How to Repair a Bow in Minecraft (Using an Anvil or Grindstone)

This guide will explain how to repair a Bow in Minecraft using three different methods. However, which technique you choose will depend on your situation. Before continuing, you must pick the one that works for you. 👇

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How Do You Repair Tools in Minecraft?

There are many ways of repairing tools in Minecraft, whether a bow, pickaxe, armor, shovel, or anything else. The first and most popular method involves using an Anvil. Here, you can combine the tool with its respective ore/block to increase its durability by 25%. For example, you can add 1 Diamond to a Diamond Chestplate. Otherwise, you can repair your bow without an anvil using a Grindstone (more about both methods below).

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Can Anvils Repair Bows?

A common Minecraft Myth is that bows can only be repaired using Grindstones — in reality, players can fix their bows using Anvils too. However, it’s different from repairing standard tools like Pickaxes and Armor. In fact, you should prioritize this method because grindstones will remove any enchantments.

How to Repair a Bow in Minecraft with an Anvil

Follow these steps to repair your bow with an anvil in Minecraft Java and Bedrock Edition:

  1. Craft a new and undamaged bow at the crafting table.
  2. Click on the anvil.
  3. Place the damaged bow into the leftmost slot and the undamaged bow to its right.
  4. Collect the fixed bow from the rightmost slot.
How to Repair a Bow in Minecraft with an Anvil

How Do You Repair a Bow With a Grindstone in Minecraft?

Follow these steps to repair your bow with a grindstone in Minecraft Java and Bedrock Edition:

  1. Craft a second and undamaged bow.
  2. Click on the grindstone.
  3. Place the damaged bow into the top slot and the undamaged bow beneath it.
  4. Collect your newly fixed bow from the right slot (next to the arrow).
How Do You Repair a Bow With a Grindstone in Minecraft?

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Can You Repair an Enchanted Bow on a Grindstone?

Although you can repair an enchanted bow using a grindstone, we highly suggest otherwise; unless the bow is cursed. Grindstones have two tasks: repair and disenchant. As such, fixing any enchanted item will remove the enchantments. Instead, it would be best if you used an Anvil.

Minecraft Bow Repair Cost

The cost of repairing your bow will increase every time it’s used at an anvil. At the start, it will be cheap to enchant and fix. After a while, it can cost a lot. However, the maximum number of experience points needed is capped at 40. 

Minecraft Bow Repair Cost

How Do You Fix a Bow That Says Too Expensive?

As anvils are capped at level 40, anything above it will appear with the message “too expensive”. To fix this issue, you must disenchant your bow at the grindstone. There bug that involves renaming the item to bypass this used to exist in Minecraft Java Edition. However, it has since been patched by the developers.


This guide explained how to repair a box in Minecraft. We explored two methods: using a grindstone and an anvil. Whether you are on Minecraft Java Edition or Minecraft Bedrock Edition, you would have learnt everything about fixing your bow. 

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