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Minecraft: Aqua Affinity

Posted: Feb 22, 2021 in Minecraft

mc head By Kevin Lott


In the world of Minecraft there are many enchantments that make our lives as players easier. Whether they allow us to hit harder, walk on water, or just take less fall damage, they’re incredibly useful. Sometimes, though, the enchantment isn’t so self explanatory. To add to this, Minecraft isn’t the type of game to spell things out for us so easily, so today’s blog will give a brief explanation of the Aqua Affinity enchantment. We’ll go over how it works, what it does, and some trivia. Let’s begin.

Aqua Affinity

aqua affinity helmet
aqua affinity helmet

The Aqua Affinity enchantment speeds up how fast you can mine blocks underwater. It basically means that your mining speed will be equivalent to if you were mining on land. The enchantment can be added to any helmet or leather cap by using an enchanting table, or game command. You will need to wear the helmet/cap that has the enchantment to experience the effects. Unlike some enchantments, Aqua Affinity does not have multiple levels. There is no activation or method to it, but rather a flat increase in mining speed only when underwater.

The penalty for mining while floating in water is unaffected by Aqua Affinity, so it is advised to mine while standing on the ground, even when using the enchantment.

Obtaining Aqua Affinity

enchanting table
mineshaft chest

There are three ways you can obtain Aqua Affinity. (besides commands) You can enchant a helmet or Turtle Shell in an Enchanting Table, find an enchanted book, or a villager that is willing to trade it. The Enchanting Table will be your best bet, as you can keep rolling until you get it, instead of just looting chests and villages, as the chances of finding a book or villager willing to trade it are extremely low. If you do happen to find a book with the enchantment, just use an anvil to apply the book to whatever helmet or Turtle Shell you would like.

Done and dealt

That’s all there is to it. Aqua Affinity is a fairly simple enchantment that is very effective and somewhat of a necessity for us underwater builders. It’s also just a generally useful enchantment for mining in underwater ravines, getting out of a tough situation if you’re drowning, and much more. I do wish it allowed you to mine faster when floating, but you can’t get everything. I hope this blog helped you out, and with that said, have a great day!

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