Minecraft Equipped items

Equipped items

Some monsters can spawn with a sword, and have a 8.5% (9.5% with Looting I, 10.5% with Looting II and 11.5% with Looting III) chance of dropping them upon death by player: Zombies can drop iron swords, zombie pigmen can drop golden swords, and wither skeletons can drop stone swords. It will usually be badly damaged, and may be enchanted.


Weapon Smith villagers sell enchanted iron swords for 9–10 emeralds as one of their second tier trades, and enchanted diamond swords for 12–15 emeralds as one of their third tier trades. The enchantments will be the same as might be obtained from an enchantment table at levels 5–19.

Natural generation

Iron swords can be found in 12.2% of stronghold altar chests and 26.0% of village blacksmith chests in groups of 1. In 1.9,[upcoming] iron swords can be found in 12.2% of stronghold altar chests and 26.0% of village blacksmith chests in groups of 1.

Golden swords can be found in 22.0% of nether fortress chests in groups of 1. In 1.9,[upcoming] golden swords can be found in 19.2% of nether fortress chests in groups of 1.

In 1.9,[upcoming] enchanted iron swords can be found in 13.4% of End city chests in groups of 1.[upcoming]

In 1.9,[upcoming] enchanted diamond swords can be found in 13.4% of End city chests in groups of 1.[upcoming]



Pressing attack while holding a sword will increase your damage to both mobs and players. Upon damaging a mob or player, the sword’s durability will decrease.

Attacking a boat or a minecart with a sword will instantly destroy it and will not decrease the sword’s durability.


Main article: Blocking

The player blocks an attack from a slime using a wooden sword.

Swords are able to block attacks by holding use. This will reduce most damage by 50% and will reduce the player to a speed slower than sneaking. As of 1.9[upcoming], swords can no longer be used for block. Instead, shields are used.


The following table summarizes the damage that swords of different materials inflict. Enchantments can change these statistics.

Critical hits add a damage bonus of 50%, before sword enchantments.

Material Wooden Golden Stone Iron Diamond

Damage 5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg) 7 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 8 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

Approx. Lifetime Number of Kills 15–24 8–13 39–66 87–138 624–1015

Lifetime Damage Inflicted 300–480 points

(150–240 × Heart.svg) 165–264 points

(82–132 × Heart.svg) 792–1320 points

(396–660 × Heart.svg) 1757–2761 points

(878–1380 × Heart.svg) 12,496–20,306 points

(6248–10,153 × Heart.svg)

The formula to find the minimum of the total lifetime damage is Durability × Damage per hit = Lifetime damage minimum. The formula to find the maximum is Durability × Critical Hits = Lifetime damage maximum.

In 1.9[upcoming], damage done when using a sword as a weapon has changed. Swords have an attack speed modifier of -2.4, meaning they take about 0.63 seconds to recover.

Attack speed Attack damage Damage/Second (DPS)


4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)

5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

7 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)






If attacking with a sword while moving at walking speed or slower, enemies near the hit enemy will be knocked back and damaged by 1 (Half Heart.svg) from the slashing attack. The amount of knockback is 80% that of the knockback due to Knockback I, and does not benefit from that enchantment. All enemies within 1 block horizontally and 0.25 blocks vertically of any part of the attacked mob and within 3 blocks of the player will be knocked back.

Sword breaking times

Main article: Breaking

A sword can also be used to destroy certain blocks more quickly than with fists. Using a sword to destroy any block that doesn’t break instantly decreases its durability by 2.

The following table shows the time it takes to break blocks on which swords have any effect. Colors indicate what will be dropped:

White: an original block.

Blue: block’s normal drop (e.g. seeds, sapling, apple).

Red: nothing.

Block Fists Sword Proper/fastest tool

Cobweb 20 s 0.4 s

0.4 s

Jack o’Lantern 1.5 s 1 s

0.125 – 0.75 s

Melon 1.5 s 1 s

0.125 – 0.75 s

Pumpkin 1.5s 1 s

0.125 – 0.75 s

Cocoa 0.3s 0.2s

0.025 – 0.15 s

Leaves 0.3 s 0.2 s


Vines 0.3 s 0.2 s

0.025 – 0.15 s

0.02 s


Swords can receive the following enchantments:

Fire Aspect



Sharpness[note 1]

Smite[note 1]

Bane of Arthropods[note 1]



Sharpness, Smite, and Bane of Arthropods are mutually exclusive.

Data values


Item ID Name Numerical ID

Wooden Sword wooden_sword 268

Stone Sword stone_sword 272

Iron Sword iron_sword 267

Diamond Sword diamond_sword 276

Golden Sword golden_sword 283



Main article: Achievements

Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites Actual requirements (if different) Version restriction Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)


Time to Strike! Use planks and sticks to make a sword Benchmarking Pick up any type of sword from a crafting table output. None 10G Bronze


Overkill Deal nine hearts of damage in a single hit Enchanter Damage can be dealt to any mob, even those that do not have nine hearts of health overall. PC, Xbox and Windows 10 30G N/A

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