Mending is easily Minecraft’s most useful enchantment, allowing you to use experience points to repair all of your gear. Unfortunately, because it’s just that good, it can’t be acquired easily like Minecraft’s many other enchantments. You can only put Mending on items if you have a Mending book because it’s considered a “treasure enchantment.”
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How to Get Mending Books in Minecraft
There are a couple of ways to get Mending books.
Trading with a Librarian Villager
The most efficient way to get yourself some mending books is by trading with a Librarian villager. However, as I’m sure many of you already know, working with villagers is an absolute pain. Ideally, if you can find a village with a Librarian who has a mending book as one of his sales, then you can go just ahead and start trading. If not, then you’ll need to create a Librarian. Trap a villager and put a lectern in front of them.
Eventually, they’ll turn into a Librarian, and you can see if they have a mending book for sale. If not, break the lectern and repeat the process until they do. Once you see they have a mending book, trade with them to make those trade options permanent.
Since Mending is considered a “treasure enchantment,” it can be looted from treasure chests worldwide. Treasure chests are lucrative and can be found in structures like Mineshafts, End Cities, Woodland Mansions, and Dungeons. Any chests found in those spots will have a chance to contain a mending book.
While this is one of the slower methods of getting a Mending Book, it is the easiest. While not strictly necessary, we recommend enchanting your fishing rod with Luck of the Sea, which increases your chance of reeling in treasure. You’ll also want the Lure Enchantment, which makes it faster to catch things.
Which Items Should You Enchantment with Mending?
Mending can be put on anything with a durability bar, but since it’s so expensive and hard to get, you won’t want to put it on every single item you come across. You want to put it on your end-game armor and tools and avoid putting it on anything below Diamond. Your ideal mending items include:
- Netherite Pickaxe enchanted with Silk Touch/Efficiency IV/Fortune III
- Netherite Sword enchanted with Looting III/Sharpness IV
- Netherite armor enchanted with Protection IV/FeatherFalling IV
- Fishing Rod with Luck of the Sea III
- Bow enchanted with Power IV
It should be noted that since Elytra are such a pain to acquire, saving a mending book for them is crucial. We recommend saving the first mending book you get specifically for your Elytra.