Despite a large majority of the enchantments in Minecraft being related to damage or the speed at which you break blocks and collect items, there are a few enchantments that relate to defense.
One such enchantment is Protection, which we will go over in this article and cover all there is to know about it.
How to obtain the Protection enchantment in Minecraft
You can apply Protection to any piece of armor in the Minecraft, including turtle shells because they count as armor. This is because you can use them on your head and they’ll act as a helmet.
It is obtained the same way as other enchantments, so you should be covered if you have any experience with enchantments. You need to either use an enchantment table by placing the item and getting the enchantment from the list, or combine an enchanted book with the item on an anvil.
This enchantment is mutually exclusive with quite a few protective enchantments, specifically, Blast Protection, Projectile Protection and Fire Protection. What this means is that you can’t have 2 or more of these enchantments on the same item, unless you use commands.
What does the Protection enchantment do in Minecraft?
As the name implies, Protection is a general protective enchantment, which means it reduces the damage taken from all sources. Interestingly, it includes protection from sources of damage that no other enchantment can protect you from, such as magic damage.
However, there are exceptions to this, as the enchantment does not protect you from the Warden’s sonic boom attack, the void, or damage taken from hunger.
The specific numbers for damage reduction are (4 x level)%, meaning that at level 1, the reduction would be 4%, and at max level, which is 4, it is 16%.
Where can you use the Protection enchantment?
Since it is not specific in what it protects you from, Protection is an overall good enchantment to run on any piece of armor in Minecraft. In comparison to other protective enchantments, it has lower values, but the tradeoff is that it applies to more types of damage.
So, in reality, the decision on whether to use this over other protective enchantments depends on whether you know what type of damage you’re going to be taking, or whether you just want a general protection. For example, if you know you’re going to the Nether, bringing Fire Protection might be a better idea.
It is important to remember the following key takeaways about this enchantment:
- Protection is an enchantment that can be applied to different types of armor including turtle shells.
- It is mutually exclusive with Projectile Protection, Fire Protection and Blast Protection.
- The enchantment reduces damage from all sources of damage by (4 x level)%, up to a maximum of 16% at level 4. It protects you from everything except hunger, the void, and the Warden’s sonic boom attack.
- It is a better overall choice than other protective enchantments, since those are very specific in what they protect you from. However, the damage reduction is less, so be careful what you choose.