Minecraft: Best Helmet Enchantments [Top 11]

In this guide, we have listed the top 11 helmet enchantments in Minecraft. We have also added an enchantment guide for the helmet.

Minecraft’s best helmet Enchantments, in general, can give you amazing benefits and help you in many ways. A helmet is part of the armor, and combining it with the best enchantments will greatly help you in different situations. It will increase your defenses and help you a lot when going underwater.

Key Takeaways
  • Enchantments are things you can apply to armor, helmets, boots, etc, which in return grants players a bunch of different perks and buffs.
  • Here, we have listed the top 11 helmet enchantments you can apply:
  • The top 11 enchantments are as follows:
    1. Mending: Provides durability in expense for XP points.
    2. Protection: Provides All damage protection.
    3. Fire Protection: Provides Fire damage protection. 
    4. Projectile Protection: Provides Projectile damage protection
    5. Blast Protection: Provides blast damage protection.
    6. Unbreaking: Increases the durability of an item.
    7. Respiration: Increased breathing time underwater.
    8. Aqua Affinity: Allows faster mining underwater.
    9. Thorns: Damaging attackers if they land a hit on the player.
    10. Curse Of Binding: Binds you to an item.
    11. Curse Of Vanishing: The item vanishes after your death.
  • Each of these enchantments has max levels that are unique to each enchantment; some can be upgraded up to Level 4.
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Helmet Enchantments In Minecraft Comparison

Before we kick off our guide, make sure to check out the comparison table, which summarizes each helmet enchantment in Minecraft:

Enchantment NameMax LevelEffectBuffs
MendingLevel 1 Uses XP to restore durability pointsFor 2 XP points it grants 1 durability point.
ProtectionLevel 4Reduces the damage taken from enemy attacksAt level 4 it offers a 16% damage reduction.
Fire ProtectionLevel 4Reduces the damage taken from fire- Fire Protection I provides 15% protection
- Fire Protection 4 provides 60% protection.
Projectile ProtectionLevel 4Protects you from taking damage from projectiles- Projectile Protection I provides an 8% damage reduction
- Projectile Protection 4 provides a 32% damage
Blast ProtectionLevel 4Protects you from taking blast damageAt Blast Protection level 4 it provides 60% damage reduction
UnbreakingLevel 3Increases the durability of your item- Unbreaking I provides 23% chance of not using any durability points
- Unbreaking III provides -30% chance of no durability point
RespirationLevel 3Grants a longer time to breathe underwater- Respiration I gives an extra 15 seconds underwater
- Respiration III gives 45 seconds extra.
Aqua AffinityLevel 1 Increases the speed of your mining underwater.Mining speed becomes the same as on the ground rather than
it being 25 times less.
Thorns Level 3Deals damage to enemies that attack you.- Thorns I provides 15% chance of inflicting damage
- Thorns III provides 45% chance.
Curse Of BindingLevel 1 The item gets attached to you and can not be taken off
even after one's death.
Curse Of VanishingLevel 1 Allows the item to vanish and not be picked up by other
players after death.

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1. Mending I

Mending Enchantment

Helmet or not, Mending is probably one of the best Enchantments in Minecraft. If you don’t know what Mending does, then it basically helps your item last longer. Every item, which includes helmets, has a set amount of durability. When it runs out, the item is then destroyed. Mending prevents that from happening, hence becoming a great Enchantment.

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2. Protection IV

Protection IV
Protection IV Enchantment

Protection is an armor (armor also includes helmets) enchantment in Minecraft, which increases the damage reduction.

So you will have to choose only one of these enchantments. Incompatibility is pretty much the only con it has as an Enchantment. Still, you can always wear different enchantments on different armor pieces, like boots or chest plates. To be exact, it offers you a 16% damage reduction rate at level IV.

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3. Fire Protection IV

Fire Protection IV

The fire enchantment is situational because when you are going to need it, it will be with lava. In the Nether, you will find more lava than in any other world in Minecraft. So having the Fire Protection enchantment in the Nether to protect you from lava is great. 

This enchantment offers protection against fire-using monsters, like Blazers, mainly found in the nether. Fire Protection increases by 15% per level, reaching 60% at level IV. It’s incompatible with other protection enchantments such as Projectile Protection, Blast Protection, or Protection Enchantment.

If you use this enchantment on multiple armor pieces, the one with the highest protection takes precedence. Having two 60% fire protection enchantments won’t make you fire-resistant.

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4. Projectile Protection IV

Projectile Protection IV

Projectile Protection is an enchantment in Minecraft that basically protects you from taking damage from most types of projectiles. Minecraft has several projectile attacks, including arrows, thrown tridents, Shulker bullets, llama spit, blaze fireballs, ghast fireballs, and wither skulls. 

There are three attacks that you should watch out for when using this enchantment: splash potions of harming, dragon fireballs, and firework rockets. With each level increase, you get an 8% increase, so the max level for the enchantment is IV, so you will get 32% protection max.

5. Blast Protection IV

Blast Protection IV

 Blast Protection does what it says, which is protecting you against blast damage. The protection includes TNT explosions, creeper explosions, ender crystals, initial wither boss explosions, and ghast fireballs.

Blast Protection is another situational enchantment you will only need if you are a certain type of player. It’s definitely not recommended for normal players.

Other than that, it can be at level IV max, which grants you a max of 60% protection. And the protection gets capped at a set number, so it doesn’t go over or at 100%. This is one of the worst protection enchantments, if not the worst.

6. Unbreaking III

Unbreaking III

Unlike Mending, Unbreaking doesn’t directly restore durability but reduces the chances of durability depletion. When applied to items, it significantly augments their durability, sometimes quadrupling. However, for armor it grants fewer chances. Unbreaking I provide a 23% chance of preserving armor durability, with the formula being 60 + (4 / level + 1).

At its maximum level, Unbreaking III gives your helmet a remarkable -30% chance of durability consumption, effectively extending its lifespan by 43%. Combining Unbreaking with Mending can further prolong your helmet’s use. Overall, Unbreaking remains an excellent helmet enchantment in Minecraft, although it excels even more with other items, offering a remarkable -300% increase in durability chances.

7. Respiration III

Respiration III

Respiration helps you breathe underwater longer. The usefulness of this enchantment is endless since there are many things you need to do underwater. With this, you won’t need to keep popping out of the water and then breathe. 

Respiration increases your breathing time underwater by 15 seconds at each level, and it has a maximum of III levels. So, in total, you can have a massive 45 extra seconds to spend underwater in addition to your 10-second default time.

8. Aqua Affinity I

Aqua Affinity I

Aqua Affinity helps you mine blocks underwater faster than the normal speed you get underwater. Underwater can get awfully annoying when mining, even if you have Respiration for more time to stay underwater. 

So having this enchantment along with the Respiration is a must to increase your overall effectiveness underwater. When you are mining underwater, you mine five times slower than what you would normally do on the surface. But once you wear Aqua Affinity with the helmet or turtle shell, then that penalty is gone. It’s worth knowing that the enchantment has no additional levels, meaning you only get Aqua Affinity I.

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9. Thorns III

Thorns III

Thorns are often considered the least favorite due to their ability to damage attacking enemies. Despite this, its strength lies in its versatility, as it can deflect various types of damage, such as melee, projectiles, and arrows. A non-situational enchantment is typically recommended because it proves effective in many situations.

Thorns Enchantment has three levels, each providing a 15% chance to inflict damage upon the attacker. At the highest level (III), this chance increases to 45%. However, using Thorns comes at the cost of durability; it reduces an item’s durability by three each time it deals damage, but not otherwise. In the end, whether to use Thorns depends on personal preference.

10. Curse of Binding

Curse of Binding

The Curse of Binding is an enchantment that you can use on almost all the items in Minecraft, including the helmet. When it’s enchanted to the helmet, the helmet is bound to the player.

It simply means that the helmet is inseparable from the player, and you can not take it off, no matter what. Even after you die, other players can not take it off. The enchantment’s name is really cool sounding, but the enchantment itself is not impressive in any form.

11. Curse of Vanishing

Curse of Vanishing

Curse of Vanishing, similar to Curse of Binding, can be used to enchant any items, including the helmet in Minecraft. The Curse of Vanishing is similar to the Curse of Vanishing, but it’s somewhat better. The Curse of Vanishing makes an item disappear after the player’s death. At first, it might sound way worse than the Curse of Binding, but in this case, you can take off an item to keep it safe.

Now you know the best enchantments to add to your helmet in Minecraft to get the ultimate results. Not only that, but also the best way to enchant your helmet. That concludes today’s guide. If you found it helpful, let us know in the comments below. Or, if you have questions regarding the helmet enchantments in Minecraft, feel free to ask. 

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