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Posted: Oct 27, 2021 in Minecraft
Mining is so tiresome. Although it’s half of the game, I just can’t bring myself to use an Iron Pickaxe over and over for hours on end. Just like weapons, you could improve your mining speeds by building a better one with rare ore, but that will only get you so far. Eventually, you’re going to want to invest in enchantments. With enchantments, you can allow your Pickaxe to do many unique functions, and work more efficiently. Today, we’re going to go over all of the Pickaxe-specific enchantments and how they work. Let’s begin.
This list is in no particular order, so don’t feel as if you should pursue any specific enchantment unless it will actually apply to your gameplay.
Efficiency – This enchantment speeds up how fast you can mine blocks in the game. Ascends to a maximum level of five, as the speed scales with the level. This enchantment is low-key goated as it cuts your mining times down by so much. The longer you mine, the more time you’re saving (potentially). In the provided clips above, you can see a normal Diamond Pickaxe compared to a Diamond Pickaxe enchanted with Efficiency V. The enchanted Pick is significantly faster.
Fortune – This enchantment increases the block drops from mining. For example, with the enchantment, you will have a better chance of getting flint from gravel, or an apple from a tree. The main use of this on a pickaxe, however, is to increase the drop rate of ores when mining Coal, Iron, Gold, Diamond, or Emerald. Ascends to a maximum level of three, as the increased drop rate scales with the level. This enchantment will also save you a lot of time, as you’ll have to mine less ore for more profit.
Silk Touch – This enchantment is one of the most useful and unique enchantments in the game. Basically, it allows you to mine blocks themselves instead of getting the usual dropped item. With this enchantment, you can gather items that are fragile and break such as glass or ice simply by mining them. You can even mine the block itself such as Diamond or Coal ore instead of receiving the dropped gemstone. This enchantment only has one level, as it’s a simple passive rather than a percentage-based buff. Use it to gather blocks you couldn’t before, like Ice, Stone, and more.
Unbreaking – This enchantment increases the durability of your tools, weapons, and armor. In this case, it will make it so your Pickaxe does not wear out as quickly. Unbreaking manages this by giving the item a chance to avoid durability reduction when used. The chance is increased depending on the level of the enchantment, of which it ascends to a maximum level of three.
Mending – This enchantment restores the durability of an item using experience orbs. This is one of the most overpowered enchantments, as it allows you to avoid repairing tools in anvils, which eventually will become too expensive to maintain forever. When rejuvenating your Pickaxe, whether it be with an XP farm or just slaying mobs, it’s best to remove any other items or armor with Mending because the game does not evenly distribute XP orbs when deciding which Mending item to repair. It will just decide at random.
There are three ways you can obtain these enchantments. (besides commands) You can enchant your Pickaxe 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 the ideal enchantments are extremely low. If you do happen to find a book with the enchantment you want, just use an anvil to apply the book to the Pickaxe.
This was a pretty small blog, but that’s really all there is to it. There aren’t many Pickaxe specific enchantments, but the ones that the game does have are incredibly powerful and useful when playing. Don’t tell anyone, but most if not all of these enchantments can actually be applied to other tools. Surprisingly, these aren’t Pickaxe exclusive, but actually tool exclusive enchants. In any case, I hope this blog helped you, and have a great day.