If you’ve ever encountered a swimming pool in Minecraft, chances are you’ve at least seen the “lure” enchantment. This enchant is particularly good for fishing or trapping animals so that they can be used for other purposes. The lure enchantment attracts animals to the block it is on, but if it’s not water then the animal will drown and despawn.
This enchant has some interesting implications. Accessing Minecraft’s files reveals that the enchantment actually works with all the liquids in the game, including water and lava. This means that everything can be used as bait, including any blocks that don’t work with water, such as sand or grass. This also means that you can use items like leaves to lure animals away from your desired location.
Lure works by placing enchantments directly on blocks. To place an enchantment on a block simply cut out a square block using your diamond or iron tools, replace it with another material (sand or grass) and then apply the lure enchantment. The enchantment applies to the block, but it still works with water.
Because this is an enchantment, you can reuse it by applying it to a new piece of furniture. Simply use your sword to cut out another square block and replace the enchanted one with another material. The enchantment will be applied to that block, allowing you to put your furniture back in place.
What’s more, you can apply multiple enchantments at once using items called “enchanting tables”. To use an enchanting table, put your sword in your hand and then right-click on an item. If you’re lucky, the sword will turn into an enchanting table. You can apply up to nine enchantments at once, but because of this, it’s important to make sure the enchanted item you want is actually picked up.
Things to keep in mind when using Lure:
The higher level of Lure that you choose, the costlier it becomes. This means that although it’s relatively easy to get the enchantment early on in Minecraft, it takes much longer later on when you need something special.
When using Lure to retrieve animals in water, make sure that it’s in a place where animals would naturally spawn in. If you do it in the middle of the ocean then you may find yourself with an empty animal pen once you’ve attracted them to your location.
Lure only works when placing blocks on the edge of water. This means that if you want to use it with lava then you need materials that are specifically designed for lava, such as gold or diamond. You can also use leaves or wool, although these won’t attract animals because they don’t actually damage them when they get wet.
Lure can attract passive mobs, such as cows. If there aren’t enough animals to go around then the mob will turn on you and attack, so make sure to avoid them if possible.
Lastly, make sure that the animal is actually going through the water when you want it to. If you have a swimming pool with lava in it then the lure enchantment will just damage any animal that walks into it. You can fix this by placing a floor underneath your fishing spot so that they must walk over the block to reach the lava. Another way is to use lava buckets instead of regular lava.
So there you have it: everything you need to know about the lure enchantment in Minecraft. If you’ve found any interesting combos with Lure, or any other enchantments in your favorite game, we’d love to hear about them in the comments.