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Minecraft — How to Get and Apply Armor Trims

Make your armor look cooler with the help of our guide on how to get and apply Armor Trims in Minecraft.

Armor Trims are special smithing templates that allow Minecraft players to customize the appearance of their armor. There are 16 Armor Trims in Minecraft 1.20, and each offers a specific pattern that can be applied to every piece of armor using ingots or crystals. Our guide will show you how to get and apply Armor Trims in Minecraft, alongside with tips on how to duplicate them.

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How to Get Armor Trims in Minecraft

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Tide Armor Trim drops only from one mob in Minecraft, and that’s Elder Guardian. Although you don’t need to kill him to drop the trim, the chance is only 20%. That’s why the best and safest way to obtain Armor Trims in Minecraft is to get them from the treasure chests at the following structures:

  • Ancient City:
    • Silence Armor Trim (1.2%)
    • Ward Armor Trim (5%)
  • Bastion Remnant:
    • Netherite Upgrade (10%)
    • Snout Armor Trim (8.3%)
  • Desert Temple:
    • Dune Armor Trim (14.3%)
  • End City:
    • Spire Armor Trim (6.7%)
  • Jungle Temple:
    • Wild Armor Trim (33.3%)
  • Nether Fortress:
    • Rib Armor Trim (6.7%)
  • Ocean Monument:
    • Tide Armor Trim (20%)
  • Pillager Outpost:
    • Sentry Armor Trim (25%)
  • Shipwreck:
    • Coast Armor Trim (16.7%)
  • Stronghold:
    • Eye Armor Trim (100%)
  • Trail Ruins (suspicious gravel):
    • Wayfinder Armor Trim (8.3%)
    • Shaper Armor Trim (8.3%)
    • Host Armor Trim (8.3%)
    • Raiser Armor Trim (8.3%)
  • Woodland Mansion:
    • Vex Armor Trim (50%)

As you see, the highest chance of getting the Armor Trim is to raid the Strongholds, as they’ll always have the Eye Armor Trim. But in my experience, the best looking one is the Sentry Armor Trim with a pretty high chance of getting it from the Pillager Outposts.

How to Duplicate Armor Trims

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Did you know that you could double the amount of any Armor Trim using a special crafting recipe? Here are the ingredients that I used for crafting the duplicates of the Armor Trims:

  • 7 Diamonds
  • 1 Armor Trim
  • 1 Stone Block

The stone block, which is placed in the center of the 3×3 crafting menu, can be one of the following types:

  • Netherrack (Rib Armor Trim, Netherite Upgrade)
  • Cobblestone (Coast Armor Trim, Sentry Armor Trim, Vex Armor Trim)
  • Sandstone (Dune Armor Trim)
  • End Stone (Eye Armor Trim)
  • Terracotta (Raiser Armor Trim, Shaper Armor Trim, Host Armor Trim, Wayfinder Armor Trim)
  • Cobbled Deepslate (Ward Armor Trim, Silence Armor Trim)
  • Blackstone (Snout Armor Trim)
  • Purpur Block (Spire Armor Trim)
  • Prismarine (Tide Armor Trim)
  • Mossy Cobblestone (Wild Armor Trim)

How to Apply Armor Trims in Minecraft

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Armor Trims can be applied at a Smithing Table, which can be found inside toolsmith houses in any village. I used three ingredients to upgrade each of the four pieces of armor, including:

  • 1 Armor Trim
  • 1 Armor Piece
  • 1 Ingot or Crystal

Note that ingots and crystals add their corresponding colors to the armor piece patterns, including:

  • Emerald
  • Amethyst Shard
  • Copper Ingot
  • Gold Ingot
  • Iron Ingot
  • Netherite Ingot
  • Redstone Dust
  • Diamond
  • Nether Quartz
  • Lapis Lazuli

That’s everything you need to know on how to get and apply Armor Trims in Minecraft. Stay tuned for more Minecraft tips and tricks articles right here.

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Serhii is the Writer at GameSkinny. He's been writing for GameSkinny since 2015. Before that, he's been writing for various outlets and playing video games, which eventually turned into a passion. The video games that have contributed the most to his enthusiasm for writing about this industry are Magic: The Gathering, Dark Souls, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.