What does Mending do in Minecraft, and how do you get it?

Do you love Minecraft? If so, you know how annoying it is when your weapon breaks right when you need it. Luckily, the Mending enchantment can fix your weapons and tools quickly.

So, what does Mending do in Minecraft? Keep reading to find out!

How Does Mending Work in Minecraft?


Mending fixes Minecraft tools like armor and weapons that are about to break. You need experience points (XP) to use Mending. You can get XP by trading with villagers, farming, mining, killing mobs, and fishing.

The more XP you get, the faster you can repair your items. Mending works on certain items, including armor and weapons you’re holding in either hand and the first four armor slots.

Important! Each XP you get adds two durability points to your item. The more damaged your weapon is, the more XP you'll need to fix it.

What Items Can You Use Mending For?

Here are the items you can use Mending on:


  • Helmets
  • Boots
  • Leggings
  • Turtle shells
  • Tridents
  • Chest plates
  • Elytra
  • Shields


  • Pickaxes
  • Axes
  • Fishing rods
  • Shears
  • Hoes
  • Shovels
  • Flint and steel
  • Carrots on a stick
  • Wrapped fungus on a stick


  • Swords
  • Bows
  • Crossbows

However, you can’t use Mending with certain other enchantments like Infinity. They can’t be combined on the same item. Infinity works on bows, letting you shoot arrows without using any from your inventory.

Note: Mending's effectiveness depends on what you're doing with the item. It wears out faster if you're doing tasks that don't give you experience orbs. For example, using a pickaxe to mine only stone will damage it quickly, while mining coal and other ores will help keep it repaired.

How To Get Mending Enchantment on Minecraft

You can find Mending in Minecraft in enchanted books. Searching for enchanted books in your Minecraft world can help you find a Mending enchantment. However, not all enchanted books will have Mending.

Here’s how to get the Mending enchantment in Minecraft:

Method 1. Chest Loot

The main way to get the Mending enchantment in Minecraft is by finding it in chests. Look for these chests in places like temples, dungeons, mineshafts, ancient cities, strongholds, and villages.

When you find a chest, open it and check what’s inside. You might also find other valuable items like different enchantments, resources, and rare items.

Important: Not all books have the Mending enchantment. Focus on searching in the places mentioned to have a better chance of finding it.

Method 2. Fishing

Fishing is a great way to get Mending books. You just need a fishing rod to fish in different water bodies around the Minecraft world. Cast the rod into the water and reel in your catches. However, finding an enchanted book this way is rare.

A better method is to create an AFK fishing farm. To use it, hold the fishing rod by pressing and holding the right button on your mouse. Position the rod at a right angle for better accuracy. The rod’s hopper will collect the chest, which might contain a Mending book.

Method 3. Through Villager Trading

Trading with a villager is the best and easiest way to get Mending books. Here’s how:

  1. Find a village and choose a villager.
  2. Make a lectern by combining four wooden slabs and a bookshelf at a crafting table.
  3. Place the lectern next to the villager to turn them into a librarian.
  4. Open the trading menu to see what the librarian offers. If they don’t have Mending, take the lectern back and try with another villager.

This method is quick and simple, giving you a good chance to get a Mending book.

How to Repair Gear With Mending

Here’s how to repair your gear with the Mending enchantment you got from villager trading:

  • Select the gear you want to repair.
  • Click on “Experience Orbs” to start the repair.

After fixing your items, any leftover XP will go to your experience bar. If your items don’t need repair, the XP orbs won’t be used or added to your XP gauge.

Why Is Your Pickaxe Not Mending?

If your pickaxe isn’t mending, it might be because it’s not in the armor slot or you’re not holding it in your hand during the repair. Also, you can only repair an item up to 6 times in survival mode.

Another reason could be that you don’t have enough XP. A pickaxe is mainly for mining, so it doesn’t generate much XP when used to kill mobs.

To mend your pickaxe, switch to a sword and kill some mobs. Then, quickly switch back to the pickaxe to collect the XP orbs. The orbs will automatically repair your pickaxe.

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