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Incompatible with

Sharpness, Bane of Arthropods, Smite

Cleaving is an enchantment applied to an axe that increases the axe's damage and shield disabling.


Cleaving adds 1♥ + 1♥ × level [note 1] of damage and 0.5 seconds (10 game ticks) of shield stunning per level[note 2], for a maximum enchantment level of 3.


Cleaving, Sharpness, Bane of Arthropods, and Smite are mutually exclusive.

If two or more are combined by using commands, the effect of the enchants can stack.[needs testing]

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Upcoming Java Edition
Combat TestsCombat Test 3Added Chopping.
Combat Test 6"Chopping" has been renamed to "Cleaving."
Combat Test 8bCleaving now does 1 more damage.


  1. The Cleaving enchantment itself adds 1 damage and each level adds 1 additional damage so level 1 would do 2 damage and level 3 would do 4.
  2. Cleaving can disable shields for up to 1.5 seconds longer than the default time, which is 1.6 seconds, for a total of 3.1 seconds.