How To Craft And Use Punch Enchantment In Minecraft

If you want to deal with a large mob with ease, using the punch enchantment on a bow is a clever idea.

Punch Enchantment in Minecraft
Punch Enchantment in Minecraft

Minecraft is extremely popular because it encourages creativity and freedom to explore and lets players carve out their own stories. Enchantments are a big part of the whole experience, and punch enchantment in Minecraft is one of the more important ones.

The punch enchantment in Minecraft is something you can get for the bow. According to the latest version of Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac), it’s one of the seven enchantments currently available for the bow.

The bow is still one of the most effective weapons in Minecraft

Other enchantments include infinity, mending, power, unbreaking, and more.

However, the punch enchantment makes the most sense for the bow. We’ll get to why that is later. So, let’s see what the punch enchantment in Minecraft is all about, how you can get it, and the best use case for it.

Key Takeaways

  • The punch enchantment is one of the many enchantments available in Minecraft. It increases the knockback effect of the bow that repels enemies backward.
  • This enchantment has a maximum of two levels. “Punch I” knocks enemies back three blocks, while Punch II doubles that, knocking them back six blocks.
  • You can get the punch enchantment in Minecraft via the Enchantment Table or by using an Anvil.
  • An Anvil will require enchantment books if you want to enchant any item. These books can be yours by trading with villagers or finding them by looting or fishing.

What Is the Punch Enchantment In Minecraft?

The punch enchantment in Minecraft is not a term to be taken literally. Of course, traditional hand-to-hand melee combat is of no use in Minecraft. The punch enchantment instead works with your bow.

Calling this enchantment knockback or something similar would make more sense, but Punch is what Mojang thought sounds better.

Punch Enchantment
An example of a bow with the punch enchantment.

When you shoot an arrow at a target from your bow, it deals damage and knocks them back. The punch enchantment enhances this effect. This enchantment can be applied to any bow you acquired during your playthrough.

So, why is this important? Well, bows are superb weapons in Minecraft. You can snipe enemies from a distance or push them back to clear the area. Clearing the site is important when facing a mob, giving you time and space to generate health again.

This is precisely why the knockback effect of the bow is essential. The punch enchantment amplifies this effect considerably. If you want to keep enemies away from you, you definitely need this in your arsenal.

The bow also comes in handy during the Nether and the End, since you’ll be shooting enemies from further distances in both worlds.

Now that you know what it does let’s see how you can get the punch enchantment for yourself.

How to Get the Punch Enchantment in Minecraft

To get the punch enchantment for yourself, you first want to ensure that you have a bow in your inventory. You can make bows at crafting tables by combining three sticks and three string pieces in the following manner.

Crafting Bow
Here’s how you craft a bow in the game.

You can also purchase bows from fletcher villagers or catch them as a “treasure item” via fishing. They also happen to be an uncommon drop from Skeletons. Of course, the easiest way is just to craft a bow via the crafting table.

Now that you have a bow ready, there are two ways to get the punch enchantment in Minecraft.

  1. Use The Enchantment Table
  2. Use an Anvil and Enchantment book.

Method 1: Enchantment Table

An enchantment table is essential to the Minecraft experience, especially if you are playing in survival or hardcore survival mode. In those situations, the proper enchantment can be the difference between life and death.

Veteran players will know that an enchanting table allows players to spend experience points to upgrade or enchant certain weapons, armor, and other items in Minecraft. You can get an enchantment table if you combine a book with two diamonds and one obsidian in a crafting grid.

Crafting Enchantment Table
Here’s how enchanting tables are crafted.

Once your enchanting table is ready, place it anywhere that’s convenient. You’ll also want to surround this table with bookshelves, as that gives you access to higher-tier enchantments with the table. However, that’s not necessary for the punch enchantment in Minecraft.

Last but not least, you will need Lapuz Lazuli. This is an essential mineral in Minecraft that you need to enchant any item from your inventory. Players can get it by smelting Lapus Lazuli ores or mining their blocks.

Here are the steps you’ll want to take to get the punch enchantment:

Crafting Punch Enchantment in Minecraft
This is what an Enchanting Table looks like in the game
  • Open the enchanting table to bring up the enchanting menu. You’ll see two slots for placing materials there. Players can also view the materials they have available from the inventory box that is below the grid.
  • Now, select and move your bow from the inventory into the first slot (the left one). Do the same for Lapuz Lazuri, putting it into the slot next to it. Click on the area on the right with the numbers and strange markings to enchant your bow.
  • Just before you click to enchant, the game will tell you what you’re going to get.
  • The Punch enchantment is secondary, and very rare as it is a primary enchantment shown on the table.
  • If you don’t get the punch enchantment right away, you’ll need to try again till you get it. Of course, this does waste some Lapus Lazuli, but it doesn’t take long to get Punch 1, at least.

The process may be a bit involved, especially if you are a beginner. Still, enchanting is something that even newbies should try to be familiar with. You should try out enchanting as soon as you can in Minecraft.

Method 2: Using The Anvil

If you don’t know why an Anvil is essential to the Minecraft experience, you’ll find out soon enough as you progress through the game. It’s an essential tool that allows you to upgrade, edit, and rename items. In some cases, it also helps you in enchanting weapons and armor.

Crafting an Anvil is easy. You just combine three blocks of iron ore with four iron ingots on a crafting table.

Crafting an Anvil
This is how you craft an anvil.

Once your anvil is ready, you can prepare your enchanting items. However, you’ll need to combine those items with Enchanted books to enchant them.

Of course, you’ll need to find these enchanted books sooner than later. Here’s how you can find them:

Looting Treasures

During your Minecraft adventures, you’ll find many chests while exploring dungeons. These dungeons have a good chance of containing enchanted books. Apart from dungeons, you can find enchanted books by exploring shipwrecks, desert temples, and other particular areas.

Chests in Minecraft
There are numerous hidden treasures in every Minecraft world

So, you can find enchanted books by opening loot chests and finding buried treasures in these areas. However, you’d have to be lucky to immediately get the specific book you want. Try to open as many chests as possible, and use treasure maps to find other areas where high-value chests are hidden.


Fishing in Minecraft
Fishing in the game is oddly therapeutic.

If you thought looting chests required patience, wait till you try fishing to get enchanted books. We would not encourage people to spend half an hour fishing just to get the specific enchanted book they need. However, even if the chances are low, it might reward you if you persevere and stay diligent.

Trade With the Librarian

Trading With Librarian in Minecraft Village
Finding librarian villagers requires some luck.

You’ll find the Librarian villager scattered across different biomes in maps. Try exploring as many villages as possible to find a librarian. Once you find one, interact with them to see all the trading options.

You must trade a few items with the librarian before accessing enchanted books. More items will be available to you as you keep leveling up the librarian by trading with them. This increases your chances of eventually getting the enchanted book you want.

Pro-Tip: You can increase your chances of getting enchantment books by turning regular villagers into librarians. To do this, you’ll have to snatch a villager from their village and take them to your home base. Craft a lectern and place it in front of the villager. Trap them around the lectern, and the villager will become a librarian. It’s a bit heinous, but it works.

You’ll eventually get the punch enchantment book using the methods described above. Once that does happen, here are the steps you need to take to upgrade a bow with the punch enchantment.

Using Anvil for Punch Enchantment
The anvil is great for upgrading your items.

Open the anvil. Just like the enchanting table, you’ll see your inventory below.

From the inventory, drop your bow into the first box and the punch enchantment book into the second one.

Depending on your enchantment book, you’ll either get Punch Enchantment I or upgrade to Punch Enchantment II.

That’s all there is to this method. Using the anvil is not complicated; in fact, finding enchanted books prove to be difficult for most players.

Like Punch Enchantment, players can also craft unstable enchantments to gain explosive character abilities. Here is a complete guide to learning unstable enchantment Minecraft.


That about wraps it up on this guide for the punch enchantment in Minecraft. Hopefully, you’re fully aware of what this enchantment can be used for and how you can craft it. Minecraft can get a bit frantic in survival mode, so having the proper enchantments helps.

We hope this guide helped you out. We’ve written several other guides catered to beginners who want to enjoy Minecraft. For example, we explained how newcomers can tame horses, ride them around, and how to get off horses in Minecraft as well.

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