Enchantment Table

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Enchantment Table
Enchantment Table.png


Solid Block








JE: No
BE: 12

Blast resistance








Yes (64)



First appearances

See History



Block entity id


Data value

dec: 116 hex: 74 bin: 1110100



Notch-twitter.png 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.
Notch [1]

An enchantment table is a block that allows players to spend their experience point levels to enchant tools, books and armor.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Enchantment tables can be obtained using any pickaxe. If mined without a pickaxe, it will drop nothing.

Enchantment Table
Hardness 5
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 25
Wooden 3.75
Stone 1.9
Iron 1.25
Diamond 0.95
Golden 0.65
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Book +
Diamond +

Usage[edit | edit source]

The enchantment table is 34 blocks high.

It 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.

Enchanting[edit | edit source]

Enchanting interface.

The enchantment table's main purpose is to enchant items. The table will enchant all tools, armor and gear except the hoe, shears, flint and steel, carrot on a stick, shield, elytra, lead and horse armor; all of those but the lead and horse armor can be enchanted instead with an anvil and an appropriate enchanted book.

When a bookshelf is placed next to the enchantment table (keeping one block of air in between) it will increase the maximum enchantment level. Fifteen bookshelves need to be placed in order to obtain the maximum enchantment level of 30. See enchantment mechanics for more specific details.

Light source[edit | edit source]

In Bedrock Edition, enchantment tables emit a light level of 12.

Standard Galactic Alphabet[edit | edit source]

Glyphs flowing from the bookshelves animation.

The arcane glyphs that float from bookshelves to the enchantment 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 arcane glyphs can only be seen if particles are set above 'Minimal'.

The cryptic runes seen in the interface are randomly constructed from the following list of words:

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

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 and one of the enchantments is known.

Custom name[edit | edit source]

By default, the GUI of an enchantment table is labeled "Enchant", but this name can be customized by naming it in an anvil before placing it, or by changing the CustomName tag using the /blockdata command.

Data values[edit | edit source]

See also: Block entity format

An enchantment table has a block entity associated with it that holds additional data about the block. The block's block entity ID is enchanting_table.

  • Block entity data

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo

EnchanterUse a book, obsidian and diamonds to construct an enchantment tablePick up an enchantment table from a crafting table output.YesYesYesYes20GSilver

Advancements[edit | edit source]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
EnchanterEnchant an item at an Enchanting TableDiamonds!minecraft:story/enchant_item

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Official release
1.0.0 September 30, 2011First mention of the enchantment table.
September 30, 2011According to a picture Notch posted of the enchantment table, they were originally crafted with cobblestone instead of obsidian.
October 1, 2011The first images of the enchantment screen are revealed, with enchantments written in the Standard Galactic Alphabet. 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.
Beta 1.9-pre3 Basics of enchanting added, along with the enchanting table. It did not require bookshelves to get maximum enchantments. Many enchantments were not yet in the game. Enchantments were and continue to be labeled in the enchanting table as random words written in the Standard Galactic Alphabet.
Beta 1.9-pre4 Fixed a bug where all enchantments would show up as Feather Falling I.
Properly enabled enchanting on SMP. Previously, 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.
1.1 Added four bow enchantments: Power, Flame, Punch, and Infinity.
1.2.1 12w05a Enchanting no longer requires experience in Creative mode.
12w06a Bows and golden swords now have a small chance of being already enchanted when dropped by their respective mobs.
1.3.1 12w17a Ice and glass panes can again be collected with a Silk Touch-enchanted tool.
12w22a The maximum enchantment power was lowered from 50 to 30.
Experience is collectable with mining and cooking in furnace.
12w23a Glint (animated glow effect) on enchanted tools and armor is now visible on multiplayer.
1.4.2 12w34a Flame enchanted bows now ignite TNT blocks.
12w41a Enchantments can now be combined using anvils, allowing some high level enchantments to be applied where they were not previously possible.
1.4.4 1.4.4-pre Enchantments can now be applied using /enchant, however Protection is unavailable due to a bug.
1.4.6 12w49a /enchant now works with ID 0, meaning it can be used to apply protection.
You can enchant books to then be used to enchant a tool.
12w50a Added a new armor enchantment: Thorns.
You can now add the Silk Touch enchantment to shears and the Unbreaking enchantment to anything that has durability.
Efficiency is nerfed a bit so that enchanted tools that don't match the block you're breaking will no longer work as quickly as before (e.g. Efficiency V Pickaxes no longer instantly break dirt or wood logs).
1.5 Efficiency is completely nerfed when using tools on the wrong block types - they now break the block at the same rate as your bare fists.
1.7.2 13w36a Added two fishing rod enchantments: Luck of the Sea and Lure. The fishing rod can now be enchanted without the use of books. Armor can now receive unbreaking without the use of books.
1.8 14w02a Enchanting receives a major overhaul where there is now a secondary cost, which is lapis lazuli.
When enchanting an item, one enchantment will now appear in the tooltip when selecting an enchantment (e.g Looting III?...).
Levels are hard to obtain again (like pre-1.3 settings.)
Level 5 enchants (Sharpness, Power, Smite & Bane of Arthropods) can be applied without the use of an anvil.
Villager trading was revamped, causing clerics to no longer enchant items, while black apron villagers will trade enchanted items.
14w04a Looting now gives a 1 percentage point increase per level to the chance of getting rare drops.
14w25a Added a new enchantment for boots: Depth Strider.
1.9 15w36a Reduced benefits for Sharpness and the protection enchantments.
15w42a Added Frost Walker and Mending enchantments.
When multiple pieces of Thorns armor are worn, one will now be chosen at random instead of always using the "bottommost" piece.
Enchantments with max 1 level will no longer display the level, e.g. "Infinity" rather than "Infinity I".
15w43a Frost Walker no longer works on flowing water.
15w43c Lure no longer affects loot.
15w44a Mending is available at lower enchantment levels.
15w47b Silk Touch may no longer be added to shears.
15w47c Silk Touch is no longer required to collect cobwebs.
15w49a Frost Walker now works when standing on transparent blocks.
15w51a Frost Walker no longer affects water blocks that do not have an air block above.
1.10 16w20a Mobs with frost walker boots will not take damage when walking on the new magma.
1.11 16w32a The block entity ID for the enchantment table is changed from EnchantTable to enchanting_table.
16w39a Added Curse of Binding and Curse of Vanishing.
1.11.1 16w50a Added a new enchantment for swords: Sweeping Edge.
Infinity and Mending are now mutually exclusive.
1.11.1 Anvils no longer allow enchanted books to apply to items, if no change in enchantments would take effect. This can occur if all enchantments on the book are incompatible with existing enchantments on the item – or if the enchanted book has no enchantments.
1.13 18w07a The addition of tridents added 4 new enchantments that can be applied to them: Loyalty, Impaling, Riptide, and Channeling.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.1 build 1 Added the enchanting system and enchantment tables.
Enchantment tables now emit a light level of 12.
Enchantment tables can now be crafted on the stonecutter
Added enchantment tables to the Creative mode inventory.
build 11 Enchanting tables are now craftable in the crafting table instead of the stonecutter.
Pocket Edition
1.1 build 1 Added Mending and Frost Walker enchantments.
Legacy Console Edition
TU7CU11.0Patch 1Patch 1Added the enchanting system and enchanting tables.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Added the Luck of the Sea, Lure and Depth Strider enchantments.
Enchanting now consumes Lapis Lazuli.
Enchanting has been rebalanced.
Enchanted Books can receive multiple enchants at once.
TU43CU331.36Patch 13Added the Frost Walker and Mending enchantments.
TU54CU441.52Patch 24Patch 4Added Curse of Binding and Curse of Vanishing.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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).
  • 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.
  • Enchantment 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
  • When you place a light block (such as glowstone or a lit redstone lamp) and place an enchantment table on it, the light stays.
  • When the player is invisible, the enchantment table can still "see" the player and open up.
  • On the enchantment screen, captions in the Standard Galactic Alphabet includes several in-jokes:
    • On October 1, 2011, Notch tweeted an image of the enchantment screen, with enchantments .[2] The first enchantment translates into "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".
    • Three of the possible words for enchantments are "the elder scrolls," likely a joke at Bethesda, creator of "The Elder Scrolls" series and whose parent company, Zenimax, attempted to sue Mojang for the name of their game Scrolls.
    • The words "klaatu berata niktu" are a (misspelled) reference to "Klaatu barada nikto", a phrase that originates from the 1951 movie The Day the Earth Stood Still and has been since used as a reference in many other movies, cartoons and games.
    • Similarly, "Xyzzy" is a magic spell in the game "Colossal Cave Adventure" and has been used in several other games as an Easter Egg or cheat code.
    • The word "embiggen" is a fictional word coined by The Simpsons quote: "A Noble Spirit Embiggens the Smallest Man".

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