Everything about the Unbreaking enchantment in Minecraft

Enchanted items can be very valuable in Minecraft. Mining the right materials, farming the XP and applying the right enchantments can take many hours. And you surely don’t want to lose those creations by breaking them.

That’s when the Unbreaking enchantment comes to help us, and that’s why we are here today. We are going to see what you can enchant with this enchantment, what the enchantment does and how to get it. Let’s start.

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Items you can enchant with Unbreaking

You can basically enchant every item that has a certain durability with the Unbreaking enchantment. This items are:

What Unbreaking does

Whenever you use one of the items listed above, whether it is to attack a mob or to break a block, the item will lose some durability. For example, a Bow has a limited amount of uses, which is 385. This means that every time you shoot an Arrow you consume 1/385 of this Bow’s durability. When this number goes from 385/385 to 0/385, the Bow breaks.

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With the Unbreaking enchantment, there is a chance that one use will not reduce your items durability. So technically the item’s durability is not increased, but it will decrease more slowly, making it last longer. Unbreaking goes from level 1 to level 3 and each level will increase the chances to skip durability reduction. 

The chances of an item losing 1 durability is equal to 1/(x+1), where X is its level of Unbreaking. This means that Unbreaking I will make any item last twice as long, Unbreaking II will make them last three times as long, and Unbreaking III will make them last four times as long.

How to get it

We already covered how to get every enchantment in the article How to get Silk Touch easily. The methods explained in that article will work for Unreaking as well.

You can also check how to combine it with other enchantments in How to put multiple enchantments on an item in Minecraft.

If instead you want to get this enchantment using cheats, you just need to check below.

How to get it – commands

You can enchant a tool with the Unbreaking enchantment using cheats. To do so, keep the tool in your hand, open the commands and type:

/enchant @p unbreaking 3

If you want to enchant your tool with Unbreaking I or II you just need to change the ‘3’ with the level of the enchantment that you want.


Unbreaking doesn’t have any incompatibility. This means that enchanting something with Unbreaking doesn’t stop you from applying other enchantments as well to the same enchanted item. This means that you can enchant most of your items with both Unbreaking and Mending, making them last a very long time.


This is pretty much all you need to know about the Unbreaking enchantment. It heavily increases your items durability, level 1 already makes them last twice as long. Paired with Mending will make your items almost indestructible, so it is definitely worth the effort. 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!