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This article is about the enchantment. For the game mechanic, see Damage § Knockback.
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Knockback is an enchantment to a sword that increases the sword's knockback.


For each level, Knockback adds 3 blocks distance to the base knockback. The highest it can add without commands is 6 blocks. It combines slightly with knockback caused by attacking while sprinting[more information needed]. In Java Edition, you can hit armor stands with a knockback enchantment, but not in Bedrock Edition.

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Knockbackknockback enchantment.minecraft.knockback

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Knockbackknockback 12enchantment.knockback


Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3Added Knockback, which can be applied to swords.
Upcoming Java Edition
Combat TestsCombat Test 4Knockback can now be applied to axes.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.1build 1Added Knockback.
Legacy Console Edition
TU7CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Added Knockback.


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

See also[edit]

  • Punch, which applies knockback to arrows shot with a bow.