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Minecraft Dungeons guide: How do enchantments stack on weapons and armor?

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Minecraft Dungeons forgoes traditional class-based systems in favor of a per-gear upgrade system involving enchantments. These enchantments can drastically alter your weapon or armor's power levels and abilities, and dictates what kind of playstyle your Minecraft Dungeons character will have. However, with some gear having up to three enchantment slots, is it possible to stack multiple enchantments of the same type for increased effect?

Here's everything you need to know about stacking enchantments on weapons and armor in Minecraft Dungeon, which is already among the best games on Xbox One.

Do enchantments stack on weapons and armor in Minecraft Dungeons?

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All of your gear an have up to three enchantment slots for power-ups and upgrades, and each slot randomly pulls up to three different choices for each slot from a pool of possible enchantments that gear can have. This method does mean there's a strong possibility of duplicate enchantments across the three slots, and players can choose to double or even triple up these enchantments. But do you actually gain anything from doing this? After careful study and consideration, we've found that the answer is a resounding "Yes! But..."

Enchantments can, and do, stack in Minecraft Dungeons, but it's not always guaranteed, and it's not always in the same way. Some enchantments won't stack at all (if they'd be too powerful, or if it wouldn't make sense), while others stack but maybe not in the way you'd think. Stacking bonuses can come in the strength of the ability, or the chance for it to activate, or even in reduced cooldowns. Not only that, but stacking isn't always a straight roll either. If you stack an enchantment three times, you won't necessarily get a three times bonus on that enchantment.

Even more uncertain is how different enchantments can interact with each other. One of the magical parts of Minecraft Dungeons is the unique and fun ways enchantments can meld with other enchantments, resulting in beautiful synergies that can lead to interesting combos and strategies. A great example of this is how to create an emerald and XP farm in Minecraft Dungeons, which takes advantage of this. We can't help you with this part, but part of the joy of the game is experimenting with various combinations to find something wthat works for you.

It can be hard to know which enchantments will stack and how without hours of research, but we've done most of the heavy lifting for you. You can find a list of enchantments below, if they stack, and how they stack with each other.

Which enchantments stack and multiply with each other in Minecraft Dungeons?

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Not every enchantment can stack in Minecraft Dungeons, and not all of them stack in the same way. Below, I've organized tables divided between melee weapons, ranged weapons, and armor enchantments. Every enchantment listed in the table can be stacked, so if you don't see the one you're looking for, it probably can't stack (but it might be able to combine in fun ways with other enchantments!) I've also included information on how the enchantment stacks, so you can decide if it's worth it or not. For example, Radiance (a very powerful healing enchantment that's vital for some builds), only increases the amount healed, not the chance for it to be activated.

Melee enchantments

EnchantmentAbilityStacking effect
ChainsHas a 30% chance to chain a cluster of mobs together and keep them bound for a short timeIncreases duration of chains
CommittedDeal increased damage against already wounded enemiesIncreases damage dealt
Critical HitGives you a chance to inflict critical hits dealing triple damageIncreases chance of activation
Enigma ResonatorGives a chance to deal triple damage based on the number of souls you haveIncreases chance of activation
Fire AspectSets mobs on fire for three seconds, dealing damage over timeIncreases damage dealt over time
FreezingSlows mobs after hit for three secondsIncreases movement reduction
KnockbackEvery once in awhile, enemies will be knocked back after a melee attackIncreases chance of activation
LeechingDefeating a mob heals you a small portion of the mob's max healthIncreases amount of health healed
LootingIncreases the chance for mobs to drop consumablesIncreases chance of activation
Poison CloudHas 30% a chance to summon a poison cloud that deals damage to enemies in a area for three secondsIncreases chance of activation
ProspectorFind more emeralds on fallen enemiesIncreases chance of activation
RadianceHas 20% chance to spawn a circular area that heal allies within itIncreases amount of health healed
RampagingAfter defeating a mob, there is a 10% chance to increase your attack speed by 50% for a short timeIncreases duration
SharpnessMakes your weapon sharper, causing it to deal more damageIncreases damage dealt
SmitingIncreases damage against the undeadIncreases damage dealt
StunningChance to temporarily stun enemiesIncreases chance of activation
ThunderingHas a 30% chance to summon a lightning strike that damages nearby enemiesIncreases chance of activation

Ranged enchantments

EnchantmentAbilityStacking effect
Bonus ShotFiring a shot also fires a second shot at a nearby enemy. The second shot has reduced damageFires additional bonus arrow(s)
Chain ReactionHas a chance to fire five arrows in all directions on impactIncreases chance of activation
InfintyChance to immediately replenish an arrow after shootingIncreases chance of activation. Can grant additional arrows with a third stack
MultishotGrants a chance to fire five arrows at onceIncreases chance of activation
Poison CloudHas 30% a chance to summon a poison cloud that deals damage to enemies in a area for three secondsIncreases chance of activation
Radiant ShotHas 20% chance to spawn a circular area that heal allies within itIncreases amount of health healed
SuperchargeCharged shots deals more damage and have more pushbackIncreases damage dealt
UnchantingProjectiles deals more damage to enchanted enemiesIncreases damage dealt

Armor enchantments

EnchantmentAbilityStacking effect
BurningEvery 0.5 seconds damage all enemies in melee rangeDamage is increased
Cool DownReduces the cooldown time between uses of artifactsFurther reduces cooldown times
DeflectGrants a small chance to deflect incoming projectilesIncreases chance of activation. Cannot be 100%
Fire TrailRolling creates a trail of fire behind you, which deals damage to mobs for four secondIncreases damage dealt over time
Food ReservesWhenever you use a healing potion, you also create random food itemsIncreases amount of food dropped
RecyclerBeing Hit by damage-inflicting projectiles will occasionally craft a small quiver of arrowsIncreases number of arrow bundles dropped
SnowballFires a snowball at a nearby enemy every few seconds, briefly stuning itIncreases number of projectiles
Surprise GiftWhenever you use a healing potion, you sometimes create a random consumablesIncreases chance of activation
SwiftfootedRolling makes you faster for three secondsIncreases movement speed further
ThornsWhenever you take damage, you deal damage back to the attackerIncreases damage dealt

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Zachary Boddy is the Minecraft Expert and a News Writer for Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been freelancing for Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019, with a focus on Xbox and PC gaming. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.