Repairing a bow in Minecraft.

How to Repair a Bow in Minecraft

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Repairing a Bow is easy and doesn’t require many tools or resources. As far as ranged weapons in Minecraft go, a Bow is one of the most reliable. Here’s how to keep yours in the best shape possible.

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    What You Need to Do to Repair Your Bow

    The player putting 2 damaged bows into their inventory crafting grid to combine them.

    In any crafting grid, whether it’s the one in your inventory screen or a Crafting Table, you can combine the same kinds of tools and armor to create a new item with greater remaining durability. However, unlike other tools, as well as armor, Bows can’t be repaired at Anvils.

    For example, if you were combining 2 damaged Bows, you would get a new Bow that has the combined durability of the old Bows plus a bonus of 5%. The additional 5% comes from the value of the Bow’s maximum durability.

    However, keep in mind that this method of repair won’t retain any enchantments. If you combine a Bow that has an enchantment with another one, you will lose the enchantment. The same will happen even if both Bows possess the same enchantment. This is something you should avoid if you like the enchantment that you have on your Bow. However, this repair method can be a way to get rid of unwanted enchantments.

    Using a Grindstone to Repair Bows

    It’s possible for you to repair a Bow by using a Grindstone. The method and the amount of durability gained on the final item are the same, although, you’ll also get some Experience (Exp) after taking the new item off of the Grindstone. As such, this method can be a great way of repairing your Bow, as well as other items, and grinding for Exp.