Bows and arrows are the only ranged weapon in Minecraft that lets you target mobs and other players down even from a distance.
To get the most out of it, you’ll need to put enchantments on your bows. Below you’ll find the best bow enchantments in Minecraft that make your weapon more potent against enemies in the game.
7. Curse of Vanishing
If you know what this does, here me out.
Curse of Vanishing is a bow enchantment technique that makes your weapon vanish upon death.
You may probably not want this enchantment a priority, as you lose your bow’s entirety once you’re dead. Plus, you can never reacquire it back.
But the great thing about the Curse of Vanishing as a bow enchantment is that enemy players cannot acquire your precious and upgrade bow if they killed you.
For example, my friends on factions or survival servers use this bow enchantment when they fight other players or go out to raid an enemy base.
In fear of potentially being killed by the enemy due to them not wanting the enemy to get a hold of their bows upon death and use it against them or keep it for themselves, in a way, it is a pro in a strategic sense during PvP scenarios.
At the same time, it is a con because you’re never getting it back when you die. But at least you get your enemies’ items to compensate for the losses if you win in the end.
There are several ways to get this enchantment. You have to be lucky to fish it out of the water, trade with villagers, or find naturally spawned chests in the Minecraft world (e.g., Dungeons, Villages, and Mineshafts).
Sadly, you can’t get this using the enchantment table like the rest of the bow enchantments on the list. Curse of Vanishing is one of the popular Minecraft sword enhancements too.
Punch is another way of saying Knockback for the sword enchantment.
Punch is a bow enchantment that boosts your knockback power and strikes the enemy at a pretty good length away from their initial position.
This is great for pushing your enemies away when being chased or pushing an enemy towards a hole in the ground or something potentially hazardous, which may aid you in your fight.
What makes punch a wondrous bow enchantment is that it increases your knockback by 3 blocks per level. The higher the knockback power, the more likely your enemies would lose their health due to fall damage.
However, this bow enchantment has its pros and cons, depending on the scenario you are in.
When you are fighting against another player, you can knock them away and make your escape easier.
If you’re in a single-player mode or a horde of zombies come at you, pushing them back with the bow enchantment is a viable option.
When chasing an enemy player with this bow enchantment, you are actually “helping” them escape since you are pushing them away from you. This downside makes them harder to kill.
The Flame bow enchantment gives you the ability to set a hostile target on fire upon being hit by the arrow. This is great when you’re fighting other players on an online server.
What makes this Flame bow enchantment great is that it adds fire damage on enemies on top of the arrow’s base damage.
Besides, it causes fire damage for two hearts over five seconds. It also slows down enemies since they cannot sprint away quickly.
The flame enchantment is an excellent supportive feature for your bow and is a cool enchantment to have if you want to set all your enemies on fire for the fun of it.
Nonetheless, combining the Flame with Power bow enchantment guarantees you a good kill in one shot effectively.
Power is an enchantment that increases the bow’s damage; the Power can grow up to 5 levels.
Referenced from the Minecraft Wiki, a Power level 5 can deal 23 heart damage while shot fully charged. Meanwhile, a bow without a Power bow enchantment can only deal with 9 hearts fully charged.
Fast and easy kill, isn’t it? Combine this with Infinity or Flame bow enchantments, and you’ll be a killing machine.
You can grab the Power enchantment from the enchantment table but only levels 1 to 4.
The Level 5 Power enchantment can only be attainable using the Anvil. Combine two separate bows with a Level 4 Power enchantment, resulting in a Level 5 Power.
This bow enchantment may not auto-repair your bow like Mending, but it makes your weapon last longer and more durable than it usually does.
You can get the Unbreaking bow enchantment on three different levels.
As people said, Unbreaking 3 can make you shoot over 6,000+ arrows before breaking. Great right?
This bow enchantment goes great combined with Infinity. It caters to the demands of the infinity enchantment and prevents your bow from breaking.
You wouldn’t want a bow that can only shoot up to 365 arrows, so getting this enchantment is a great deal.
Infinity is a bow enchantment in Minecraft that gives you the ability to use infinite arrows at your disposal.
When you have this enchantment, you’ll only need at least one arrow in your inventory. You can continually fire arrows at your convenience, which saves you time and resources.
Infinity and Mending are the two hardest enchantments to decide on what you want to use. Since you can’t combine Mending and Infinity in one bow together, you have to choose only one to go with the rest of the enchantments.
Now you may ask, why is an enchantment that gives you unlimited usage of arrows—as long as you have one arrow—is not in the top one spot?
Because you may have infinite arrows at your disposal, but the bow won’t be repairing itself, won’t it?
Now sure, combine Infinity with Unbreaking 3, and you can shoot at least over 6,000+ arrows before the bow breaks. You can repeatedly repair the bow until you can’t anymore due to the repair cost limit on an enchanted item.
But even if you could repair the bow a decent amount of times, it still breaks in the end.
Depending on specific uses, Infinity isn’t such a helpful enchantment as much as you think, especially when you’re in a single-player mode. Crafting arrows will come with ease later in the game. What’s more, Infinity becomes more of a fun thing to have.
In multiplayer, Infinity proves to be helpful as the number of arrows you need during battle increases. This enchantment would be convenient for that very reason, “spamming arrows until you win.”
I love this bow enchantment. Why do you ask?
Despite that Mending enchantment lacks capabilities in targeting enemies down, its ability to repair your bow makes up for it.
Mending works every time you kill a mob or an enemy player. Collected experience orb or XP from killed players is used to repair your bow, given that it has the Mending bow enchantment.
This power will save you time from building an anvil, going back to your base, or using up resources to make another bow.
Maybe those reasons seem like you can endure it instead of putting your efforts into getting a mending enchantment on your bow.
The Mending bow enchantment is an excellent choice for players who don’t want to waste time getting a new bow or repairing the bow using resources.
Combining this bow enchantment with any other powerful enchantment on your bow to help you in your adventures.
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