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Piercing

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Piercing
Maximum level

IV

Primary items

Secondary items

None

Enchantment weight

10

Incompatible with

Multishot

Piercing is an enchantment applied to a crossbow that causes your arrows to pierce through entities and shields.

Usage[edit]

Arrows shot from a Piercing crossbow can pass through the number of entities equal to the enchantment level (for a total of level+1 entities damaged). The shot arrows can still be retrieved after piercing a mob, allowing for infinite use of all arrow types, including spectral and tipped arrows. Piercing ignores shields even when they are blocking.

Piercing has no effect on firework rockets fired from a crossbow.

Incompatibilities[edit]

Piercing and Multishot are mutually exclusive. However, if combined using commands, both enchantments function as normal.

Advancements[edit]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID

Advancement-plain-raw.pngInvicon Enchanted Book.gif

Enchanter
Enchant an item at an Enchanting TableDiamonds!story/enchant_item

Advancement-fancy-raw.png

Two Birds, One Arrow
Kill two Phantoms with a piercing arrowOl' BetsyUse a crossbow enchanted with Piercing to kill two phantoms.adventure/two_birds_one_arrow

Advancement-fancy-raw.png

Arbalistic
Kill five unique mobs with one crossbow shotOl' BetsyNote: This is a hidden advancement, meaning that it can be viewed by the player only after completing it.adventure/arbalistic

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Piercingpiercing enchantment.minecraft.piercing

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Piercingpiercing 34enchantment.crossbowPiercing

History[edit]

MINECON 2018
Minecon 2018Announced the Piercing enchantment as the "SUPER SECRET ENCHANTMENT".
Java Edition
1.1418w43aAdded Piercing enchantment.
Bedrock Edition
1.8.0beta 1.8.0.10Added Piercing enchantment.

Issues[edit]

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