Smite vs Sharpness In Minecraft: What’s The Difference?

minecraft smite vs sharpness
minecraft smite vs sharpness

Enchantments, often referred to as ‘enchants’, are unique bonuses and boosters that can be applied onto weapons, tools, or armor either using enchanting tables or the Anvil if you possess enchantment books. Enchantment books can be acquired by fishing, trading, found in generated structures, or gained by placing a normal book in an enchantment table. An enchanted item will display the enchantment along with its current level when viewing it in the inventory menu.

Using the enchantment table method, players can enchant swords, pickaxes, armor, bows, and much more. Furthermore, items that cannot be simply enchanted using the enchantment table can be placed on the Anvil and enchanted using books. This method can help increase the durability of items and also be used to repair them, in turn adding the two weapons’ enchantments together and forming a combined and more powerful item. The two enchantments in question are both sword enchantments, and can’t be placed on any other item except the ax since it also involves attacking with a weapon that has a blade.

Smite vs Sharpness In Minecraft

Smite and Sharpness are both incredibly essential enchantments for your main swords since both of them enhance the weapon’s damage. Sharpness (levels I through V) is more common than Smite and increases the weapons overall melee damage. It adds 1+ damage on the first level and then adds 0.5 extra damage for each additional level. However, in the Bedrock edition, it adds 1.25 extra damage at each level increase.

Smite is a relatively rarer enchantment for a sword and only deals extra damage to undead mobs such as Skeletons, Zombies, Drowned, Withers, and such. Smite (levels I through V) adds 2.5 extra attack damage per every level increase on any non-critical hit. Fully powered up to level V, Smite can add a whopping 12.5 damage to any weapon of any base damage but only for enemies of the undead variety. Added on a diamond sword, this enchantment can help mow down enemies easily and without extra effort.

Note that these two enchantments are incompatible with each other and cannot be placed on the same weapon without using commands. So, if you’re going to be using your weapon mostly in Survival against undead mobs it is suggested that you go with the Smite enchantment over Sharpness. But if you’re gameplay is more centered towards PvP or a variety of mobs, then Sharpness would suit your sword better.

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