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Curse of Binding

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


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


An item with 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 removal in Hardcore mode impossible.

A player cannot remove the enchantment using a grindstone; instead, the item returns to the player still cursed.

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

If a player applies the enchantment to a carved pumpkin and wears it, the player becomes unable to remove the carved pumpkin. If gamerule keepInventory is set to true, it becomes impossible for the player to remove the carved pumpkin without cheating in-game. This can be used to troll players, as the pumpkin overlay on the screen makes the game difficult to play. Because pumpkins have no durability, they are the most effective item to use this curse on. However, most players would not deliberately equip a cursed pumpkin, although a dispenser can be used to forcibly equip it onto a player.

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Curse of Bindingbinding_curse enchantment.minecraft.binding_curse

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Curse of Bindingbinding 27enchantment.curse.binding


Java Edition
1.1116w39aAdded Curse of Binding.
16w44aThe /enchant command can now add Curse of Binding to pumpkins and skulls[1].
Curse of Binding can now be applied to elytra[2].
1.1519w35aCurse of Binding can now be applied to carved pumpkins and no longer be applied to regular pumpkins[3].
1.1620w06aCurse of Binding can no longer be removed by combining it with another item in a crafting interface[4].
Bedrock Edition
1.2.13?Added Curse of Binding.
Curse of Binding is obtainable only via trading with librarian villagers.
1.4.0beta books with Curse of Binding are no longer obtainable from trading with librarian villagers.
1.16.0beta of Binding has been implemented.
Legacy Console Edition
TU54CU441.52Patch 241.0.4Added Curse of Binding.


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