Minecraft Punch vs Power- The Better Option For Enchant?

punch vs power minecraft
punch vs power minecraft

Just like plenty of other mechanics present in the game, enchant is also an important element inside Minecraft. Using enchants, players are allowed to add in new abilities in the items that they are using. But before a player can successfully enchant, he must first use an enchantment table.

Minecraft Punch vs Power

Punch and power are two really common enchant that players like to use on their weapons. The problem is that both of them have their own use and they cannot be stacked with each other. Due to this, the player has to decide on which enchant he wants to use for himself.

Using this article, we will be giving you a basic overview of both these enchants. We will be taking a look at the ups and downs of using both of them. Here is everything that you need to know about them:


Punch is a kind of enchantment used on a bow in order to increase the bow’s ability to knock back the enemies. Just like how Knockback enchantment is used to give player’s melee weapons the ability to be able to knock back their foes, this enchantment is used only on bows.

In case you were wondering, Punch does not increase the damage of the bow. For each and every increment in Punch level, the player gets an additional 3 block knockback advantage. It is mostly useful when you don’t really need to kill your enemies and prefer keeping your distance from them.

How it works is that whenever an enemy gets close to you, you can use your bow to knock the enemy far back away from you.


Power is another enchantment specifically used on the bow which increases the damage of the bow. The biggest difference between Punch and Power is that with Punch, you will be getting increased knockback ability, whereas Power will directly increase the damage you deal with your bow.

Both are pretty useful when it comes to usage. However, as Power increases damage, you will notice it to have a great effect when you need to quickly kill your enemies or use the weapon on PVP mode.

There are maximum of 5 levels of power with the final level increasing your bow damage to a maximum of 150%. For maximum damage output, Power is possibly the best bow enchantment that you can use.

The Bottom Line

Comparing Punch vs Power, we have discussed in detail the aspects of both the enchantments. Both will prove to be quite useful depending on the situation in which they are being used. If you want to learn more, be sure to give the article a thorough read.

3 thoughts on “Minecraft Punch vs Power- The Better Option For Enchant?”

  1. Are you sure they are mutually exclusive? In regular survival mode, I have a bow with both enchantments, and wasn’t done by any commands. Also, the wiki doesn’t list them as being exclusive to each other.

    • They are NOT mutually exclusive, HOWEVER, Punch is for melee and not a Bow Exclusive enchantment. (Done a heap of enchanting in both Creative & Survival Modes so i should know lol).

      Bane of Anthropods is exclusive to Smite & Sharpness (so can only use 1 of the 3 as we both know). ALL Protections are mutually exclusive so can only have 1 of those on separate pieces of armor (useless on weapons so I’ve found BUT can still be enchanted on weapons anyway).

      Knockback and Punch can be stacked (with both enchantments the push back is double) however i think Knockback only goes up to lvl 2 if I’m correct, same can be said for Punch too i think.

      So on the author of this saying they can’t be used together, they’re either not a player, an idiot OR can’t read a Wiki lol (I play the Xbox 360 Legacy Edition and have all the updates up to (and including) the Aquatic update).

    • In addition to my 1st comment (if the moderator team allow it since i called the author an idiot lol), this is an added detail…………

      Idk if in survival mode if the arrows can be enchanted (in creative they can obviously, same with potion dipped/tipped arrows),
      IF they can be, well then, impailing (even though it’s mainly used for Tridents & can only be used in water or fighting out in the rain) can also be used on arrows, Thorns can be used on both Bows & arrows separately, same with Flame stacked with Fire Aspect (and both stacked with Punch & Knockback + Thorns + Looting, etc) [I find Flame and Fire Aspect combined with Thorns and (if raining) Impailing] comes in quite handy with Punch &/or Knockback.

      They (the author of the post) is definitely quite indeed correct in saying it’s all about your own personal taste and uses for the situations at hand (of course that’s inclusive of enchantment level affordability lol)


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