What Does Efficiency Do In Minecraft [Explained]

Learn all about what Efficiency does in Minecraft and how it can help you speed up your workflow, such as mining, by huge amounts!

The process of acquiring the Efficiency Enchantment in Minecraft is quite similar to other enchantments. However, if you want to make the most out of the enchantment, there are a few tips and tricks that can help you reach the maximum level. Efficiency is an enchantment; however, if you were wondering what Efficiency does in Minecraft, then worry not, as we’ll explain it in full detail.

Important: For most tools, you cannot directly acquire the highest level of Efficiency (Level 5) through the enchantment table. Rather, you must combine two Level 4’s to reach Level 5.
Key Takeaways
  • Efficiency enchantment in Minecraft increases the activity speed of tools like axes, hoes, shears, shovels, and pickaxes, making tasks like mining and cutting trees faster and more efficient.
  • When applied to an axe, Efficiency not only increases activity speed but also enhances the chance of stunning shield-holding enemies, with higher enchantment levels providing greater stun chances.
  • You can acquire Efficiency in Minecraft through various methods, such as:
    1. Enchanting tools at an enchantment table
    2. Trading emeralds with villagers for already-enchanted tools
    3. Using enchanted books found in dungeons, bought from villagers, or fished out with a fishing rod.

What Does Efficiency Do In Minecraft

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Efficiency Enchantment on a Pickaxe [Image by eXputer]
Efficiency is an enchantment that can be applied to a wide array of tools using the enchantment table or the anvil.

  • It essentially increases the speed of activity of the tool on which it is applied.
  • For example, if you’re using a pickaxe to mine stone, an enchanted pickaxe with Efficiency will get the job done faster.
  • The increase in speed is directly proportional to the level of Efficiency (1-5).

However, the effect of Efficiency is only applicable if you’re using the tool for the right purpose.

  • For example, if you’ve got an axe with Efficiency, it will be able to cut down trees or any wooden block quickly.
  • But, if you try using that axe to collect wood, it’ll have the same speed as a regular axe. You’ll need to use a shovel in that scenario.

Efficiency cannot be applied to every single tool out there. For example, you cannot increase how fast you swing your sword with Efficiency. These are the tools on which Efficiency is applicable:

  • Axes
  • Hoes
  • Sheers
  • Shovels
  • Pickaxes

Efficiency Stats

If you’re wondering what does Efficiency do in Minecraft in terms of the increase in stats, then this section will answer that for you. It increases the activity speed by a certain percentage, depending on the level of Efficiency:

Efficiency Level Activity Speed Increase
Level I 5%
Level II 10%
Level III 15%
Level IV 20%
Level V 25% (maximum level)

Efficiency Effects On An Axe

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Axe PvP showcase [Image by eXputer]
It is worth mentioning what Efficiency does on an axe in Minecraft, as it has some additional benefits. Besides just having a higher activity speed, Efficiency can increase the chance of stunning enemies that are holding a shield. The chance is increased depending on the level of enchantment.

The exact chance of stunning an enemy using an axe can vary depending on if the axe is made of stone, iron, diamond, etc. Therefore, it is hard to specify the exact amount of stun chance there is for each enchantment level. However, we can specify the increase in the chance of stunning an enemy according to the Efficiency level, and it is highlighted in the table below.

Level Percentage Increase
Efficiency I +25%
Efficiency II +30%
Efficiency III +35%
Efficiency IV +40%
Efficiency V +45%

How To Get Efficiency In Minecraft

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Trading with villagers for Efficiency books [Image by eXputer]
Like any other enchantment, there are multiple ways to acquire Efficiency. Certain methods require chance, while other methods are more certain.

  • Enchantment Table: Your main source of acquiring Efficiency will usually be through an enchantment table. At the highest-leveled glyphs, Efficiency III and Efficiency IV are one of the most common enchantments for any tool, making them quite easy to acquire.
    • To craft an Enchantment table, you’ll need two Diamonds, four obsidians (acquired using a Diamond Pickaxe), and a book.
    • You’ll also need 15 bookshelves placed around the enchantment table to ensure that you’re getting access to the highest-leveled enchants.
    • With 30+ XP Levels and three Lapis Lazuli, you can finally attempt to get a high-leveled efficiency enchantment.
    • In case you’re struggling with acquiring an adequate amount of XP, you can consider creating an XP farm.
  • Buying From Villagers: If you are lucky enough to come across a village, then you can trade Emeralds with the villagers there to acquire tools that already have Efficiency on them.
  • Using Books: As part of the loot in the open world, you’ll likely come across enchanted books. These books can be acquired through chests in dungeons, bought from villagers (librarians), or fished out using a fishing rod. With the use of an anvil, you can combine the book with any tool of your choice.

Efficiency V

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Acquiring Efficiency V (max level) [Image by eXputer]
Although you can get Efficiency 1-4 through the enchantment table, loot, and villagers, acquiring Efficiency V (maximum level) is quite tricky. Luckily, there is a step-by-step process to do so.

  • Whenever you combine two items with an enchantment on them through the anvil, their enchantment levels get added.
  • For example, two level 3 enchantments become level 4, and so on.
  • Therefore, to acquire level 5 Efficiency, you’ll need two items, both possessing Efficiency 4.
  • Combining both at the anvil will give you Efficiency V.
  • The ideal scenario is to have a tool with Efficiency IV and then combine it with an enchanted book with Efficiency IV.
  • Otherwise, you can also combine two tools with Efficiency IV to get the same results, but you’ll end up with only one tool rather than two at the end.
  • Therefore, it is advised that you at least wear out one of the tools so that you can also leverage the mending effect of the anvil.

With that, you now have the answer to the question of what does efficiency do in Minecraft. It can speed up your workflow and is especially useful if you have a large number of blocks that you need to mine, such as in the case of mining for diamonds or clearing out a bunch of land.

But if you want to start using the enchantment table to get efficiency, you’ll need a lot of preparation, such as leather, to make bookshelves. But once you’re set, you can explore other enchantments such as fortune, loyalty, or armor enchantments.

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