Enchanting your gear in Minecraft is a great way to “enhance” your armor, weapons, tools, even books! Enchanting an item can help you push the limit, improve its functionality, or add abilities/effects that otherwise couldn’t exist on the item without it being enchanted.
Fishing Rods may have a small number of enchantments; however, they are still quite useful and worthwhile. As you read on, we will cover the best fishing rod enchantments in Minecraft, along with some additional details to point you in the right direction!
Fishing Rod Enchantments
Here are the five enchantments that can be used on a Fishing Rod.
Note: These enchantments are not in any particular order as they are all situational and purely depend on your “in-game” priorities
Lure (III) – Will increase the rate of fish biting on your hook.
Luck of the Sea (III) – Will increase your chances of catching valuable items.
Mending (I) – Allows you to use XP to mend your gear. (Tools, weapons, and armor).
Unbreaking (III) – Increases the durability of your Fishing Rod.
Curse of Vanishing (I) – Enchanted item will disappear upon death.
Tip: You can also enchant the Fishing Rod you are currently holding by using the /enchant command. It will look something like this:
/enchant playername luck_of_the_sea 3 /enchant is the command you are trying to produce, playername would just be "your name in Minecraft", lastly, luck_of_the_sea is the enchantment, and the 3 is level of the enchantment.
More on the Benefits of Fishing Rod Enchantments
The maximum level for this enchantment is (3). The higher the level is for the enchantment, the more effective it is. Lure will increase the rate of fish biting on the hook of your Fishing Rod.
The enchantment decreases the wait time for something to bite by 5 seconds per level. If the wait time would be less than 0 seconds for something to bite, then there would be no wait time. If a command is entered to raise the enchantment’s level beyond 3, the wait timer will not start, and no fish will bite.
Luck of the Sea
The maximum level for this enchantment is (3). The higher the level is for the enchantment, the more effective it is. Luck of the Sea will increase your chances of catching valuable items.
The enchantment increases your chance of finding “treasure” with each catch by around 2 % per level. This slightly lowers the chance of catching fish but greatly lowers the possibility of catching “junk.”
The maximum level for this enchantment is (1). Mending will restore the durability of your gear using experience, otherwise known as XP.
The way that this works is that items that are not currently at maximum durability, whether they are equipped in your main hand, your offhand, or in any armor slots — are repaired from experience orbs in the general area. You will restore 2 durability points for every point of experience received from experience orbs.
- Considerations: Every 2 durability points restored through an experience orb will take away from the total experience remaining in the orb. 1 durability point repaired will not subtract additional experience points from the orb. If your gear is at maximum durability, then the rest of the experience remaining in the experience orb will go towards your experience gauge.
- Multiple Equipped Items With Mending: If this occurs, and both need repairs, one is randomly selected for each individual experience point gathered. No item will hold priority.
- Conflicting Enchantments: Mending cannot be used with Infinity on the same item in Survival Mode. Commands may be entered to allow for simultaneous usage.
The maximum level for this enchantment is (3). The higher the level is for the enchantment, the more effective it is. Unbreaking will actively give your gear a chance to avoid durability reduction upon use, thus giving more durability to your equipment.
The items vary amongst which work better than others using this enchantment, so to keep it simple, we’ll only cover Fishing Rods using this enchantment.
Here is the scaling of a standard Fishing Rod containing the Unbreaking enchantment:
No Enchantment (0) – 64 uses, Unbreaking (1) – 128 uses, Unbreaking (2) – 192 uses, Unbreaking (3) – 256 uses. That’s a gradual increase of 100 % per enchantment level.
Curse of Vanishing
The maximum level for this enchantment is (1). Curse of Vanishing will cause the item enchanted with it to disappear upon death. Therefore, the item cannot be retrieved as it is removed from the world completely. If you drop the item or place the item in a chest before dying, it will not disappear.
This enchantment can be counteracted by placing the item within a shulker box, or by changing the game rule keep inventory to true. This enchantment is compatible with any enchantable items in the game.
What You Will Need to Enchant Your Fishing Rod
- One Fishing Rod
- Three Lapis Lazuli
- One Enchanting Table
How to Obtain Required Materials
Can be crafted from the use of a Crafting Table. You simply open up the crafting table, revealing the 3×3 crafting grid. Take 3 Sticks and place them diagonally, from the bottom left to the top right. Finally, take 2 Strings and place them in the two slots below the upper-right most stick. The Fishing Rod should appear in the box to the right.
Can be sighted in mountains and caves in the form of ore. They are typically found anywhere between 11 – 27 blocks below the ground. To obtain the Lapis Lazuli from the ore, you will need, at bare minimum, a Stone Pickaxe. Iron, Diamond, and Netherite Pickaxes will also work.
If you try to mine the Lapis Lazuli ore with something other than those pickaxes, such as a Wood Pickaxe, you will destroy the ore and not obtain any Lapis Lazuli. (You may also obtain Lapis Lazuli through crafting it from a Lapis Lazuli Block or by smelting it from a Lapis Lazuli Ore).
Can be crafted from the use of a Crafting Table. You will need 1 Book, 2 Diamonds, and 4 Obsidian. Firstly, you will have to open up the crafting table, revealing the 3×3 crafting grid.
Along the bottom 3 slots of the 3×3 crafting grid, you will want to place 3 Obsidian. You will want to place 1 Diamond, 1 Obsidian, and 1 Diamond in the middle row of the crafting grid. Finally, in the top row, you will want to place 1 Book in the second slot. The Enchanting Table should appear in the box to the right.
Tip: To open the Enchanting Table, you will need 15 Bookshelves. (This is because the number of enchantments you can apply to an item are directly affected by the number of bookshelves near the Enchanting Table only to the first 15 Bookshelves you have placed in the vicinity.).
Find an open area to place your Enchanting Table. Then you will want to place your 15 Bookshelves around the Enchanting Table. You may change the layout as you wish. However, here is the most common layout for the Enchanting Table:
How to Enchant Your Fishing Rod
Assuming by this step, you have:
1. Got your x3 Lapis Lazuli
2. Got your x1 Fishing Rod
3. Placed your x1 Enchanting Table
4. Placed your x15 Bookshelves
Then you’re ready!
1. Firstly, you will want to head over to your Enchanting Table and open it. It should look like this:
2. Next, you’ll need to place the required items in the two slots. The x1 Fishing Rod in the first slot, and the x3 Lapis Lazuli in the second slot:
3. After you have successfully placed the required items in the two slots, you’ll notice the Enchantments light up in the three boxes to the right.
The number on the right of each box indicates how many levels of experience points are required to view and unlock the enchantment. Typically, the higher the experience level required to view and unlock an enchantment, the better the enchantment is.
Note: The cost of actually applying the Enchantment is in the box that displays when you hover over the enchantment.
For the Enchantment: Luck of the Sea II, we need 3 Lapis Lazuli and 3 Enchantment Levels (3 levels from your XP bar) to get our Enchanted Fishing Rod.
4. Once you have successfully applied the enchantment to your Fishing Rod, the 3 Lapis Lazuli, and 3 Enchantment Levels will be consumed. Your Enchanted Fishing Rod will appear with the desired enchantment, and you can now drag it back into your inventory. Congratulations!
Fish that Can be Caught
Tip: When fishing for Fish, having the Lure Enchantment is recommended as it will increase the rate of Fish biting on the hook. Using the Luck of the Sea Enchantment will lower the rate of Fish biting on the hook as it is meant to catch Treasure and not Fish.
All of these Fish can be found in large bodies of water.
When consumed raw, it will provide 2 hunger and 0.4 hunger saturation. When it is cooked, it becomes Cooked Cod. Consuming it cooked provides 5 hunger and 6 hunger saturation.
- Raw Cod may be used to tame Cats, with a 33 % chance of success. It may also be used to build trust and allow the breeding of Ocelots, improving the growth rate of baby Ocelots by 10 % of the time remaining. Finally, it may be used to heal Ocelots by 2.
- Raw Cod may be fed to Dolphins. This will overall improve the trust between the Dolphin and the player. If a Dolphin is fed Raw Cod, it will swim to the nearest chest laying in a shipwreck or underwater ruins. Note: Feeding Dolphins Raw Cod will not make them breed.
- In Bedrock Edition, Raw Cod may also be used to feed Wolves. Feeding a Wolf Raw Cod restores them by 2 health. Note: Raw Cod is unable to increase the growth rate of baby Wolves. Furthermore, it is not used to breed them. It may only be used on Wolves that are not at full health.
- In Bedrock Edition, Cooked Cod can be used to feed a Wolf that isn’t currently at full health, healing it by 5. Note: Cooked Cod is unable to increase the growth rate of baby Wolves. Furthermore, it is not used to breed them. It may only be used on Wolves that are not at full health.
- A Fisherman (Villager) offers you a 50 %chance to exchange 6 Cooked Cod in return for 6 Raw Cod and 1 Emerald. However, if you come across a Journeyman-level Fisherman (Villager), you have a 66% chance that they will exchange 15 Raw Cod in return for 1 Emerald.
When consumed raw, it will provide 2 hunger and 0.2 hunger saturation. When it is cooked, it becomes Cooked Salmon. Consuming it cooked provides 6 hunger and 9.6 hunger saturation.
- Raw Salmon may be used to tame Cats, with a 33 % chance of success. It may also be used to build trust and allow the breeding of Ocelots, improving the growth rate of baby Ocelots by 10 % of the time remaining. Finally, it may be used to heal Ocelots by 2.
- Raw Salmon may be used to tame Dolphins. This will overall improve the trust between the Dolphin and the player. If a Dolphin is fed Raw Salmon, it will swim to the nearest chest laying in a shipwreck or underwater ruins. Note: Feeding Dolphins Raw Salmon will not make them breed.
- In Bedrock Edition, Raw Salmon may also be used to feed Wolves. Feeding a Wolf Raw Salmon restores them by 2 health. Note: Raw Salmon is unable to increase the growth rate of baby Wolves. Furthermore, it is not used to breed them. It may only be used on Wolves that are not at full health.
- In Bedrock Edition, Cooked Salmon can be used to feed a Wolf that isn’t currently at full health, healing it by 6. Note: Cooked Salmon is unable to increase the growth rate of baby Wolves. Furthermore, it is not used to breed them. It may only be used on Wolves that are not at full health.
- In Bedrock Edition, an Apprentice-level Fisherman (Villager) will have around 50 % – 66 % chance to exchange 6 Cooked Salmon in return for 6 Raw Salmon and 1 Emerald. However, if you come across a Journeyman-level Fisherman (Villager), they will exchange 13 Raw Salmon in return for 1 Emerald.
Typically, Pufferfish can be found in warmer ocean biomes in groups of 3 – 5. What separates these fish from other fish is that they spawn only on the surface of the water, whereas the other kinds of fish spawn underwater around 12 -32 blocks away from the player. Pufferfish are very passive and will enter a defensive state when approached — this will look like the fish inflating.
If the player touches the Pufferfish while it is in this defensive state, the player will be inflicted with 7 seconds of poison, in addition to receiving damage for touching it. Pufferfish can drop, x1 Pufferfish, x1 Bone Meal Java Edition only, x1-2 Bones Bedrock Edition only, or x1-3 Experience Points when killed.
Additionally, Pufferfish can be collected by using a water bucket on it, receiving a Bucket of Pufferfish.
When consumed, it will provide 1 hunger and 0.2 hunger saturation. It cannot be cooked.
- You’ll find these fish exclusively in warmer ocean biomes. If you’re playing the Bedrock Edtion of Minecraft, then you’ll find that these fish will spawn 12 -32 blocks away from a player, among the surface of the water. The Tropical Fish spawn in groups of 3-5 as the preset pattern, or in a random pattern, grouped anywhere from 1 -3. You may find these fish traveling in a school of up to nine Tropical Fish. These fish can be collected by using a water bucket. Using a water bucket on Tropical Fish gives the player a Bucket of Fish. Tropical Fish can drop, x1 Tropical Fish, x1 Bone Meal Jave Edition only, x1-2 Bones Bedrock Edition only, or x1-3 Experience Points when killed.
- Tropical Fish may be used to build the trust of Ocelots in Java Edition. Otherwise, it can be used to breed Cats and improve a baby Ocelot’s growth rate by 10 % of the time remaining.
- In Bedrock Edition, Tropical Fish may be used to feed Wolves that are not at full health. Feeding a Wolf Tropical Fish will heal them by 1. Note: Tropical Fish is unable to increase the growth rate of baby Wolves. Furthermore, it is not used to breed them. It may only be used on Wolves that are not at full health.
- In Bedrock Edition, an Expert-level Fisherman (Villager) will have around a 14 % chance to exchange 1 Emerald in return for 1 Tropical Fish.
- In Java Edition, an Expert-level Fisherman (Villager) will 100 % of the time exchange 1 Emerald in return for 6 Tropical Fish.
Treasures that Can be Caught
Tip: When fishing for Treasure, having the Luck of the Sea Enchantment is recommended as it will increase the rate of catching Treasure. Naturally, an Unenchanted Fishing Rod has a 5 % chance of catching treasure, with each level of the Luck of the Sea Enchantment increasing the chance of catching Treasure by 2.1 % — LotS 1 = 7.1 %, LotS 2 = 9.2 %, and LotS 3 = 11.3 %.
Note: All of the following Treasure items can be caught with an equal percentage: No Enchantment = 0.8 %. LotS 1 = 1.2 %, LotS 2 = 1.5 %, and LotS 3 = 1.9 %
Found Enchanted at a random level between 22 – 30. Bows found this way are always badly damaged. However, these Bows may also contain Treasure Enchantments. A Treasure Enchantment is a special kind of Enchantment that cannot be obtained through an Enchantment Table.
Contains the same Enchantment probability of a level 30 Enchantment on an Enchantment Table, with no reduction to the possibility of Multiple Enchantments. This may include Treasure Enchantments as well. A Treasure Enchantment is a special kind of Enchantment that cannot be obtained through an Enchantment Table.
Found Enchanted at a random level between 22 – 30. Fishing Rods found this way are always badly damaged. However, these Fishing Rods may also contain Treasure Enchantments. A Treasure Enchantment is a special kind of Enchantment that cannot be obtained through an Enchantment Table.
Used to name Mobs.
Used for crafting Conduits. Conduits are “block-shaped” and act as a beacon while also offering protection from hostile mobs that are underwater.
Meant to be placed on ridable Mobs. Horses, Donkeys, Mules, Striders, and Pigs are all examples of ridable Mobs. A Saddle may be used on a Skeleton Horse in Java Edition.
Junk that Can be Caught
Used as a crafting ingredient and has a 33 % chance when used on a Wolf to tame it.
Used as a container that can hold certain foods.
Used for catching Fish, Treasure, and/or Junk in open bodies of water.
Ink Sac (10)
May be used to create Black Dye and other various items.
Animal skin that can be used to create Armor, Books, and Item Frames.
A form of Armor that can be equipped to a player, protecting their feet. It is the lowest tier of Armor.
Floats on top of the water and can be used as a platform to travel over water. It may also be used on ice or frosted ice.
This is a food item you can consume, restoring 4 hunger and 0.8 hunger saturation. Consuming it also contains an 80 % chance of inflicting hunger for 30 seconds. Consuming more Rotten Flesh does not increase the hunger above 30 seconds but merely resets the timer.
May be used to craft several items and tools.
A common item used to craft Bows, Crossbows, Fishing Rods… etc.
A detection device activated upon players, items, or Mobs passing through it.
The first step in producing a potion of sorts.
Inside of Jungle Biomes:
Can be used to breed Pandas, craft scaffolding, or as fuel for cooking and smelting.
This is a food ingredient for crafting Cookies. Cocoa Beans may also be used to craft Brown Dye.
Question: What Enchantments Should I Put on my Fishing Rod?
Answer: Lure (III) and Luck of the Sea (III) are two highly recommended Enchantments to use on a Fishing Rod. Lure (III) increases the rate of Fish biting on your hook. Luck of the Sea (III) increases the odds of finding Treasure deep below the water. Both are great for the very purpose of finding useful items while Fishing. It mostly depends on what your priority is.
However, Unbreaking (III) and Mending (I) are honorable mentions, as they both help maintain the longevity of your equipment, allowing you to Fish longer.
Question: How do you Make the Best Fishing Rod in Minecraft?
Answer: The best Fishing Rod you can get in Minecraft is an Enchanted Fishing Rod containing Unbreaking (III), Lure (III), Luck of the Sea (III), and Mending (I).
Question: How Many Enchantments Can you Put on a Fishing Rod?
Answer: An item may have every “compatible” Enchantment on it at the same time. By compatible, we mean, is possible to put on the item and does not conflict with another Enchantment. For the Fishing Rod, that would be 5 Enchantments.
Question: What is the Rarest Thing in Minecraft Fishing?
Answer: Tropical Fish are the rarest Fish to be caught, at only 2 %. Pufferfish have a 13 % chance of being caught, Raw Salmon has a 25 % chance, and lastly Raw Cod has a 60 % chance of being caught. However, if you are Fishing for Treasure, the rarest Treasure that can be caught is Ink Sac’s, which has a 0.1 % chance of being caught with no Enchantments.
Is Lure Good For AFK Fishing?
Lure (III) is absolutely recommended for AFK Fishing. An even more recommended Fishing Rod for AFK Fishing, however, is to obtain a Fishing Rod containing: Unbreaking (III), Lure (III), Luck of the Sea (III), and Mending (I). You may then take it a step further and use the Mouse Keys in Windows to enhance the experience and make it truly an AFK experience.
That’s everything you need to know about Fishing with Enchantments! It may seem complicated at first if you are a beginner; however, refer to this guide as often as you’d like when you get lost.
Enchanting items can add another level of enjoyment and convenience to the game, and it’s highly recommended that you familiarize yourself with how it works as soon as you can. We hope this article helped you in your endeavors to learn a little more about the game! Happy Fishing!