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What is the Curse of Vanishing in Minecraft? FAQs

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Developed by Mojang and released in 2011, Minecraft has gone one to become one of the most popular online games with over 100 million monthly active users in 2020 and like many other popular online titles, the developers keep adding new items and elements to Minecraft to keep the gamers engaged and a few of these are rare.

Minecraft also has two curses, and one of these is the Curse of Vanishing, which is a rare cursed enchanted book — treasure enchantment — and was introduced to Minecraft in version 1.2.13 (Bedrock edition) and 1.11 (Java edition), also called the Exploration update. The other curse enchantment is called Curse of Binding.

How to get Curse of Vanishing in Minecraft?

Similar to other treasure enchantments, you won’t be able to obtain Curse of Enchantment from the Enchanting Table; instead it can only be found in-game through loot chests, trades or fishing.

You can find loot chests in dungeons, temples (desert and jungle), and villages, among other places, and trade with the villagers or librarians, which is by far the most convenient and quickest way to get the Curse of Vanishing. Setting up bookcases and lectern will help you get a librarian villager.

New options will be unlocked when you complete a transaction with a librarian, which will increase your chances of finding the Curse of Vanishing enchantment book in Minecraft.

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What can you do with Curse of Vanishing in Minecraft?

If Curse of Vanishing is used on any item, it will disappear in-game upon the death of your character. This is an irreversible process. Any item that disappears when equipped with Curse of Vanishing enchantment is lost for good.

Now while this might not sound like a good thing to have, but it can work wonders in PvP games if you don’t want others to get your items as they usually drop to the ground upon death. If you’re killed by another player in Minecraft, any item with Curse of Vanishing equipped won’t drop but disappear.

Which items can be equipped with Curse of Vanishing?

Curse of Vanishing can be used with almost every item in Minecraft including Axe, Boots, Bow, Crossbows, Fishing Rods, Helmets, Shields, Tridents, and even a carved Pumpkin or Compass, among other items and armours.

However, using it on powerful or expensive items can be a big risk as it can actually seem like a curse rather than an enchantment if you end up losing such items.

Does Curse of Vanishing make items wear out faster?

No, this is a misconception from the early days of the items, which most probably spread due to the fact that most of the items that are found with the enchantment are damaged.

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How can you remove the Curse of Vanishing?

While the Grindstone can be used to remove enchantments, it doesn’t work for curses yet. However, removing the Curse of Vanishing enchantment is quite easy too.

Duplicate items

All you need is an un-enchanted item, which is the same as the one you have enchanted and merge them.

So, for example, if you’ve enchanted an axe with Curse of Vanishing, you’ll need an un-enchanted axe and then need to merge them to remove the Curse of Vanishing.

You can do this in the crafting table; any damage to the item will also be repaired but you should be aware that alongwith the Curse of Vanishing, you’ll also lose any other enchantments that were used on the merged item.

Shulker boxes

You can also try storing enchanted items in the Shulker boxes, which will most likely prevent you from losing the item upon death.

Game rule

Other than that, you can also try using the ‘keep inventor’ game rule to negate the effects of the Curse of Vanishing.

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