How To Brew a Potion of Weakness in Minecraft

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Britt Britt (157)
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Anyone looking to convert zombie villagers back into regular villagers (a totally humane process, we swear), needs to know how to brew a potion of weakness. Whether it’s to reduce a fellow player’s melee attack damage, or heal a villager, the potion of weakness is very useful to learn.

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

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glass bottles

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

water bottles

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

blaze spawner 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!

awkward 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 weakness

This potion requires a craftable effect ingredient: fermented spider eye! Follow the recipe below to craft a fermented spider eye. Leaving everything how it was from the last step, simply place the fermented spider eye in the top empty space.

fermented spider eye recipe

After brewing is complete, you’ve created a standard potion of weakness. This potion reduces the player's melee attack damage by 2 hearts for 1.5 minutes.

Keep reading to learn how to extend the potion!

redstone dust potions

You can also extend a potion of weakness 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 4 minutes!