The Minecraft enchanting table and its language

The enchanting table in Minecraft allows you to enchant weapons, tools and armor. It uses an unusual alphabet, but that’s little more than an Easter Egg, since the words it shows don’t mean anything about the enchantments. Read here how to craft an enchanting table, how to use it and what the Standard Galactic Alphabet is about.

The enchanting table in Minecraft

The enchanting table (often referred to as “enchantment table”) with its alien characters, is as mysterious as you’d expect from an item that transforms gems and experience points into powerful enchantments. If you’re afraid you’ll have to learn another foreign language in order to follow your enchanting table’s explanations, you can breathe a sigh of relief: the characters shown are merely randomly selected terms that have nothing to do with the enchantment itself. So even though your enchanting table may be flattered by your interest, learning the alphabet won’t give you any advantages in the game. We have gathered for you what you should know about the enchanting table and its language.

How to craft an enchanting table

If you want to craft an enchanting table, you’ll need a book, diamonds, and obsidian.

  • 1 enchanting table = 1 book + 2 diamonds + 4 obsidian
How to craft an enchanting table in Minecraft.

Books can be crafted from paper and leather or mined from bookshelves.

You can get diamonds by mining diamond ore with a pickaxe. With a little luck, you can also find them in chests.

Obsidian can be found sporadically in chests and is created wherever water meets stagnant lava. You can also cause this by simply dumping water on stagnant lava with a water bucket.

Now place the book in the middle of the top row, the diamonds on the right and left in the middle row and fill the bottom row and the slot in the middle with obsidian to craft the enchanting table.

How to use the enchanting table 

  1. Get lapis lazuli and experience points. You can get lapis lazuli by mining lapis lazuli ore and experience points by leveling up during the game.
  2. Open the enchanting table by right-clicking and place the item you want to enchant in the slot.
  3. Select one of the (up to three) available options.
  4. Perform the enchantment. Depending on the enchantment, a certain amount of lapis lazuli and the same amount of experience points will be used up, so you will lose a few levels.
  5. Take your shimmering enchanted item from the enchanting table.

You can choose enchantments depending on your experience level (up to a maximum of 30) and the placed bookshelves. If you build them one block away from the enchanting table, the experience level of spells will increase up to a maximum of 15 bookshelves. So, to get the most powerful enchantment, you need to be at least level 30 and have 15 bookshelves placed around the enchanting table.

Minecraft enchanting table
With a magic table you can enchant weapons, items, tools and much more.

The origin of the enchanting table language

The term “enchanting table language” is misleading, as it is neither a language nor do the characters originate from Minecraft. It is the “Standard Galactic Alphabet” from the “Commander Keen” game series, which appeared in the early nineties. Whether this is a loving homage, a nerdy easter egg, or brazen theft is up to your interpretation.

The principle behind the Standard Galactic Alphabet is the so-called monoalphabetic substitution. This means that each character is assigned to a letter in the alphabet and the words can be easily translated letter by letter. Conversely, it also means that the Standard Galactic Alphabet is a font and you can easily find it, if, for example, you want to send your Minecraft friends birthday cards in enchanting table language. You can also find some translators on

We hope we could help you in dealing with the enchanting table and wish you a lot of fun in mastering the mystical powers in Minecraft.

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