What is piercing in Minecraft?

by Dealon Brounx
What is piercing in Minecraft

What is piercing in Minecraft? In this article, I want to talk about the piercing enchantment in Minecraft and what it exactly does. The piercing enchantment was introduced in the 1.14 update along with crossbows. It’s obviously a crossbow enchantment, so the maximum level it has is level 4, and how the piercing enchantment works is it passes through entities, so rather than just passing through one mob, it can pass through multiple mobs.

How exactly does this process work?

If it has a piercing level of one, then it will go through two monsters; if it has a piercing level of four, then it will go through five monsters. This is because it is equal to the level of the enchantment plus one. This is obviously something that can be done with an anvil in order to enchant it. To illustrate this point, let’s look at a real-world scenario. I’ve loaded up a bunch of zombies into these small channels, and I’ve got the crossbow all set up over here, so that counts as a level one. Therefore, it penetrated the flesh of approximately two zombies and then hit this one for a level four piercing.

So let’s talk about how many hits it took to pierce through a whole bunch of them. Clearly, you can see that a penetrating four is quite good, but I’m not sure how many times enemies will line up in a line like that. Regardless, it’s still pretty powerful.

The last thing I should mention is that piercing is incompatible with multi-shot.

Since multi-shot causes a crossbow to fire several arrows in a variety of directions, I hope that I have provided you with a sufficient understanding of what piercing can do for a crossbow. I mean, it serves its purpose and is of acceptable quality.

So that’s where piercing really comes into advantage. If it’s like pvp, you’re fighting other people. Piercing against their shield is great. It’s pretty cool. There’s two enchantments that affect the way it flies in the air. There’s piercing and there’s multi-shot. Multi-shot fires three but it fires in kind of a spread shot, so if you have a bunch spread out you can use multi-shot. If you have a bunch in line, then use piercing. Which one do I prefer? For the most part, I prefer piercing, but multi shots are pretty cool too. If you liked this article, please leave a comment down below.

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