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How To Increase Enchanted Book Levels in Minecraft

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March 6, 2024
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Enchanted Books are items used in Minecraft to improve tools and weapons. These are books that already have enchantments on them and can be added to items through an Anvil.

Usually, you can find Enchanted Books in chests hidden around the world, in locations like Dungeons, Mineshafts, Desert Temples, and Woodland Mansions. Ancient City and Stronghold chests are likely to have Enchanted Books, too. You can also get them by trading with Librarian Villagers or by making them yourself using Books and an Enchanting Table.

Whether you feel like your tools could use improvement or you feel ready to take your Minecraft world to the next level, enchantments can enhance gameplay and allow you to explore areas faster, gather more resources, and beat more enemies. Enchantments improve an item’s existing abilities or imbue them with new abilities and uses. When an item has been enchanted, it will glow, so you can differentiate it from your normal items.

You can imbue items with enchantments using an Enchanting Table or Enchanted Books. This guide quickly goes over how you can use Enchanted Books, but if you want to learn more about enchantments and enchanting items in Minecraft, the article below explores these topics in more detail:

If you have Enchanted Books on hand, you may wonder if there’s a way to enhance the enchantments already in them. Increasing an Enchanted Book’s level is sure to benefit you since higher-level enchantments naturally yield more rewards than lower-level ones. 

A downside to this method is that it can be costly, requiring your experience points to increase the enchanted book’s level. You also need duplicate enchanted books, both with the enchantment you want at the same level. This sounds like a difficult requirement to get, and it can be, especially if you’re a beginner. However, you’re likely to find this useful if you’re someone who has already looted a lot of chests or has frequently used the Enchanting Table. Chances are, you have some Enchanted Books still waiting to be used. 

If you ever end up with duplicate Enchanted Books, you can use them to level up identical enchantments. This is a great option if the Enchanted Books already have your desired enchantment, but not at the level you want it to be. You don’t need to get or make new Enchanted Books with only a chance of getting a better enchantment.

This guide will go through the steps to increase an enchanted book’s level, so you can get better enchantments!

1 – Gather supplies

First, you’ll need a few things before you can increase enchantment levels. Below is a list of blocks and tools you’ll need to gather:


Duplicate Enchanted Books

Experience Points

How many books do I need?

To increase the level, make sure the books have the same enchantment and enchantment level. Otherwise, you won’t be able to combine them.

Below is a chart on how book combinations work to help you calculate just how many books you’ll need:

Book Input and Output
Level 1 + Level 1 = Level 2
Level 2 + Level 2 = Level 3
Level 3 + Level 3 = Level 4
Level 4 + Level 4 = Level 5

How many experience points do I need?

Keep in mind that combining enchanted books cost experience points.

Below is a chart that shows an example of enchantment cost based on the output level for the Efficiency enchantment:

Level OutputEnchantment Cost
Level 22
Level 34
Level 47
Level 512

2 – Use the Anvil

After you’ve placed down the anvil, right-click to bring up the anvil GUI. As you can see above, the Repair and Name menu is visible, and you can also see all the books in your inventory.

3 – Combine the Enchanted Books

Place a book in each of the first two slots. When you hover over the slot on the left, you’ll see that the output is a level higher version of the enchanted books inputted.

Once you click on the upgraded variation, your experience points are spent, and you can place the book in your inventory. You can now add the higher-level enchanted book to your items through the anvil!


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