How to repair Netherite tools in Minecraft?

Netherite is Minecraft best crafting material for creating the most durabel and powerful tools in the game. However, like any other tool or weapon, they will eventually wear down and break. Today we are here to explore the various methods you can use to repair your Netherite tools and keep them in top shape. Let’s start!

how to repair netherite tools

Ways to repair Netherite tools

There are basically 4 ways to repair a damaged item in Minecraft:

  • using a Crafting Table
  • using a Grindstone
  • using an Anvil
  • with the Mending enchantment

As we saw in How to repair your enchanted items, using a Crafting Table or a Grindstone will remove ALL the enchantments from the repaired item. That’s why you want to avoid them if your Netherite tools are enchanted. Otherwise they are perfectly fine.

How to craft an Anvil

Before seeing how to use it, let’s see how to craft an Anvil. It’s quite an expensive item, it will require a lot of Iron. You will need 4 Iron Ingots and 3 Blocks of Iron. Just in case you don’t know it, to obtain a Block of Iron you need to put together 9 Iron Ingots in a Crafting Table like this:

iron block crafting recipe

This means that an Anvil will require the equivalent of 31 Iron Ingots! If you don’t want to spend all these resurces, you can try to find one in a Village and steal it from the Villagers.
You will need a Pickaxe to break and take an Anvil.

If you want to craft an Anvil, this is the crafting recipe:

minecraft anvil crafting recipe

How to repair a Netherite tool with an Anvil

To repair a Netherite tool with an Anvil you will simply need to put the damaged item in the Anvil with a Netherite Ingot like this:

repair netherite tool with anvil

If by any chanche you don’t know how to get a Netherite Ingot, you can check Why would I want to make a Netherite Hoe?.

We could have also put another Netherite Pickaxe in the second slot. 

repair enchanted netherite tool with anvil

If by any chanche you don’t know how to get a Netherite Ingot, you can check Why would I want to make a Netherite Hoe?. Now you will be able to take the repaired item from the output slot and put it in your inventory. Repairing an item by using an Anvil will require you to spend levels of experience, just like enchanting.

If you repair an enchanted item, this will keep its enchantments at the end of the process. If you consume another enchanted item in order to repair the first one, the Anvil will try to combine all the enchantments of the two. “Try” because sometimes this will not be possible because of two reasons:

  • some enchantments can’t coexist in the same item (like, for example, Protection and Blast Protection. You can also see how Axe’s enchantments can be incompatible with each other)
  • the Anvil has a cost limit of 39 levels of experience

Even if it sounds like a lot, 39 can be reached and surpassed by combining two heavily enchanted items.

A few things worth knowing about repairing with an Anvil:

  • by using the Anvil you can also rename your items. This will costs a little extra experience
  • the Anvil will lose durability as well while using it. This is important since it would require so much Iron to craft another one
  • if you repair an item a second time, a third time and so on, this will cost you more and more every time, eventually making your item “Too expensive!”

How to craft a Grindstone

Like we did for the Anvil, let’s see how to craft a Grindstone first. You will need 2 Sticks, 2 Wooden Planks and a Stone Slab. Before crafting a Stone Slab you will need 3 Stone blocks, that you can obtain by smelting 3 Cobblestone blocks in the Furnace.

minecraft stone slab crafting recipe

Once you have all the materials, just put them in the Crafting Table this way:

minecraft grindstone crafting recipe

How to repair a Netherite tool with a Grindstone

Note: Grindstones can do two tasks: repairing and disenchanting. Keep in mind that it will always remove every non-curse enchantment from the items you use it on. So if your goal is to repair an enchanted Netherite tool, don’t use a Grindstone.

Using a Grindstone is very easy, you simply need to put the Netherite tool that you need to repair in one of the two slots:

grindstone minecraft

Then put another one in the second slot. The result will be a Netherite tool with better durability that you can put in your inventory.

repair netherite tool with grindstone

How to repair a Netherite tool with a Crafting Table

This is very similar to the Grindstone: you need to put two tools in the Crafting Table and the result will be a more durable non-enchanted tool.

repair netherite tool with crafting table

Why to use a Grindstone

As we saw, Grindstone and Crafting Table can repair tools, but they both end up removing every enchantment from them. So why should you use a Grindstone instead of a Crafting Table? Why would you need a Grindstone at all?

If your goal is to repair a non enchanted Netherite tool, there is literally no difference. And you don’t want to repair an enchanted Netherite tool using them.

What the Grindstone is good for, is that it gives you some experience when you disenchant an enchanted item, while the Crafting Table doesn’t. So if you accumulated many enchanted items that you don’t need, a Grindstone can turn them in a good source of experience.

How to repair an enchanted Netherite tool with the Mending enchantment

The last method is a bit different, but it can be considered better than the others. You are not going to suddenly improve a big chunk of an item’s durability, but this will recover slowly over time.

repair enchanted netherite tool with mending

Keep in mind that you can’t get the Mending enchantment through an Enchanting Table, but only by fishing, trading with Villagers or in Chest loot. You can check the article where we covered how to get Silk Touch: other than the Enchanting Table one, all the other methods will do just fine for Mending as well.

If you hold a Mending enchanted Sword (or any Mending enchanted tool) in your hands, or if you wear Mending enchanted armor, every time that you get an experience orb, this will be used to repair the damaged item instead of going into your experience. To see how exactly this process works you can check here.

This method is considered by many players the best one, since it is completely automatic and it doesn’t have all the Anvil drawbacks. Finding a Mending enchanted Book can be quite tedious, but it’s worth the hassle.


You can repair your Netherite tools in 4 ways: by using a Crafting Table, by using a Grindstone, by using an Anvil or by enchanting them with Mending. If your Netherite tool is enchanted you want to either use an Anvil or to enchant it with Mending if you want to keep its enchantments. Thank you very much for reading the article this far and I hope I’ll see you again around here. See you and take care!