6 BEST Trident Enchantments for Minecraft

Dylan Crosbie
Dylan Crosbie
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Knowing what the best Trident enchantments are can be difficult if you’re new to Minecraft or haven’t played with enchantments.

Understanding the enchanting system is tricky at first. However, once you get the hang of it, it’s game-changing.

In addition, a maxed-out Trident is one of the most potent weapons in the game. Unfortunately, unless you’ve explored the depths of the Ocean, you probably haven’t come across a Trident.

Let’s say you’ve recently fought through an army of Drowned and found your first Trident. How do you enchant it, and which Trident enchants should you choose?

We’ve composed a list of the 6 best Minecraft Trident enchantments to answer those questions.

What Is A Trident?

What Is A Trident in Minecraft

In history, tridents originated from Ancient Greece and Rome. They were first used for fishing and then adapted for fighting. Some gladiators used tridents and nets as their most efficient weapons in combat.

Tridents in Minecraft aren’t much different. However, while you can use them for fishing, it’s a bit overkill. So instead, using them as a weapon is much more effective. In fact, with the right Trident enchants, they’re the most potent weapon in the game.

The Trident is the first weapon in Minecraft used for melee and long-ranged attacks. You can use it like a sword or like a bow by clicking the ‘use’ button and charging it.

Not only does it give you god-like powers, but it can make you one of the best PVP players. For example, a Trident has higher melee damage (9) than a Diamond (7) and Netherite sword (8) in Java Edition. In Bedrock, a Trident has a damage of 9, which matches a Netherite sword. However, everything changes when you begin to enchant your sword or Trident.

How Do You Get A Trident?

Here’s the catch. Tridents can’t be crafted, nor can you find them in loot chests. So how do you get a Trident?

The only way to get a Trident in Minecraft is to kill a Drowned. The Zombie variant is most common in Ocean biomes but can be found wherever a Zombie has drowned. That said, you’ll only find Trident-wielding Drowned in the depths of an ocean, most likely near an Ocean Monument.

But beware, Drowned are more than capable of throwing Tridents like Neptune himself. So you’ll have to dodge them before you can get to the Drowned. And even after all that hard work, Tridents only have an 8.5% drop rate.

However, if you enjoy making farms, then a Drowned farm will give you a Trident in no time.

How Do You Get Trident Enchantments?

There are two ways to enchant a Trident – using an enchanting table or an Anvil.

Using an enchanting table is pretty straightforward and works just like any other weapon or tool. The normal mechanics of an enchanting table apply, including maxing the table out with bookshelves.

To enchant a Trident using an Anvil, you’ll need to combine two Tridents together or use an enchanted book. There’s a high chance that the Trident dropped by a Drowned will already be enchanted. Combining two enchanted Tridents will give you a weapon with multiple or levelled-up enchantments.

We’ll get into the different enchantment levels in the section below.

Something to keep in mind is that not all enchantments are good. For example, some Tridents can be dropped already cursed – the curse of vanishing enchantment that is. As it’s name suggests, it’s just not something you want on your hard-earned Trident.

6 Best Trident Enchantments

So that’s the basics. You now understand what a Trident is, how to get it, and how to find Trident enchantments. Now let’s look at the best Trident enchants you can find in the game. Some of these enchantments are exclusive to Tridents while others can also be applied to tools or weapons.

Exclusive Trident Enchantments:

  • Loyalty (loyalty)
  • Riptide (riptide)
  • Channeling (channeling)
  • Impaling (impaling)

Universal Enchantments:

  • Mending (mending)
  • Unbreaking (unbreaking)


Loyalty Trident Enchantment

A Trident with loyalty III being used to fight Drowned.
A Trident with loyalty III can be used to fight Drowned.

Exclusive to the Trident, Loyalty is an enchantment that causes the weapon to come back to the player. So no matter where you throw it, the weather or if it strikes a mob, it will always come back.

You’ll no longer need to swim to the ocean floor to retrieve your precious fighting fork.

However, watch out for Drowned using Tridents with this enchantment – it can make a deadly combo. In addition, Riptide or Channeling can’t be applied to Tridents with the Loyalty enchantment.

The Loyalty Trident enchantment has a max enchanting level of 3.


Riptide Trident Enchantment

Trident with Riptide used to travel in thunderstorm
Riptide allows you to travel with your Trident.

Like an actual riptide, this enchantment will pull you through the depths or through the rain. When in contact with water, the Riptide enchantment will pull the player along with it when the Trident is thrown.

This is particularly handy when wanting to travel through water quickly or when dodging a Creeper. Unlike an Ender Pearl, you will move with the Trident and not teleport to where it lands.

Here’s a cool trick: you can use a riptide enchanted Trident to propel you with an Elytra on. However, this only works in rainy weather.

The Riptide Trident enchantment has a max enchanting level of 3.


Channeling Trident Enchantment

A trident with channeling creating a lightning bolt which hits creepers.
Channeling creates a bolt of lighting which trikes your enemies.

The Channeling enchantment allows you to control the forces of nature and summon a lightning bolt. When you throw the Trident at a mob (or player), a lightning bolt will strike them.

The bolt will deal additional damage and set the player alight. In addition, if you kill a mob, such as a cow or pig, the lightning bolt will cook the meat for you.

Lastly, the channeling Trident enchantment will cause a mob to transform as if it was hit by lightning. For example, a Creeper will become charged, a Villager will turn into a Witch or a Pig into a Zombie Pigman.

However, here’s the catch. The lightning bolt will only work when there’s a thunderstorm up above. Dry, sunny weather won’t cut it.

The Channeling Trident enchantment has a max enchanting level of 1.


Impaling Trident Enchantment

Trident with impaling is used to kill an Iron Golem
A Trident with Impaling makes easy work of stronger mobs.

Impaling is the last exclusive enchantment on our list. As the name suggests, this enchantment increases the attach damage of the Trident, impaling your victim.

The enchantment has different aspects depending on which version of Minecraft you use. For example, this Trident enchantment only works on fish and guardians on Java. While in Bedrock, the enchantment affects all mobs in contact with water.

Impaling is so effective that the max level adds 12.5 damage to the attack – that’s 2.5 damage per level.

The Impaling Trident enchantment has a max enchanting level of 5.


Mending Enchantment

Anvil UI shows trident and mending book creating a mending trident.
You can combine a Trident with a book of mending to give it the mending enchantment.

Mending is one of the most sought enchantments in the game. It allows players to redirect XP to the item, increasing its durability. Unfortunately, the enchantment can only be collected through an enchanted book from loot, fishing or librarian villager trading.

Applying the mending enchantment to a Trident works just like any other weapon. The XP gained from killing a mob will repair your damaged Trident.

The best part about this enchantment is that you’ll never have to worry about finding another Trident again. Your Trident will last forever – unless you lose it, of course – this is where the loyalty enchantment comes in handy.

The Mending enchantment has a max enchanting level of 1.


Unbreaking Enchantment

Anvil UI shows trident and unbreaking book creating an unbreaking trident.
You can combine a Trident with Unbreaking to increase your weapons durability.

Last on our list is the Unbreaking enchantment. Like other tools and weapons, the Unbreaking enchantment increases your Tridents durability.

Unbreaking has 3 levels, each one increasing the durability of your Trident. Unbreaking can be applied to your Trident through an enchanting table or anvil.

The Worst Trident Enchantment

Anvil UI shows Trident and a book with the Curse of Vanishing.
Curse of Vanishing will cause the Trident to disappear when the player dies.

But like everything in this world, there’s always the good and the bad. Tridents can be enchanted with the Curse of Vanishing.

If you’re not familiar with this enchantment, this curse causing your item to disappear when you die. All your hardworking – down the drain.

There’s no exception for the Trident. It’s most likely that you won’t use this curse on your own Trident, but it’s possible to find a that already has this enchantment on it.

The worst part? The curse of Vanishing can’t be removed using a grindstone. The enchantment is stuck there forever – try not to die with it on hand.

If you lose your maxed-out enchanted Trident, you can say goodbye to your Aquaman superpowers.

Final Thoughts

Let’s be honest, the Trident is a pretty powerful weapon to have in your arsenal. Whether you’re exploring the oceans or prefer ranged attacks, a Trident is perfect for you.

Combining a Trident with the above enchantments makes the whole experience much better. These enchantments make fighting off the army of Drowned for that one Trident worth it.

So go ahead– get yourself a Trident, and be sure to try out these enchantments!

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Dylan is an avid Open World and Strategy game fan. His favorite content to cover include Minecraft and The Sims. His gaming interests along with his journalistic background, allows him to bring the best gaming content to your screens.
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