An item with Curse of Binding cannot be removed from any armor slot unless the player is in Creative mode, the player dies, or the item breaks. For items without durability, the player must die to remove the item, making removal in Hardcore mode impossible.
All mobs also follow the curse of binding; for example, if wearing a leather helmet enchanted with curse of binding, they cannot take it off to equip their preferred netherite helmet if they found one. A player cannot remove the enchantment using a grindstone or crafting table; instead, the item returns to the player still cursed. However, if the cursed item is a pumpkin or mob head, placing and breaking the head removes the curse.
keepInventory gamerule is set to
true, the player keeps the cursed item even after death. Only breaking the item, if possible, removes it.
If a player applies the enchantment to a carved pumpkin and wears it, the player becomes unable to remove the carved pumpkin. If the gamerule
keepInventory is set to
true or the player is in Hardcore mode, it becomes impossible for the player to remove the carved pumpkin without cheating in-game or dying in Hardcore mode. This can be used to troll other players, as the pumpkin overlay on the screen makes the game difficult to play. Because pumpkins have no durability, they are the most effective item to use this curse on. However, most players would not deliberately equip a cursed pumpkin, although a dispenser can be used to forcibly equip it onto a player.
This enchantment does not affect any non-armor items, and it does not prevent removal of items from one's inventory until it is equipped.
|Name||Namespaced ID||Translation key|
|Curse of Binding|
|Name||Namespaced ID||Numeric ID||Translation key|
|Curse of Binding|
|1.11||16w39a||Added Curse of Binding.|
|16w44a||The /enchant command can now add Curse of Binding to pumpkins and skulls.|
|Curse of Binding can now be applied to elytra.|
|1.15||19w35a||The Curse of Binding enchantment can now be applied to carved pumpkins and no longer be applied to regular pumpkins.|
|1.16||20w06a||The Curse of Binding enchantment can no longer be removed by combining it with another item in a crafting interface.|
|1.2.13||beta 126.96.36.199||Added Curse of Binding.|
|Curse of Binding is obtainable only via trading with librarian villagers.|
|1.4.0||beta 188.8.131.52||Enchanted books with Curse of Binding are no longer obtainable from trading with librarian villagers.|
|1.16.0||beta 184.108.40.206||Curse of Binding has been implemented.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU54||CU44||1.52||Patch 24||1.0.4||Added Curse of Binding.|