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Projectile Protection is an armor enchantment that reduces damage taken 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, but not from their explosions. Despite being projectiles, damage from splash potions of harming, dragon fireballs, firework rockets, or sonic booms are not considered to deal projectile damage, and are therefore unaffected by Projectile Protection.

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 projectiles.

Unlike the Blast Protection and Fire Protection enchantments, Projectile Protection offers no side effects outside of damage reduction.

Damage reduction from Protection, Fire Protection, Feather Falling, Blast Protection, and Projectile Protection stacks up to an upper limit cap of 80%. This upper limit can be reached with a total of 10 levels of Projectile Protection on the users armor, or with 12 levels of Protection combined with 4 levels of Projectile Protection.


Protection, Blast Protection, Fire Protection, and Projectile Protection are mutually exclusive. Attempting to combine these enchantments with an anvil will delete the enchantment in the upgrade slot and replace it with the enchantment in the sacrifice slot. However, if commands are used to force 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.