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Blast Protection, Fire Protection, Projectile Protection

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Protection is an enchantment applied to armor that increases the armor's damage reduction.


Protection has no effect on damage from the Void, the /kill command, or hunger. In Bedrock Edition, protection does not reduce damage from status effects like poison.

The formula for damage reduction is (4 × level)%, meaning for every additional level another 4% of damage is absorbed. The highest level (Protection IV) absorbs 16% (4 × 4%) of damage. Theoretically at level 25 no damage is possible (because it would transcend 100%), but because the damage to be absorbed is capped at 80%, the maximum effective level would be 20.

Damage reduction from Protection, Fire Protection, Feather Falling, Blast Protection, and Projectile Protection stacks up to an upper limit cap (see Armor#Enchantments).


Protection, Blast Protection, Fire Protection, and Projectile Protection are mutually exclusive. However, if commands are used to have two or more of these enchantments on the same item, the effects stack.


Java Edition
1.0.0?Added Protection.
1.14?Protection enchantments are no longer mutually exclusive.
1.14.3pre2Protection enchantments are again mutually exclusive.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.1build 1Added Protection.