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What is the maximum amount of damage that can be inflicted using a melee weapon with universal enchantments (such as Sharpness V or Fire Aspect), while doing a critical hit, without using cheats or exploits?

I'm using Minecraft Java Edition in 1.16.5.

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Sharpness V on a Netherite axe hitting a critical hit deals 18 damage.

If you'd like to count fire damage you could use a Netherite sword with sharpness V and Fire Aspect II for critical hit damage of 15 and total damage after the burn damage of 22. (Fire Aspect II does total damage of 7)

In the Bedrock version, it's a Netherite sword with sharpness hitting a critical hit for 22.875 damage. + Fire Aspect to a total of 29.875 damage.

You can find the different damage bonuses on Sharpness, which applies to any mob: https://minecraft.wiki/w/Sharpness

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    In java, being under the effects of a Strength II Potion would increase the damage by 6.
    – Nick S
    Commented Oct 11, 2021 at 16:53

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