How to make the best possible swords in Minecraft

By Kenneth Williams


Jan 24, 2022

Reading time: 3 min

Learning to make the best sword in Minecraft will give you a major advantage in any boss fight.

When it comes to combat in Minecraft, the sword is any player’s workhorse. It’s useful for cutting down mobs and harvesting farm animals alike. Enchanted netherite swords are also a status symbol, especially considering all the work that must be done to get one.

Enchantments add another level on top of the base stat and that work makes acquiring the best possible weapon in Minecraft difficult. There are even speedrun categories for acquiring swords in record time. Here’s how to get started with making swords in Minecraft and how to finish with the most powerful weapon possible.

How to make a sword in Minecraft

As with any Minecraft tool, swords are made with stick and materials. Sticks are made by breaking down two vertically-stacked wooden planks in the crafting menu. The materials for making swords include wood, stone, iron, gold, and diamond.

To make a sword in Minecraft, place the stick in the bottom row of a crafting bench and put two material units above it. 

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How to make a netherite sword

To make a netherite sword, craft a diamond sword and put it on a smithing bench. From there, combine it with a single netherite ingot. This will create a netherite sword. This process also works on diamond picks, shovels, axes, and hoes.

As with most other swords, a diamond sword is made through the crafting table. Place a stick in the bottom row, then two diamonds above it.

What’s the best sword in Minecraft?

The best sword in Minecraft is a netherite sword.

Netherite swords deal eight damage per swing, one more than their diamond equivalents. They are also way more durable, surviving 2,031 swings compared to 1,561 from diamond swords.

Creating the netherite sword is just the start of making the best weapon in Minecraft, though. Enchantments are an essential part of making top-tier equipment.

Their high damage and durability mean that they are naturally much more difficult to acquire. Netherite ingots are forged from four netherite scraps and four gold ingots. Smelting ancient debris from the nether is the most common way to acquire scraps. Netherite scraps are also found in bastion chests in the nether. All that effort is worth it to get the best sword in all of Minecraft.

What is the maxed out sword in Minecraft?

A maxed out sword in Minecraft is a netherite sword with these enchantments: 

  • Sharpness V
  • Looting III
  • Unbreaking III
  • Sweeping Edge III
  • Mending

Sharpness V and Sweeping Edge III make the sword much more powerful in combat. This combo maxes out the sword’s damage to 11 per hit and grants 75% bonus damage to mobs with sweeping attacks. Looting III makes it easier to farm rare drops from mobs.

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Unbreaking III and Mending are meant to keep the sword durable for a very long time. Unbreaking III raises the total number of uses up to an absurd 8,128, making it the most durable sword in the game in addition to the deadliest. Mending will automatically heal the sword every time the wilder picks up experience orbs. These two combined will make the maxed out sword in Minecraft a damage and durability monster.


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