How to Make a Minecraft Potion of Weakness

Weakness potion recipes and steps for brewing in Minecraft

The Potion of Weakness in Minecraft isn't particularly useful by itself, but it's an essential ingredient for brewing more helpful items. Here's every weakness potion recipe and how to craft them.

Instructions in this article apply to Minecraft for all platforms including Windows, PS4, and Xbox One.

What You Need to Make a Potion of Weakness

You'll need the following materials to make a basic Potion of Weakness from scratch in Minecraft:

  • A Crafting Table (craft with 4 Wood Planks)
  • A Brewing Stand (craft with 1 Blaze Rod and 3 Cobblestones)
  • 1 Blaze Powder (craft with 1 Blaze Rod)
  • 1 Water Bottle
  • 1 Fermented Spider Eye

To make variants of the weakness potion, you will also need the following items:

  • Redstone
  • Gunpower
  • Dragon's Breath

Witches will sometimes drop a Potion of Weakness when defeated.

How to Make a Minecraft Potion of Weakness

Here's how to make a Potion of Weakness (1:30) in Minecraft.

  1. Craft Blaze Powder using 1 Blaze Rod.

    Craft Blaze Powder using 1 Blaze Rod.
  2. Make a Crafting Table with four wood planks. Any type of wood planks will do (Warped Planks, Crimson Planks, etc.).

    Make a crafting table with four wood planks.
  3. Place the Crafting Table and interact with it to open the 3X3 crafting grid.

    Place the crafting table and interact with it to open the 3X3 crafting grid.
  4. Make a Brewing Stand. Add a Blaze Rod in the middle of the top row and three Cobblestones in the second row.

    Add a Blaze Rod in the middle of the top row and three Cobblestones in the second row.
  5. Place the Brewing Stand and interact with it to open the brewing menu.

    Place the brewing stand and interact with it to open the brewing menu.
  6. Add Blaze Powder to the far left box to activate the Brewing Stand.

    Add Blaze Powder to the far left box to activate the Brewing Stand.
  7. Add a Water Bottle in one of the bottom boxes in the brewing menu.

    Add a Water Bottle in one of the bottom boxes in the brewing menu.

    You can make up to three potions at once by adding three Water Bottles to the bottom boxes of the brewing menu.

  8. Add a Fermented Spider Eye to the top box of the brewing menu.

    Add a Fermented Spider Eye to the top box of the brewing menu.
  9. Wait for the progress bar to complete. When the brewing process is finished, the Water Bottle will be replaced by a Potion of Weakness (1:30).

    When the brewing process is finished, the Water Bottle will be replaced by a Potion of Weakness (1:30).

How to Make Potion of Weakness (3:00)

To create a weakness potion that lasts longer, add Redstone to the top box of the brewing menu and a regular Potion of Weakness in the bottom box.

To create a weakness potion that lasts longer, add Redstone to the top box of the brewing menu and a regular Potion of Weakness in the bottom box.

The exact duration of potions may vary slightly depending on your version of Minecraft.

How to Make Splash Potion of Weakness in Minecraft

To create a Splash Potion of Weakness that you can throw at enemies, add Gunpowder to the top box of the brewing menu and a regular Potion of Weakness in the bottom box.

To create a Splash Potion of Weakness that you can throw at enemies, add Gunpowder to the top box of the brewing menu and a regular Potion of Weakness in the bottom box.

Use a Potion of Weakness (3:00) instead to create a longer-lasting Splash Potion of Weakness.

How to Make a Lingering Potion of Weakness

To create a Lingering Potion of Weakness, add Dragon's Breath to the top box of the brewing menu and a Splash Potion of Weakness in the bottom box.

To create a Lingering Potion of Weakness, add Dragon's Breath to the top box of the brewing menu and a Splash Potion of Weakness in the bottom box.

What Does the Potion of Weakness Do?

Drinking the Potion of Weakness (1:30) will lower your attack power by 50 percent for a minute and a half. This isn't very useful, so you should turn it into the Splash Potion of Weakness, which you can throw at others.

Using a Lingering Potion of Weakness creates a lingering cloud that inflicts weakness on others who come in contact with it. The way to use a potion that you're holding differs depending on your platform:

  • PC: Right-click and hold
  • Mobile: Tap and hold
  • Xbox: Press and hold LT
  • PlayStation: Press and hold L2
  • Nintendo: Press and hold ZL

To cure zombie villagers, use the Splash Potion of Weakness on them, then use the Golden Apple.