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How to Brew Potions in Minecraft

Potions are one of the easiest ways to get a leg up in Minecraft combat. Potions can be drunk, splashed or both and different types give you different effects for a certain amount of time. In this post, we will show you the ins and outs of potion brewing.

Getting started

  • A lot of potions require ingredients from the nether, so be prepared to go to extreme lengths to get these overpowered materials.
  • Acquire a brewing stand. To do this, get a blaze rod (dropped by a blaze when killed) and put it together with three cobblestone in a crafting table. Brewing stands can also just be stolen from clarics in a village.
  • Almost every potion has to be made from awkward potions which can’t do anything themselves. To brew awkward potions, open a brewing stand and place water bottles in the bottle slots, and then place blaze powder in the top left slot (fuel slot) and nether wart in the middle top spot.
  • Most potions can either be splashed or drunk and when you brew a potion it will be in the form that has to be drunk. To turn a potion into a splash potion, place the potion into the bottle slots of the brewing stand and place gunpowder in the top item slot. In a few seconds the potion will be splashable. To drink a potion do as you wood do when eating a food in game and to splash a potion just right click or hold on your screen depending on which version of Minecraft you are playing on.
  • To increase the time or duration a potion lasts for, open a brewing stand, place the desired potion(s) in the bottle slots, and place redstone in the top item slot.
  • To increase the level of a potion, open a brewing stand, place the desired potion(s) in the bottle slots, and place glowstone dust in the top item slot.
  • Mundane and thick potions are completely useless and have absolutely no use. If you want to brew them however, here’s how you do it. A mundane potion can be brewed by placing water bottle(s) in the bottle slots and a variety of items such as a glistering melon in the top item slot. To get a glistering melon, place a melon in the middle slot of a crafting table surrounded by eight gold nuggets. To brew thick potion(s), place water bottle(s) in the bottle slots and glowstone dust in the top item slot. Glowstone dust can be dropped by witches, found in loot chests, or acquired by breaking glowstone blocks.

Fire Resistance Potions

These potions can be drunk or splashed and provide you with complete resistance to fire and lava meaning you will not be able to take any damage in either for the duration of the potion. To brew them, place your awkward potion(s) in the bottle slots, and place magma cream in the item slot at the top. This will provide you with fire resistance potions. Magma cream can be obtained by killing a magma cube or by combining slime balls and blaze powder.

Strength Potions

These potions can either be drunk or splashed and provide you with extra strength meaning you do more damage when hitting a mob or player. To brew them, place awkward potion(s) in the bottle slots, and place blaze powder in the top ingredient slot. To get blaze powder, you will need to kill a blaze for blaze rods and craft them into blaze powder.

Regeneration Potions

These potions can either be drunk or splashed and regenerate your health by half a heart every 2.5 seconds until the potion duration ends. To brew them, place awkward potion(s) in the bottle slots, and place a ghast tear in the top ingredient slot. Ghast tears have a chance to drop when a ghast is killed.

Night Vision Potions

These potions can either be drunk or splashed and alter your sight to make everything as bright as it would be in the day (except the sky) even if it is pitch black. To brew them, place awkward potion(s) in the bottle slots, and place a golden carrot in the top ingredient slot. Golden carrots can be crafted with 8 gold nuggets surrounding a carrot.

Invisibility Potions

An invisibility potion can be drunk or splashed and will turn you invisible except for barely noticeable particle effects sprouting from your body. Note that any armor worn or items held will still be visible even with this potion in effect. To brew an invisibility potion, place night vision potion(s) in the bottle slots, and a fermented spider eye in the top ingredient slot. Fermented spider eyes can be crafted with sugar, a brown mushroom, and a spider eye.

Instant Healing Potions

Healing potions can be drunk or splashed and will heal you by 2 or 4 hearts (depending on the level of potion e.g. instant health 1 and 2). To brew an instant healing potion place awkward potion(s) in the bottle slot and a glistering melon in the top ingredient slot. A glistering melon can be crafted by placing 8 gold nuggets around a melon.

Swiftness Potions

Swiftness potions can be drunk or splashed and will increase your speed and jump distance. To brew them, place awkward potion(s) in the bottle slots and place sugar in the top ingredient slot. Sugar can be obtained by killing a witch or by crafting it from sugarcane.

Water Breathing Potions

Water breathing potions can be drunk or splashed and will prevent your oxygen bubbles from running out until the potion time ends. To brew them, place awkward potion(s) in the bottle slots and place a pufferfish in the top item slot. You can acquire a pufferfish item either by killing one in the ocean, or fishing one out of the water.

Leaping Potions

Leaping potions can be drunk or splashed and increase your jump height depending on the level of the potion. To brew them, place awkward potion(s) in the bottle slot and place a rabbit’s foot in the top item slot. Rabbit’s foot are dropped by rabbits.

Slow Falling Potions

Slow Falling potions can be drunk or splashed and make it so that you slowly fall to the ground eradicating all possible fall damage. These potions can be brewed by opening a brewing stand, placing awkward potion(s) in the bottle slots and a phantom membrane in the top item slot. Phantom membranes can be obtained from a phantom or a tamed cat.

Turtle Master Potions

Turtle Master potions can be drunk or splashed and slow you down as well as reduce the damage you take by a percent depending on the level of the potion. These potions can be brewed by opening a brewing stand, placing awkward potion(s) in the bottle slots and a turtle shell in the top item slot. To get a turtle shell, you will need to acquire five scutes and craft them into helmet formation. When you breed two turtles, they will lay eggs and when these eggs hatch, the babies will drop scutes.

Poison Potions

Poison potions can be drunk or splashed and gives you the poison status effect for a varying amount of time. Note that the poison status effect will deteriorate your health but will not kill you, instead getting you as low as half a heart. These potions can be brewed by opening a brewing stand, placing awkward potion(s) in the bottle slots, and placing a spider eye in the top item slot. Spiders, cave spiders, and witches have a chance to drop spider eyes upon death.

Weakness Potions

Weakness potions can be drunk or splashed and changes your attack damage by a certain amount. These potions can be brewed by opening a brewing stand, placing water bottle(s) in the bottle slots, and a fermented spider eye in the top item slot. To get a fermented spider eye, simply put a spider eye, sugar, and a brown mushroom together in a crafting grid or table.

Slowness Potions

Slowness potions can be drunk or splashed and slow you down by a certain percent. These potions can be brewed by opening a brewing stand, placing swiftness of leaping potions in the bottle slots, and a fermented spider eye in the top item slot. To get a fermented spider eye, simply put a spider eye, sugar, and a brown mushroom together in a crafting grid or table.

Harming Potions

Harming potions can be drunk or splashed and take away massive amounts of health, with only the best armor making a difference. These potions can be brewed by opening a brewing stand, placing healing potions or poison potions in the bottle slots, and placing a fermented spider eye in the top item slot. To get a fermented spider eye, simply put a spider eye, sugar, and a brown mushroom together in a crafting grid or table.

Final Tips

  • Always brew three potions at once. There is never a reason not to, and it's just a waste of materials to only brew one potion when you can brew three.
  • The way you splash a potion can change the time it lasts for, ever so slightly. For maximum time, splash a potion upwards and let it fall on top of you.
  • You might have noticed that splash potions stay around for a couple seconds at best before disappearing so you will have to get into the splash range almost immediately. When in the end you can collect the dragon’s breath in bottles and use them to make lingering potions (just replace them with awkward potions in the recipes) and they will stay around for longer.
  • Remember that you will lose all potion effects upon death (even with keep inventory on) so use your potions wisely.
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