Depth Strider is a useful enchantment that can go on your boots in Minecraft. It enhances your mobility underwater and allows you to walk without the movement penalty if your Depth Strider level is high enough. The maximum level of Depth Strider to obtain is level 3. If you plan on spending a lot of time underwater or you are facing difficult environments like an ocean monument, Depth Strider can be a blessing to help you clear it. This guide will show you exactly what Depth Strider does, the enchantment levels of Depth Strider, and the incompatibilities it has with other enchantments in Minecraft.
Quite simply, the Depth Strider enchantment makes you move faster in water. Its maximum level goes up to 3 and each level of Depth Strider will remove 1/3 of the movement penalty while in water.
It is an enchantment exclusive to boots. You will only be offered Depth Strider in an enchantment table if you place boots on the table. The higher the level of enchantment, the more likely your boots will obtain the enchantment you are looking for. However, it is only guaranteed if you see it offered on the table.
If you try to enchant another piece of armor with Depth Strider via an enchanted book, the game will simply not allow you to.
You can force it onto a piece of armor through commands, it will still work as intended through this method. By typing “/enchant @p depth_strider 3” with the item you want to hold selected in your Hotbar, you should be able to enchant any piece of armor with Depth Strider. Unfortunately, this does not seem to work in the Bedrock edition of Minecraft.
Wearing boots enchanted with Depth Strider allows you to walk underwater with less movement penalty. Removing the penalty is still slower than traveling on top of water with a boat, but having high movement speed underwater can be beneficial when you need items from the ocean.
There are 3 levels of Depth Strider that you can obtain. Depth Strider I, II, and III. Depth Strider I will remove 1/3 of the movement penalty, while Depth Strider III removes any penalty to moving in the water.
You cannot make a stronger Depth Strider move faster underwater. The enchantment simply does not go that high. In the below example, two Depth Strider III enchanted books are placed in an attempt to make Depth Strider IV. The game simply does not allow you to.
You cannot place the Depth Strider and the Frost Walker enchantments together on the same book or armor piece in Minecraft.
In the above example, a Depth Strider III enchanted book is attempted to be combined with Frost Walker II. This is the only incompatibility that Depth Strider has with another enchantment. In most situations, it is preferable to have Depth Strider, as Frost Walker does not compete well with the speed of a boat. Frost Walker also has the detriment of making it difficult to step into the water in the first place.
Depth Strider is a desirable enchantment, even if you do not spend too much time underwater. Being able to outrun hostile mobs underwater can be life-saving. If you do plan on spending a lot of time underwater it is nearly a necessity. Walking without impediment in the environment you are in can remove a lot of frustration.
Neither Depth Strider III nor Frost Walker II is faster than using a boat to traverse an ocean. This is most likely to give boats a use. Depth Strider III only makes it so you can walk the same speed underwater as you can on land. Frost Walker II makes it so you can create ice where you walk, but it does not work in conjunction with a boat.
This largely depends on your playstyle, but in most cases, it seems that Depth Strider is better. While Frost Walker prevents you from having to bob up and down on the water, Depth Strider simply removes the movement speed penalty. Sprinting and jumping with Frost Walker is faster than Depth Strider, but this is only beneficial in traveling long distances. Depth Strider provides a more consistent benefit.
Congratulations, you now know what to expect from the Depth Strider enchantment in Minecraft. This enchantment is very useful, especially if you are considering spending a lot of time underwater. It is an instrumental enchantment for survival players as it allows you to easily avoid danger while underwater. While it is not as fast as Frost Walker’s potential speed, Depth Strider is more universal. If you do not have Depth Strider on your boots, you should consider getting it one way or another.