Best sword enchantments in Minecraft: Mending, Smite, and more

Aakrit Sharma
Four Minecraft swords pointing towards an enchantment table

Swords are some of the best melee weapons in Minecraft, dealing the most damage and coming in with speedy strikes. However, you can make your sword even stronger by using the right enchantments on it, so here are the best sword enchantments in Minecraft.

Minecraft revolves around survival, which means that players must do everything they can to not get eliminated and lose their gear and items. While you can have mob-based sentries like wolves, and cats protecting you and horses for a quick getaway, you’re bound to need a strong melee weapon like a sword while exploring.

If you want to take your sword game to the next level, however, enchanting is the best method to help you out.

Minecraft’s best enchantments range from Mending to Fire Aspect, and tons more. Most sword-based enchantments can boost your sword in various ways, allowing you to either out debuffs on hostile mobs, eliminate them, faster, or get more loot from them.

Here’s a list of the best sword enchantments in Minecraft.

Five best sword enchantments in Minecraft

5. Sweeping Edge

Minecraft sword with Sweeping Edge enchantment
The Sweeping Edge enhancement increases the damage dealt by up to 75%.

Sweeping Edge enchantment in Minecraft increases your sword’s sweep attack damage. This is quite useful in situations where you have to fight several mobs at once. The increase in damage is based on the level of Sweeping Edge, but to balance things out, the game does now allow you to use Sweeping Edge with other enchantments.

Swords already stand out in Minecraft thanks to their sweep attacks, and Sweeping Edge makes this characteristic even better.

4. Fire Aspect

Minecraft sword with Fire Aspect enchantment
There are only two levels of the Fire Aspect enhancement.

Fire Aspect is inarguably one of the best enchantments in Minecraft. As the name suggests, anything you touch with an enchanted sword will catch fire excluding the mobs from The Nether.

Many mobs die instantly from fire damage and even if they don’t, the damage from fire is long-lasting and massive. Moreover, when killed with a Fire Aspect sword, mobs drop cooked meat if they generally drop raw food items. This saves you the time and effort to cook a meal.

3. Smite

Minecraft Wither boss
A Netherite Axe with Smite V deals the most damage out of any other weapons with similar enhancement.

Smite enchantment in Minecraft increases the tool’s damage against undead mobs that are usually the hardest to kill. Although the use of this enchantment is quite situational, you can utilize it during a wide range of mob fights, and especially when you’re facing The Wither.

Sharpness could have made this list, but Smite is simply more powerful and a majority of mobs in Minecraft are undead.

2. Looting

Minecraft sword with Looting enchantment
Looting enhances the chances of rare drops.

A versatile enchantment in Minecraft that improves the quality and quantity of your rewards is Looting. Even though this enchantment doesn’t work on some items like Totems of Undying, it can still cause almost all mobs to drop better loot.

Looting doesn’t benefit in combat, but if you already have combat-based enchantments on your sword, it is great for balancing things out.

1. Mending

Enchanted Minecraft sword on an anvil.
Mending is a treasure enchantment and can be obtained from jungle temples, strongholds, etc.

Once you make Diamond and Netherite tools in Minecraft, the goal should be to instantly enchant them with Mending. This enchantment increases the durability of the sword with experience. This implies that you can have ever-lasting tools with Mending if you’re gaining enough experience.

Mending is best on swords because the weapon is primarily used for killing mobs which happens to be the best source of XP in Minecraft. Mending is often compared with Unbreaking but is considered better because tools enchanted with Unbreaking break eventually.

On the flip side, you can literally make indestructible tools with Mending and of course, proper planning. This explains why unlocking Mending is one of the toughest tasks in Minecraft.

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