How to Make an Anvil in Minecraft

Alongside crafting tables and furnaces, anvils are some of the most essential tools that help you modify items in Minecraft. From repairing damaged items to combining multiple enchantments, anvils can be used for a wide range of purposes. This guide will give you a glimpse into how to make an anvil in Minecraft.

How to Make an Anvil in Minecraft

What do You Need to Make an Anvil in Minecraft

You will need the following items:

  • 3 iron blocks
  • 4 iron ingots

How to Craft an Anvil

Step 1: Secure a crafting table

Crafting tables are one of the most fundamental aspects of Minecraft. It is quite likely that you already have one, but if you don’t, you can follow these steps. Crafting tables can be found in igloo basements, witch huts, outside pillager outposts, or inside tiny village homes. It is, however, easier to simply make your own crafting table. Assemble any 4 blocks of wood in your crafting grid. This will generate a crafting table on the right. Drag and drop the crafting table into your inventory.

Step 2: Finding or crafting iron ingots

You will primarily require iron ingots to successfully craft an anvil. There are several ways to obtain iron ingots. They can often be found in chests that are located inside dungeons, mineshafts, desert temples, pillager outposts, villages, strongholds, and even Nether fortresses. Killing an Iron Golem will cause the creature to drop anywhere between 3 and 5 iron ingots. You can also craft iron ingots using nine iron nuggets. If you choose this method, select your crafting table and fill all the spaces in the 3×3 crafting grid with iron nuggets. A single block of iron placed in the center of the crafting grid will produce nine iron ingots. Alternatively, if you have access to a furnace, you can also smelt iron ore into an iron ingot using any fuel. Select the newly crafted item on the right and drag it into your inventory.

Step 3: Obtaining iron blocks

The best way to obtain a block of iron is to craft it using iron ingots. Place nine iron ingots in the 3×3 crafting grid to create a single block of iron. Drag the freshly generated block into your inventory. Remember that you will have to repeat this process thrice to get 3 blocks of iron.

Step 4: Building your first anvil

You will have to place each of the required components in a particular order in the crafting menu to make an anvil. Select your crafting table to open the crafting grid. Begin by placing three iron blocks in the top row. Then, place a single iron ingot in the center of the grid (the second space in the middle row). Fill the last row with iron ingots. You will see the anvil icon next to the arrow that points to the right. Select the anvil and drag it into your inventory.

Tips for Using an Anvil in Minecraft

There are three elementary functions of an anvil:

  • Repairing damaged equipment
  • Renaming items
  • Combining enchantments

Repairing items

While a grindstone can also be used to repair items. You can use an Anvil to repair a bow for example.

Using an anvil gives you the added bonus of retaining the original enchantment of the item being repaired. Selecting the anvil will open a menu that allows you to combine any two items.

You are free to add any two similar items to the menu to begin repairing them. It is important to note that the two items have to be of the same type for the process to be successful. For instance, you will need iron-related items to repair an iron pickaxe. You cannot use iron ore to repair a golden pickaxe.

Related: How to Repair a Bow in Minecraft

Renaming items

A block that accepts text input will be visible when you open the anvil menu. After you repair an item or combine enchantments, you can pick any name you like for your new item. This name cannot exceed 35 characters. Renaming an item, however, will cost you one level and any work penalty that has accumulated over time.

Combining enchantments

In the same ‘Repair & Name’ menu, you will also be able to transfer enchantments. If any of your two items placed in the anvil has an enchantment, it will be added to the freshly repaired item. If both the items have enchantments, the anvil will combine the two enchantments and apply an enhanced enchantment to the repaired item.

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