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Smite in Minecraft

Smite in Minecraft is an enchantment that can be applied to swords and axes and one that will maximize the number of damage players will do to undead mobs. Minecraft is a world overflowing with violent and lethal undead mobs. Through the application of the Smite enchantment on a sword with an axe, players can easily take the mobs down limiting the damage they can inflict.


Smite Enchantment


What is Smite in Minecraft?


The Smite enchantment is fairly straightforward and is used as a buff for the damage dealt. More precisely, smite increases the damage inflicted on the undead mobs. Smite enchantment has 5 stages, and it can only be added to swords and axes. After the first stage, each additional level raises the damage by 2.5, which can be fatal.


There are plenty of undead mobs in Minecraft, and it can be easy to forget which ones exactly are considered undead. The list of undead mobs is as follows:


- Skeletons

- Zombies

- Zombie Villagers

- Husks

- Phantoms

- The Drowned

- Zoglins

- Wither

- Wither Skeletons

- Zombie Piglins

- Skeleton Horses

- Zombie Horses

- Strays


How to Use Smite in Minecraft


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Smite applied to a sword or axe by using an enchantment table. To craft an enchanting table in Minecraft, players will need 4 blocks of obsidian, 2 diamonds, and a book. The higher your level, the better the enchantments you can get, which is why you might find lower-level attachments earlier on. By putting a bookstore next to the enchanting table with a buffer area of one block, you can also improve your enchantments. You will need to build a complete bookshelf boundary a total of 15 to reach the best delights.


Open up your enchanting screen by right-clicking the enchantment table:


Enchantment


The enchanting screen will show the above menu with options to place items and 3 buttons.


Select the sword or axe to be enchanted


Power the enchantment table with lapis lazuli:


Powering the enchantment table with lapis lazuli


Upon placing the item, three randomized options appear on the right of the GUI. The glyphs here do not affect the enchantment, but hovering over a presented enchantment shows one enchantment to be applied.

Choose the smite option:


The only choices available have a level requirement equal to or below the player's current level and a lapis lazuli requirement equal to or below the number of lapis lazuli placed in the table. Each option imbues the item with a randomized set of enchantments that are dependent on the number of experience levels required. Once you like a specific type of enchantment, simply clicking it will cause your tool’s appearance to change symbolizing the imbued attachment.


Damage in each hit


Swords


WeaponBase damageSmite ISmite IISmite IIISmite IVSmite 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)

Axes


WeaponBase damageSmite ISmite IISmite IIISmite IVSmite 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)


How to remove smite in Minecraft?


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.

Sharpness Vs Smite


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Smite and Sharpness are both incredibly essential enchantments for your main swords since both of them enhance the weapon’s damage. As you already know that you cannot use Smite and Sharpness on a single blade. So, which one of them is better?


We know the damage that Smite does from the table above, now let’s have a look at how sharpness stack up:


Sharpness l: Add on 1 additional damage.

Sharpness ll: Add on 1.5 additional damage.

Sharpness lll: Add on 2 additional damage.

Sharpness lV: Add on 2.5 additional damage.

Sharpness V: Add on 3 additional damage.


From the above list, it is clear that smite is more powerful than Sharpness but there is a thing that you should never forget is that you only use Smite on the undead Creatures. In the end, the debate comes to the purpose you want to fulfill. For fighting undead mobs such as the wither, Smite is the better option. Fully powered up to level V, Smite can add a whopping 12.5 damage to any weapon of any base damage, and if you have a diamond sword it will be even more effective, and you will be killing mobs without vigorous effort.


FAQs


Is smite 4 good in Minecraft?


Referring to the table above, smite 4 is extremely good and can be used to deal lethal damage to undead mobs.


How good is smite 5?


Fully powered up to level V, Smite can add a whopping 12.5 damage to any weapon of any base damage but only for enemies of the undead variety such as Skeletons, Zombies, Drowned, Withers.


Can you put smite on a bow?


No, the Smite enchantment can only be applied to a sword and axe.


Does smite hurt Enderman?


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No. The Smite enchantment can only be used on skeletons, wither skeletons, zombies, zombie pigmen, drowned, and the Wither boss. As the Enderman isn't classified as an undead mob, it will not be dealt extra damage points.


Does smite 5 have one-shot zombies?


Yes, if Smite V is applied to Diamond axes, it can one-shot zombies and skeletons.

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