Minecraft Enchanting Table Recipe

The engagement and addictiveness of Minecraft have riveted millions of gamers of every age. There is so much to do in this game, and one of the major aspects of Minecraft is its flexibility to do anything in the world. You can craft anything using a crafting table, but many items can be enchanted with extra powers using the enchanting table.

So, what is enchanting? Enchanting is a game mechanic in Minecraft that makes your items like armor, tools, and weapons more powerful by adding additional abilities. To enchant an item, you need an enchanting table, which is a block that is used to the capabilities of tools.

The center of attention of this post is to understand the Minecraft enchanting mechanic and how to use craft and use enchanting tables:

What are the enchanting methods in Minecraft?

In survival mode, items can be enchanted using the approaches listed below:

  1. You can enchant using experience points and Lapis Lazuli, a mineral that can only be mined using a pickaxe.
  2. By combining an enchanting book with an item using an anvil.
  3. By combining two items of the same category but different enchantments using an anvil.

But enchanted items can also be obtained from various sources such as a villager through trade, through fishing, from different mobs and monsters if they possess enchanted items.

How to craft an enchanting table

Let’s discuss the enchanting table recipe. Crafting enchanting table you need, 1 book, 2 diamonds, and 4 obsidian, open crafting table and place items in 3×3 grid as shown in the image below:

You can also get it using the command mentioned below:

/give @s enchanting_table 1

The “1” in the above command indicating the amount.

How to use the enchanting table in Minecraft

After the enchanting table, the second most important item you need Lapis Lazuli. To get maximum out of the enchanting table, you need a minimum of 15 bookshelves around it, but you can add as many as you want to enhance the enchanting table’s capability.

At the enchanting open table, you will get the following menu:

  1. There are two blocks. In the first block, you place the item you want to enchant, and in the second block, as indicating the Lapis Lazuli [Note: Only in survival mode] are needed.
  2. In this block, you will get three different enchanting options to select one from. Each option will come with a number, and that number indicates the experience level required to view the enchantment. You will get better enchantment with a better experience level.

If you have more experience level and more enchanting options will be unlocked.

How to enchant an item using the enchanting table in Minecraft

To enchant an item, you need 3 Lapis Lazuli and the item. Place the item in the first block and 3 Lapis Lazuli in the second box; I am enchanting an iron pickaxe:

You will get 3 options, with the level of experience you need to unlock. In the above image, it can be seen that I need 8, 13, and 30 experience levels to unlock the respective enchantment. Select according to your level:

The iron pickaxe will be enchanted and now in purple color:

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make the strongest enchantment table in Minecraft?

Enchanting tables can be improved with the placement of bookshelves nearby. When an enchanting table is improved, it is able to produce higher level enchantments.

The enchantment mechanic in Minecraft works like this:

You place the item you want to enchant in the table along with 3 pieces of lapis lazuli. Once the ingredients are in the right place, you are given 3 enchantment options of that item.

Each enchantment has a level requirement, which means that you need to be at least that level to access the enchantment.

Higher level enchantments confer bigger and better bonuses on your items, so it does pay to improve your enchanting table.

When using bookshelves to improve your enchanting table, they need to be placed one square away from the table. This means that you have space to walk around the table without being blocked by bookshelves.

The more shelves you have, the higher the enchantment level will be.

How many bookshelves do you need for a level 30 enchantment?

To reach level 30 enchantments, you’ll need to max out the enchantment table. You do this by placing 15 bookshelves around the enchanting table. You can fit 13 around the table by forming a circle with one gap for you to enter and leave through.

The remaining 2 bookshelves can be stacked on top of the others.

Another way to get 15 bookshelves around an enchantment table is to place a row of bookshelves on either side of the table. Of course, you have to leave one block between the bookshelves and the table.

You can put 4 on each side and then double stack the rows. This will give you 16 bookshelves if you do it evenly, which is 1 more than you need. The extra bookshelf won’t give you any additional levels, but it will make the arrangement look neat.

 What’s the recipe for the enchantment table in Minecraft?

To make an enchantment table in Minecraft, you are going to need the following:

  •       1 x book
  •       2 x diamonds
  •       4 x blocks of obsidian

Creating a book is pretty simple. You just need 3 papers and a piece of leather. These are easily obtainable.

Diamond is slightly harder to get as it needs to be mined with an iron pickaxe or better. It tends to spawn in layers 1-16 in all biomes.

Once you have diamond ore, you can use a furnace to smelt the ore into a diamond.

Obsidian is usually found deep in caves or mines as it spawns when water meets lava. It is also available in the nether region as part of ruined portals. 


You may need powerful weapons, armor, and tools as you progress in Minecraft. The easiest way to upgrade them is using the enchanting table. An enchanting table needs Lapis Lazuli mineral and experience level to enchant an item. In this guide, we learned the recipe for crafting the enchanting table and then understand the process of enchanting an item.

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