How to Make Weapons in Minecraft

By Jesse Stay, Thomas Stay, Jacob Cordeiro

As you start a game of Minecraft, be sure that you have weapons ready, in the event of a mob attack. Knowing the right weapons to build can help speed up your mining, properly equip you to defend yourself against hostile mobs, and allow you to cause damage to monsters, critters, and even other players (on PvP servers).

List of Minecraft Weapons

When it comes to Minecraft weaponry, there are only several options at a player’s disposal. The primary melee weapon is the sword and the primary ranged weapon is the bow and arrow. The full list of weapon types includes:

  • Swords (melee)
  • Axes (melee)
  • Bow & Arrows (ranged)
  • Damage Splash Potions (potion)
  • Damage Lingering Potions (potion)

Weapons like the sword or bow and arrow can be enchanted for special damage and abilities. Also, close-quarter weapons like the sword and axe have 5 tiers, listed here in order of strength from least to greatest:

  • Wood

  • Gold

  • Stone

  • Iron

  • Diamond

As the preceding list indicates, gold is less durable than stone or iron. Because gold is usually scarce and needed in other recipes, primarily in brewing and potions, it isn’t a good idea to make a gold sword. The exception to this statement occurs when enchanting a sword as gold is the best medium for enchanting.

Use the individual guides below to help you learn how to make weapons in Minecraft, and more importantly, how to use each one of them effectively to destroy enemies!

How to Make and Use a Sword in Minecraft

The sword in Minecraft is a weapon that does the most damage and, therefore, is the most valuable. In addition to helping you fight mobs, the sword can be used as a tool to break blocks quickly.

When you use a sword, whether in breaking blocks or fighting, you decrease its durability. Over time, swords need to be repaired using the correct ingredients on a crafting grid or an anvil. However, a sword should not need to be repaired as often as a tool such as a pickaxe or shovel. Also, the diamond sword has such a high durability that almost always it lasts throughout the game without needing repairs.

To craft a sword in Minecraft, follow these steps:

  1. Open the crafting table.
  2. Add a stick to the bottom box of the middle column.
  3. Depending on the type of sword, add 2: Wooden Planks, Cobblestone, Iron Ingot, Gold Ingot, or Diamonds to the middle and top boxes of the middle column.

How To Make an Axe

The axe in Minecraft is a weapon that does significant damage and utilizes a crushing blow attack. Although the weapon takes longer to recover compared to the sword, it can help you fight mobs, collect wood based resources via chopping wood from trees, and can also disable a shield in combat!

To craft an axe in minecraft, follow these steps:

  1. Open the crafting table.
  2. Add a stick to the middle and bottom box of the middle column.
  3. Depending on the type of axe, add 3: Wooden Planks, Cobblestone, Iron Ingot, Gold Ingot, or Diamonds to the top box of the middle column, and to the top and middle box of the left column.

Stringing the bow

The bow in Minecraft is a weapon that inflicts different amounts of damage depending on how much the bow is charged. It cannot be fired without arrows. The more charged up the bow is, the farther the arrow goes, the stronger the arrow gets, the slower the player moves, and the more the screen zooms in on the target. Charging also increases the accuracy of the arrow.

A fully charged bow inflicts 4-1/2 hearts of damage with a rare chance of 5. When a bow isn’t charged, it deals only half a heart. The bow is a particularly good weapon against skeletons and creepers (and later against mobs). Just remember, the bow cannot be used without arrows.

The bow-and-arrow can be used as an ingredient in redstone, such as in a dispenser. Then you can fight mobs using elaborate traps or farm mobs.

An arrow fired from a bow causes significant damage to a mob from a distance (whereas a sword must be used at close range). When the bow is at the perfect angle and is fully charged, it is possible to get the arrow a total of 120 blocks away — that’s a lot of blocks! The arrow travels in an arc, and you can pick up the arrows that you have fired.

However, skeletons’ arrows cannot be picked up, nor can arrows that are fired off from an infinity bow. Learn how to make a bow and arrow.