There are many potions you can make in Minecraft. They can help you do more damage or heal yourself. An essential potion to make would be swiftness potions as these can help you travel across the land faster and get away from danger. You can also turn them into splash potions to make mobs like horses move even faster.
Ingredients for Potion of Swiftness
- Three Water Bottles
- Blaze Powder
- Brewing Stand
- Nether Wart
To make a potion of swiftness you will need water bottles which you can make from glass. Dig up some sand and smelt it in your furnace to make glass. You will need three pieces of glass to make three glass bottles. To fill these bottles with water, simply hold them in your hand and right click any water source.
Sugar is made by crafting sugarcane into sugar. Just place your sugarcane into a crafting menu and you can turn that sugarcane into sugar.
Blaze powder is needed to fuel your brewing stand. The brewing stand will not brew potions without fuel.
Obviously to brew potions you will need a brewing stand. This part is tricky because you have to find blaze to get the blaze rod you need.
Finally, you will need nether wart. Nether wart can be grown in the overworld, but you need to find the nether wart first. They spawn naturally in nether fortresses where you can also find blaze.
How to make Potion of Swiftness in Minecraft
Start by digging up some sand and placing it in a furnace.
Next find the primary ingredient for potion of swiftness by tracking down some sugarcane. Sugarcane will grow on sand or dirt and can be found commonly near riverbanks or simply next to any water source block. If you find any sugarcane make sure to save some to grow your own.
Now that you have your sand cooking and your sugarcane harvested you will need to travel to the nether in order to get blaze rods, blaze powder, and nether wart. Build a nether portal and start tracking down your fortress.
Once you have found a fortress look around for blazes or a blaze spawner.
Kill some blaze enemies until you have a few blaze rods. Travel around your fortress until you come across a room with red fungus and a staircase.
Harvest some nether wart and head back to the surface. Now you have every ingredient to make a potion of swiftness. Start by making a brewing stand by combining three pieces of cobblestone and a blaze rod in a crafting table.
Gather your glass out of the furnace and turn them into glass bottles. Place them in a “V” shape in the crafting menu of a crafting table to make glass bottles. While you are here make some sugar out of sugarcane by placing sugarcane in your crafting menu.
With your glass bottles right click on any water source to fill them up with water. Place your brewing stand and right click on the stand to open its UI. Fill the bottom three slots with your water bottles. You will need to put blaze powder in the top left slot to fuel your brewing stand. Turn some blaze rods into blaze powder and put them into your brewing stand.
To make potions of swiftness you will need to brew awkward potions first. Place a nether wart in the ingredient slot of your brewing stand and wait for it to finish cooking.
This will turn your water bottles into awkward potions. Now all that is left is to place sugar into the ingredient slot and wait for it to finish brewing. It will take about twenty seconds.
That’s all you need to make potions of swiftness! These will increase your base speed by 20%.
How to use Potion of Swiftness in Minecraft
Simply hold the potion in your hand and hold right click to drink the potion. This will surround your character with white swirls and make you go faster.
You can also turn these potions into splash potions by placing gunpowder above the potion of swiftness in the brewing stand.
After it is done cooking the shape of the bottle will change and now you can throw these potions onto the ground below you or affect mobs with the speed effect.
Instead of gunpowder you can use redstone to increase the duration of the potion effect. You can also use glowstone dust to improve the effect of the potion. This does make the potion last not as long, but it nearly doubles the effect of potions.
Does Potion of Swiftness work on Horses?
Horses can get the potion of swiftness buff. They will get the bonus speed effect and you can really start zooming when you give it the potion of swiftness II buff.
Does Potion of Swiftness work underwater?
The buff does not go away and you can drink and throw potions underwater. However, it seems like it does not affect your above water swim speed. It does affect your sprinting swim speed and when you are holding jump to swim across shallow water. From what I could tell it was not very noticeable but it does increase your speed a little.
Congratulations! You now know how to brew a potion that can save you time. Potion of swiftness is a good potion for any alchemist to have on hand. Especially if you have a horse and a splash potion. It will make you travel the lands much faster and cover more ground during the daylight. Potion of swiftness can also help you with boss fights as you can evade ranged attacks easier and get closer to the boss faster to deal more damage. This is a simple potion and has a relatively simple payoff, but it is cheap to make and as long as you have a brewing stand with fuel there is no reason not to try it out for yourself.