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Projectile Protection
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Secondary items


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Incompatible with

Blast Protection, Fire Protection, Protection

Projectile Protection is an armor enchantment that reduces damage from projectiles.


Projectile Protection reduces damage from arrows, thrown tridents, shulker bullets, llama spit, and blaze fireballs. It also reduces direct impact damage from ghast fireballs and wither skulls. Despite being projectiles, damage from splash potions of harming, dragon fireballs, or firework rockets are not reduced.

The formula for damage reduction by projectiles is level × 8%, meaning for every additional level another 8% of the damage is absorbed. The highest level (Projectile Protection IV) absorbs 32% (4 × 8%) of the damage inflicted by any projectiles. Theoretically at level 13 and above no damage by projectiles are possible (because it would transcend 100%), but absorbed damage is capped at 80%, which means that level 10 is the highest that can give any effect.

Damage reduction from Protection, Fire Protection, Feather Falling, Blast Protection, and Projectile Protection stacks up to an upper limit cap (see armor enchantments).


Protection, Blast Protection, Fire Protection, and Projectile Protection are mutually exclusive. However, if commands are used to have two or more of these enchantments on the same item, the effects stack.

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierTranslation key
Projectile Protectionprojectile_protectionenchantment.minecraft.projectile_protection

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID Translation key
Projectile Protectionprojectile_protection4enchantment.protect.projectile


Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3Added Projectile Protection.
1.1419w02aProtection enchantments are no longer mutually exclusive.
1.14.3Pre-Release 2Protection enchantments are mutually exclusive again.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.12.1build 1Added Projectile Protection
Legacy Console Edition
TU7CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Added Projectile Protection.


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  • Projectile Protection is also coded to reduce damage from snowballs and eggs, although they deal 0 damage in vanilla Minecraft.