Smite Vs. Sharpness in Minecraft

Smite and sharpness are the enchantments that increase sword-cutting capabilities and have nearly the same purpose. Most players think they are the same enchantment with different names and putting one on the sword is like putting both of them.

This is not true because although they might seem similar, they are different and have their purpose. In this article, we will discuss these two enchantments with their differences and what enchantments would suit your preferences. We shall also discuss the ways to equip these enchantments. So when you play next time, you know the exact purpose of them. Let’s get started.

Smite Vs. Sharpness Enchantment

The biggest problem in both of these enchantments is that they are incompatible with each other, meaning that you can not put them on the same sword simultaneously. So if you have a sword and want to increase the damage, you must choose one of these two.

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Smite Enchantment

Smite is an enchantment that can be equipped on the sword or an ax and it  is used to increase the damage. Using the enchanting table, bookshelf, and Lapis Lazuli, you can apply these enchantments to the weapon.

There are also more ways to get the smite enchantment that you can try. Smite is more powerful than the sharp enchantment and has 5 levels. Smite increases the damage in each hit by 2.5 percent, and at the maximum level,it can cause damage of 12.5%.

However, smite only works on the undead mobs and is ineffective against players and other enemies. Zombies withers skeletons, skeletons, zombie pigmen, and the boss withers mob are the only ones affected by smithing enchantment.

Sharpness Enchantment

Sharpness can also be equipped on the sword or the ax and increases the weapon’s damage, but it is more common to use it on the sword. The most common way to enchant the sword with sharpness is by the enchanting table.

You can also use an anvil for enchantment too. Sharpness enchantment is less effective than smite as it only increases the damage by 1.25 percent. The maximum level is 5 %. Therefore, it can provide a damage advantage of just 6.25 percent.

However, it is more effective against all the mobs and works on players. Unlike the smite, you can use it to fight against the players and other mobs not affected by smiting.

How To Craft These Enchantments?

The process of crafting these enchantments is similar, but you need some extra items. The best way to enchant any item is with the enchantment book. There are many other methods that you can try.


You can enchant the sword with sharpness enchantment by the enchantment book. It can be crafted with four blocks of obsidian, two diamonds, and one book. You will also need the Lapis lazuli, and you must also have some experience to do it. You can place the bookshelves to increase the level of enchantment.

You can also use the anvil to repair the sword and apply the enchantment to it. Just place the sword in the first slot of the vil and place the enchantment book on the second, and select the sharpness from the list. The job is done.


First, you will need the enchantment book for this, just like any other enchantment with the smite enchantment. Now you can enchant the sword with smite using a similar technique as the sharpness. Place the sword on the enchanting table with the book and lapis lazuli and select the enchantment.

It can also be equipped by fishing with the enchanted rod to get the items enchanted with smite. You can also enchant your sword or ataxia the anvil, and you will need 4 iron ingots and 3 iron blocks to craft the anvil.

We also have covered the other enchantment in our previous article how to get silk touch in Minecraft.

Which Is Better? Smite Or Sharpness

Both of these enchantments have their purpose and their merits and demerits. But if you ask us, we will recommend the sharp enchantment because despite having much less damage inonach level.

It is useful against every enemy, including the human players, so if you want better usability, use the sharpness. However, if you play a single-player world, you can enchant with smite for better damage.

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Smite and sharpness can be enchanted on the sword and axe, but the main problem is that they can not be equipped at the same time. You can either enchant with sharpness or smite. You can get these enchantments by similar methods, and the primary item is the enchantment book.

You can also use the anvil to enchant the swords with these enchantments. Sharpness has half the damage compared to smite, but it has more applicability and can be used against all players, while smite being more powerful, is useful only against undead mobs.

Mubeen Shahjahan
Mubeen is from Pakistan and he has been playing video games since the age of 10. He got into this gaming craze because it was just one way that his creative mind could explore and grow without boundaries, but now as an adult, Mubeen finds enjoyment not only in those initial adventures stories; they serve more than ever before-they provide motivation to achieve goals both big (like getting good enough at something) or small like overcoming fear when climbing stairs for the first time!