Gear is so important in a good dungeon crawler, and Minecraft Dungeons is no different. The game is full to the brim with randomized loot and newly generated items for you to loot and discover. But with so much loot all over the place, how do you separate the diamonds from the dirt blocks? Well, just read the rest of this post to see our full Minecraft Dungeons guide to properly gear your character.
Why do you need good gear and equipment in Minecraft Dungeons?
Gear and equipment are the two things that will either mean victory or defeat in your time playing Minecraft Dungeons. Further to that, making sure that you're fully equipped with the best available kit is paramount to inflicting the most possible damage to the armies of zombies and skeletons in your path. I mean, better gear = more damage. And more damage = higher chance of success. Pretty simple, right?
Where to get the best gear in Minecraft dungeons
There’s no absolute guaranteed way to get top tier gear in Minecraft Dungeons, but there are a few ways you can increase your chances of getting some of the better equipment the game has to offer. Replaying levels is a great way to find new loot since the loot in each level changes each time you play it. Simply doing this is a great way to not only get more XP and emeralds but will let you pick between different armor and weapons to see what best works for you.
You can also try out playing higher difficulty levels in order to take a chance at getting better rewards. Be careful though, if the recommended level is significantly higher than your current level, you might be fighting an uphill battle you’re bound to lose. Pick your battles, and jump into some higher difficulties when you feel confident enough.
Best Gear and Equipment in Minecraft Dungeons
Since all the loot and gear in Minecraft Dungeons is randomized every time you hop into a level, there’s no certifiable way to say what gear is the best. Because of this, you’ll need to pay close attention to your current loadout and stats to make sure you’re getting the most out of your character.
However, the following items are considered ‘unique’, and have special effects and properties that can’t be found in regular loot:
- Diamond Pickaxe
- Diamond Sword
- Nightmare’s Bite
- Twin Bow
- Guardian Bow
- The Green Menace
- The Pink Scoundrel
- Red Snake
- Highland Armor
- Archer’s Armor
- Fox Armor
To see if your gear is any good, open up the inventory screen and select a piece of your gear, whether it's a sword, bow, or a bit of amour. Make sure to see what the stats on each item is and compare them to the rest of your equipment. If the damage number is higher on a sword, for example, then you should be pretty safe using that sword until you get a better one.
That said, don’t blindly pick whatever item has the highest stats. Some items have more enchantment slots than others, and some enchantments might suit your playstyle better. It’s important to experiment with enchantments as you might find that you can sacrifice 10 damage points if it means you can have a combination of enchantments on the battlefield.
Pro Tips to remember when gearing in Minecraft Dungeons
- Compare gear. Don’t just pick a sword that looks cool or a bow that has the highest damage stat. If you really want to streamline your hero’s loadout, compare all of your gear and see which compliment your playstyle. Pay close attention to each item’s individual stats to find out which things in your inventory are worth getting rid of.
- Replay older levels to find more loot. Since all of the loot in Minecraft Dungeons is random, you might get lucky or unlucky on your first playthrough of a level. It's recommended that you go through previous stages to gain more XP and emeralds, but it's also a great way to try and find better gear before you continue on your journey.
Salvage your old, unused gear at the campsite. Don’t hoard items for sentimental value, get rid of them, and use the funds to upgrade your current equipment! Even if a sword has enchantments on it, you’ll get the enchantment points pack when you salvage it. You can’t sell any items in Dungeons, so salvaging is the best way to clear up inventory space and recycle your old materials.
- Each time you salvage a piece of kit you gain emeralds, so if you weren’t sure about salvaging before, you definitely should be interested now. You can salvage old equipment and get emeralds to spend on even better equipment. That’s a pretty good deal if you ask me.
- Make sure that you draw up the pros and cons of each piece of equipment. If a sword allows you to have more enchantments, then it might be worth using over a sword that has a couple of extra damage points. Sometimes the sword with the highest damage stats might not offer the extra punch of complimentary enchantments.
- Use up your emeralds as often as you’d like. Don’t keep the emeralds for a rainy day, you need good gear now! Emeralds are all over the place in Dungeons, and you’ll be able to quickly recoup any losses after a few levels. There’s plenty of gear and artifacts to be bought from the Wandering Trader and Blacksmith at your camp, so spend the emeralds and get yourself something good.