Curse of Binding

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Curse of Binding
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Curse of Binding is an enchantment that prevents removal of the cursed item from its armor slot.


This is a treasure enchantment; it is obtained only from chest loot, fishing, or trading for enchanted books.

In Bedrock Edition, this enchantment is available only via third-party software.[until BE 1.16.0]


An item with the Curse of Binding cannot be removed from any armor slot unless the player is in Creative mode, the player dies, or the item breaks. For items without durability, the player must die to remove the item, making it permanently unable to be removed once equipped in Hardcore mode.

If the keepInventory gamerule is set to true, the player keeps the cursed item even after death. Only breaking the item removes it.

A player cannot remove the enchantment using a grindstone; instead, the item returns to the player still cursed. However, the curse can be removed by combining it with another item in a crafting interface (MC-158807) [until JE 1.16].

If a player applies the enchantment to a carved pumpkin and wears it, the player becomes unable to remove the carved pumpkin by breaking the item. If gamerule keepInventory is set to true, it becomes impossible for the player to remove the carved pumpkin without cheating ingame.

The enchantment does not work on Bedrock Edition, due to it not being properly implemented.[until BE 1.16.0]


Java Edition
1.1116w39aAdded Curse of Binding.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0?Added Curse of Binding.
Curse of Binding is obtainable only via trading with librarian villagers.
1.4.0beta books with Curse of Binding are now no longer obtainable from trading with librarian villagers.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta of Binding has now been implemented.
Legacy Console Edition
TU54CU441.52Patch 241.0.4Added Curse of Binding.