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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, chest dungeons , 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 in order 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]. A mob cannot be: in Water, in Lava, in a Cobweb, on Soul sand, on 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.

Channeling tridents thrown at lightning rods always create lightning without the need for a mob. ‌[upcoming: 1.17]


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


SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation 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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Java Edition:

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Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key


Java Edition
1.1318w07aChanneling is added alongside the addition of tridents.
18w14aChanneling is no longer compatible with Riptide.
Upcoming Java Edition
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.