Best Trident enchantments in Minecraft: Loyalty, Riptide, more

Aakrit Sharma
Tridents and an enchantment book in MinecraftMojang

Tridents in Minecraft are pretty rare since you can’t craft them. If you do manage to come across one, be sure to pick it up and utilize this list of the best Trident enchantments in Minecraft to significantly improve the weapon.

Many people consider Tridents as one of the best weapons in Minecraft, which is mainly due to their damage stats being at par with the Netherite Sword and Diamond Axe. However, the biggest highlight is its ability to deal both melee and ranged damage, making it exceptionally valuable in a game like Minecraft.

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Tridents are some of the rarest weapons in Minecraft and have a 6.25% chance of being dropped by drowned mobs in Java Edition, and 15% in Bedrock Edition. Drowned are Zombie variants in Minecraft that are found underwater. You can increase the odds of this drop using the Looting enchantment, but once you do get your hands on this weapon, the next goal should be to use the best enchantments and make it as powerful as possible.

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

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A Minecraft Trident with Loyalty revolving near a playerMojang
Tridents are unique weapons in Minecraft because you can’t craft them.

Best Trident enchantments in Minecraft

Loyalty

Loyalty is unarguably the best Trident enchantment in Minecraft because it compels the weapon to come back after you throw it. Without Loyalty, operating a Trident can be a nightmare as you’ll have to search for it after throwing.

Considering its rarity, you wouldn’t want to lose your Trident in Minecraft. Hence, enchant it with Loyalty as soon as you can.

Riptide

With the Riptide enchantment, Tridents in Minecraft can launch you when they’re wet (during rain or underwater). Mojang’s sandbox game doesn’t provide you with many quick transportation mediums which is why having this enchantment comes in handy during exploration.

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You can travel the waters in Minecraft swiftly with a Trident enchanted with Riptide. Moreover, if you have an Elytra, you can use Riptide to launch yourself and fly which is often called the fastest transportation method in the entire game.

Minecraft Trident with Riptide launching the playerMojang
Launching yourself using Riptide and using an Elytra to fly away can be a good exit strategy.

Mending

Mending is one of the most sought-after enchantments in Minecraft and it is equally good for Tridents. This enchantment basically consumes the XP that you gain from killing a mob and uses it to repair the weapon.

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With Mending, you can drastically increase the life span of your Trident and with proper planning, the weapon might stay in your inventory forever.

Unbreaking

Unbreaking is another Minecraft enchantment that increases the life span of your Trident by letting it avoid durability reduction upon usage. Because Tridents are so rare, enchantments that increase durability are highly desirable.

Minecraft player holding a Trident near the shoreMojang
You can shoot Tridents across large distances in Minecraft.

Channeling

Channeling enchantment in Minecraft allows you to create lightning bolts with your Trident during thunderstorms. Throw your Trident towards a mob during the rain and they’ll be struck with a massive lightning bolt that deals a ton of damage, starts a fire, and changes the mobs’ form in certain cases.

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Here’s how Channeling affects mobs when you hit them with lightning bolts:

  • Creepers turn into Charged Creepers.
  • Villagers turn into Witches.
  • Cow mooshroom changes its colors (between Red and Brown).
  • Pigs turn into zombie Piglin.

Channeling is a strong enchantment that sets mobs on fire and kills them quickly. However, Riptide and Channeling aren’t compatible and you must choose the one that best suits your needs.

Minecraft Trident summoning lightning strikes with Channeling enchantmentMojang
Channeling can set mobs on fire.

Impaling

Tridents in Minecraft already have great damage stats, and Impaling is an enchantment that further increases this damage output against aquatic mobs. There are five levels and each level adds 2.5 extra damage.

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You can deal additional damage to only aquatic mobs like Axolotls and turtles in Java Edition but in Bedrock Edition, the enchantment also works against enemies in contact with water.

This means that during the rain, your Trident in Minecraft Bedrock edition can easily become the strongest weapon with Impaling.

Riptide vs Channeling: Which is the better enchantment for Tridents in Minecraft?

If you want to choose between the Riptide and Channeling enchantments, you have to consider what you want to use your trident for. If you want to use your trident as a weapon, Channeling is the superior enchantment. However, if you want to use your trident to fly around and speed up transportation over water or during rainy or stormy weather, you should go with Riptide.

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Can a trident have both Riptide and Loyalty?

No, a trident can’t have both Riptide and Loyalty applied at the same time, as they are mutually exclusive. The same goes for the Channeling enchantment. You can’t apply both Riptide and Channeling to a trident at the same time, as they too are mutually exclusive.

This was everything you need to know about the best Trident enchantments that you should be using in Minecraft. For similar content on the sandbox title, make sure to check out the articles below:

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About The Author

Aakrit is a games writer with over 2000 published articles for EssentiallySports, Sportskeeda, FortniteINTEL, and CharlieINTEL. Currently, he writes guides on Minecraft, Roblox, Pokemon games, Genshin Impact, and Brawlhalla. Aakrit loves playing shooter games and in his free time, you can find him queued up in Valorant, Fortnite, Apex Legends, or Halo Infinite. You can contact Aakrit at [email protected].