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For the Hidden Depths DLC weapon in Minecraft Dungeons, see MCD:Trident.
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A trident is a weapon used in both melee and ranged combat and is a rare drop from drowned.


Tridents are not craftable. A trident can be obtained only when dropped by a drowned.

Mob loot[]

15% of drowned in Bedrock Edition (6.25% in Java Edition) spawn with a trident of random durability as their natural weapon, and only the drowned with a trident have a 8.5% chance of dropping the trident, increasing by 1% with each level of Looting.

Only naturally-spawned drowned can spawn with a trident and have a chance of dropping one. In Java Edition, a trident held by a drowned has a chance to be enchanted, but the trident's enchantments have no effects for drowned.[1]

Thrown tridents[]

Tridents thrown onto the ground by a player can be picked up; however, tridents thrown by drowned cannot be picked up, similar to arrows shot by skeletons.



Main article: Drowned

15% of drowned in Bedrock Edition, and 6.25% in Java Edition, spawn with a trident as its natural weapon. It throws the trident at its opponent every 1.5 seconds, dealing 9♥♥♥♥♥ damage in normal difficulty. A drowned can throw unlimited tridents, and these tridents cannot be picked up by the player.

A villager can be turned into a zombie villager if it is killed by a trident thrown by a drowned: the chance of conversion is 0% on Easy difficulty, 50% on Normal, and 100% on Hard and Hardcore.

In Bedrock Edition, a drowned can use the trident's melee attack if its target is within three blocks. The melee attack deals 9♥♥♥♥♥ damage.

Melee attack[]

Pressing attack while holding a trident deals damage to both mobs and players. Tridents deal 9♥♥♥♥♥ melee damage. A successful hit consumes durability of the trident.

Ranged attack[]

Steve aiming with Trident.pngAlex aiming with Trident.png

Pressing and holding use while holding a trident charges it. When released at full charge, the trident is thrown and deals damage to any entity it hits. It flies on a ballistic trajectory similar to that of an arrow, but at 80% strength. If the trident hits a block, it sticks to the block. If it hits an entity, it bounces off the entity and lands nearby. It is also blocked by shields and can be retrieved once it lands in the ground. Thrown tridents can trigger wooden buttons, wooden pressure plates, and target blocks. A trident can be thrown at a chorus flower or pointed dripstone to break it, which causes the block to be dropped as its respective item.

In Bedrock Edition and Java Edition Combat Test 4, tridents can be shot by dispensers regardless of enchantment.

Tridents enchanted with Loyalty return to the thrower after hitting an entity‌[Java Edition only]/hitting and bouncing off an entity then hitting a block‌[Bedrock Edition only][2] or just a block. A Loyalty-enchanted trident fired from a dispenser just sticks to the block it strikes. Higher levels of enchantment result in shorter recovery times. In Java Edition, throwing a trident enchanted with Loyalty into the void destroys it, while in Bedrock Edition it automatically returns to the player. Tridents (if enchanted with Loyalty), can take fire damage but still return to the player if thrown in lava. This is especially helpful in the Nether should the player be using a trident instead of a bow. If a trident enchanted with Loyalty attempts to return to a player with no available inventory space, the trident floats near the player until inventory space becomes available.

Thrown tridents take 1 durability damage, regardless of whether it hit an entity or not. Tridents with 1 durability remaining cannot be thrown.

Tridents enchanted with Riptide launch the player a certain distance when thrown, with the distance increasing for higher enchantment levels. They can be thrown only if the player is standing in water, or if it is raining on the block they are standing on. If the player charges it but walks into a nearby dry area, the charge is canceled. If the player throws a Riptide trident and collides with a mob, the mob takes melee damage (including critical damage if the player is falling). In Java Edition tridents enchanted with Riptide take one durability damage upon throwing, and lose an additional 1 durability if it collides with an entity on both editions.

Tridents enchanted with Channeling summon a lightning bolt if there is a thunderstorm, although only upon hitting a mob or player standing in the rain as well as a lightning rod placed in the rain.

Unlike other projectiles, the trident does not slow down when thrown through water or lava.

In Java Edition, the Impaling enchantment affects all water mobs. In Bedrock Edition, it deals extra damage to players and mobs in water or rain.

Unlike arrows, thrown tridents do not despawn.‌[Bedrock Edition only] Tridents despawn after 60 seconds if they are not picked up.‌[Java Edition only][3]

Magical damage

Using Riptide, nearby players or mobs deal splash damage within an 8.25×8.25×4.25 cubical area. It stacks with the Impaling enchantment and Strength effect. Critical hits do not increase splash damage, but affect the target.

In Bedrock Edition, thrown tridents can damage the ender dragon while resting on the bedrock fountain. In Java Edition, they act just like arrows — deflected, but burn as if they had Flame.


Thrown tridents and splashes deal 8♥♥♥♥ damage. The damage remains the same regardless of the trident's speed. It has a faster charging speed than a bow or crossbow (barring the Quick Charge enchantment.)

Java Edition[]

In Java Edition, tridents have an attack speed of 1.1 and take ~0.91 seconds to recover.

Attack Melee Melee (critical) Range
Attack damage 9♥♥♥♥♥ 13.5♥ × 6.75 8♥♥♥♥
Damage/Second (DPS)[note 1] 9.9 14.3 ?
Lifetime damage inflicted[note 2] 2250♥ × 1125 3375♥ × 1687.5 2000♥ × 1000
Durability 250
  1. This does not take travel time into account
  2. The formula to find the total lifetime damage is Durability × Damage per hit = Lifetime damage minimum (e.g., 250 × 9 = 2250). It ignores enchantments and critical hits, and assumes the trident is at maximum charge

Bedrock Edition[]

In Bedrock Edition, tridents have no attack cooldown and do the following damage:

Attack Melee Range
Attack damage 9♥♥♥♥♥ 8♥♥♥♥
Lifetime damage inflicted[note 1] 2259♥ × 1129.5 2008♥ × 1004
Durability 251
  1. The formula to find the total lifetime damage is Durability × Damage per hit = Lifetime damage minimum. It excludes enchantments and critical hits.


A trident with the Riptide enchantment can be used to propel a player with a pair of elytra, but only in rainy weather, during snowy weather in certain biomes[4] or while the player is in a body of water. This does not consume any durability.

Impaling damage[]

In Java Edition, the Impaling enchantment deals extra damage to all water mobs. In Bedrock Edition and in Java Edition Combat Test 3, it deals extra damage to all players and mobs in water or rain.

Trident Damage by Impaling level
Level Increase Melee Ranged
I adds 2.5♥ × 1.25 11.5♥ × 5.75 10.5♥ × 5.25
II adds 5♥♥♥ 14♥ × 7 13♥ × 6.5
III adds 7.5♥ × 3.75 16.5♥ × 8.25 15.5♥ × 7.75
IV adds 10♥♥♥♥♥ 19♥ × 9.5 18♥ × 9
V adds 12.5♥ × 6.25 21.5♥ × 10.75 20.5♥ × 10.25


Tridents have a base enchantability of 1 and can receive the following enchantments:

Name Max Level Method
Loyalty[note 1] III
Channeling[note 1] I
Riptide[note 1] III
Impaling V
Unbreaking III
Mending I
Curse of Vanishing I
  1. a b c Loyalty and Channeling are mutually exclusive from Riptide, but not from each other.


Tridents have the same durability as an iron sword. Whenever a trident deals damage, its durability decreases by 1.

Tridents can be repaired by:

  • combining two damaged tridents on a crafting table or the 2×2 inventory grid, which removes any enchantments.
  • combining two damaged tridents in a grindstone, which removes any enchantments except for Curse of Vanishing and Curse of Binding
  • combining a damaged trident with another trident on an anvil, which preserves enchantments.
  • applying the Mending enchantment.


SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Trident stabs??item.trident.hitsubtitles.item.trident.hit??16
Trident vibrates??item.trident.hit_groundsubtitles.item.trident.hit_ground0.9?16
Trident clangs??item.trident.throwsubtitles.item.trident.throw??16
Trident thunder cracks??item.trident.thundersubtitles.item.trident.thunder??16
Trident zooms??item.trident.riptide_1subtitles.item.trident.riptide??16
Trident zooms??item.trident.riptide_2subtitles.item.trident.riptide??16
Trident zooms??item.trident.riptide_3subtitles.item.trident.riptide??16
Trident returns??item.trident.returnsubtitles.item.trident.return0.8?16

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormTranslation key
NameIdentifierEntity tagsTranslation key

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormTranslation key
NameIdentifierNumeric ID Translation key

Entity data[]

Tridents have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the entity.

Java Edition:

Main article: Entity format
  • Entity data
    • Tags common to all arrows
    • Tags common to all entities
    • Tags common to all projectiles
    •  DealtDamage: 1 or 0 (true/false) - true if the trident has already damaged an entity, in which case subsequent collisions with entities deal no damage.
    •  Trident: The tag representing the item that is given when the entity is picked up.
      • Tags common to all items

Bedrock Edition:

See Bedrock Edition level format/Entity format.


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS4)
PS4 Other platforms
Do a Barrel Roll!Use Riptide to give yourself a boostObtain a trident enchanted with Riptide and launch yourself any distance with it.30GSilver
BullseyeHit the bullseye of a Target block15GBronze


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Advancement-plain-raw.pngNot Today, Thank You
Block a projectile using your shield. Suit UpBlock any projectile with a shield.story/deflect_arrow
Advancement-plain-raw.pngA Throwaway Joke
Throw a trident at something.
Note: Throwing away your only weapon is not a good idea.
Monster HunterHit a mob with a thrown trident.adventure/throw_trident
Advancement-plain-raw.pngVery Very Frightening
Strike a Villager with lightning A Throwaway JokeHit a villager with lightning created by a trident with the Channeling enchantment.adventure/very_very_frightening
Advancement-fancy-raw.pngSniper Duel
Kill a Skeleton from at least 50 meters away Take AimBe at least 50 blocks away horizontally when a skeleton is killed by an arrow after the player has attacked it once.adventure/sniper_duel
Hit the bullseye of a Target block from at least 30 meters away Take AimBe at least 30 blocks away when the center of a target is shot with a projectile horizontally by the player.adventure/bullseye


Java Edition
November 18, 2017A trident was shown killing a zombie in a clip presented at MineCon Earth.
1.1318w07aTrident.png Added tridents, which are currently unobtainable in survival.
18w10aTrident (item).png Tridents now have a new texture in the inventory.
18w11aAdded drowned mobs, which can spawn with a trident, allowing tridents to now become obtainable in survival.
18w14aIf the player is not in water and it is not raining, the player can no longer throw tridents enchanted with Riptide, but they can still deal melee damage.
18w20aLike with swords, tridents no longer can break blocks when held in Creative mode.[5]
1.1418w43aThrown tridents can now break chorus flowers.
1.1519w39aEnchanted Trident.png Enchanted Trident (item).gif Tridents that are enchanted now have a glint.
Trident items use a 3D model again. When dropped, it rotates off center[6] (like with beds at the time and shields currently).
19w42aTrident items now use the 2D sprite again.[7]
1.1720w48aThrown tridents can now break pointed dripstone.
Upcoming Java Edition
Combat Tests1.14.3 - Combat TestThe attack speed of tridents has been increased to 2.
The base damage of tridents has been decreased from 9♥♥♥♥♥ to 7♥♥♥♥.
The attack reach of tridents has been increased to 4 blocks.
Combat Test 2The damage of tridents has been increased to 8♥♥♥♥.
Combat Test 4Tridents can now be shot from dispensers.
Tridents with Loyalty that fall into the void now return to their owner upon breaking in the void.
Tridents with Impaling now deal enchantment damage to all mobs that are in water or rain.
Combat Test 5The damage of tridents has been decreased to 7♥♥♥♥ again.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta Trident (item).png Added tridents.
Tridents are currently a part of Experimental Gameplay.
beta have been fully implemented.
beta new animation has been added for tridents with Riptide when they are thrown.
1.5.0beta can now be enchanted with Mending and Unbreaking.
beta no longer break blocks in Creative mode.
1.10.0beta tridents can now break chorus flowers.
1.16.0beta can no longer have a trident when converted.
Drowned that are not holding a trident are no longer able to drop one.
1.16.220beta are now able to break pointed dripstone.
beta now hold their Tridents correctly when targeting a player.
Legacy Console Edition
TU69 1.76 Patch 38Trident.png Trident (item).png Added tridents.
Education Edition
1.4.0Trident.png Trident (item).png Added tridents.


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


  • If a player throws a Loyalty-enchanted trident and the player's inventory subsequently fills, the trident hovers around or through the player's skin until an inventory slot opens, which it fills immediately. Multiple tridents can be 'queued' to re-enter the player's inventory in this manner.
  • In Java Edition in Creative mode, sword enchantments can be applied to tridents. This includes Sharpness, Fire Aspect, and Looting. Sharpness, Smite, and Bane of Arthropods increases their damage against their specific mobs, as well.[more information needed]
  • Thrown tridents pass through nether portal blocks without being transported to the Nether or the Overworld.
  • Using a Trident enchanted with Riptide while riding an entity will cancel the charge and do nothing.