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Mending is a special enchantment in Minecraft that, when enchanted onto an item such as weapons, tools, and armor, will repair the item with experience orbs. This is just one of many enchants in the game. It’s probably one of the most useful ones you can have. It’s great for keeping your tools in a usable state. It’s a super useful thing to have if you’re going out doing tons of adventures.

The rate that Mending in Minecraft repairs items is based on a basic formula. The rate is that for every one XP consumed, you gain two points of durability on the item. The issue is that you need to put a ton of XP to keep your gear in good condition. The other downside is that you will get the effect randomly if you have mutliple items with Mending applied. The game will never consume XP on a fully repaired item, but it may not select the item you want to.

Durability doesn’t affect which item is chosen at random. For example, a sword that is one durability point away from being fully repaired has an equal chance of being chosen than a pickaxe that is almost broken

How to get Mending in Minecraft

So how do you get it? The thing with Mending is that it only counts as a treasure enchant. This means you can only get it as a loot drop. No matter how many times you use an enchanting table, you will never get Mending I on any item. And yes, that’s true regardless of what item you try to enchant.  The bonus can be obtained from chest loot, fishing, raids, or trading.

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You could go fishing as well. Mending is itself useful for this method, but not necessary. Get both the Lure and Luck of the Sea enchantments on the fishing pole to make fishing for rare drops much faster. Without this enchantment, you will only have a slight chance of getting the enchant books and other rare drops.

If you’re after something like the Aqua Affinity book, this is the way to go. And yes, Mending books can drop as well. Be careful out near the water though, those Drowned can be very vicious indeed. But if you’re after Tridents, these can be fun to hunt if you’re fully armored up.

What items can have Mending?

  • Axe
  • Boots
  • Bow
  • Cap
  • Carrot on a Stick
  • Chestplate
  • Crossbow
  • Fishing Rod
  • Fungus on a Stick
  • Helmet
  • Hoe
  • Leggings
  • Pants
  • Pickaxe
  • Shears
  • Shield
  • Shovel
  • Sword
  • Trident
  • Tunic
  • Turtle Shell
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