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Incompatible with

Bane of Arthropods, Smite

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Sharpness is an enchantment applied to a sword or axe that increases melee damage.


In Java and Legacy Console editions, Sharpness adds 1Half Heart.svg extra damage for the first level, and 0.5 damage for each additional level.

In Bedrock Edition, Sharpness adds 1.25 damage for each level.

An anvil is required to apply Sharpness V to wooden, stone, iron, and diamond tools. Golden tools and books can get Sharpness V through enchanting.

Sharpness extra damage
Edition I II III IV V
In Java and Legacy Console editions 1Half Heart.svg 1.5Half Heart.svg 2Heart.svg 2.5Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg 3Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg
In Bedrock Edition 1.25Half Heart.svg 2.5Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg 3.75Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg 5Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg 6.25Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg


Sharpness, Smite, and Bane of Arthropods are mutually exclusive. However, if commands are used to have two or more of these enchantments on the same item, their effects will stack.‌[Java Edition only]