Enchantments in Minecraft are helpful for various activities. They help you break blocks faster, improve your tool durability, and even help you turn water into ice. Additionally, there are numerous weapon enchantments that help you deal increased damage to enemies. One example is smite, which deals increased damage to undead monsters. By the end of this guide, you will learn everything you need to know about the smite enchantment and what it does in Minecraft.
What Does Smite Do in Minecraft?
Smite is an enchantment that deals increased damage to undead enemies. Undead monsters include zombies, skeletons, phantoms, zoglins, drowned zombies and other related mobs. It does not affect enemies such as spiders, endermen, elder guardians, silverfish or regular, passive animals.
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You can add the smite enchantment to any sword or axe, and its level ranges from one to five. For every level added to the enchantment, more damage is added to your weapon. For example, Smite I adds 2.5 or 1.25 hearts of damage to your sword or axe, while Smite V adds 12.5 or 6.25 hearts. This means that a netherite sword can deal upwards of 10.25 hearts of damage to an undead enemy. However, you cannot have sharpness or bane of arthropods on the same weapon unless you use commands.
You can enchant your weapon with smite at an enchanting table. There is also a chance that you can enchant a book with smite. If you have an enchanted book with smite on it, you can use an anvil to add the enchantment to your weapon. You can also take two swords or axes with smite to combine them and increase the weapon’s smite level. For example, taking two swords with level two smite on them will create a sword with smite level three.