Wondering how to make an anvil in Minecraft this post is going to explain the different uses of the anvil including renaming, repairing, and combining items.
How to use an anvil in Minecraft
The crafting recipe for the anvil is 3 iron blocks and 4 iron ingots in this pattern will craft an anvil.
Anvil uses and anvil basics
The anvil has to be mined with the pickaxe to drop as an item an anvil can generate in the forge room of a woodland mansion.
Look at the picture of the anvil there’s a box on the top where you can change the name of the item to rename items.
The left slot is called the target this is for items you want to repair or put enchantments on.
The slot in the middle is the sacrifice this will be the item you will be putting into the target and using up.
The last is the right slot is the result which you can look at to see the enchantments on the item or the durability there will be a line at the bottom that shows the experience point levels the actions will cost this will be green if you have enough experience point levels and red if you don’t have the levels.
One thing to keep in mind is there is a penalty every time you put an item through the anvil. The cost will increase in experience point levels it will cause zero when it hasn’t been put through the anvil yet if it has been put through the anvil once it will be 1 level, 2 times it will be 3 levels, at 4 times, it is 15 levels and 5 times it is 31 levels.
The idea is at a point will be impossible to do any action on an item because the cost will be too high there are 3 different uses of the anvil repairing, renaming, and combining items.
Renaming anvil in Minecraft
- To rename an item place it into the 1st slot and enter the name you want on the top the cost will be one experience point level and the prior work penalty.
- Renaming an item will not increase the prior work penalty the cost will be the same if it is one item or a stack of an item.
- When an item’s name is changed it will only stack with an item with the same name. Some of the items will have special actions when renamed.
- Name tags have to be renamed before they can be used a bucket of fish that is renamed will have the fish appear with the name as their tag when they are released.
In the java edition, a renamed item or tamed mob will have the name appear as part of the death message.
How to repair an anvil in Minecraft
The second use of the anvil is to repair items if a damaged item is placed in the first slot 1 piece of the material will increase the durability by 25% up to the maximum durability for that item.
If you, for example, increase the durability by 50% by using 2 of materials this will be considered one action and the cost is 1 plus the prior work penalty.
It will increase the prior work penalty by 1. The more unusual materials you need to repair items are phantom membranes, for elytra, scute for turtle shells, cobblestone stone, and Blackstone for stone tools.
Also using one material for repairing items makes sense for some items and doesn’t for others with the chest plate it costs 8 the material to actually craft and you can repair it by 25% with one material.
In contrast, the shovel uses one material to craft but increases the durability by 25% with one material so it might be cheaper just to craft another shovel. An item can be repaired if you combine the same item made of the same material into it. An example would be 2 diamond swords, this will combine the durability of the 2 into 1 item and give a 12% bonus up to the maximum durability of the item the cost of this is 2 levels plus the prior work penalty if the target item is undamaged there is no cost.
Combining items or enchantment
The anvil can be used to put enchantments or combine enchantments on items. You can use the anvil to put the enchantments from enchanted books or other items onto items.
If the enchantment level is higher on the sacrifice this will put that enchantment level on the target.
An example would be putting riptide 3 from a sacrifice onto the target if the target trident has riptide 2.
If the sacrifice and the target have the same level this will increase the level of the enchantment on the target up to the maximum level of the enchantment.
An example would be if you have both sharpness 4 this will result in the target having sharpness 5. So this can be useful to get higher level enchantments that may not be available through the enchanting table like sharpness 5 efficiency 5 or thorns 3. Just keep in mind that every time you do this the penalty will increase the cost.
If the enchantment level of the sacrifice is lower than the target there is no change to the target item also if the target doesn’t have an enchantment it gains all the levels of the enchantment unless it is incompatible.
An example is that you can’t put silk touch or change a pickaxe to self-touch if it has fortune enchantment on it. In java edition, it will cost 1 level for every incompatible enchantment. It will ignore any enchantment that can’t be applied to the target like silk touch being put on a sword the cost of combining 2 items on the anvil will be based on the sum of the prior work penalties of both items and the sacrifice has enchantments the enchantment costs.
Enchantment cost( anvil in Minecraft )
Every enchantment will have an enchantment cost that is a multiplier time the enchantment level. Some enchantment costs will be different depending on if it is on a book or item.
For example, the protection enchantment has a multiplier of 1 enchantment cost for books and items this means at level 4 it would cost 4 levels to put it on a piece of armor.
When you’re putting enchantments into an item it will be the enchantment cost of the sacrifice plus the prior work penalties. If you want to reduce the cost try having the target and sacrifice have the same prior work penalty also if one of the items has a higher prior work penalty this will end up being the prior work penalty when both are combined.
If you want to remove the enchantments and the prior work penalty you can put an item through the crafting grid or grindstone. The grindstone will give you a small amount of XP for the enchantments. This will not work for curse enchantments like the curse of vanishing and the curse of binding as they will still be on the item.
The grindstone is similar to the anvil and that it can be used to repair and combine items but it removes the enchantments instead. Last is every time you use the anvil there is a 12% chance it will be damaged the stages are it will go from chipped, damaged, and then it will be destroyed on average there are 25 uses for an anvil before it is destroyed.
How to make an anvil in Minecraft
Step 1. Gather 31 Iron Bars by melting Iron Ore found in caves;
Step 2. Go to a worktable and build three Iron Blocks that cost nine Iron Bars each;
Step 3. On the worktable, create the anvil with the three Iron Blocks and the four remaining Iron Bars;
Step 4. Place the Anvil somewhere to use it. If there is no block below, it will fall and can deal damage;
Step 5. Use the interact button on the anvil to open your menu and start fixing your items.