I'm aware the anvil combines an item with its base materials to repair it. What are the base materials of chainmail so I can repair my Respiration I Chain Helm?

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You can repair a chain armor with iron ingots.

Here's the wiki paragraph:

Anvils can also repair a piece of armor using units of that armor's base material. Chain armor can be repaired in this manner by using iron ingots.


There are three different answers to this question:

  • For use in anvil repairing, iron ingots are used.
  • For use in crafting table repairing, another peice of the same armor must be used.
  • For use in crafting the armor, fire must be used (unobtainable in Survival).

To obtain Chainmail armor, one must either kill a mob wearing such armor or trade with villagers.

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    Actually, in crafting, another piece of the armor would be used to repair it, not fire; same for any other piece of armor repaired by crafting. You use the armor, not the material used when repairing by crafting.
    – Unionhawk
    Aug 18, 2013 at 0:53
  • @Unionhawk Forgot about that, I meant actual crafting of the armor. See the edit ^
    – Timtech
    Aug 19, 2013 at 13:15

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