Best Enchantments For Shovel In Minecraft

Best Enchantments For Shovel In Minecraft

Shovels are digging tools used to dig in dirt, sand, or gravel. Shovel digging is always faster than digging with a pickaxe or your hand. They’re great for digging underground/underwater bases, leveling the terrain, or simply fortifying your base. In Minecraft, there are six tiers of shovels that you can craft or find:

  • Wooden Shovel
  • Stone Shovel
  • Iron Shovel
  • Golden Shovel
  • Diamond Shovel
  • Netherite Shovel

But did you know you can also put enchantments on your shovel? There are only six of them, but four of them are quite good. We’re going to discuss the best enchantments for the shovels and explain how they work. List is ranked from worst to best.

  1. Curse of Vanishing
  2. Fortune
  3. Silk touch
  4. Unbreaking
  5. Mending
  6. Efficiency

What Are The Best Enchantments For Shovel In Minecraft

Curse of Vanishing

A piece of crap enchantment that you really shouldn’t get on your shovel. What it does is make your shovel disappear as soon as you die, making it impossible for you to recover it. Items with this enchantment are found in a variety of locations, including jungle temples, hidden treasures, and even the Nether.

The maximum level for this enchantment is I. 


Fortune Enchantments For Shovel

Unfortunately, this is not a very good enchantment for a shovel. It only increases the chances of getting flint from gravel, which isn’t really worth it. This enchantment will not also give you multiple dirt/sand/gravel blocks. Maybe in future updates, this enchantment will become more useful on shovels!

The maximum level of this enchantment is III. 

Silk touch

This enchantment allows you to collect blocks as they are. Instead of a dirt block, you’ll be able to pick up an actual grass block. These enchantments are typically used to obtain blocks that would otherwise disintegrate upon hitting. It also prevents you from getting flint if you are in need of gravel!

The maximum level for this enchantment is I. 


Unbreaking Enchantments For Shovel

This enchantment causes your shovel to gain more durability per level of the enchantment. Shovels tend to break faster than other tools because dirt blocks and similar blocks are relatively easy to remove, This enchantment is a huge time saver because you won’t have to go to your anvil every three minutes to repair your shovel. 

The maximum level of this enchantment is III. (I=100%, II=200, III=300% increase in durability)


Mending makes it possible for your shovel to regain some of its durability at the cost of collecting experience orbs. A ridiculously difficult enchantment to find, you can find it by trading with villagers, getting lucky with treasure chests, or simply fishing for a while. 

Keep in mind that in order for this enchantment to repair your shovel, you must keep it in your hand while collecting experience orbs; otherwise, it will not work!

The maximum level for this enchantment is I. 


Efficiency Enchantments For Shovel

Efficiency is an enchantment that increases the rate at which you break blocks with your shovel. This enchantment is ideal for digging an underground base or flattening the terrain in order to lay foundations for your new home.

Golden shovels with this enchantment are by far the fastest, but they are also the least durable. Putting this enchantment on your diamond shovel is the best option because it has the highest amount of durability, plus it’s the second-fastest shovel in the game. By far, the best enchantment that you can put on your shovel!

The maximum level for this enchantment is V. 

Frequently asked questions about shovels

Can I use the shovel as a weapon?

Well, sure, I guess… You’ll deal slightly more damage than with a fist, but you should stick to swords and axes to maximize your damage output. 

How do I make dirt roads?

Simply click RMB on a grass block of any type. The grass won’t grow back and you should have yourself a dirt road!

Do hostile mobs drop shovels?

There is a slight chance that you might get a shovel from killed baddies. You can increase your chances of getting rare items by putting the Loot I-III enchantment on your sword.

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