What does Smite do in Minecraft and how to get it

Jessica Filby
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One of the rare enchantments you can find in Minecraft is Smite. Here’s exactly what it does and how to add it onto your weapons in the game.

Minecraft has plenty of tough foes you’ll need to battle and as mods get even stronger in the game, enchantments are vital to have on hand. Thankfully, there’s a big variety of enchantments that players can use to enhance their weapons in the game but some can be confusing to figure out.

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While a lot of enchantments are fairly self-explanatory, some are less so and leave players wondering what they really do. Smite in Minecraft is one of the most perplexing enchantments in the game, due to it not being immediately obvious what benefits it will provide.

So, if you’re wondering exactly what Smite does in Minecraft, and how you can get it, here’s everything you need to know.

What does Smite do in Minecraft?

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Use Smite to fight off the undead.

Essentially, Smite will enhance the damage you deal on any undead mobs. This means that you will deal extra damage to Drowned, Skeletons, Withers, and Zombies, among others. It’s ideal if you’re heading to a specific fight or need to get a few Zombie brains or bones.

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When you have one level of Smite your weapon will increase by 2.5 points. This goes up by the same amount at every level, meaning that the fifth level of Smite grants you an additional 12.5 damage per hit.

Smite is best placed onto a higher valued sword or axe, or pretty much whatever you feel like fighting with. This will get you the maximum efficiency and will mean you hit the enemy fewer times, therefore, keeping that durability.

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However, you will need to be careful when putting it on your favorite weapon since it’s a relative niche enchantment to get. Having a specific weapon you use for the undead is advised.

How to get Smite in Minecraft

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Get Smite through an Enchantment Table or Enchanted book.

Unfortunately, getting Smite in Minecraft is a small element of luck rather than technique. However, depending on the edition you’re playing, it can be easier or much harder.

If you’re playing the Java Edition of Minecraft then the only way you will be able to get Smite on a weapon is to find it in a book. This makes it an extremely challenging enchantment to get hold of but one that’s well worth it.

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Any other edition will require you to build and use an enchantment table. Be sure to have some weaker items to hand so you can reset the enchantment board while searching for Smite.

That’s everything you need to know about Smite before going out into the night and battling the Undead. In the meantime, check out more of our guides below:

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About The Author

Based in Cumbria, England, Jessica is a Senior Games Writer who joined Dexerto after stints at Game Rant and The Gamer. You can find her covering everything from Minecraft, CoD, Disney Dreamlight Valley, Pokemon Go and more. You can contact Jessica at jessica.filby@dexerto.com