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All you need to know about Smite in Minecraft

All you need to know about Smite in Minecraft
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The Smite Enchantment in Minecraft is a weapon effect that allows players to deal additional damage against all types of Skeletons and Zombies. It is worth noting that the enchantment only works with these enemies and won't have an effect against other types of monsters. In this guide below, we will tell you everything you need to know about The Smite enchantment in Minecraft.


Smiting the foes in Minecraft

With each level of the enchantment, the damage will increase, which will make the sword more effective in battles.

  • 1 lvl. +1 damage
  • 2 lvl. +2.5 damage
  • 3 lvl. +3.75 damage
  • 4 lvl. +5 damage
  • 5 lvl. +7 damage

Smite enchantment increases damage against the following mobs:

  • Zombie
  • Vex
  • Stray
  • Zoglin
  • Zombie Villager
  • Zombie Horseman
  • Zombie Piglin
  • Illusioner
  • Wither
  • Boss Wither
  • Husk
  • Skeleton
  • Skeleton Rider Skeleton Rider
  • Skeleton Wither


There are several ways to enchant Smite in Minecraft, which include an enchantment table, anvil, trading with villagers, fishing, and some others. Below, we will describe each of them in detail.

Enchantment table

With the help of the enchantment table, you can quickly get the Smite enchantment. For this, you need to have enough experience.


If you have the right book, you can apply the enchantment to the item in the anvil. A small amount of experience is required.

Villager trade

With the help of trading with villagers, you can easily buy the right book. Stock up on emeralds!


You can try to look for books with enchantments in various dungeons. There is a high probability of a successful find!


While fishing, there is a small chance of catching a book with effects. For this, you can use any kind of fishing rod.


Sometimes, mobs can provide interesting loot after death, which will benefit you a lot throughout the whole game. One of the drops can be a book with the smite enchantment - after this, you can use an anvil to enchant some other item.

Something that's already enchanted

You can find an item that's already been enchanted. There is a chance to score an item in chests when killing mobs and when trading.

Command block 

  • /give @p enchanted_book{StoredEnchantments:[{id:17,lvl:1}]}

The command will allow you to get any book, but you need to know the ID of the smite enchantment. It can be found on the Wiki by checking the desired effect. In the case of Smite, the ID is 17, and we've already added it to the command. You'll also need to change the enchantment level to the one required by the player.

Unlike destruction or repair, Smite is not a universal enchantment. Players can only enchant a sword or axe with it. A sword or axe, in turn, can be made from any material, such as wood or diamond.


This is everything you need to know about Smite in Minecraft. Note that it does not stack with other enchantments that increase damage. While you are here, take a look at our guides on Projectile Protection and Bane of Arthropods.