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Is it possible in minecraft to enchant a bow with an enchantment that was originally just for non-bows, such as looting?

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Short answer: No

Long answer: No, unless you have a mod.

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I like the difference between long/short. –  Joe the Person Feb 6 '12 at 17:53
Even that mod doesn't give things like looting. But it still looks cool. –  Pureferret Feb 7 '12 at 0:57
can answers be updated because this isn't correct anymore –  Flaunting Jul 20 '14 at 16:36

Yes. If you make an Enchanted Book you can add a non-bow enchantment. If you are in Creative mode, you can enchant a bow with any enchantment; if you are in Survival mode, however, you may only enchant it with Unbreaking.

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Would they take effect on the arrow launched or the bow used in meleé? –  Pureferret Feb 21 '13 at 12:13
I think it depends. For example, if you tried Knockback instead of Punch on a bow, it would work on melee hit. Not certain about Looting though. –  Unionhawk Feb 21 '13 at 21:25

Here is an easy way to do it on Creative mode, or Survival mode. (No Mod's Required)

1: You get an anvil, and in the first slot put the bow, and in the second slot put the enchanted book of looting there. Then you should have a bow enchanted with looting now. (The Image is from my Minecraft.)

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I think it can happen because of glitches - I had a bow with looting 3, without any mods installed.

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Did you enchant this bow, or get it from a skeleton? –  SevenSidedDie Sep 8 '12 at 20:53

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