Minecraft Enchantment Table

Enchantment tables must be placed as a block before they can be used, just like crafting tables and furnaces. Once placed, you can use the table to add powerful magical effects to tools, weapons and armor through the enchanting process. The table is ¾ blocks high. The tables produce unique textures, called arcane glyphs, when placed next to bookshelves. Nearby bookshelves also increases the potency of the enchantments. Players can use the table to add effects to weapons, shovels, pickaxes, axes and all armor pieces. Other tools, like fishing rods, hoe, shears, flint and steel and buckets, cannot currently be enchanted. Enchantments cost the player experience levels and give items a purple glow. A detailed overview how to setup and use an enchantment table can be found in the article on enchanting.

Type: Solid Block
Requirements: None
Physics: No
Transparency: Yes
Luminance: No
Blast Resistance: 6,000
Tool: Pickaxe
Renewable: No
Stackable: Yes (64)
Data Value- Dec: 116, Hex: 74

Minecraft Enchantment Table


Name Ingredients Input >> Output
Enchantment Table Book and Diamond and Obsidian Crafting Enchantment Table

Used to Enchant tools, weapons and armor.

To craft an enchantment table, you must combine 4 obsidian blocks, 1 book and 2 diamond in the pattern above. The table is one of the most expensive objects to create in Minecraft since all of the ingredients are relatively hard to collect. Villages are a great place to get these items. Diamond and obsidian can spawn in village chests and destroying bookshelves in the library can drop books.


Enchantment tables were first announced by Notch in September 2011, making them one of the newest blocks in the game. Players could craft them as early as the 3rd release of the version 1.9, and they have been modified in several later patches.

Glyphs Animation from Bookshelves to Enchantment Table

Glyphs flowing from bookshelves to an Enchantment Table


When you activate an enchantment table, you see an empty item slot and a blank list of enchantments. Drag and drop a tool, weapon or armor piece into the slot to display three random enchantments in the adjacent window. You can remove and replace the item in the slot to generate new enchantments.

The enchantment options in the list are represented by random letters from the Standard Galactic Alphabet, a fictional language originating in modern science fiction. The enchantment names are arbitrary, so players have no way of knowing what enchantment they are putting on an item. The experience cost, listed in levels, is visible and changes when the player replaces an item in the table’s slot.

You can also gauge the strength of the enchantment by looking at the Roman numeral listed next to each enchantment. Under normal circumstances, the enchantments range in power from I to V, with V being the strongest. You can gain access to stronger enchantments by placing bookshelves around an enchanting table (up to a maximum of 15). While this opens up more quality enchantments, the experience cost also increases significantly. Some enchantments cost the player over 50 levels of experience.

Interesting Facts

  • The book graphic at the top of the enchantment table turns to face nearby players.
  • The dark texture at the base of the table closely resembles the obsidian it was created from, but the graphics are actually slightly different.
  • Since enchantment tables are primarily composed of obsidian, they cannot be pushed or pulled by pistons.
  • Any type of pickaxe is fine for harvesting an enchanting table, even though a diamond pick is required to pick up obsidian.

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