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Thorns is an armor enchantment that causes attackers to be damaged when they deal damage to the wearer.

Guardians and pufferfish also have a thorn effect which inflicts damage when the spikes are out.


This enchantment has a Level × 15% chance of inflicting 1♥-4♥♥ damage on anyone who attacks the wearer, whether by melee attack, arrow, or other projectile.

Thorns applies a durability penalty to the armor. It reduces durability by an additional 3 points when inflicting damage. If multiple armor pieces are enchanted with Thorns, the durability penalty is applied to one piece chosen at random.

Using commands, the enchantment level can be increased. The maximum possible chance of dealing damage is 100% (at level 7). If the level of Thorns exceeds 10, then it deals Level - 10 damage.


Thorns I, II, and III can be obtained naturally from drops or by combining the enchantment from a book. Thorns III can also be obtained by using an anvil to combine two Thorns II enchantments, or by combining the enchantment from a book obtained via trading with a villager. Thorns III can not appear on the enchantment table interface, but can be added as a side effect enchantment from a level 30 enchantment on armor.

Thorns can be applied to a non-armor item only by using commands or a third-party tool. When such an item is held in either hand, an attacker suffers damage according to the formula above but with no durability penalty.


Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Thorns prick enchant.thorns.hit enchant.thorns.hit ? ? ? 16



Java Edition
1.4.612w50aAdded Thorns.
1.9?Added sounds for Thorns.
15w42aWhen multiple pieces of Thorns armor are worn, one is chosen at random instead of always using the "bottommost" piece.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.1build 1Added Thorns.