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Minecraft lets you craft a lot of items for fun. Among the nifty creations, there’s a unique one, the fishing rod. If you’ve ever gone fishing in Minecraft, you may have come across a fishing rod that has very low durability and needs repairs. So how can you quickly repair it?
You can repair it in an anvil by putting it together with another regular fishing rod. You can also repair it by combining it with another fishing rod in your crafting station. Another way to mend it is by enchanting it with Mending and then gaining experience.
Some repairs require you to have experience, while others do not require any experience at all. One of the fishing rod repairs may, in fact, help to gain additional experience in return. So you should really be able to know which repairs work how. I will help you go through all the methods in detail to repair your fishing rod in Minecraft.
Do fishing rods break in Minecraft?
A fishing rod is not rare in Minecraft. A common fishing rod in Minecraft is renewable and has a durability of 64 units. It means that you can use a fishing rod a total of 64 times at max for catching items before it breaks down. The durability of the fishing rod can increase with the application of the Mending or Unbreaking enchantments.
Here how some specific actions use the units of the durability of the fishing rod in Minecraft:
|Fishing Rod Actions||Durability Cost|
|The bobber is in water – Nothing gets caught||0 units|
|Catching junk, fish, or treasure||One unit|
|Bobber stuck in a solid block||Two units|
|Catching dropped items||Three units|
|Items/entities that are not dropped||Four units|
A fishing rod has infinite durability from repairing itself with a Mending charm. That is only if you use it for fishing only and are not wearing a damaged Mending armor. The durability cost is only subtracted from the reel-in.
In conclusion, you should know that the fishing rods can definitely break if the durability becomes zero. To make it unbreakable, you will have to enchant it by using three lapis lazuli.
Can fishing rods be repaired?
You can repair fishing rods in Minecraft. But it is a technical process to understand for the newbies. You have to use an unenchanted fishing rod to repair your broken fishing rod.
In version 1.13, you use an anvil to do this. In version 1.14, you have to use a grindstone instead.
How to repair fishing rod in Minecraft?
Just remember this rule of thumb in Minecraft, “Items like weapons and tools can be repaired by combining two items of the same type in an anvil or a grindstone.” The two items will combine to become a single, more durable item.
The key point here is that the durability of both items adds up when they combine to get a new item. Hence this works as a repair job.
Combining your worn-out and broken fishing rod with another newly crafted fishing rod in the anvil or grindstone can repair it.
Repairing the fishing rod is easier for seasoned players. But no worries, I will tell you how to do it in the step-by-step guide below, so it will be easier for you to understand and follow.
Here are your options:
- Craft a new regular fishing rod from the crafting table using three blocks of iron and five iron ingots.
Repair your broken rod in the anvil by combining it with the regular rod you have just crafted. A new fishing rod will appear in the third slot with the same enchantments and maximum durability.
This process will cost you a heft amount of experience but will not remove any enchantments. Note that you cannot keep doing this forever as the experience costs become higher and higher every time you use an anvil on an item.
- Combine your broken fishing rod with a regular fishing rod in the crafting station. It will mend your broken rod, but it will lose any enchantments that it may have.
- Enchant your fishing rod with Mending. It will repair itself when you gain any experience if you have equipped it.
Best fishing rods in Minecraft
Fishing in Minecraft is a great feature that lets you get a lot of valuable items while fishing. There’s always a good chance to catch useful items if you have patience, good knowledge of the game, and fishing rods with relevant enchantments.
You can enchant your fishing rods with several different enchantments. You must have an enchanting table and Level 30 in the game to unlock all the highest level enchantments for your fishing rod.
Here are the top 5 enchantments for your fishing rod:
1. Mending (I)
Mending will help you repair your rod when you gain any experience while having the fishing rod equipped. Note that you cannot obtain the Mending enchantment from the Enchantment Table. It is a treasure enchantment, meaning you will find it in different places, boxes, or items all over the map, and is actually quite rare.
2. Curse of Vanishing (I)
This enchantment causes the item it is used on to disappear when dying. There is no other significant use of the Curse of Vanishing.
3. Unbreaking (III)
Unbreaking reduces the number of durability units used to reel in items. Using this enchantment would make your fishing rod last 43% longer.
4. Lure (III)
Using Lure reduces the amount of time you have to wait to catch fish. On average, the time reduces by about 5 seconds per level, so the total time reduction would be 14-15 seconds while catching fish with Lure (III).
5. Luck of the Sea (III)
This enchantment increases your chances of obtaining treasures by around 2% per level while fishing. At level 3, you will have a 6% more chance to get prized treasures like name tags, bows, and saddles.