I have diamond helmet/chest piece/legs with protection 2 or 3 on each one. I'm wondering if there's any point to wearing all at the same time or would I be better off just wearing one piece with the highest enchant and the rest regular, unenchanted, diamond?

  • none told you must to wear armor. Feb 26, 2012 at 18:03
  • The original question was not a duplicate, as it specifically asked about protection enchants. If protection enchants and fire protection enchants act the same, then I agree, this is a duplicate.
    – pfyon
    Mar 2, 2012 at 15:38
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    I am not saying this must be closed as a duplicate, but protection enchants in Minecraft work in the same way, only differing by protection level and damage types (specific enchantments, like Fire Protection, absorb a larger percentage of damage than generic Protection, but only of a single damage type).
    – Orc JMR
    Dec 26, 2014 at 4:18

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The protection enchantment only applies to that piece of armor, so while they don't "stack" with one piece affecting other pieces, wearing a full set of protection IV protects you more than wearing just one piece.

  • That sounds perfectly logical.
    – pfyon
    Feb 27, 2012 at 3:12
  • Is this still accurate? Sep 20, 2019 at 17:26
  • Yep. Also adding type-specific enchantments on the same piece of armor like blast protection IV + protection IV will protect you more than just protection IV. The total damage reduction from all of your armor + enchantments is capped at 80% of incoming damage.
    – Ken
    Sep 21, 2019 at 18:22

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