If you have ever been underwater long enough in Minecraft, you may wish there was a way to prevent constantly resurfacing for air. Even the respiration III enchantment leaves some room for desire. Luckily, there is a potion effect that allows you to breathe underwater. The water breathing potion allows you to stay underwater without a breath meter for 3/8 minutes. This guide will show you the required materials for water breathing potion, how to make it, as well as how to use it.
Required Materials for Water Breathing Potion
- 3 Water Bottles
- Blaze Powder
- Brewing Stand
- Nether Wart
To make a potion of water breathing 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.
Pufferfish can be caught from fishing in any lake or ocean. This has to be the pufferfish you catch from fishing, not the bucket of pufferfish that you can obtain with a bucket and catching the pufferfish.
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 Water Breathing Potion
First fish up the primary ingredient for water breathing potions. If you have fished before you probably have pufferfish, it does not take that long to find them.
Remember to place some sand in a furnace to make glass bottles. Every 3 pieces of glass will make 3 glass bottles.
Now that you have your sand cooking and your pufferfish caught 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 water breathing 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 your pufferfish into the ingredient slot and wait for it to finish brewing. It will take about twenty seconds.
That’s all you need to make water breathing potions!
How to Use Water Breathing Potion
Water breathing potions will allow you to stay underwater for 3 minutes. If you want it to last longer, you can place Redstone above the water breathing potions in a brewing stand to make it last for 8 minutes. Once you have drank your potion you can stay underwater without fear of your breath meter depleting.
If you want to reliably tackle an underwater temple you will want water breathing potions. As it is entirely flooded and you will have mining fatigue until you kill the elder guardians of the temple, you will want to prevent having to resurface every few minutes.
If you are planning on doing any terraforming or base building underwater you will want to have a water breathing potion on hand to make your life much easier. Water breathing does not remove the necessity of having aqua affinity on your helmet, and having respiration on your helmet as well.
In a Nutshell
Water breathing potions can make life much easier if you are trying to venture anywhere underwater. They are essential for tackling underwater temples and terraforming/building underwater. You can craft them easily once you have a brewing stand, make sure to add some Redstone to them if you want them to last for 8 minutes.
Congratulations, you now know how to craft a useful potion for underwater exploration. Getting all the necessary ingredients can be difficult the first time around, but it is worth it to have the benefits of potions. A lot of the environments in Minecraft are very hostile and can easily be mitigated with the right potion.
Q. Is a Turtle Shell more effective than a Water Breathing Potion?
A. Turtle shell helmets will grant you the water breathing effect, but it will not last nearly as long as a water breathing potion. Without enchantments, the turtle shell does not compare well to the water breathing potion. A combination of both would be best if you want to maximize the amount of time you can spend underwater.
Q. Can you grow Nether Wart in the overworld?
A. You can plant nether wart in soul sand that you place in the overworld. Like most mushrooms in Minecraft, you will want to keep your nether wart somewhere dark. Dark enough to help support nether wart growth, but bright enough to keep mobs away.