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The Anvil is an interactive block used to repair items, rename a certain block or item, or combine enchantments on items.

Overview

Anvils fall in the same way Sand, Gravel, Concrete Powder, and Dragon Eggs do, and will make a metallic "clang" sound when they land. If an anvil lands on a non-solid block, it will destroy the block. If the anvil lands on a mob or player, it will deal damage relative to how far it fell before hitting the mob or player.

Anvils have three states of damage: normal anvil, slightly damaged anvil, and very damaged anvil. Whenever the anvil is used, it has a 12% chance of being damaged.

Also, dropping the anvil onto any solid block has a chance to also do damage to it; specifically, 5% times the number of blocks fallen. Despite being able to fall, it cannot be pushed by pistons.

Damaged anvils tend to generate in a Woodland Mansion

Crafting

BlockCSS
Anvil
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Iron Block
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Iron Block
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Iron Block
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ItemCSS
Iron Ingot
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Iron Ingot
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Iron Ingot
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Iron Ingot


Usage

Anvils are special interactive blocks. They have two modes to repair items that have a durability rating:

  • Similar to a Grindstone, a player may repair items by combining two similar items. With the anvil, however, the target will keep its enchantments and may gain new ones from the sacrificed item.
  • Alternatively, a player can use materials originally required in the crafting of the item (iron ingots for iron items with durability, diamonds for diamond items with durability) to repair a single item. One material can only repair 25% of the target's maximum durability.

In addition, the player can rename any item – not just those with durability – by using an anvil.

Enchanted Books are used to enchant tools, and an anvil is needed to combined them with tools and armor.

Repairing and renaming items costs experience.

Trivia

  • As of 1.6, if a spawn egg was renamed "Dinnerbone" or "Grumm" with an anvil, the mobs spawning will be upside down.
  • The anvil had an old crafting recipe; it was crafted by using 6 Iron Blocks and one Iron Ingot. This was very soon changed to the current recipe.
  • The crafting recipe of an anvil requires a total of thirty-one iron ingots: twenty-seven ingots for the blocks, and four ingots for the base.
  • When a player dies from a falling anvil, the game would say on the screen, "{PlayerName} has been squished by a falling anvil".
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