How to Make a Magic Table in Minecraft: 12 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Make a Magic Table in Minecraft: 12 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Make a Magic Table in Minecraft: 12 Steps (with Pictures)

With a magic table, you can imbue things with special abilities, from infinite durability to repulsive attacks. Making the table requires some rare ingredients, so get ready for an expedition.


Part 1 of 3: Collecting material

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Step 1. Mine for diamonds

Diamond is one of the rarest ores, only found deep underground. For best results, look for this pale blue rock in layers 5–12. Dig down until you come across solid rock (an unbreakable gray block), then count 5-12 blocks up. Chop the diamonds with an iron or gold pickaxe.

  • Remember never dig straight down. A cascading mine ensures you are safe from shafts and lava.
  • You need two diamonds to make a magic table. You will also need a diamond pickaxe for mining obsidian (of which you need 4 for the magic table), for which you need 3 extra diamonds.
  • Don't go beyond layers 11 and 12, to avoid most of the lava.
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Step 2. Make obsidian

Obsidian is a deep black block that only appears when flowing water and lava are brought together. You can create this yourself by making 3 buckets from 3 iron bars. Scoop lava with a bucket and pour it into a 4-block shaft. Pour the water from an elevation so that it flows into the lava. The lava should now become obsidian.

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Step 3. Cut out obsidian four times with a diamond pickaxe

Obsidian blocks only drop tools when using a diamond pickaxe.

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Step 4. Find or create a book

You can break bookshelves in the library of a village or fortress to obtain ready-made books. Another option is to make them yourself:

  • Kill enough cows or horses to get at least 1 leather.
  • Cuts off three stalks of sugar cane.
  • Make paper from the three sugarcane plants. Place the reed in one row. Because cane is difficult to find, it is better to start a sugar cane plantation.
  • Combine 1x leather and 3x paper to make a book. Arrange them randomly in the work grid, with the paper in separate boxes.

Part 2 of 3: Making and placing the magic table

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Step 1. Make a magic table

Choose the recipe for the magic table, or combine the items in the advanced PC workbench as follows:

  • Top row: empty, book, empty
  • Middle row: diamond, obsidian, diamond
  • Bottom row: obsidian, obsidian, obsidian

Step 2. Place the magic table

Place the magic table somewhere with at least two blocks of space on either side, in a room at least two blocks high. This will give you plenty of room to enhance the magic table with bookshelves, as described below.

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Step 3. Make bookshelves (optional)

Bookshelves near a magic table allow more powerful spells with your magic table. You make a bookshelf by placing three books in the middle row, then fill the rest of the grid with shelves.

These more powerful enchantments will cost you more experience. You may want to skip this step if you are still at a low level

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Step 4. Place the bookshelves

For the best enchantments you need 15 bookshelves. Each should be placed as follows:

  • At the same level as the table, or exactly above it.
  • Keep exactly one block between the table and the bookcase. Even torches or snow will stop the effect.

Part 3 of 3: Enchanting objects

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Step 1. Place the item to enchant next to your magic table

Use the magic table to open the enchantment interface. You can place armor, swords, bows, books and most tools in the magic table. These go in the left box (in the PC version) or in the top box (Pocket Edition).

Books store enchantments for later use with an anvil. Enchanting tools is more efficient

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Step 2. Place lapis lazuli in the other box

In the latest versions of Minecraft, each enchantment consumes 1, 2, or 3 lapis lazuli. Place the gem in the empty space in your table.

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Step 3. Select one of the three enchantments

Hovering over an option will show you the name of an enchantment. There is also a chance to add additional, randomly selected enchantments.

  • You can't restore the available selection without enchanting something. Blocking a path to a bookcase will reveal a new option (usually of a lower level).
  • Different types of items have different enchantments available.
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Step 4. Understand what it costs

There are three different options for the magic table. The top one is the weakest and costs one lapis lazuli and one experience point. The middle one costs two lapis lazuli and two points. The bottom one costs three of each.

The number next to each option is the level of the spell. You must be at least that level to be able to choose that option. The number of experience points it costs will not change


  • Certain tools cannot be enchanted with the table, including flint, steel, and scissors. You can enchant some of these objects with a book, then combine the enchanted book with the tools on an anvil.
  • If the recipe or enchantment does not work as expected, please update Minecraft to the latest version. Minecraft Pocket Edition introduced magic tables in version 0.12.1. The PC version has gone through a lot of changes as far as enchantments are concerned.

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