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The Curse of Vanishing Minecraft Explained 2021

by James Parker
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Minecraft is a popular addictive game among youngsters. Several tricks and tips can help an aspiring player achieve their gaming goals. The curse of vanishing is an enchantment which was added to one of the updates on Minecraft. A few enchantments can help the player in achieving victory, whereas a few others are just trouble makers.

The curse of vanishing on Minecraft is one such trouble-maker. When this enchantment is applied on any weapon, it disappears after death and makes it impossible to loot the weapon. This is one of the rare curses and is not easily obtained. The curse is available just in one level and can be found extensively on specific places in the game. As mentioned above, the curse of vanishing was included in the game only in the exploration update.

Until then players did not have to worry about losing their loots. Of the two negative enchantments, the curse of vanishing appears to be relatively easy to handle when compared to the Curse of Binding. If you are a beginner who is interested in knowing about the intricacies of Minecraft, then here is all you need to know about the curse of vanishing. 

Platforms on which the curse is available 


The curse of vanishing is not available on all platforms, as it was made available in the recent update. Currently, the curse is available on most platforms that gamers use. This includes the Java version 1.11 on both PC as well as Mac. It is also available on Xbox 360, Xbox, PS3, PS4 and Nintendo Switch which are extensive gaming platforms. The curse of vanishing is also supported on the Windows 10 edition. However, the curse is not supported on the education edition. 

What items can we enchant with the curse of vanishing?

the curse of vanishing

When you apply the cruse of vanishing on a tool or weapon, the enchanted weapon disappears after the death of the player. The curse can be applied to almost every weapon on Minecraft. You can enchant the tool using an enchanting table, an anvil or even using a game command. Usually, when a player dies on Minecraft, the tools or weapons are dropped which can be picked up. But when it is cursed, the tool disappears. One can apply the curse of vanishing on the armours, tools as well as weapons. This includes tridents, swords, bows, shovels, hoes, fishing rods, helmets, leggings, shields, boots, elytra, etc., Whatever be the cursed object, the object vanishes or disappears after the death of the player. 

What does the curse of vanishing do?

A player can apply the curse of vanishing to any tool, weapon or armour in the game. Doing so vanishes or hides the cursed object after the death of the player. There are several ways with which one can apply the curse of vanishing. The maximum level for applying the enchantment of vanishing is 1. Nothing higher can be applied to this enchantment. 

How to find the vanishing enchantment book?

The cruse of vanishing is one of the rarest enchantment books in the Minecraft world. However, there are ways in which one can obtain the book. The first and simplest way is trading. To do this, one has to set up a few bookcases and a lectern. You’d hold also get a village librarian who would trade the curse of vanishing enchantment book. The more you involve in transactions with the village librarian, more options start unlocking. This means you have greater chances of acquiring the curse of vanishing enchantment.

Alternatively, you can also find this enchantment book in the chests of Temples and Dungeons. However, this is difficult when compared to trading for obtaining the curse of vanishing enchantment. You can also find the curse of vanishing enchantment book while you fish. But here again, the probability of finding the enchantment book is very low. You can use the command /enchant @p (player name) vanishing_curse 11, to get the curse. However, this would spoil the thrill and enjoyment you would get from the game. 

How to use the curse of vanishing enchantment on an item?

vanishing enchantment on an item

To apply the curse to any object, you will need to have, an anvil, the enchantment book and an item you wish to apply the curse on. To perform the curse open the enchantment book. Place the item that you wish to curse and the enchantment book inside the anvil. Now, when you place the item back in the inventory, you can notice that the item has been cursed. When a player dies, the cursed item doesn’t have to be worn to disappear. Even if it is present in the inventory, upon the death of the player, the item automatically disappears. You can use it against your enemy to make sure that he gains no loots after your death. The curse could be both a boon and a bane. It depends on the situation on which the player is and the item that is cursed.  

How to remove the curse of vanishing minecraft?

At times you might want to remove the curse you had put on. This could be due to several reasons. Most people who have used this curse on their tools don’t know how to take it away. If you are stuck with one such situation, then here is the answer. 

1. Grindstone 


This is a simple, yet an overpriced method of removing the curse. When an object is placed in the grindstone, it removes whatever curses and enchantments are inflicted on the tool. If you are ready to give up on all the good enchantments, then you can readily go ahead with this method to remove the curse of vanishing from your cursed tool. Alternatively, there is another method that you can use to remove just the curse. To do this, place the cursed item on the bottom-most row of the grindstone. By doing this, the curse is removed from the item. However, a few users have reported this method to be ineffective for removing the curse. Even if you face similar issues, then here are a few other alternatives that you can try to remove the curse from your tools and armours. 

2. The inventory trick

The inventory trick

To use this method to remove the curse, the player must have an inventory. If you don’t have one, then you cannot use this method. You can try the other alternatives instead. This is one of the simple, easy and less time-consuming trick. This trick was also found to work effectively in a few versions. However, if you have an inventory, you can always try this trick to take away the curse. Keep inventory open and go to the game-rule option. Once inside, change the option to True. That is all you need to do. Now, visit again and check if the curse has been removed. 

3. Crafting table

Crafting table

This is yet another method that one can use to obtain the cursed item back without any curse and without losing the item. To use this method, you will need a crafting table and the exact copy of the cursed item, i.e., You need to have a cursed copy of the cursed item. Now, all you need to do is, place both the cursed and uncurled item on to the crafting table. Doing so will heal the cursed item. This will help you regain the cursed item back without losing it. This is one of the recommended methods for those who wish to get back cursed tools and armour. However, if you do not have a copy of the cursed item, you will have to create one again to make this trick work. 


1. Is the curse of vanishing good?

The curse of vanishing can be good or bad, depending on the situation in which the player is. It could be used against your enemies by preventing them from looting your tools and armour after the death of the player.

2. Is there any way to remove curses in Minecraft?

There are a few methods that one can use to remove curses in Minecraft. This includes the grindstone and crafting table, wherein an uncursed copy of the cursed material is used to cure or heal the cursed item. 

3. Does the curse of vanishing work with keep inventory?

The curse of vanishing, when applied on an object stays even when the player does not use or wear the object. When a player dies, even if the tool is present in the inventory, it remains cursed. Players, who wish to take away the curse, can also make a few changes in the settings to remove the curse. 

4. What are the rarest enchantments in Minecraft?

There are several rare enchantments in Minecraft of which, looting, treasure based enchantments, Soul speed III, the curse of vanishing and curse of binding are known to be the rarest. Of these, the curse of enchantment and the curse of Binding are dangerous and annoying to most players.


Minecraft is an addictive and most-loved game by pro-gamers. There are several tricks and techniques that expert gamers use to keep themselves on. The Minecraft curse of vanishing is both a boon and a bane. You can use it to avenge enemies or in a few cases, you might end up stuck with the curse.

The curse of vanishing Minecraft was introduced recently, which is why even pro-gamers don’t have a clear idea on how to escape the curse. By understanding the intricacies of the curse, gamers can use it to their benefit. The above-mentioned tips and tricks are tried and tested. This will help the player to obtain the curse of vanishing or to break the curse if needed.

According to most players, the curse of binding is more annoying and difficult to play with, when compared with the curse of vanishing. If you are stuck with a phase, where the curse of vanishing is putting you into trouble, use the above-mentioned methods to break the curse and continue gaming. Alternatively, if you are looking for a chance to avenge your enemies then search or loot the curse of enhancements to achieve your target. 

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