Minecraft is a massively popular game and has been for years now.
While the game has a strong gameplay foundation, it has been consistently updated by Mojang to keep adding new features and gameplay mechanics to keep the game fresh and enjoyable for all players.
One feature of Minecraft which was added quite early on was enchantment. This feature lets you add enchantments to certain items like tools and armor to improve them in certain specific ways.
While enchantment is an incredibly useful feature, it is also quite abstract. Since Minecraft sometimes does not do the best job of explaining its systems in-game, many players are confused about what different enchantments do and what they mean.
One such enchantment which has confused lots of players is aqua affinity.
The name suggests players to assume that this enchantment has some relation to water, but outside of this, many players have no idea what it does.
If you have gotten the aqua affinity enchantment in Minecraft but do not know what it means, then this article will give you all the answers you are looking for!
What Is And What Does Aqua Affinity Do?
To answer the question simply, aqua affinity is an enchantment that is exclusive to helmets in Minecraft, meaning it can only be enchanted onto helmets or books, which can then be used on helmets.
The main function of this enchantment is that when the player wears a helmet with this enchantment, the mining penalty underwater will be removed to make mining underwater significantly more simple and more efficient.
If you are mining a block underwater in Minecraft, this will take around 5 times longer than it would if you were above water.
This can be incredibly frustrating, especially if you are trying to adjust an underwater structure or mine a specific block.
Also, while underwater, there is a good chance your character will run out of air, meaning that time is of the essence while underwater.
That is why this enchantment is so useful. With it, you can mine at the same rate when you are above water and not have to worry about barely being able to mine anything before you have to go above water again.
This is quite an easy enchantment to acquire compared to some of the more complex or rare enchantments.
And since this enchantment is a simple ability, it does not level up, and there is only one level of aqua affinity available.
If you do not want to worry about breathing underwater in Minecraft, you will want to craft a conduit. Still, these can be incredibly difficult to craft in survival since the pieces needed are rare, and you will need to beat many elder guardians to get what you need to make them.
Overall, if you want to be able to mine underwater easily, getting the aqua affinity enchantment will be the simplest thing to do.
How Do You Enchant Items In Minecraft?
If you want to get a helmet with aqua affinity in Minecraft but do not have access to an enchanting table, this is the section to read.
Getting an enchanting table in survival mode can be difficult, but it is not too hard compared to some of the later tasks in the game.
The main items which can be difficult to get are the obsidian and diamonds. To be able to farm the 4 pieces of obsidian you need, you will need to have found 3 diamonds to be able to make a diamond pickaxe, as well as 2 extra diamonds which are needed for making the enchanting table itself.
To find diamonds, there is no simple way to do this without simply mining as much as you can quite deep until you get lucky.
You only need 5 pieces of diamond, so if you get lucky, you should be able to find all of these pieces next to each other.
After you have the 4 pieces of obsidian and the 2 pieces of diamond, all you need is a book. You can find these in some villages, but they can be crafted with leather and 6 pieces of paper.
To get the leather, you can get this from killing cows. And to get the paper, you can get this from crafting sugar cane to get pages.
Once you have all the required pieces, you must arrange them on a crafting table.
You want to put the book at the top middle, the diamonds in the middle left and middle right spots, the obsidian in the center, and along the bottom row. If you have done this correctly, you should end up with an enchanting table.
After making your enchanting table, you can simply place it down and start using it, but you will have access to higher-level enchantments if you place it on bookshelves.
However, to get aqua affinity, you will not have to worry too much about this since it is a low-level enchantment.
The last thing you have to consider when enchanting is the cost.
Aside from the armor, you want to enchant (aqua affinity will work on any helmets and turtle shells), you will need to use a certain amount of lapis lazuli and experience.
You can gain experience levels just by doing most things in the game, like mining or killing mobs, but some enchantments will need quite a lot.
And lapis can be mined and has a speckled deep blue ore. It is not as rare as a diamond, so you should not struggle too hard to find it.
Hopefully, this guide has helped you learn what aqua affinity is in Minecraft and informed you on if it will be helpful for you and how to get it through enchantment.