Enchantment Table

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Enchantment Table
Enchantment Table.png
Enchantment Table

Solid Block









Blast resistance



A wooden pickaxe or better is required to mine this block




Yes (64)



First appearance

Beta 1.9pre3

Tile Entity ID


Data value

dec: 116 hex: 74 bin: 1110100



An enchantment table is a block that allows players to spend their experience point levels to enchant tools, books and armor. Enchanting works in three stages.[1][2] The sprites and icons of enchanted items have a purple luminescence.

The table will enchant all tools and armor except the hoe, shears, and horse armor. The hoe and shears cannot be enchanted by the enchantment table and require an anvil and an appropriate enchanted book.

If the table is surrounded by bookshelves, with one block of air in between, arcane glyphs float from the bookshelves into the book (if particles are turned on). Having bookshelves near an enchantment table will increase the potency of enchantments.[3]

The enchantment table is 34 blocks high.


[edit] Crafting

Ingredients Crafting recipe

Diamond +
Book +

Grid layout Arrow (small).png Enchantment Table
Diamond Obsidian Diamond
Obsidian Obsidian Obsidian

The ingredients for an enchantment table can also be found in villages. Obsidian and diamonds can sometimes be found in village chests. A blacksmith's shop contains two lava source blocks, which can be converted into obsidian. Books can be obtained by breaking bookshelves in a library or stronghold.

[edit] Usage

Enchanting interface. Top: Without item. Bottom: With item and possible enchantments. The following words read: "range embiggen spirit".

When the player right-clicks on an enchantment table a blank enchanting screen is presented with a slot to receive an item and three rectangular buttons. Once an item is placed into the slot the three buttons display cryptic runes and numbers; the runes have no effect on the enchanting process. The numbers represent experience level costs that are randomly chosen based on the number of bookshelves placed around the enchantment table. The more bookshelves, up to a maximum of 15, the more potent an enchantment hence greater experience level cost. Removing the item and replacing it in the slot will re-randomize the enchantment and cost.

To enchant the item the player chooses one of the three buttons, paying the displayed experience level and one or more random enchantments are placed on the item. The higher the cost, the more likely that multiple enchantments will be added.

A normal table can only enchant up to an experience level cost of 8, but surrounding the table with bookshelves will increase the power up to a maximum of 30. The requirements to meet level 30 enchantments are 15 bookshelves, arranged in a square around the enchanting table with a block of air between the bookshelves and the enchanting table.

In the interface (picture to right is outdated) on snapshot 14w02c is a slot next to the one where you place the tool which apparently is saying you must not only enchant with experience, but also Lapis Lazuli. You have to use 1, 2 or 3 lapis to get a higher-level enchantment along with experience. So now Lapis Lazuli has another use besides dye.

Also, in snapshot 14w02c is when you hover your mouse over a enchantment, it says something like Efficency IV..? meaning that it might be stating a possible outcome of this enchantment.

See also: Enchantment mechanics

[edit] Standard Galactic Alphabet

Glyphs flowing from the bookshelves animation.

The arcane glyphs that float from bookshelves to the enchanting table and the cryptic runes in the enchantment table's interface are written in the Standard Galactic Alphabet, which is a simple alphabet substitution cipher used in the Commander Keen series of computer games.

Standard Galactic Alphabet.png

The runes are randomly constructed from the following list of words:

the elder scrolls klaatu berata niktu xyzzy bless curse light darkness fire air earth water hot dry cold wet ignite snuff embiggen twist shorten stretch fiddle destroy imbue galvanize enchant free limited range of towards inside sphere cube self other ball mental physical grow shrink demon elemental spirit animal creature beast humanoid undead fresh stale

Three to five words are chosen from the list and appended to each other, then displayed in the Standard Galactic Alphabet. The words chosen are random and are purely cosmetic: they have no relation to the enchantments that will be applied to the item and are not saved on the enchanted item (meaning they will tell you nothing about what the resulting spell will be), and they are only displayed in the enchantment table. They are just decoration for a choice among random enchantments, for each of which only the cost is known.

[edit] Achievements

Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites Actual requirements (if different) Version restriction Trophy type
Grid Enchantment Table.png
Enchanter Use a book, obsidian and diamonds to construct an enchantment table DIAMONDS! Pick up an Enchantment Table from a Crafting Table. PC & PS3 Silver

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[edit] History

Notch first tweeted about the enchantment table on September 30, 2011.[4][5]

1.9pre3 Added enchantment tables.
Official release
1.0 Enchantment tables drops the block only when mined by a pickaxe.
1.1 Bows can now be enchanted in the enchantment table.
1.3.1 Maximum power of an enchantment table reduced from 50 to 30, and the number of bookshelves necessary to achieve this effect reduced from 30 to 15.
1.4.6 12w49a Books can now be enchanted to create enchanted books.
1.7.2 13w36a Fishing rods can now be enchanted in the enchantment table.
1.8 14w02c Interface and usage changed, see bottom of Usage.

[edit] Trivia

Black-textured particles are "fired" into the bookshelves, which later emit the corresponding particle to the enchantment table. (Visible on the red book on the top-left bookshelf, and above the green book on the bottom-left bookshelf, and in the animation farther up the page as a brief flicker).
A comparison between the bottom textures of obsidian (right) and an enchantment table (left). The enchantment table has a subtle black border.
  • Only 15 bookshelves are now required to achieve the maximum enchantments (lowered from 30 prior to update 1.3). Creating these bookshelves from scratch will require a total of 45 pieces of leather, 135 pieces of sugar cane (two stacks plus 7), and 23 logs of wood (with 2 planks left over) — not including the 1 leather and 3 sugar cane for the book on the enchantment table itself.
  • According to the first image that Notch posted of the enchantment table, they were originally crafted with cobblestone instead of obsidian.[6]
  • Notch commented on Reddit "Oh, it's more magical than that! It automatically opens up and turns towards players who get close to it. When nobody is around, the book is closed and spins slowly."[7]
  • Notch comments on other book animations. "Yes, the pages flip randomly every now and then."[8]
  • On October 1, 2011, Notch tweeted an image of the enchantment screen, with enchantments written in the Standard Galactic Alphabet.[9] The first enchantment translates onto "Well Played Internets You Are Good", the second translated into "These Names Will Be Random And Confusing", and the third translates to "Each Spell Costs Experience Levels". The Standard Galactic Alphabet or SGA was originally created by Tom Hall for use in the Commander Keen series of computer games.[10]
  • Although the bottom texture would at first glance appear to be the obsidian texture, it is in fact slightly different.
  • Clicking on an item in the enchantment slot, with an identical item or any stack of two or more items allows you to quickly cycle through available spells without the item being removed from the enchantment slot. This keeps you from having to click twice.
  • A convenient way to block the effect of nearby bookshelves to obtain low-level enchantments is to place torches between the bookshelves and the enchantment table. Any other block will also work.
  • Enchantments were disabled in Beta 1.9 Pre-release 3's SMP. If a player attempted to enchant an item, it appeared enchanted for the client, but updated with the un-enchanted status once the player logged out and then back in again.
  • On a Beta 1.9 pre-release 3 server, if an enchantment table was broken and replaced with another Tile Entity block, the enchantment table's book would continue to be rendered on the client, and activating it would crash the client.
  • Breaking the enchantment table without using a pickaxe will not yield a block.
  • Prior to (1.7.4), replacing the alternate.png with a copy of the font.png renamed to match the original file, allowed you to read the enchantments in English. In 1.7.4, this feat is accomplished by replacing the ascii_sga.png with a copy of the ascii.png file (renamed to ascii_sga.png).
  • When sneaking on the Enchantment Table, you can walk off its edge, due to being less than 1 block high.
  • The enchantment table actually produces the particles emitted from the bookshelves. These particles originate inside the Enchantment table and are relocated to the bookshelf almost immediately, but travel slow enough to be briefly visible. The particle that enters and leaves the bookshelf is always the same "letter", but the ones traveling into the bookshelves are black.
  • Enchantment tables are mostly made of obsidian, and thus have a blast resistance of 6,000 and cannot be destroyed by TNT.
    • Strangely, even though it is made of obsidian, it doesn't require a Diamond Pickaxe to mine. In fact, it can be mined with any pickaxe.
  • Any enchantments before 1.9pre4 would show up as Feather Falling I.
  • Enchantment tables cannot be moved by pistons.
  • If an enchantment table is placed on ice, the player will slide on it as though it is an ice block, just like slabs.
  • If a slab is placed directly adjacent (not diagonally) to the enchantment table and the player walks from the slab onto the enchantment table the screen glitches briefly. (Fixed as of 1.6.4)
  • An easy way to list enchantments faster if you only have one item to enchant is to place the item you want to enchant into the enchanting table, then right- and left-click on it at the same time. This will pick the item up and place it immediately back down, resulting in a new list of possible enchantments. This also works by using a non-enchantable item such as food.
  • Enchanting tables are midway between slabs and full blocks height-wise, so they could be potentially used as a TNT cannon's range-amplifier instead of slabs or trapdoors
  • Even though a book is visible when placed and when crafted, the enchantment table shows no book as an item.
  • If you place carpet between an enchantment table and a bookshelf, the bookshelf will not enhance the enchantments.
  • In an enchanting gui you can duplicate enchantable items by quickly clicking on the slot with something. What you clicked might have doubled but clicking the item will get rid of it.

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