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For the enchantment in Minecraft Dungeons, see MCD:Protection.
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Incompatible with

Blast Protection, Fire Protection, Projectile Protection

Protection is an enchantment applied to armor that increases the armor's damage reduction.


Protection has no effect on damage from the void, the /kill command, or hunger. In Bedrock Edition, protection does not reduce damage from status effects like poison or wither.[1] Otherwise, the damage is protected, even if armor normally would not protect against it (e.g. damage from using ender pearls). When enchanted armor reduces damage from a source that armor does not normally protect against, it does not lose any durability.

The formula for damage reduction is (4 × level)% for each armor piece. However, in Bedrock Edition armor pieces with Protection IV use (4 × (level + 1))%, or in other words Protection IV functions as if it were Protection V.[2]

Damage reduction from Protection, Fire Protection, Feather Falling, Blast Protection, and Projectile Protection stacks up to an upper limit of 80% (see armor enchantments). In Bedrock Edition a full set of armor with Protection IV is sufficient for this maximum amount of protection.

The protection enchantment is applied after the armor's damage reduction. For example, 20 armor points provide an 80% damage reduction.[not in citation given] If the total protection enchantment levels on said armor adds up to 10, they would provide 40% damage reduction. This would equate to a total of 88% damage reduction, as damage reduction stacks multiplicatively rather than additively (20% * 60%, rather than 80% + 40%).


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.[citation needed]

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameResource locationTranslation key

Bedrock Edition:

NameResource locationNumeric ID Translation key


Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3Added Protection.
1.915w36aProtection enchantments have been nerfed; their bonuses are now linear instead of quadratic.
1.1419w02aProtection enchantments are no longer mutually exclusive.
1.14.3Pre-Release 3Protection enchantments are now once again mutually exclusive.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.12.1build 1Added Protection.
Legacy Console Edition
TU7CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Added Protection.


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