This Minecraft tutorial explains the Channeling enchantment with screenshots and step-by-step instructions.


The Channeling enchantment can be added to a trident. With this enchantment, your trident will summon a lightning bolt at a mob if you throw the trident and it hits the mob (while its standing in the rain).

TIP #1: The trident will only summon a lightning bolt if it is raining and the mob has open sky above it.

TIP #2: Switch your weather to “rain and thunder” when you wish to use the channeling enchantment to summon a lightning bolt at a mob.

You can add the Channeling enchantment to any trident using an enchanting table, anvil, or game command. Then throw the enchanted trident at a mob in the rain, and watch a lightning bolt strike the mob just after the trident hits it.

The maximum level for the Channeling enchantment is Level 1. This means that you can only enchant a trident with up to Channeling I, and nothing higher for this enchantment.


Enchantment Name Channeling
Min Level Level 1 (Channeling I)
Max Level Level 1 (Channeling I)
Description Summons a lightning bolt at a mob if you throw the trident and it hits the mob (while its standing in the rain)
Applies To Tridents
How to add Enchantment 1. Enchanting Table
2. Anvil
3. /enchant command

Incompatible Enchantments

In Minecraft, the Channeling enchantment can not be combined with the following enchantments:

  • Riptide

Items to Enchant with Channeling

In Minecraft, you can enchant the following items with Channeling:

How to make an Enchanted Book
How to make a Trident

Hold the Enchanted Trident

Once you have a trident that is enchanted with Channeling, find a mob in the rain that you want to target (you need to be in a biome that is raining). Then hold the enchanted trident in your hand and aim the trident like you would a bow.

In this tutorial, we want to use Channeling on a creeper and summon a lightning bolt at it.

Now throw the trident like you would shoot an arrow from your bow.

Once the trident hits the mob, a lightning bolt will be summoned and also strike the mob. In this tutorial, we have thrown the trident at a creeper. Now the creeper will be struck with lightning and if it doesn’t die, it will turn into a charged creeper.

Make sure you pick up your trident afterwards so that you can use it again.

TIP: Add the Loyalty enchantment to your trident so the trident always returns!

Congratulations, you just learned all about the Channeling enchantment in Minecraft.

Enchantment ID and Name

Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac)

In Minecraft, Channeling has the following enchantment ID and Name values:

(Minecraft ID Name)
Max Level ID Version
I 68 1.13
  • Enchantment is what the enchantment is called and (Minecraft ID Name) is the string value used in the /enchant command.
  • Max Level is the maximum level that you can apply for this enchantment.
  • Minecraft ID is the Internal number for the enchantment.
  • Platform is the platform that applies.
  • Version is the Minecraft version number that the enchantment was introduced for the name and ID, if applicable.

Enchant Command for Channeling

Enchant Command in Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac)

Channeling I:

/enchant @p channeling 1

Channeling II:

/enchant @p channeling 2

Channeling III:

/enchant @p channeling 3

See more examples of how to use the /enchant command.

Other Enchantments

There are other enchantments in Minecraft such as:

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