Talk:Enchanted Book

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I hope they make this soon! (Yay I made a page! I am so proud.)

MasterOfParadox 22:45, 6 December 2012 (UTC)

Use on Anvil[edit]

Is there a template for the Anvil GUI? If so, we should use that. --Kahless61 23:14, 7 December 2012 (UTC)

Unfortunately, there is not, I was involved in a discussion that pretty much said it useless, but I think that was before the enchanted book was added. I don't know really, with more and more items being added for specific use on an anvil, it may be a potential feature of the wiki, but I can't see into the future :) #trigger_hurt(I|T|C) Check out my project! 14:42, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

Used Up[edit]

As far as I can tell, the only way to get an enchantment from a book onto a tool is to combine them on an anvil, which uses up the book in the process. Am I missing something? Otherwise, the enchanted book is really only used to avoid getting an undesirable enchantment (e.g. Bane of Arthropods) on a valuable tool (e.g. Diamond Sword). Books are cheaper than diamonds. --Kahless61 23:14, 7 December 2012 (UTC)

v1.4.6 vs v1.5[edit]

This page currently states "An Enchanted Book is an upcoming item for 1.4.6" but isn't the next official version going to be 1.5? These aren't bug fixes which would make it 1.4.6 these are new objects / features in the game which would make it 1.5 -+-Buzzaro 20:57, 10 December 2012 (UTC) (added later)

No, they stated that they will be making a 1.4.6 which will be released prior to 1.5 in order to get Fireworks in before new years. They've already released one snapshot of it (12w49a), and it includes these Enchanted Books, as well as Fireworks. --Kahless61 00:04, 8 December 2012 (UTC)
I knew about the snapshot, that's what brought me here to ask the question; I thought 1.4.# "The Pretty Scary Update" was finished and were moving on to 1.5 next, that's where I was confused. They were useing the standard major.minor.revision scheme so 1.5 would be the next logical update given the things added. But this is their game, they can number it any way they wish. -+- Buzzaro 20:57, 10 December 2012 (UTC)

Stacking Effects[edit]

You can use an enchanted book on an item that is already enchanted. I have only tested this on a piece of armor: Protection I + Book w/ Protection I = Protection II.

Is this what enchanted books were intended for?

This also means in theory you could achieve the highend enchantments by stacking them, thus removing the need for many, many bookshelves 13:05, 8 December 2012 (UTC)

I haven't downloaded and tried out the snapshots but I was wondering if is possible to stack different enchantments (e.g. combine an unbreaking III book with a sword, then combine a looting III book with the unbreaking III sword.) -- 11:19, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

Yes. This yeilds an Unbreaking III Looting III sword. Tested and confirmed. You can stack any number of different effects on any item, so far. --Kahless61 20:06, 21 December 2012 (UTC)

Combining them need to repay all the enchantments strenght.

Confusing typo[edit]

In the table listing the effects, it says "Unbreaking usually take effect with armor." I have no idea what this could mean. I believe that unbreaking doesn't do anything on armor, but I don't know. Pokechu22 19:23, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

Hacked books[edit]

If you hack the book's enchantment to higher level(e.g. Protection VI) it will still cost more, but the enchantment will stay at maximum level(e.g. Protection V). Tested with level 32767, I don't know if extreme levels matter. 09:32, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

Just confirming... Silk touch swords don'tget cobwebs?[edit]

Someone just changed the page to that effect, I wanted confirmation. --Mental Mouse 21:03, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

In 1.4.6 official release, silktouch-ed swords are also able to obtain cobwebs.--AMotohiko 12:12, 20 December 2012 (UTC)
Thanks! I see it's already been changed back. --Mental Mouse 19:30, 21 December 2012 (UTC)
I've tested this further. Silk touch on sword and shears were the only tools able to get cobwebs. Picks, Shovels, Axes, and Hoes, enchanted with both silk touch and efficiency V were about as effective as using your fists, with the same results (broken cobweb, no yield, and 5 minutes of my life wasted ;-) ) --Kahless61 19:49, 21 December 2012 (UTC)
Unfortunately, as a recent editor noted, you can't put Silk Touch on a sword in survival anymore. --Mental Mouse 23:49, 22 December 2012 (UTC)

Hydrophilic I[edit]

I have just obtained an enchanted book, with the name Hydrophilic I (in translation)... Why isn't this mentioned in this wiki? Apparently, it can be found in chests in dungeons, in the 1.4.6 version for PC... 15:32, 24 December 2012 (UTC)

  • Never mind, it's just Aqua Affinity in enchanted book-form. 15:48, 24 December 2012 (UTC)


Try the enchantment Sharpness V on the hoe at Singleplayer. Cheated unlimited sword.

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back on topic now, that was an amazing killing spree.Robstar14... anything but! 15:22, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

How does that break the ToS? hotdogPi-t--c--Try my quiz! Do not click! 20:45, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

Data Values[edit]

If I wanted to give myself an enchanted book with a specific enchantment, how would I do that? It seems that it doesn't just use the data value. For example, I'd expect "/give Kahless61 403 1 33" to give me a silk touch enchanted book, but instead I get an Enchanted Book with no enchantment. --Kahless61 19:17, 6 January 2013 (UTC)

The enchantment is stored as an NBT tag, rather than data value. Try using the /enchant command while holding a blank enchanted book. -- Orthotope 00:51, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

One may use the "/give @p enchanted_book 1 0 {StoredEnchantments:[id:-ID-,lvl:-LEVEL-}]}" to obtain books with specific enchantments with these id's 1-Fire Protection, 2-Feather Falling, 3-Blast Protection, 4-Projectile Protection, 5-Respiration, 6-Aqua Affinity, 7-Thorns, 8-Depth Strider, 9-Frost Walker, 16-Sharpness, 17-Smite, 18-Bane of Arthropods, 19-Knockback, 20-Fire Aspect, 21-Looting, 32-Efficiency, 33-Silk Touch, 34-Unbreaking, 35-Fortune. Ambes20 (talk) 21:48, 8 October 2016 (UTC)

Working on usage costs...[edit]

I have gathered some data on the costs of using books at User talk:Mental_Mouse/Book_mechanics, but I'm having trouble seeing the patterns in the data. Feel free to leave your suggestions or ideas there. --Mental Mouse 18:34, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

Bug is not a bug[edit]

Just me, but I don't see this at all:

"One notable bug is that when a player logs out of an SMP server with an Enchanted Book in their inventory, the book loses its enchantment name and becomes a useless "Enchanted Book" on re-entering the server."

Candidate for removal? 21:12, 12 January 2013 (UTC)

I think that it should be removed because that was a bug with bukkit, not vanilla minecraft. Pblolpb 14:41, 5 May 2013 (UTC)

Enchanting Books with an anvil?[edit]

Hello, just a very quick question: is it possible to enchant a book using the anvil, i.e. placing a plain book in the first slot and a sacrificial enchanted item in the second one? Thanks. Aelyth 12:21, 15 January 2013 (UTC)

No, you can't. hotdogPi-t--c--Try my quiz! Do not click! 20:45, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

The article says you can enhance an enchanted book by putting another enchanted book in the sacrifice slot. Is it possible to do this by sacrificing a different enchanted item (Like a golden pickaxe with Efficiency IV, Unbreaking I, and SIlk Touch)? 16:33, 31 January 2015 (UTC)

Similarly, no. I’m Nick the Red37, f.k.a. Naista2002 16:58, 31 January 2015 (UTC)

Wrong info : Looting III on an Axe[edit]

I tried on a 1.4.7 SMP server, looting III books wouldn't work on a diamond axe. I'm not so good with this stuff, so I rather let someone else edit the article !

Clarification could be useful about being able to stack enchanted books, only in creative =[edit]

I think the sentence "Furthermore, enchanted books themselves can be combined" should include the mention of Creative mode. There's a warning in bold below it. But it would be so much clearer if the sentence read "Furthermore, in Creative, enchanted books...". Then both bold lines can go. Though the second one could go below the paragraph before. It's a shame you cannot stack books in survival mode, magic is magic after all. 08:06, 25 January 2013 (UTC)

Cheaper renaming[edit]

Renaming my really good diamond boots (trying to get prior repair cost down) costs 34 levels. With a Protection 1 book, it only costs 18. That's another good use of the enchanted book. (Yes, your numbers will be different.) hotdogPi-t--c--Try my quiz! Do not click! 20:45, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

I put it in. --Mental Mouse 00:34, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Low probability and Easy do not equal?[edit]

These two lines seem to contradict? "Books are less "enchantable" than other materials, which reduces the probability of receiving some high-level enchantments.They are one of the easiest ways to get high level enchantments." Low probability and Easy do not equal? –Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) at 19:10, 1 September 2014 (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~

Books, while they cannot easily receive high level enchantments, two lower level enchantments can be combined in an anvil to get a high level enchantment for a low cost. You also know what you are putting on your valuable tools, rather than getting a random toss. --KnightMiner (t|c) 21:41, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Custom Enchanted Books?[edit]

Is there a way to /give yourself a custom Enchantment, for example, Sharpness X? Enderderp572 (talk) –Preceding undated comment was added at 14:55, 14 February 2015 (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~

Of course there is.
/give <player> enchanted_book <amount> <damage-value> {StoredEnchantments:[{<enchId1>, <enchLevel1>}, {<enchId2>, <enchLevel2>}, …]}
— Agent Nick the Red37 (talk · contribs) f.k.a. Naista2002 15:06, 14 February 2015 (UTC)
Why thank you, my good sir. I will keep that in mind. Thanks for the fast reply! Enderderp572 (talk) –Preceding undated comment was added at 15:09, 14 February 2015 (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~
For Sharpness X specifically, the command would be /give <player> enchanted_book <amount> 0 {StoredEnchantments:[{minecraft:sharpness, 10}]}.
Also, please sign your comments with four tildes, not three. — Agent Nick the Red37 (talk · contribs) f.k.a. Naista2002 15:12, 14 February 2015 (UTC)
Dosen't work for me, as it says it couldn't find the name/value seperator for 10.
And when I figure out the problem, I'll do Sharpness 1000/M. 23:49, 11 November 2015 (UTC)

You cant place Sharpness, Smite, Bane of Arthropods on swords anymore?[edit]

So the page only has the axe icon in that section, confirmation or repair required.

This table lists what things an enchanted book can do, that an enchantment table can't. – Sealbudsman talk/contr 11:16, 12 September 2016 (UTC)

history of Silktouch book's exceptional usefulness[edit]

I just found out about how silk touch functions even on a book (on the condition the block can normally be harvested by hand, such as breaking a grass block to get dirt) and was wondering how long it's been a thing... but no one ever included an entry for this in the History section of the page. When was this added and why didn't I know about it? This would've saved me a lot of trouble when trying to get my first piece of grass block on a few occasions.--Macks2008 (talk) 20:45, 26 July 2019 (UTC)

It's a 1.14 bug afaik. – Nixinova Nixinova sig1.png Nixinova sig2.png 20:46, 26 July 2019 (UTC)
I guess that could explain why it's not documented in the history yet (because it's somewhat new). Guess I could always play around with different versions to see when it changed, right? Or at least, someone could; I've found playing past 1.13 to be somewhat painful due to my unique control setup (long story; probably long enough to constitute a blog post sometime, but I can't be bothered right now).--Macks2008 (talk) 15:56, 27 July 2019 (UTC)
By the way, nice signature, @Nixinova:--Macks2008 (talk) 16:01, 27 July 2019 (UTC)

Anti-Melee Removed in 1.9?[edit]

Was there an enchanted book for Anti-Melee in 1.8 or 1.9, which was then removed in a following update? If so, should this be added? Pease correct me if I'm wrong. --Universespy (talk) 10:54, 3 November 2020 (UTC)

There was never an enchanted book that was called "Anti-Melee". BDJP (t|c) 11:09, 3 November 2020 (UTC)