Minecraft enchanting table
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Best Minecraft enchanting table setup

Get all the level 30 enchantments you'll ever need

There are many ways to get powerful enchantments on your gear in Minecraft, from finding enchanted books to combining items using an anvil. However, using an enchanting table is still one of the best ways to do this, so having the best setup will help make this easier.

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How to set up an enchanting table in Minecraft

To make the best enchanting table setup, you’ll need 15 bookshelves. With your 15 bookshelves, set your enchanting table down before creating a 5×5 square around it, leaving a gap as a doorway and a one-block space surrounding it.

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How to make an enchanting table and bookshelves in Minecraft

If you’re preparing to make an enchanting area but don’t have the blocks yet, be ready to farm for some paper, diamonds, and obsidian, among a few other items. First, you’ll need the following resources to make an enchanting table:

  • One book
  • Four obsidian
  • Two diamonds

With these items, arrange them so that the book is at the top of your crafting table, the obsidian in an upside-down ‘T’ pattern, and the diamonds on the left and right sides. The two corner spaces should be blank. This recipe gives you one enchanting table, which you can place and break using a pickaxe.

Minecraft enchanting table recipe
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Next, you’ll need 15 bookshelves for the ideal enchanting table setup. Each table requires three books and six wood, which means you need the following items to make all 15:

  • 45 books
  • 90 planks, or one stack plus 26 additional blocks

Use these in your crafting table so the three books are in the center row, with the six planks on top and below. This recipe makes one bookshelf, so divide everything evenly to get 15 blocks total.

Minecraft bookshelf recipe
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Now that you have your bookshelves and enchanting table, place them wherever you wish in your world using the setup above to gain access to level 30 enchantments. You can now use any weapons and armor in the enchanting table alongside lapis to apply enchants to them.


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