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For the enchantment in Minecraft Dungeons, see MCD:Piercing.
Piercing
Maximum level

IV

Primary items

Secondary items

None

Enchantment weight

10

Incompatible with

Multishot

Piercing is an enchantment applied to a crossbow that causes arrows to pierce through entities.

Usage[]

Arrows shot from a Piercing crossbow can pass through the number of entities equal to the enchantment level (for a total of level + 1 entities damaged). The shot arrows can still be retrieved after piercing a mob, allowing for infinite use of all arrow types, including spectral arrows and tipped arrows. Piercing ignores shields even when they are blocking. Though, arrows will not target mobs, meaning they will just go through a line of mobs.

Piercing has no effect on firework rockets fired from a crossbow.

Incompatibilities[]

Piercing and Multishot are mutually exclusive. However, if combined using commands, both enchantments function as normal, with the two arrows added by the Multishot enchantment getting the effect as well.

Advancements[]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Advancement-plain-raw.pngInvicon Enchanted Book.gifEnchanter
Enchant an item at an Enchantment Table Diamonds!Insert an item in an enchanting table, then apply an enchantment.story/enchant_item
Advancement-fancy-raw.pngTwo Birds, One Arrow
Kill two Phantoms with a piercing arrow Ol' BetsyUse a crossbow enchanted with Piercing to kill two phantoms.adventure/two_birds_one_arrow
Advancement-fancy-raw.pngArbalistic
Kill five unique mobs with one crossbow shot Ol' BetsyNote: This is a hidden advancement, meaning that it can be viewed by the player only after completing it, regardless if one or more of its child advancements have been completed.adventure/arbalistic

Data values[]

ID[]

Java Edition:

NameResource locationTranslation key
Piercingpiercingenchantment.minecraft.piercing

Bedrock Edition:

NameResource locationNumeric ID Translation key
Piercingpiercing34enchantment.crossbowPiercing

History[]

MINECON 2018
Minecon 2018Announced the Piercing enchantment as the "SUPER SECRET ENCHANTMENT".
Java Edition
1.1418w43aAdded Piercing enchantment.
Bedrock Edition
1.8.0beta 1.8.0.10Added Piercing enchantment.

Issues[]

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

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