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The channeling enchantment will cause a thrown trident hitting a mob during a thunderstorm to summon a lightning bolt. If you’ve ever wanted to be a god of thunder, this is the enchantment you’ll want to get.

Duncan Geere[1]

Channeling is a trident enchantment that produces lightning.


Channeling is available from enchantment tables, raid drops,‌[Bedrock Edition only] books obtained by fishing, minecart chests, librarian villagers, and from chests found in Overworld non-village structures.


Channeling summons a lightning bolt when a mob is hit by a thrown trident if there is currently a thunderstorm occurring.

The mob must be exposed to the open sky in order for the enchantment to work. The mob cannot be in water while being hit with this enchantment. This enchantment allows the player to change creepers, villagers, pigs, and red mooshrooms/brown mooshrooms into charged creepers, witches, zombified piglin, and brown mooshrooms/red mooshrooms, respectively.


Channeling and Riptide are mutually exclusive.


SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Trident thunder cracks? ? item.trident.thundersubtitles.item.trident.thunder? ? 16

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Channelingchanneling enchantment.minecraft.channeling

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key


Java Edition
1.1318w07aChanneling is added alongside the addition of tridents.
18w14aChanneling is now no longer compatible with Riptide.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta Channeling as part of Experimental Gameplay, able to be applied to the new tridents.
beta has now been fully implemented and is no longer part of Experimental Gameplay.
Tridents are now fully implemented and can now be enchanted with Channeling.
Legacy Console Edition
TU691.76Patch 38Channeling is added alongside the addition of tridents.


Issues relating to "Channeling" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

  1. "Taking Inventory: Trident" by Duncan Geere., January 30, 2020