Despite frequently fighting hostile mobs in Minecraft, you rarely do so underwater. That’s something the developers noticed back in February 2018 and changed with Java Edition 18w07c snapshot for Minecraft Java Edition 1.13, best known as “Update Aquatic.” Among a host of water-related things, the introduction of the Trident was among the most exciting items for fans. Since then, players recognize it as a powerful weapon, but one that’s extremely rare and brittle. That’s primarily why we decided to show you how to get a trident in Minecraft. Let’s commence.
1. Getting a Trident in Minecraft Survival Mode
There are 2 ways to get a Trident in Minecraft Survival Mode:
The only way to obtain a Trident naturally is by looting a dead Drowned, common hostile underwater zombie mob. However, only 15% (Bedrock Edition) or 6.25% (Java Edition) Drowned spawn with a Trident as their natural weapon. Furthermore, a Drowned only has an 8.5% chance of dropping a Trident. This increases by 1% for every level of the Looting enchantment on your weapon, up to 11.5% with “Looting III”.
Where can I find Drowned?
Drowned can appear as a result of:
- Spawning. They spawn in groups of 2 to 4 in all Ocean biomes except warm ocean at a light level 7 or lower and River biomes.
- Ocean. They usually spawn at a Y coordinate of 68 or lower or at least 6 blocks underneath sea level. Additionally, they might spawn inside ocean ruin structures.
- River. Drowned can spawn in rivers of any depth, but the chance increases in a body of water of 2 blocks or higher.
- Conversion. After a zombie swims with its head submerged for more than 30 seconds, it converts into a Drowned. However, converted Drowned can’t carry or drop a Trident.
2. Using a /give command
For this method to work, players must enable Minecraft cheats. Then, they need to enter one of the Minecraft commands, specifically the /give command for Trident:
- Playing Java Edition for PC/Mac version 1.13-1.17? The command is as follows:
/give @p trident 1
- Using Java Edition for Mac/PC higher than 1.17 or any other version of Minecraft? Enter this command:
/give @p trident 1 0
Notable things about Minecraft Trident
Here are some things to keep in mind about a Trident in Minecraft:
- Drowned throws a Trident every 1.5 seconds (Java Edition) or has no attack cooldown (Bedrock Edition).
- Trident deals damage of 9 (4.5 ♥) in the melee range and 8 (4 ♥) in ranged attack at Normal Minecraft difficulty.
- You cannot pick up Tridents thrown by Drowned.
- You can press and hold to “charge” the Trident. When released, it flies similarly to an arrow in Minecraft. If it hits an entity, it bounces and falls nearby. If it hits a block, it gets stuck in it. You can pick up the Trident afterward.
- You can launch a Trident from a Dispenser.
- Trident expends 1 durability point when thrown, whether it hits an entity or not.
- Trident has the same durability as an Iron Sword.
- The weapon doesn’t slow down when thrown through water or lava.
- Trident held by a Drowned can have an enchantment (Java Edition only) but it doesn’t affect the mob.
- If a Drowned throws a Trident and kills a villager, it has a 0% (Easy difficulty), 50% (Normal), or 100% (Hard and Hardcore) chance of converting it into a zombie villager.
- Trident can damage the Ender Dragon resting on the bedrock fountain.
- Besides regular weapon enchantments in Minecraft, Trident can have 4 unique enchantments:
- Loyalty. The Trident will return to the player after throwing. This includes falling in lava (both versions) and thrown into the void (Bedrock Edition only).
- Riptide. The player standing in water or wearing Elytra during rainy or snowy weather is launched alongside a Trident. The launch distance increases with Riptide level (up to 3). If a player hits a mob, it deals splash damage.
- Channeling. Trident summons a lightning bolt during a thunderstorm, but only when hitting a player or a mob standing in the rain.
- Impaling. Trident deals 2.5 extra damage (1.25 ♥) per hit against aquatic mobs (Java Edition) or all mobs and players in contact with water (Bedrock Edition).