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Best Shield Enchantments in Minecraft (Ranked)

Best Shield Enchantments in Minecraft (Ranked)

To the newly initiated survival in Minecraft can be tough. Sometimes armor just isn’t enough, you need a shield as well. And if you want your shield to last through all the hordes of enemies you’ll fight then you need enchantments. So in this article, we’ve ranked the best shield enchantments for you!

The best Shield enchantment in Minecraft includes Mending Tier 1 and Unbreaking Tier 3. Both enchantments make your shield more durable and allow you to fight with them for longer.


For those new to Minecraft combat, Shields can be an incredibly effective way to mitigate damage and stay alive. Enchantments will let your favorite shields last longer. But there are only three enchantments available for your shield. Let’s go over each and rank them according to usefulness.

3. Curse of Vanishing

Curse of Vanishing - Minecraft Enchantment

If there were more enchantments to talk about for Shields, I wouldn’t even have added this enchantment. But because there are so few enchantments available for Shields, let’s talk about arguably the worst enchantment you can put into your Shield, Curse of Vanishing.

The Curse of Vanishing is the worst enchantment because it causes your shield to disappear when you die. While this won’t affect you if your character is hardcore, to most normal players this will be devastating.


It can be quite frustrating to lose your equipment in Minecraft. Especially, if you spent a significant amount of time grinding the materials to craft a particularly powerful one.

So an enchantment that provides no benefits and makes your items disappear after death is certainly one of the worst ones you can get.

1The item disappears upon death.

2. Unbreaking

Unbreaking - Minecraft Enchantment

In most instances, I would say that Unbreaking is the best enchantment you can get for your item, but this isn’t true when it comes to shields. Unbreaking increases the durability of your shield. For each level your shield gains more and more durability, allowing it to last longer and not break.


Unbreaking can be an excellent enchantment if you don’t have our number one pick. The added durability and no additional cost make it a favorite for people looking to make their shields stronger. If you haven’t gotten Unbreaking already, I highly recommend that you do, and improve your shield’s potential.

TiersDurability (Shield)

1. Mending

Mending - Minecraft Enchantment

My all-time favorite pick for the best shield enchantment in Minecraft is Mending. If we were ranking for a tool or another item then Meding would probably be worse, but in this particular instance, it’s the best enchantment you can place into your shield.

The Mending enchantment allows you to restore your item’s durability at the cost of some of your experience. this means that if you keep fighting enemies, and gain experience, then you can continue using your shield forever. And if your shield is made out of rare materials then that’s an incredible prospect.


Mending is better than Unbreaking in this context because you can expect to always be fighting in Minecraft. Especially in terms of using your shield, you’ll do so whilst in combat, and if you’re thinking about durability then you probably won.

Mending allows you to keep using good equipment as you continue fighting. Which can be immensely useful for anyone looking to keep shields made out of rare materials like diamond.

1Two durability restored from one experience point

There you have it folks, the best shield enchantments in Minecraft ranked from the worst to the absolute best. Let us know what you think about this, and stick with GameVoyagers for more guides on Minecraft.