What does Smite do in Minecraft?

Uses of Smite in Minecraft

Minecraft players often feel confused between Sharpness and Smite. Both the enchantments provide unique benefits, and this guide will explain the benefits and viability of Smite.

Progressing in Minecraft is impossible without upgrading your armors, tools, and weapons. To do so, the game has a mechanic called enchantments that either improves an item’s existing capabilities or adds new abilities. For players who care about it, enchanted items also have a special animation.

Smite is an enchantment in Minecraft that can be applied to swords and axes (only swords in Java edition). Here’s why you should use it while taking on enemies.

Minecraft enchantment book

Uses of Smite in Minecraft

Long story short, Smite in Minecraft helps in increasing the damage output against Undead mobs.

There are five Smite levels that Minecraft players can unlock. With each level, the damage against Undead Mobs increases by 2.5 points. Hence, Smite V can grant 12.5 extra damage.

Here’s a list of Undead mobs in Minecraft:

  • Zombie
    • Chicken Jockey
    • Drowned
    • Husk
    • Zoglin
    • Zombie
    • Zombie Horse
    • Zombie Villager
    • Zombified Pigin
  • Skeleton
    • Wither Skeleton
    • Wither
    • Stray
    • Spider Jockey
    • Skeleton Horseman
    • Skeleton Horse
  • Phantom

These enemies are usually hostile and have unusual characteristics like getting damaged by healing potions and getting healed by harming potions. Undead mobs are immune to drowning (except husks and zombies) as well as poison damage.

The Smite enchantment is incompatible with Sharpness which constantly leads to players getting skeptical about its functionality.

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Undead Wither boss Minecraft

Smite vs Sharpness: Which is the better Enchantment in Minecraft?

While Smite buffs the damage against Undead mobs, Sharpness offers the same effect against all enemies. Sharpness V grants 10 extra damage points to a weapon and is clearly less powerful than Smite. However, Sharpness is a universal effect and Smite has an edge only in certain situations.

Hence, when fighting the Wither, choosing Smite over Sharpness is a no-brainer. On the other end of the Spectrum, Sharpness is more beneficial generally.

Enchantment is just one of the countless features that Mojang’s sandbox video game offers. It allows you to ride horses, and here’s our guide to taming and riding horses in Minecraft.

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