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1.4.2 Update - Anvils - The complete guide

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ElectricHamstar avatar ElectricHamstar
Level 46 : Master Enderdragon
Finally, there's a way to repair enchanted items and another use for XP! I present to you, the anvil!

What exactly are they?

They're anvils, and can be used for a variety of things. You can make them with this crafting recipe:


There's three stages an anvil can be in: Anvil, Slightly Damaged Anvil and Very Damaged Anvil. They change state as they're used or dropped.

What's their uses?

Renaming Blocks & Items

One of the new features anvils brought with them is the ability to rename any block or item. To do so, simply right click on the anvil, put something in the item slot, then type a name into the large box.


As you can see, it costs XP to rename something (the amount can vary), so do so sparingly. Also, if you rename a block, then place it, when you destroy it and pick it back up, the custom name will be gone.

Repairing Enchanted Items & Combining Enchantments

For the cost of quite a lot of XP you can also repair enchanted items. This is done by putting two of the same sortof broken tools into the slots available. The enchantments on each tool will combine into one, so you could put an Eff I pickaxe in one slot, and an Unb I in the other, and you'd get an Eff I Unb I pickaxe in return.

Sometimes the enchantment cost is so high, it makes more sense to just craft a new version of whatever you were going to repair, and enchant it from scratch. The best time to use anvils is when you get a rare and amazing enchantment you want to keep at all costs, since you'll be guaranteed to keep it in a repair.


You can also repair tools by using the raw material. For example, you could repair a diamond pickaxe with a diamond.

Misc. Uses

While not intended for the purpose, you could use an anvil as a trap to protect your house on servers that allow it, as they cause damage to anything they fall on. Also, they'd fit right in if used right in a medieval adventure map.

Do they last forever?

Nope. They last about 25 uses if just used for renaming and repairing - although this will be lowered if you enjoy pushing your anvil off cliffs, causing them to take fall damage. You know if an anvil's near to breaking, since when it is, it turns into a "Very Damaged Anvil".
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Update #1 : by ElectricHamstar 10/26/2012 4:26:36 pmOct 26th, 2012

Reworded possibly the most badly worded paragraph ever.

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12/27/2012 8:21 pm
Level 11 : Journeyman Mage
antvenom is best
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hey they change the enchantment stuff
10/27/2012 8:26 am
Level 1 : New Miner
grapes avatar
Lovely Job on this I was confussed love, but thanks so much!
10/26/2012 12:39 pm
Level 22 : Expert Toast
legovader09 avatar
Hilarious! last time i check your level you were level 2! and now your a level 8! congratulations mate!
10/26/2012 12:40 pm
Level 46 : Master Enderdragon
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Thank you very very much! :D
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