How Does Channeling Work In Minecraft?

minecraft channeling enchantment

Have you ever wanted to wield the power of lightning in Minecraft? Well with the channeling enchantment you can!

What is the Channeling Enchantment?

Channeling is an enchantment unique to tridents in Minecraft. A trident is a rare weapon drop from drowned mobs and cannot be crafted.

Tridents can be thrown or used in melee combat. Melee attacks do 9 damage, while ranged attacks will do 8 damage.

If you throw a trident that has channeling at a mob during a thunderstorm then that mob will also be struck by lightning.

The mob must be exposed to open sky and also cannot be in water, lava, in a cobweb, on a honey block, on snow, or in a boat or minecart.

A mob hit with channeling will take the 8 damage from a base ranged trident attack, as well as the 5 damage dealt from the lightning strike along with any fire damage that occurs from the lightning strike.

How to get the Enchantment?

Channeling is available from enchantment tables, and enchant books obtained from fishing, minecart chests, dungeon chests, librarian villagers and chests found in the Overworld.

If playing on the bedrock edition the channeling enchant can also be obtained as a drop from raids.

Unique Uses for the Trident:

Since channeling causes lightning to strike the targeted mob this can be used to create unique effects depending on the mob struck.

  • Creepers become charged Creepers.
  • Villagers become Witches.
  • Pigs become Zombified Piglins.
  • Red Mooshrooms become Brown Mooshrooms.
  • Brown Mooshrooms become Red Mooshrooms.

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