What does the pipeline do in Minecraft?


What does the pipeline do in Minecraft?

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Enchanting is a big part of Minecraft, especially in Survival mode. Earning enchantments on your weapons and armor allows you to traverse the realms more freely, with less fear of death and harm. Some enchantments allow you to have infinite arrows on a bow, have infinite use of a tool without it breaking, or even walk on water! In this article, we’ll discuss the Minecraft channeling enchantment, from what it actually does to how you can get it.

What is channeling?

what is channeling

Channeling is a trident enchantment that allows you to summon lightning to attack a crowd. It was introduced to the game in Aquatic Update 1.13. Channeling is a powerful enchantment in Minecraft, but it does have some drawbacks.

Pros and cons

The main advantage of this Minecraft enchantment is how powerful it is. Most mobs you hit will end up dead in a maximum of two hits with a channeling trident. It is also one of the only ways to force Charged Creepers to spawn in Survival Minecraft. But it has its limits.

You can only use this charm during thunderstorms and you need to be outside. It cannot be used underground due to this. It also cannot be used in water. However, even with these limitations, channeling is still a great enchantment.

Get a trident to channel

Getting a trident

Before you can even consider using this enchantment, you must first obtain a Trident. Tridents are an item that cannot be crafted in Minecraft and are also not found in chests or from villagers. The only way to get a trident without using commands or activating creative mode is through drowning.

Only Drowned holding a Trident can throw a Trident, and according to the minecraft wiki, only 15% of the drowned in Bedrock Edition (reduced to 6.25% in Java) appear with a Trident in hand. From there, there’s only an 8.5% chance that the Drowned will drop the Trident when killed, meaning the chances of getting one are extremely low. However, you can slightly increase the odds by using a Looting III enchanted sword when you kill them, which increases the chance of the Trident dropping by an additional 3%.

If you look into how to do a Drowned Farm, this is another way you can even out the odds of getting a Trident a bit. Drowned people can be found in all bodies of water, specifically oceans and rivers. Farming drowned in rivers is recommended as it is a smaller radius with faster spawns.

How to get the channeling enchantment

How to get the pipeline

Once you have your trident, it’s time to enchant it! You can get Channeling in different ways. Since it’s an enchantment, you can get it simply by placing a pitchfork on a full 15-shelf enchantment table.

You may have to recycle enchantments a few times before the channel appears, this is where having a Grindstone comes in handy, you can disenchant the Trident and get some XP in the process, but it’s all down to luck really.

If you are patient with it, you will eventually get it as an option. You can also get it from minecart and dungeon chests, as well as buying it from Librarian Villagers. You can find it in other non-village chests scattered throughout the Overworld.

Uses for channeling

There are a few different uses for pipeline. The main use is to attack other mobs, so it is used as an offensive attack. If you have a Lightning Rod placed and aim a Channeling Pitchfork at it, lighting will always be invoked.

However, channeling has different effects on different mobs. Depending on which mob you hit with the enchantment, you can change the physiology of the mob dramatically:

  • Pigs with him will turn him into a Zombified Piglins
  • The villagers will become witches
  • Mooshrooms will turn to their opposite color (Red to Brown and vice versa)
  • Creepers will become Charged Creepers

Channeling is one of those enchantments that you can really play around with and experiment with to see what kind of effects it will have on the world around you!

What enchantments work well with channeling?

What enchantments work well with channeling

As with all enchantments in the game, channeling can be combined with other enchantments to make it even more powerful.

The best enchantments that work well with channeling are Mending which allows you to repair your tool with XP so it doesn’t break, Unbreaking which lengthens the tool’s durability and takes longer to break, Loyalty which makes the trident reroll. ti like a boomerang, and Impale, which causes the trident to deal extra damage.

When you combine these enchantments, you’ll be equipped with a really good weapon in your arsenal. However, it’s important to note that if you have the Riptide enchantment on your trident, you can’t combine it with Channeling.

This is similar to having the Infinity Enchantment on a bow and not being able to use Mending. Having limitations on enchantment combinations keeps the game fair, and while these enchantments make the game easier, it’s still a challenge to play…and that makes it fun!


Overall, the Minecraft Channeling enchantment, while limited in where and when it can be used, is a very good enchantment if you have a Trident in your inventory. It’s one of those enchantments that allows you to play around with your surroundings, while also providing protection from hostile mobs.

Because thunderstorms are so rare in the world of Minecraft, it gives you something to look forward to when one shows up.

However, be careful when throwing channeling tridents at Creepers and make sure that if you do, you have good armor, or you may regret it… or you may enjoy it, depending on your play style!

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