Top 5 enchantments to avoid

Enchantments are usually some of the most powerful things Minecraft players have access to. Enchantments such as mending allow players to keep their items and armor nearby forever, and fortune allows collecting

Most enchantments that are not discussed are disappointing, but there are a few legitimately bad enchantments. This does not help the player much. Some of them can even hinder the game. This article dives into a few notable ones.


These Minecraft enchantments are total duds

5) Recoil:

Knockback is a strange spell in this list. Unlike others, it is not irrelevant or necessarily negative for players. Instead, it’s more of a nasty spell.

As the name implies, the Knockback spell drastically increases how far mobs fly after the player hits them with a sword. For mobs such as creepers, this can help keep players safe.

But for other mobs or single mobs, Knockback can slow down how fast players can send them, making a fight that would be quick and painless worse than anything else.


4) The specialized protections:

The three specialized protection enchantments in Minecraft all share a single spot on this list for a reason: they all share the same big problem, which is that they are specialized enchantments that are incompatible with the general protection enchantment and each other.

This means that if the player has explosion protection, for example, he takes less damage from creepers or TNT, but has no protection from anything else. General Protection will award a bonus to all damage, even if it is slightly less than a bonus.

These enchantments are in no way bad, they are irrelevant, and players should avoid placing them in their armor above the general protection enchantment.


3) Thorns

Placing three thorns on a Netherite chest piece (Image via Minecraft)
Placing three thorns on a Netherite chest piece (Image via Minecraft)

Thorns seems like a good spell on paper. When an enemy mob hits a player in melee as a zombie or remotely as a skeleton, they will take damage in return. However, there are a few issues with thorns as a spell.

The big problem with the spell is that return damage is not guaranteed. Instead, there is a percentage probability based on the level of enchantment, calculated independently for each piece of armor with the enchantment. This chance is 15% times the level, for a maximum chance of 45% per armor piece.

The biggest drawback is how thorns can negatively affect a player’s ability to lead enemy mobs. Zombie villagers are rarely able to spawn and are great for players to heal and trade for cheap items, but thorns can potentially kill the zombie villager if players try to lead them into an area to prevent them from healing.


2) Curse of binding

Curse of binding to a pumpkin, reducing the player's sight to death (Image via Minecraft)
Curse of binding to a pumpkin, reducing the player’s sight to death (Image via Minecraft)

Curse of Binding is one of the game’s two curses, meaning they are spells that carry a negative rather than a positive.

In the case of Curse of Binding, it can be placed on an armor piece, and if the armor is equipped, it cannot be removed. Instead, players are stuck with the armor in their armor slot until the durability of the piece is depleted and the piece breaks.

This curse also cannot be removed from armor, even through methods such as the whetstone, making it an unfortunate permanent addition to armor.


1) Curse of disappearing

Placing a disappearing tool cure into a shulker box to protect it (Image via Minecraft)
Placing a disappearing tool cure into a shulker box to protect it (Image via Minecraft)

The Curse of Vanishing is the worst spell and curse in Minecraft. A large majority of players don’t play hardcore, meaning death is a common potential. When players die in Minecraft, all items in their inventory fall to the ground, allowing players to start collecting their stuff before it disappears.

But Curse of Vanishing makes any piece of armor or item that would normally fall instantly despawn, meaning players can’t save items with the curse.

Like the curse of bondage, this curse cannot be removed by any legitimate survival method. This makes death much heavier than normal and should be avoided at all costs.


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