How To Brew a Potion of Water Breathing in Minecraft

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Anyone thinking of taking on an ocean monument needs this potion in their inventory. A potion of water breathing is a book that can be judged by its cover. This potion gives players the ability to breathe underwater by preventing the oxygen bar from depleting.

Here’s an easy guide to brewing a potion of water breathing in Minecraft!

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glass bottle

In order to begin brewing, use 3 glass blocks in a crafting table to make 3 glass bottles!

water bottle

Take your freshly made glass bottles, go up to a water source and right click. You’ve now created a water bottle.

blaze minecraft

This is the most tedious part of brewing. In order to begin the actual brewing process, you’ll need to collect blaze powder to fuel a brewing stand. You can craft a blaze powder from blaze rods, which are dropped by (you guessed it) blazes!

blaze powder recipe

Simply put the blaze rod anywhere on the crafting table to create 2 blaze powders.


Basic potions require a potion modifier. In this case, we need to gather nether wart. So while you’re looking for blazes, be sure to also grab some soul sand and nether wart from the nether fortress!

awkard potion

The base potion for every standard potion is an awkward potion. Place 3 water bottles, blaze powder, and nether wart into the brewing stand’s GUI as shown above.

potion of water breathing

This potion requires an easy to gather effect ingredient: pufferfish! These are dropped by pufferfish found in warm oceans. Leaving everything how it was from the last step, simply place the pufferfish in the top empty space.

After brewing is complete, you’ve created a standard potion of water breathing. This potion prevents oxygen from depleting while underwater for 3 minutes.

Keep reading to learn how to extend the potion!

redstone extend potion

You can also extend a potion of water breathing by placing a redstone dust in the base ingredient slot. Extending a potion means that the effect will last longer.

The potion will now last for 8 minutes!