9 BEST Sword Enchantments In Minecraft [Ultimate Guide]

I invested countless hours playing and here are my recommendations for the best sword enchantments to strengthen your swords!

In Minecraft, you take on enemies, build the world around you, and craft items with resources. In addition, this sandbox title even lets you enchant things. For instance, the Best Sword Enchantments in Minecraft are definite mob killers and even let you receive enchanted weapons. 

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Best Minecraft Sword Enchantments

Below listed is a summarised version of the best swords in Minecraft

Enchantment NameMax LevelDamage BuffsBest For
SharpnessLevel 5- For each level increase damage by 0.5.
- Base Netherite Sword does 8 damage but can be increased to a max of 11 damage by using this enchantment.
Melee damage
UnbreakingLevel 3At the max level of Level 3 will result in a 70% chance of no durability reduction.Durability
Sweeping EdgeLevel 3- Provides an upper hand in hardcore maps with many enemies.
- Reduces the number of strikes required to kill multiple enemies from 4-5 strikes to 2-3 strikes.
Sweep Attacks
KnockbackLevel 3- Level I of the enchantment pushes enemies 3 blocks away from the player, while Level II pushes them 6 blocks away.
- Attacking while sprinting will amplify the knockback distance caused by the enchantment.
Knockback
Fire AspectLevel 2- Does 3 Damage at Level 1.
- Does 7 Damage at Level 2.
- Inflicts 4 seconds of burning on mobs at Level 1 and for 8 seconds at Level 2.
Elemental Damage
LootingLevel 3At max level it increases the chances of you getting your hands on uncommon drops by 75%.Loot Enchantment
SmiteLevel 5For each level increase it increases the damage by 2.5.Undead Mob Damage
Bane Of ArthropodsLevel 5- For each level increase it increases the damage by 2.5.
- 12.5 Damage is the highest damage increase on Level 5.
- Helps in slowing down arthropod mobs.
- For each level it increases the slowdown duration by 1.25 seconds.
- For max level 5 it can go up to 6.5 seconds.
Insect mobs
MendingLevel 1Restores 2 Durability points per 1 Experience Point.Durability

It’s worth noting how the enchantment system works in the expansive world of Minecraft. Simply put, enchants are added perks that can be applied to the axe, crossbow, bow, sword, armor, and other items. Each enchantment works differently.

1. Sharpness 

The Best Melee Damage Enchantment .
Sharpness Enchantment
Sharpness Enchantment
Max Level Damage Buffs/Effects Description
Sharpness 5
  • On each level, increase damage by 0.5.
  • Base Netherite Sword does 8 damage but can be increased to a max of 11 damage by using this enchantment.
This enchantment allows you to deal extra amounts of melee damage.
  • Why I Chose This Team: The enchantment allows for a high damage output for melee weapons, making it useful.  
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Picking off NPC characters with a sword can be no less than a cakewalk for many, but when you’re pitted against human enemies, you’re going to need an edge. A regular Netherite sword in Minecraft causes 8 base damage. This means that enemy mobs will take 3 hits before they hit the ground.

The pros and cons for the Sharpness Enchantment are mentioned below in my opinion: 

  • High melee damage usage 
  • Damage increase by 0.5. 
  • Difficult to get. 

2. Unbreaking 

The Best Durability Enchantment .
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Unbreaking Sword Enchantment
Max Level Damage Buffs/Effects Description
Unbreaking 3
  • At the max level, there is a 70% chance of no durability reduction.
This enchantment allows you to increase the durability of your sword. Reduces the chances of lowering the durability of your weapon.
  • Why I Chose This Team: The Unbreaking enchantment is best for high sword durability. 
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Unbreaking enchantment does exactly what the name depicts. Its end goal is similar to the Mendingperk, which has also earned a spot further on in the article, but one significant difference sets the two apart.

It’ll simply reduce the chances of your sword’s durability being lessened. That is how Unbreaking will play its role in providing a definite Minecraft playthrough.

The pros and cons for Unbreaking are listed as follows in my experience: 

  • Durability of sword gets enhanced. 
  • Best for durability. 
  • Only good for durability use. 

3. Sweeping Edge  

The Best Sweep Attacks Enchantment.
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Sweeping Edge Enchantment
Max Level Damage Buffs/Effects Description
Sweeping Edge 3
  • Reduces the number of strikes required to kill multiple enemies from 4-5 strikes to 2-3 strikes.
This enchantment allows you to increase the sweeping damage of your weapon.
  • Why I Chose This Team: The Sweeping Edge works extremely well with dealing high sweeping damage. 
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Sweeping Edge easily establishes itself as one of the best enchantments for a sword due to its range of effects. If you see yourself cornered with Creepers, you’ll find it easier to slash them away with the Sweeping Edge enchantment equipped. For instance, if an ordinary Netherite sword with no equipped enchant takes 4-5 sweeps to kill a row of three enemies.

The pros and cons for Sweeping Edge are as follows as I have tested them: 

  • Sweeping damage is increased. 
  • Decreases the amount of strikes required to murder enemies. 
  • None. 

4. Knockback 

The Best Knockback Enchantment.
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Sword Enchantment Knockback
Max Level Damage Buffs/Effects Description
Knockback 3
  • Level I of the enchantment pushes enemies 3 blocks away from the player, while Level II pushes them 6 blocks away.
  • Attacking while sprinting will amplify the knockback distance caused by the enchantment.
The Knockback enchantment creates distance between the player and enemy mobs, allowing the player to avoid physical conflicts.
  • Why I Chose This Team: The Knockback enchantment works particularly well to create a bit of distance between you and the opponent. 
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When you’re not looking to pick a fight and want to avoid physical conflicts, use the Knockback enchant to create substantial distance between you and the enemy. All things considered, this perk isn’t the most decked-out of them all, but as I mentioned earlier, it can be beneficial in particular cases. 

As for the Knockback Enchantment, the pros and cons are listed below in my experience: 

  • Can push enemies away. 
  • The knockback distance can be increased. 
  • Only good for knockback. 

5. Fire Aspect 

The Best Elemental Damage Enchantment.
Fire Aspect Sword Enchantment
Fire Aspect Sword Enchantment
Max Level Damage Buffs/Effects Description
Fire Aspect 2
    • Does +3 Damage at Level 1.
    • Does +7 Damage at Level 2.
  • Inflicts 4 seconds of burning on mobs at Level 1 and for 8 seconds at Level 2.
The Fire Aspect Enchantment allows you to increase the fire damage of your weapon.
  • Why I Chose This Team: The Fire Aspect focuses on high fire damage, making it work well against enemies. 
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Apart from the damage boost, another less discussed advantage of inflicting hits with the Fire Aspect perk equipped is the confusion it causes for the receiving end of the blows. The other player’s screen lights up in flames, causing chaos and thereby leaving them disorganized and at your mercy. Now, this is suited for Player vs Player (PvP) settings, so do keep that in mind regarding this point.

The pros and cons for using the Fire Aspect listed as follows: 

  • Damage dealt at different levels is increased. 
  • Fire damage is increased. 
  • Mainly good for fire damage only. 

6. Looting

The Best Loot Enchantment.
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Looting Enchantment
Max Level Damage Buffs/Effects Description
Looting 3 At max level, it increases the chances of catching uncommon drops by 75%. The Looting Enchantment increases your chances of getting rare and uncommon drops from mobs.
  • Why I Chose This Team: The Looting enchantment is best for getting good loot. 
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The game has common, uncommon, and rare types of drops. Killing mobs without Looting equipped on your sword will give you a 50% chance of receiving drops. The loot might be uncommon or common. However, when you have this perk equipped, you can significantly alter the odds in your favor and compel the game to get you more frequent and uncommon drops. 

The pros and cons for Looting are mentioned below here: 

  • Enhances your chances of loot drop. 
  • Doesn’t work well with damage output. 

7. Smite 

The Best Undead Mob Damage Enchantment.
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Smite Sword Enchantment
Max Level Damage Buffs/Effects Description
Smite 5 For each level increase, it increases the damage by 2.5. The Smite Enchantment allows players to deal with extra damage to undead, strays drowned, zombies, etc.
  • Why I Chose This Team: The Smite enchantment helps players deal high damage to enemies such as zombies, which can be particularly annoying to deal otherwise. 
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In cases where you’re met with a horde of zombies or skeletons in the game, you better have Smite equipped on your sword to have the best possible chances of coming out on top.

The only major downside to using Smite is that it cannot be combined with the aforementioned Sharpness enchant. It’s a common (and smart) practice to yield swords with various effective enchantments.

The pros and cons for the Smite are mentioned below after I tested it for a while: 

  • The damage is increased by each level. 
  • You can deal high damage to undead enemies. 
  • Cannot work with the Sharpness Enchant. 

8. Bane of Arthropods 

The Best Insect Mob Damage Enchantment.
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Bane of Arthropods Sword Enchantment
Max Level Damage Buffs/Effects Description
Bane Of Arthropods 5
  • For each level increase, it increases the damage by 2.5.
  • 12.5 Damage is the highest damage increase on Level 5.
  • Each level increases the slowdown duration by 1-1.5 seconds.
The Bane Of Arthropods Enchantment allows players to deal more damage to arthropods mobs such as Spiders, Cave Spiders, and Silverfish.
  • Why I Chose This Team: The Bane of Anthropods Enchantment can allow to deal damage to enemies such as Spiders. 
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Need to tackle spiders in Overworld biomes? Grab Bane of Arthropods on your sword. It swiftly dispatches spiders, cave spiders, endermites, and silverfish. Keep it for optimal results. Bane of Arthropods maxes at level V, boosting attack damage by 2.5 per level. With a Netherite sword at max level, you deal 20.5 damage per hit.

The pros and cons for the Bane of Anthropods are are listed below: 

  • You can deal more damage to anthropods. 
  • High damage output. 
  • Can only work best with Anthropod enemies. 

9. Mending 

The Best Durability With XP Enchantment.
Mending Sword Enchantment
Mending Sword Enchantment
Max Level Damage Buffs/Effects Description
Mending 1
  • Restores 2 Durability points per 1 Experience Point.
The Mending Enchantment allows players to restore item durability using experience points.
  • Why I Chose This Team: The Mending Enchantment is best used for item durability that can be restored using it. 
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Mending. Another nifty enchant that poses a different working mechanism than its like-minded counterpart. In contrast to Unbreaking, Mending works by using up your gained experience points to replenish your sword’s durability.

The pros and cons for using the Mending enchantment are as follows in my experience: 

  • You get Durability points per Experience point. 
  • Item durability is useful. 
  • None. 

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After spending countless hours wasted away on Minecraft, I believe that the Sharpness and the Mending Enchantment, which focuses on durability, are the best enchantments in Minecraft for swords. 

With that, let’s wrap up the Minecraft Best Sword Enchantment guide!

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