Minecraft is a fantastic adventure game that you never get tired of. And if you’ve been playing Minecraft for a while, you know that bows are an essential tool for survival. But sometimes, even the most durable bows will break and need to be repaired.

But worry not as all you need is a little bit of know-how and you’ll be able to fix your bow in no time.

There are three ways to repair a bow in Minecraft – using an anvil, grindstone, or a crafting table. And in this post, I’ll give you a breakdown of each method.

How To Repair A Bow In Minecraft Using An Anvil?

An anvil is one of those must-have tools in Minecraft. Besides repairing damaged weapons and tools in your inventory, the anvil is used to rename and upgrade items in your game inventory.

And most importantly, you can quickly fix an enchanted bow using an anvil.

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But what if you don’t have it in your game inventory? Don’t worry; in that case, you can craft an anvil for your game inventory. 

How To Craft An Anvil? 

It would help if you searched your inventory for the necessary resources to create an anvil. You’ll need at least 4 iron ingots and 3 iron blocks to craft an anvil and repair your Minecraft bow. 

Follow the steps below to begin crafting an anvil:

  • Open a 3×3 grid crafting table.
  • Now, move the iron blocks into the first row using the mouse. Then, drag an iron ingot onto the second row’s center. Finally, drag and drop the three remaining iron ingots onto the final row.
  • Tada! you now have a fully functional anvil. Drag the anvil to your inventory and drop it there.

Repairing A Bow With An Anvil

Now we have successfully crafted an anvil, let us now look at how a bow is repaired by using an anvil. You have almost completed half of the repair work by creating the anvil. The next steps are easy to follow, and you can get your enchanted bow repaired.

Repairing A Bow With An Anvil
  • First, in your Minecraft tools section, select the anvil. Drag the bow into the first available position.
  • Then, drag and drop the bow repair component into the second available slot.
  • Wait a while, and you can see the anvil will repair your bow without destroying its enchantment. 

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I like this method most because it gives you a durable enchanted bow by combining two bows. 

How To Repair A Bow In Minecraft Using Grindstone? 

The second way to repair a bow in minecraft is by using a grindstone. Similar to an anvil, grindstone is also an item that can be crafted if you don’t have one.

If you are not sure how you can craft your own Grindstone by now, follow these steps

How To Craft A Grindstone

First of all, you will need some materials to craft a grindstone, these are: 

  • A stone slab
  • Two oak plants
  • Two sticks

After that, head onto the 3×3 grid’s crafting table. Use the drag-and-drop method to place crafting materials. A grindstone will be created on the right. This created Grindstone can be added to your inventory by dragging it.

Repairing A Bow With Gridstone

After you have crafted a grindstone, all you are left to do is repair the bow. To repair the bow, you need to: 

How To Repair A Bow In Minecraft Using Grindstone
  • Place two bows on the grindstone slots. Use the inventory to access the Grindstone.
  • Drag and drop the broken bow into the upper slot and another bow into the lower slot.
  • Tada! You can see on the right there is a repaired bow. Drag that bow into the inventory.

Yes, it’s that simple!

How To Repair A Bow In Minecraft Using A Crafting Table?

The third way to repair a damaged bow in Minecraft is using a crafting table which is quite similar to the second method. To do this, you must have a crafting table in your inventory.

If you don’t have a crafting table, don’t worry, you can create one using woodblocks. You will need a minimum of 4 woodblocks to create a crafting table.

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Let us now take a look at how to craft a table.

  • Open your inventory and place all four woodblocks in the crafting part of the 2×2 grid by dragging and dropping.
  • On the right side of the crafting section is a ready-to-use crafting table.
  • The final step is to drag the resulting table to your inventory.
How To Repair A Bow In Minecraft Using A Crafting Table

Similar to the second method, you now have to use two bows to repair the damaged bow. You will be combining them and it repairs a substantial, durable bow on the crafting table. 

First, head onto the 3×3 grid’s crafting table. After that, drag and drop two standard bows next to one another in the crafting section.

On the right a repaired bow will appear which has better durability and stats. The final step is to drag the completed bow from the crafting table to your inventory. 


What can you do with a bow in Minecraft?

You can be more tactical with your bow. You can attack the enemy from a long distance and be out of their weapons range.

Why do the bows break in Minecraft? 

Bows break because of extensive usage. In Minecraft, every item and weapon in your inventory has a specific hit point. When you keep using an item, you reach its hit point. Once an item reaches the hit point, it will break, which is the end of the durability assigned to it. But you don’t have to worry about breaking your bow now, as I have taught you how to repair your bows.

What to do if you cannot repair your bow as it says, “too expensive”?

There is no point in repairing the bow as it is beyond economical repair. At this point, you should build a new unenchanted bow and later enchant it with the items you have in your inventory. 

What is the limit of repairing a bow in Minecraft? 

When you combine an enchanted bow (or bows) with an anvil to fix a bow, the repair cost rises. You can no longer do it if it costs more than 39 to repair. You get six anvil uses, including future repairs and enchanting the item by combining books and materials.

Final Thoughts 

And there you have it – that’s how to repair a bow in Minecraft. As you can see, it’s an easy process once you have the necessary materials. Just follow one of the three methods we outlined in this article and you should have a working bow in no time.