Tridents can occasionally be dropped from Drowned mobs when killed. Drowned occasionally spawn holding a trident in their hand, but there is a chance they will drop a trident regardless of whether they were holding one. It is worth noting that tridents cannot be crafted, unlike Bows, Crossbows and Swords.
Tridents are the first weapon in Minecraft to have two methods of dealing damage to mobs or players. They can be used as either a regular melee weapon, or as a ranged, throw-able weapon. To throw the trident, one must hold down the attack button, which will display a charging animation (similar to the bow). When the button is released, the trident will be thrown at a speed based on how long it was charged. Unless a trident has the "loyalty" enchantment, it must be retrieved after it is thrown, before it can be used again.
Tridents are similar to bows, in the sense that they are thrown relatively the same distance as an arrow is shot. However, a trident's advantage is that its speed is not slowed when traveling through water. Repairing a trident is similar to repairing other weapons in the game, as you must combine them with another trident by crafting or through the use of an anvil.
The trident has four exclusive Enchantments, which cannot be used on any other item:
- Loyalty - Causes the trident to return to the player after striking a target
- Impaling - Deals additional damage to aquatic mobs such as Fish and Guardians.
- Riptide - Thrusts the player forward when thrown in water/Rain (cannot be applied along with the "channeling" enchantment)
- Channeling - Lightning strikes any mob hit by the trident, but only during thunderstorms (cannot be applied along with the "riptide" enchantment).
- Striking a player or mob with lightning from a trident's "channeling" enchantment is the only lightning attack in the console versions of the game. It's also an easier way to get charged creepers in those versions.
- When a trident with the "loyalty" enchantment is returning to the player from a long distance, it appears to have a rope or chain of some kind connecting it to the player.
- An un-enchanted trident deals 8 damage to a target, even more than a diamond sword (which only deals 7 damage).
- Before the full release of Bedrock Edition, when turning on the "experimental gameplay" option, the trident would appear to be floating in the air above the user's head, while it was being aimed.
- Using the riptide effect while it is raining and while gliding with an elytra is currently the fastest mode of transportation in Minecraft (apart from command effects or teleportation).
- Throwing a trident in the void will make the trident lost in the void, even with the loyalty enchantment.