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Bane of Anthropods

Bane of Arthropods impacts all considered to be arthropods causing In-game spiders, cave spiders, silverfish, bees, and ender mites to be affected. It is a popular enchantment for swords that can also be added to axes with an anvil. The amount of damage done to these types of enemies is increased by the Bane of Arthropods. For every hit, the impact adds 2.5 extra damage per stage. Once players have this enchantment active they can get rid of the many pests that infest their base more easily than ever.

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What Does Bane of Arthropods Do In Minecraft?

The enchantment itself has five power stages, which would increase the damage that players only deal with arthropod mobs by 1.25 hearts each enchantment stage. This suggests that from the spell alone, an axe with Bane of Arthropods V will do 6.25 additional hearts worth of damage to arthropods. Arthropod mobs that are hit by such a weapon with this enchantment will have Slowness IV added to them for a random time in addition to the extra damage. The length of the effect depends on the enchantment level.


The spell can slow the appropriate enemies by 1 to 1.5 seconds at level one. The result rises by 0.5 seconds per stage of maximum length, up to a maximum duration of 3.5 seconds at level five of the enchantment. Minecraft players should note the incompatibility of Bane of Arthropods with the enchantments of Sharpness and Smite. Just one of the three can be used by players since the result cannot be stacked on a single object. Using console commands will be the only way to make these enchantments activated simultaneously.

Items to Enchant with Bane of Arthropods


WeaponBase damageBoA IBoA IIBoA IIIBoA IVBoA V
Wooden sword4 (6)6.5 (8.5)9 (11)11.5 (13.5)14 (16)16.5 (18.5)
Gold sword4 (6)6.5 (8.5)9 (11)11.5 (13.5)14 (16)16.5 (18.5)
Stone sword5 (7.5)7.5 (10)10 (12.5)12.5 (15)15 (17.5)17.5 (20)
Iron sword6 (9)8.5 (11.5)11 (14)13.5 (16.5)16 (19)18.5 (21.5)
Diamond sword7 (10.5)9.5 (13)12 (15.5)14.5 (18)17 (20.5)19.5 (23)
Netherite sword8 (12)10.5 (14.5)13 (17)15.5 (19.5)18 (22)20.5 (24.5)


WeaponBase damageBoA IBoA IIBoA IIIBoA IVBoA V
Wooden axe7 (10.5)9.5 (13)12 (15.5)14.5 (18)17 (20.5)19.5 (23)
Gold axe7 (10.5)9.5 (13)12 (15.5)14.5 (18)17 (20.5)19.5 (23)
Stone axe9 (13.5)11.5 (16)14 (18.5)16.5 (21)19 (23.5)21.5 (26)
Iron axe9 (13.5)11.5 (16)14 (18.5)16.5 (21)19 (23.5)21.5 (26)
Diamond axe9 (13.5)11.5 (16)14 (18.5)16.5 (21)19 (23.5)21.5 (26)
Netherite axe10 (15)12.5 (17.5)15 (20)17.5 (22.5)20 (25)22.5 (27.5)

Bane of Anthropods


Why is bane of arthropods bad?

There are only a limited number of mob species in Minecraft that fulfill the criteria set by Mojang for the bane of arthropods to work on. Except Spider the other arthropods are a rarer find. As for the spider, it is a relatively weak mob and can be destroyed in a single shot by a sharpness equipped sword. Therefore, the use case of bane of arthropods cannot be justified in most scenarios.

Is bane of arthropods better than sharpness?

Sharpness deals extra damage to everything, whereas Smite deals more extra damage to only undead mobs. These include skeletons, zombies, withers, wither skeletons, zombie pigmen, skeleton horses and zombie horses. Bane of Arthropods does the same, but only for arthropods. These include spiders, cave spiders, silverfish, creepers and endermites. Although the damage inflicted by BoA items is greater, the species affected are limited which renders having such an enchantment applied to be useless.

Can you get rid of bane of arthropods?

Another option depends on which enchant you want to remove. If it's Smite, Bane of Arthropods, or Sharpness, you can replace them with each other as you can only have one at a time on a sword.

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