I have a bow that has Power IV, Flame II, Punch II, and Infinity I, and also it's renamed. According to the wiki, that has a base value of 38. Since the max level is 39, that would mean practically anything I want to do is above the max. Is there any way to repair it?

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    Just for future reference, it gets more and more expensive to repair an item every time you repair it with an anvil. However, if you re-name items, this penalty is removed. Remember to name your tools early to keep the repair costs low. – IQAndreas Aug 6 '13 at 19:10
  • @IQAndreas, is that a bug or intended behavior? – Shoe Aug 6 '13 at 20:26
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    @IQAndreas Clarification: once you rename an item the penalty is reset. It doesn't matter how many times an item was repaired before it was renamed; it's merely that every repair (but the first) you do before renaming is more expensive than it would have been if you renamed it first. – Kevin Reid Aug 7 '13 at 3:14

You can repair the bow without using an anvil, but you'd lose the enchantments. I'm afraid that without mods you won't be able to repair your bow, use it wisely :-(

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    There is Better Anvils for 1.5.2 that does exactly and only this, but who knows when it will update for 1.6.2. – SevenSidedDie Aug 6 '13 at 15:54
  • man sorry, but repairing a bow and losing it's enchants is absolutely useless as it becomes totally different item. This should have been a comment and not an answer – Vitas Mar 13 at 22:12

As fredley stated, you cannot repair it in game. But since you asked for ANY way to repair it, you could use NBTExplorer to set the damage of your bow to 0.

Simple open the level.dat file inside the folder of your world with NBTExplorer and klick Search->Find. Tick the two checkboxes and search for name:"id" and value:"261".

This will quickly show your bow, now you just have double-click "Damage" and enter 0.

That's it, your bow is saved ;) ( btw: that's an awesome bow! )

Little Showcase

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    If you're willing to use this method, you may as well set it to a high negative value, so that it lasts even longer. – Unionhawk Aug 8 '13 at 3:10
  • High negative or low negative? The highest negative is -1 (or, arguably, 0). – Konerak May 30 '14 at 8:40
  • Low negative, say -1000. If you use the bow once, the damage will be -999, so you can use it very often without draining the damage-bar on it. – Lars May 30 '14 at 15:24

As of 1.9, you can get the Mending enchantment, which repairs it automatically while getting experience. Be careful though, this is a treasure enchantment, so you may only get it only through fishing, buying from villagers, or from chests in Generated Structures.

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If you are willing to cheat, (And it's on single player) just click open to LAN and turn on cheats, then do "/gamemode 1" then you can repair it for free.

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