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Channeling is a trident enchantment that produces lightning.


Channeling is available from enchantment tables, raid drops,‌[Bedrock Edition only] books obtained by fishing, minecart chests, dungeon chests, librarian villagers, and from chests found in Overworld non-village structures.


Channeling summons a lightning bolt when a mob is hit by a thrown trident if there is currently a thunderstorm occurring.

The mob must be exposed to the open sky for the enchantment to work. This enchantment allows the player to change creepers into charged creepers, villagers into witches, pigs into zombified piglins, and mooshrooms into their opposite color (red into brown and vice versa).

In Java Edition, Channeling doesn't affect mobs in some circumstances[1][2][3]. A mob cannot be: in water, in lava, in powder snow, in a cobweb, on soul sand, on a honey block, on snow (if snow layer is 8), in a minecart or in a boat while being hit with this enchantment. Mobs in minecarts and boats can be struck only if passive.

However, it should be noted that in the circumstances stated above, even though a lightning cannot be summoned if the mob itself is hit by a Channeling trident, they are still affected by the lightning if it strikes nearby. For instance, if a Channeling trident hits an armor stand next to a creeper in water, the lightning is summoned as normal, and the creeper becomes charged from being in the affected radius of the lightning.

Channeling tridents thrown at lightning rods always create lightning without the need for a mob.

Lightning from Channeling never spawns a skeleton horse.


Channeling and Riptide are mutually exclusive. If combined using commands, Riptide supersedes Channeling.


SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Trident thunder cracksFriendly CreaturesRandomly plays when trident strikes and summons a lightning boltitem.trident.thundersubtitles.item.trident.thunder5.01.016

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Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Advancement-plain-raw.pngSurge Protector
Protect a villager from an undesired shock without starting a fire AdventureBe within 30 blocks of a lightning strike that doesn't set any blocks on fire, while an unharmed villager is within or up to six blocks above a 30×30×30 volume centered on the lightning strike.adventure/lightning_rod_with_villager_no_fire
Advancement-plain-raw.pngVery Very Frightening
Strike a Villager with lightning A Throwaway JokeHit a villager with lightning created by a trident with the Channeling enchantment.adventure/very_very_frightening


Java Edition
1.1318w07aChanneling is added alongside the addition of tridents.
18w14aChanneling is no longer compatible with Riptide.
1.1720w45aChanneling can now be triggered by hitting lightning rods.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta Channeling as part of Experimental Gameplay, able to be applied to the new tridents.
beta has been fully implemented and is no longer part of Experimental Gameplay.
Tridents are now fully implemented and can now be enchanted with Channeling.
Legacy Console Edition
TU69 1.76 Patch 38Channeling is added alongside the addition of tridents.


Issues relating to "Channeling" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.