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Enchanted Book

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Enchanted Book
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Enchanted Book

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dec: 403 hex: 193 bin: 110010011



An enchanted book is an item which allows players to add enchantments to items.


Natural generation[edit]

Enchanted books can be found in chests located in dungeons, strongholds, desert temples, jungle temples and mineshafts. Enchantment probabilities are the same as a level 30 enchantment on an enchantment table, but the chance of multiple enchantments is not reduced.


Enchanted books can be obtained as a "treasure" item from fishing as part of the "treasure" category. The book has the equivalent of a level 30 enchantment from an enchantment table.


Enchanted books can be bought from librarian villagers as part of their tier 1, 4 and 5 trades, meaning each librarian villager will sell up to three books. The cost varies from 5-64 emeralds, based on the enchantment and the level. They may contain any available enchantment at any available level.


An enchanted book with multiple high level enchantments.
An enchanted book with multiple enchantments that can be applied to the same item.

Players can create an enchanted book by enchanting a book on an enchantment table. Books have a much decreased chance of getting multiple enchantments as opposed to other items, and have an "enchantability level" of 1, as opposed to most other items averaging 10. Enchanting books can commonly have up to 5 unique enchantments, and can receive any type of enchantments.


See also: Anvil mechanics

In Survival, enchanted books are the only method to obtain certain enchantments, such as Silk Touch on shears. Enchanted books have a shine effect on their sprite.

To use an enchanted book, the player must place an item in the first slot in an anvil, and a book in the next. In order to complete the enchantment, the player must have the required amount of experience. Note that using an enchanted book gets significant discounts at the anvil. Enchanted books themselves can be combined to create a single book with increased or multiple enchantments, much as when combining tools or weapons.

When combining items, the compatible enchantments from the book in the second slot are transferred to the item from the first slot, keeping the highest level of any type. If two enchantments have the same level and a higher level is available, they will combine into the next level. If a book is applied to an item which can't take all of its spells, the appropriate spells are transferred, while the unusable ones are lost. Enchanted books are single-use.

Enchanted books do not exhibit their enchantment.

Available items[edit]

See also: Enchantments

Enchanted books can only be used with a limited set of items. Besides the usual targets for the various enchantments, they do allow applying some enchantments that cannot be applied at an enchantment table. This includes boosting enchantments such as Sharpness or Thorns to their maximum power, and the following special enchantments:

Enchantment Item Note
Silk Touch Shears Can obtain cobweb with Silk Touch
Thorns Diamond HelmetDiamond LeggingsDiamond Boots
Unbreaking Diamond Hoe
Flint and Steel
Diamond HelmetDiamond ChestplateDiamond LeggingsDiamond Boots Reduced effect
Sharpness Diamond Axe
Bane of Arthropods

Creative mode[edit]

The player can enchant any item with any enchantment in creative mode, allowing any applied effects to exhibit themselves. For example, a stick can be enchanted with Silk Touch to allow the player to successfully dig grass blocks. The enchanted item can still be used in Survival mode without any loss of enchantments.

If a block is enchanted, it will lose the enchantments upon being placed in the world.


Official release
24 November, 2012 Dinnerbone stated that he wanted to add a way to enchant items in an anvil using paper at MineCon 2012.
6 December, 2012 Dinnerbone released the first image of enchanting a diamond sword using an enchanted book that has Looting II for 6 levels. He also stated that "this is the reason I originally added the anvil".
1.4.6 12w49a Enchanted books added. Their enchantments can be applied to any item.
12w50a In Survival mode, enchanted books now can be used with limited kind of items. In Creative mode, they can still be used with any item. It was stated that the remaining functionality in Creative mode is intentional.[1][2]
Librarians can now trade enchanted books.
Enchanted books will now spawn in dungeons, abandoned mineshafts, strongholds and village chests.
1.4.6-pre Enchanted books are added to the Creative mode inventory.
1.5.1 13w11a The player can now combine enchanted books of the same level to create a higher level variation.
1.7.2 13w36a Enchanted books can be obtained by fishing as a "treasure" item. It is possible for the book to have multiple enchantments.
13w39a When enchanting books, books can now gain multiple enchantments.
1.8 14w25a Enchanted book Depth Strider added, can go up to Level III and allows for faster underwater moving
Console Edition
TU14 Added enchanted books.

Issue list[edit]

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  • When obtained through the /give command, the enchanted book will have no attached enchantments, but will still shine as if it is enchanted.
  • The reason the enchantment does not apply any effects is that enchanted books are actually enchanted using "stored enchantments".
    • If an enchanted book is obtained with normal enchantments, they will function as normal enchantments on any other item, and will not function in an anvil



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