Easiest way to get silk touch?

#1nazacuckooPosted 4/9/2012 1:16:23 PM
I'm going to build a secret underground base to hopefully stop people stealing my stuff,
and I'm going to try build a farm down there.

Because building a grass stairs down to my base would be hard and would
easily let everyone know where my base is, what is the easiest way to get silk touch?

Do I need a certain amount of bookshelves?

Do I have to have a certain level to get it?

Is it easier to get for a certain tool?

Or is it completely random?

I know it is random to some extent, but is it COMPLETELY random,
or is there some way to increase your chances?

I also don't care what strength the enchantment is

(for example: Unbreaking I, Unbreaking II)


Anyways, any way I can increase my chances?
#2AROCK86Posted 4/9/2012 1:34:25 PM
Good luck. Silk touch is the most rare enchantment you can get on a pick. I've been trying since enchantments were put in the game and have still never got it (although I haven't tried in a while). It's random, and if your luck is as bad as mine, you're in for a long ride.

I think your odds are better if you spend at least 25 levels or more. Higher the level, the higher your chance basically.

Gold tools have better chance because they have higher "enchantability", but they wear out a lot quicker than diamond.

If all you want is to spread grass, it's also worth noting that you can use pistons to push grass blocks. I've done that before.
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#3TuxedoCyanPosted 4/9/2012 1:39:49 PM
Level 50 enchant has the best chance of getting silk touch, period. On a diamond tool, that's 14% chance. On a Iron tool, lvl 50 enchant, 14.3% chance.

http://pernsteiner.org/minecraft/enchant/leveltables/index.html
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#4nazacuckoo(Topic Creator)Posted 4/9/2012 1:41:23 PM
AROCK86 posted...
Good luck. Silk touch is the most rare enchantment you can get on a pick. I've been trying since enchantments were put in the game and have still never got it (although I haven't tried in a while). It's random, and if your luck is as bad as mine, you're in for a long ride.

I think your odds are better if you spend at least 25 levels or more. Higher the level, the higher your chance basically.

Gold tools have better chance because they have higher "enchantability", but they wear out a lot quicker than diamond.

If all you want is to spread grass, it's also worth noting that you can use pistons to push grass blocks. I've done that before.






Thanks man, I think I will either use the stairs idea, or the piston idea

I will try enchant a gold pick though, but I'm not going to get my hopes up :)
#5TuxedoCyanPosted 4/9/2012 1:43:40 PM
Iron and wood picks have the best chance to get silk touch. That whole "gold has the best chance to get enchantments" thing isn't entirely true.
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#6Suffer_NotPosted 4/9/2012 1:50:51 PM
http://pernsteiner.org/minecraft/enchant/tables/Silk_1.html

Based on the table, it would take approximately 19 gold pickaxes if you enchant them at level 14 before one of them had Silk Touch. While that is more than twice as many as it would take enchanting at level 50, it is much easier to grind to level 14 20 times than it is to grind to level 50 8 times.
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#7TuxedoCyanPosted 4/9/2012 1:55:41 PM(edited)
I'd rather just try getting it in one shot then trying 20 times. I'd also just use diamond or iron instead of gold. I've gotten silk touch a bunch of times on my SSP map, using diamond picks. Although, I have a blaze xp farm that gives me 50 levels in about an hour.
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#8PaskyPosted 4/9/2012 2:14:33 PM
Backup your world before you enchant and just keep repeating ti'll you get it :P.
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#9PlatinumShadow7Posted 4/9/2012 2:19:18 PM
Pasky posted...
Backup your world before you enchant and just keep repeating ti'll you get it :P.

Since he doesn't want to easily give up where his base is, I am thinking he is on a server.
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#10AROCK86Posted 4/9/2012 2:26:50 PM(edited)
TuxedoCyan posted...
Iron and wood picks have the best chance to get silk touch. That whole "gold has the best chance to get enchantments" thing isn't entirely true.

http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Enchanting

Not according to the wiki. All tools start off with a base enchantability.

Gold = 22
Iron = 14
Wood = 15
Stone = 5
Diamond = 10.

I believe this number is added to the level you spend to help decide what you get. So technically I still think gold should be better, unless the wiki is outdated.

That being said, I still think you'd be better off to just enchant a diamond pick as I doubt those few extra points will matter THAT much.
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