet will reduce the damage by 14, but this costs durability on said helmet. When a player dies by an anvil falling on them, the chat will display this message: "Player was squashed by a falling anvil." However if a player is merely touched by an anvil entity, or falling anvil, no damage will result until the falling anvil becomes a solid anvil-block in the airspace where the player is located. Falling anvils can be manipulated by TNT cannons, and will pass right through a mob or player without damaging them.

Data values[edit]


DV Description

0 Anvil

1 Slightly Damaged Anvil

2 Very Damaged Anvil


DV Description

0 Anvil (North/South)

1 Anvil (East/West)

2 Anvil (South/North)

3 Anvil (West/East)

4 Slightly Damaged Anvil (North/South)

5 Slightly Damaged Anvil (East/West)

6 Slightly Damaged Anvil (West/East)

7 Slightly Damaged Anvil (South/North)

8 Very Damaged Anvil (North/South)

9 Very Damaged Anvil (East/West)

10 Very Damaged Anvil (West/East)

11 Very Damaged Anvil (South/North)

Block states[edit]

Name Value Description

0 Grid Anvil.png Anvil
1 Grid Slightly Damaged Anvil.png Slightly Damaged Anvil
2 Grid Very Damaged Anvil.png Very Damaged Anvil

An anvil pointing north or south is aligned with its long dimension pointing north-south.
An anvil pointing east or west is aligned with its long dimension pointing east-west.
This value is 90° clockwise from the direction a player faces while placing an anvil.



Official release
7th October, 2012 Dinnerbone tweets the first images of the anvil's interface.
10th October, 2012 Dinnerbone tweets the first screenshot of the anvil itself.
1.4.2 12w41a Added anvils.
12w42a Anvils now have an easier crafting recipe.
Changed anvil texture slightly.
It is now possible to repair tools, by using more of the material it is made of. (Such as adding diamonds to a nearly broken diamond pickaxe). Renamed item names appear as italic text now. # Levels was changed to Enchantment cost.
1.4-pre Added new sounds for the anvil.
Removed level cap for creative mode.
1.4.6 12w49a Enchanted books were added. They can only be used with the anvil.
12w50a Enchanting non-tools with enchanted books only works in creative mode.
Silk touch can now be applied to shears by using the anvil, meaning cobwebs can be harvested.
1.5 13w02a Mobs spawned from renamed spawn eggs have the name of their spawn egg, and their names will appear in the death message of them killing a player.
Mobs can now display their custom name as nametag using an NBT tag.
Brewing stands, chests, dispensers, enchantment tables, furnaces, and trapped chests will display their new name in their GUI where the normal name used to appear.
13w04a Mobs now show the name given to them (either by renaming their spawn egg or by external editors) above their head when the player looks directly at them within hitting range.
1.6.1 1.6-pre Renaming a spawn egg "Dinnerbone" or "Grumm" will cause the mob to spawn upside down (this also works with renaming name tags).
1.7.4 Renaming a sheep spawn egg "jeb_" will cause the sheep to spawn with multicolored wool (this also works with renaming name tags).
1.8 14w02a Costs reduced to balance out with the new enchanting system.
Renaming items only costs 1 level.
Repairing costs reduced, 1 level per raw material or sacrifice regardless of durability restored.
Extra costs for repairing an enchanted tool are eliminated. Costs for combining enchantments are reduced.
Repairing costs can no longer be kept down by renaming items.
14w04a Prior work cost increase changed from linear (1 per repair) to exponential (times 2 plus 1 per repair).
Repairing with a "sacrifice" now costs 2 levels rather than only 1.
Console Edition
TU14 Added anvils.


Issues relating to "Anvil" are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.


  • If a block is renamed, it will not keep its name after being placed.
  • The falling ability of the anvil is a reference to the common cartoon trope.
  • The anvil has the same blast resistance as obsidian and the enchantment table.
  • If you rename a material, such as diamonds, it will not stack with unnamed or differently-named items.
  • If a falling anvil lands on a pressure plate, it will damage any mob standing on the pressure plate, and drop as an item.
  • For unenchanted items, "unit repair" can easily cost more material than just crafting a new item or combining damaged items. The exception is armor, where you can use less material at the cost of experience levels.
  • If placed on top of exploding TNT blocks, the explosion won't affect the surrounding area.
    • This is because the Anvil falls into the space the TNT entity is occupying, and since the TNT's explosion power is not high enough to destroy the anvil, no blocks are destroyed.
  • Anvils are also commonly used as a guillotine because of its ability to kill mobs/players as a controlled entity.
  • If an anvil is placed on top of a chest, you are still able to open the chest.
  • If an anvil falls on top of any non-solid block (except flowers) the block will be replaced by the anvil and will not drop itself.
  • Judging by the weight of iron and the volume of an anvil, an anvil from Minecraft in real life would weigh 6312 pounds, or 3.16 tons.