Minecraft Fortune Enchantment – All You Need to Know

The Minecraft Fortune enchantment can truly get you profitable results when mining in-game. Learn all you need to know about it here.

What Are Enchantments In Minecraft? 

Enchantments enhance tools, armor, and weapons with special bonuses. For example, Feather Falling on Boots reduces fall damage. Most enchantments have power levels; higher levels increase effects. Feather Falling IV offers the greatest 48% fall damage reduction.

Upgrading enchantments requires Experience, obtained from various activities like defeating mobs, mining, and trading. You need an enchanted item. The Enchantment Table or Anvil with Enchanted Books is used. The Anvil allows combining multiple enchantments for added power.

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Enchanting Table in Minecraft

That’s potentially how you get the best armor in the game to equip, as well. There are certain incompatibilities, however, to look out for when you’re merging enchantments. For instance, the Infinity enchantment that lets you shoot unlimited arrows from the crossbow cannot be used in combination with Mending

Talking about the Fortune enchantment in Minecraft will help you better understand what all of this fuss is about. We’ll be sure to cover everything important related to this enchantment, including the different ways you can obtain it to leave no stone unturned. Let’s get right into it. 

Key Highlights
  • Introduced in Minecraft v1.0.0, Fortune is a unique digging and mining-based enchantment.
  • It increases item drops when mining or digging, such as obtaining more diamonds from diamond ore or more crops from fields.
  • Obtainable through enchantment table with Lapis Lazuli, trading with Librarian, or finding in chests or through fishing.
  • Incompatible with Silk Touch enchantment, preventing simultaneous high drops and preservation.
  • Does not enhance overall XP gain from digging or mining.
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Fortune Enchantment Minecraft

Max Level Description Buffs How To Acquire
Fortune Level 3 Increase the chances of item drops as well as the number of item drops.
  • Fortune I gives a total of 33% chance increase for item drops.
  • Fortune II gives a total of 70% chance increase for item drops.
  • Fortune III gives a total of 120% chance increase for item drops. 
  • Fishing
  • Trading with a Villager
  • Looting Chests
  • Enchantment Table

The Fortune enchantment is a particular type of perk that lets you have more item drops compared to what you would be getting without it. Now, of course, Fortune also has power levels that it can be upgraded to. The higher the power level, the more the chances of you getting profitable results. 

Here’s a breakdown of how Fortune works at each level and how to acquire it:

  • Max Level: Fortune III
  • Description: Increase the chances of item drops as well as the number of item drops.
  • Buffs:
    • Fortune I: 33% chance increase for item drops.
    • Fortune II: 70% chance increase for item drops.
    • Fortune III: 120% chance increase for item drops.

How to Acquire:

  1. Fishing: You can obtain enchanted books through fishing, including the Fortune enchantment.
  2. Trading with a Villager: Some villagers, particularly Librarians, may offer enchanted books for trade. Keep trading until you find one offering Fortune.
  3. Looting Chests: Fortune enchanted books can sometimes be found in dungeon chests, temple chests, or stronghold libraries.
  4. Enchantment Table: You can enchant tools, weapons, or armor with Fortune using an enchantment table. Combine lapis lazuli with your tools and place them on an enchantment table along with the required experience levels.

Eligible Tools:

  • Pickaxe
  • Hoe
  • Axe
  • Shovel


  • Fortune increases the yield of certain blocks when mined, such as ores and other valuable resources.
  • Fortune works best on blocks like diamond ore, coal ore, lapis lazuli ore, and others listed above.
  • Fortune III has the highest chance of yielding additional drops, making it highly sought after for resource gathering.
  • It’s important to note that Fortune and Silk Touch are mutually exclusive enchantments. Silk Touch preserves the block itself, while Fortune increases the drop rate of its usual items.

How to Obtain Fortune in Minecraft  

The Fortune enchantment can be obtained in multiple ways. We will cover each of them in detail so you can be flexible with your options and choose which option to choose. 

  1. Fishing: While fishing, there’s a chance you may catch an enchanted book containing the Fortune enchantment. However, this method has a low chance of success, so it’s not the most reliable way to obtain Fortune.
    fortune 2 minecraft
    Fishing for Fortune
  2. Trading With a Villager: Look for Librarian villagers in villages, as they have a higher chance of offering enchanted books as trades. Keep trading with them until you find one offering the Fortune enchantment.
    Trading for Fortune With a Villager
    Trading for Fortune With a Villager
  3. Obtaining Through Chests: Explore the world and search for loot chests, as they sometimes contain enchanted books with the Fortune enchantment. Ordinary chests are your best bet for finding Fortune, but it’s still a rare enchantment to come across.
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    Fortune III in a Loot Chest
  4. Enchantment Table: Utilize the Enchantment Table to enchant your tools, weapons, or armor with Fortune. Surround the Enchantment Table with bookshelves to enhance enchantment results, especially for Fortune. Make sure you have enough experience levels and lapis lazuli to perform the enchantment.
    fortune enchant minecraft
    Fortune III

When using the Enchantment Table:

  • Prepare your item for enchanting.
  • Place the item in the Enchantment Table interface.
  • Use lapis lazuli to boost your chances of getting Fortune.
  • Choose the enchantment option that offers Fortune and enchant your item.
Enchantment and Experience
Enchantment and Experience


We’ve covered everything to know regarding this practical game enchantment, so you should be ready now. Fortune is undoubtedly one of the rarer enchantments you can find in Minecraft. As it is with real life, finding fortune is hard. However, a mix of luck and effort can get you there, both in Minecraft and outside of it. Let me know in the comments section if you could get Fortune III or any of its counterparts. 

As always, eXputer wishes you good luck and happy gaming!

Minecraft Fortune Enchantment - FAQs

What does Fortune do in Minecraft?

Fortune makes it possible to get more item drops from blocks that you mine and gather more resources than ever before.

What is Fortune in Minecraft?

Fortune in Minecraft is applied to tools like Shovel and Pickaxe to enchant them and get more drops from mined blocks.

How to get Fortune in Minecraft?

The best ways to get Fortune in Minecraft is by finding it loot chests, trading with Librarians, using the Enchanting Table, and fishing.

What does Fortune do on a Hoe in Minecraft?

Fortune on a Hoe in Minecraft makes it capable of giving you more item drops, especially when you cut Oak Trees to obtain apples.

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