What Does Riptide Do In Minecraft?
What’s one thing we love the most about Minecraft? The versatility of enchantments.
There are several enchantments available in Minecraft, and each one can give you access to some pretty cool abilities that you won’t see elsewhere in the game.
The riptide enchantment is arguably one of the most convenient enchantments in Minecraft.
If you want to be protected from fall damage and launch yourself to great heights, get yourself a trident and keep reading to learn how to enable this awesome enchantment!
What Is The Riptide Enchantment?
In Minecraft, a trident is a weapon used in ranged combat and melee.
Tridents are not craftable, and to throw them, you must hold down the attack button to display a charge-like animation, resembling the one you see with a bow.
The riptide is an enchantment that can be added to a trident.
With the riptide enchantment enabled, you’ll be able to use your trident to move you forward when you throw your trident into the water or out in the rain (note: for this to work, you must be wet and in the water).
Riptide For Travel
The riptide enchantment gives you a faster means to travel through water and in snow and rain.
To give you an idea of how the riptide enchantment can affect your speed, let’s take a look at some stats:
- If you’re underwater and throw your trident, your travel speed will increase by +3.
- If you’re standing out in the rain, snow, or in a body of water and throw your trident, your rate will increase to 3+.
How To Get A Trident In Minecraft
Unfortunately, tridents are not common objects in Minecraft. To obtain a trident and get the riptide enchantment, you must kill a drowned. Their drop rate is 8.5%.
What Is A Drowned In Minecraft?
In Minecraft, a drowned is a type of underwater zombie. These zombies are common, and various subtypes of underwater zombies can spawn in oceans and rivers.
Drowned spawn when land zombies drown.
Fun Fact: Did you know that drowned are the only source of tridents and the only renewable source of copper in Minecraft?
Drowned are hostile, and they were added to the game in the 1.13 – aquatic update. Although drowned are often armed with tridents, they may also be equipped with Nautilus Shells.
This means that although drowned are the only source of tridents in the game, you’re not guaranteed to get one every time you kill a drowned.
If you encounter a drowned that’s not equipped with a fishing rod or a trident, it can be killed with a trident or a bow, and you can usually attack them from a distance.
However, if your drowned has a trident, you’re more likely to kill it at close range.
Drowned will not throw their tridents when opponents are at close range, giving you a better chance of survival.
As well as tridents and nautilus shells, drowned may also drop:
- 0-2 of rotten flesh
- 1 gold ingot or 1 copper ingot
- 1 fishing rod
How Do You Add Riptide To Your Trident?
To add the riptide enchantment to your trident, you’ll need to use either an anvil, a game command, or an enchanting table, which is the most common method. Once you’re ready, simply throw your enchanted trident when you’re in the water (or out in the rain), and ensure you’re facing directly towards your target – you will then move quickly towards your target.
Riptide Enchantment: Key Facts
- Enchantment Name: Riptide
- Minimum and Maximum Levels: Level 1 (Riptide I) and Level 3 (Riptide III)
- Enchantment Description: When you throw a trident in the water (or out in the rain), the trident will propel you forward.
- Applies To: Tridents only
- How to Add Riptide Enchantment: The riptide enchantment can be added with either an anvil, an enchanting table, or the /enchant command.
Other Trident Enchantments In Minecraft
Although the riptide is one of the most popular trident enchantments in Minecraft, you can also obtain other trident enchantments, including:
- Loyalty Enchantment: With the loyalty enchantment, your trident will always return to you when it’s thrown.
- Channeling Enchantment: If you throw your trident at a mob, the channeling enchantment will summon a lightning bolt.
- Impaling Enchantment: With the impaling enchantment, the trident will produce more attack damage against hostile and non-hostile sea creatures.
- Unbreaking Enchantment: The unbreaking enchantment increases the durability of your trident, providing better attack damage and making your trident last longer.
Trident And Riptide Facts
- Tridents can be charged by pressing and holding ‘use.’ If you release your trident when it’s fully charged, you’ll be able to throw it and deal significant damage to the entity you’re aiming at.
- If you’re using the Java Edition Combat Test 4 or Minecraft Bedrock Edition, you can shoot tridents with dispensers, regardless of their enchantment.
- If you’re using your trident to perform the riptide enchantment, mobs and other nearby players can deal splash damage in a cubical area of 8.25 x 8.25 x 4.25.
- The damage of a trident remains the same, regardless of its speed.
- The riptide enchantment can propel you to great heights during storms and when in water – without riptide, you would likely die from fall damage.
- Riptide cannot be used on any other weapon with cheats. However, there are some mods available on Minecraft Forge that may allow you to implement this functionality.
The Bottom Line
So, the next time you find yourself in a body of water or caught out in the rain or snow with a trident in hand, you can use your riptide enchantment to quickly navigate your way around your world while protecting yourself against fall damage!
Although tridents can be tricky to get your hands on, enabling the riptide enchantment is simple. Once you’ve mastered using this enchantment, you’ll never go back to playing the game without it!
Remember: the riptide enchantment can’t be used unless you’re in the water or out in a storm, so ensure you’ve got the right conditions to activate the enchantment!