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What Does Bane of Arthropods Do In Minecraft
What Does Bane of Arthropods Do In Minecraft: Enchantment Guide (2021)

What Does Bane of Arthropods Do In Minecraft

What does Bane of Arthropods Do In Minecraft, I hear you say and what use does it have? The answer is quite interesting as you may find in this guide.

Bane of Arthropods is a unique enchantment in Minecraft. This is a combat-based enchantment that is somewhat rarely used, hence it is an interesting case because it is very specific in its use and circumstances that the player may require it in. Keep in mind, we also have a guide on What does Fortune do In Minecraft, so check that as well if you want to clear out the confusion.

The enchantment can only be applied to Swords and Axes but you may find some use for this enchantment in this guide. To put it simply BoA is an enchantment that deals extra damage to arthropod mobs ( such examples include spiders, bees, silverfish and etc.).

Note: Any tool with BoA in Minecraft CAN NOT have the Sharpness and/or Smite enchantments on them as these are all mutually exclusive.

Getting the Enchantment

To apply the Bane of Arthropods enchantment you need to first have a basic understanding of Minecraft’s enchanting system and a max level enchanting area to get the best possible enchants. Alongside this, you will need Lapis for the process of enchanting a book or the tool itself.

To get BoA IV on a tool we must first have 30 levels of experience (that green bar that fills up when you slay mobs and mine ores) and at least 3 Lapis Lazuli (although you would need more than that just in case).

This enchantment has V levels to it and a max level enchanting table increases the odds of getting BoA IV on any tool.

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Maximum Level Enchanting Table

Note: The maximum level of the can not be enchanted onto a tool directly. The player will either have to combine two tools/books with BoA IV in an Anvil to create BoA V.

For another enchanting guide check out the Fortune enchantment guide.

Bane of Arthropods Tools


Swords are very important for any combat aspect of Minecraft because we know that there are a lot of combat opportunities in Minecraft, especially during the nighttime when the monsters come out.

Each level on a sword increases the damage by 2.5 on an arthropod mob. It also applies a Slowness effect on any arthropod struck by the sword. This time interval is increased by 0.5 seconds for each level up to a maximum of 3.5 seconds and a minimum of 1 second based on a random selection.

Hits Required No BoA BoA I BoA II BoA III BoA IV BoA V
Spider 3 2 2 2 1 1
Cave Spider 2 2 1 1 1 1
Bees 2 2 1 1 1 1
Silverfish 2 1 1 1 1 1
Endermite 2 1 1 1 1 1

As you can see from the table above Bane of Arthropods IV is quite sufficient in dealing damage to Arthropod mobs in Minecraft. There is no need to try and grind for BoA V on a diamond Sword.

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Axes are a multi-purpose tool in Minecraft. These were once used for only utility-based tasks but in recent updates, the developers have addressed this and made the Axe into a combat-oriented tool as well.

This means that many of the enchantments that can be applied to Swords are now also available to Axes. In this specific case, we are talking about the Bane of Arthropods Enchantment in Minecraft.

Statistics previously mentioned for the Sword also apply to the Axe however the damage scaling is quite different as the Axe holds higher base damage but slower attack speed. Making it superior in some aspects depending on the playstyle of the user.

Hits Required No BoA BoA I BoA II BoA III BoA IV BoA V
Spider 2 2 2 1 1 1
Cave Spider 2 2 1 1 1 1
Bees 2 1 1 1 1 1
Silverfish 1 1 1 1 1 1
Endermite 1 1 1 1 1 1

As seen from the table the maximum required level of Bane of Arthropods is III as anything more has no real use to the player since the hits required to kill a mob remain exactly the same. The highest enchantment level a player should strive for on a diamond Axe is BoA III as there is no incentive, other than the Slowness duration increase.

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Should You Use Bane of Arthropods in Minecraft?

As told at the beginning of the guide, this enchantment is quite conditional as there are very few situations the player might want to use.

This is why the only main reason that can be imagined is quickly getting rid of spiders and collecting string if the player has a Cave-Spider Spawner XP farm (keep an eye out, this guide might be dropping soon).

Hopefully, this gave you an in-depth idea as to how the Bane of Arthropods enchantment in Minecraft works. Do check out our other guides as they are mighty helpful. You might even learn a few things you never knew about your favourite game like Dark Souls 3, Destiny 2 or Fallout 4.

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