How to Make a Potion of Luck in Minecraft

Tip the scales in your favor with a bit of forced luck

Luck is a trait in Minecraft that makes it more likely to obtain higher quality items when engaging in activities like fishing. This potion has the same basic effect as using an enchanted fishing rod that has been granted the luck of the sea trait, but the only way to get the actual luck status effect is to drink one of these potions.

Throwing a luck potion in Minecraft.

There is no way to obtain a luck potion in Minecraft survival mode without using cheats. There is no recipe to craft a luck potion at this time, so you have to use a cheat command to give yourself one, or use creative mode to add one to your inventory.

How to Get a Luck Potion in Minecraft

Since there is no recipe to brew a luck potion in Minecraft, the only way to obtain one in survival mode is to enable cheats and then enter a specific console command. Here's how you can give yourself a luck potion in Minecraft:

  1. Type / to open the console.

    A screenshot of the console in Minecraft.
  2. Type the full command /give @p potion{Potion:"minecraft:luck"} 1 and then press enter.

    The Minecraft command to obtain luck potion.

    Change the number, or enter this command several times, to give yourself additional luck potions.

  3. This will place one luck potion in your inventory.

    A luck potion in Minecraft.

How to Get Luck Potions in Minecraft Creative Mode

If you're playing in creative mode instead of survival mode, it's even easier to get your hands on a luck potion. All you have to do is locate the potion in the item catalog and move it to your inventory.

  1. Enter the command /gamemode creative if you aren't already in creative mode.

    A screenshot of changing to creative mode.
  2. Click the Compass if you aren't already on that tab, and type luck. You can then drag a Luck potion to your inventory.

    A search result for luck potion in Minecraft.
  3. Once you have obtained your potion, you can use the /gamemode survival command to leave creative mode.

How to Use a Luck Potion in Minecraft

Like other standard potions in Minecraft, you use a luck potion by drinking it. Doing so causes particle effects to show up around you, a small icon to appear in the upper right corner of the screen, and a timer to appear in your inventory menu. As long as the luck potion remains in effect, you have a higher chance to obtain better loot from sources like fishing.

Here's how to use a luck potion in Minecraft:

  1. Equip the Luck potion.

    A luck potion in Minecraft.
  2. Drink the potion using your use item button.

    • Windows 10 and Java Edition: Right click.
    • Pocket Edition: Tap the Fish button.
    • Xbox 360 and Xbox One: Press the left trigger.
    • PS3 and PS4: Press the L2 button.
    • Wii U and Switch: Press the ZL button.
    Drinking a luck potion in Minecraft.
  3. You will see green swirl effects and an icon in the upper right corner.

    A screenshot of the luck effect in Minecraft.
  4. Open your inventory to check the remaining time on your luck potion.

    A screenshot of the Minecraft equipment menu with luck active.

How to Make a Luck Splash Potion in Minecraft

While there is no recipe for brewing a luck potion in Minecraft, you can brew a standard luck potion into a splash potion of luck. This allows you to take a potion that you would need to drink to use and turn it into a potion that you can throw.

You can get blaze powder by defeating Blazes in the Nether and collecting their rods, and you can get gunpowder from the plentiful creepers that spawn every night.

  1. Open the brewing interface.

    A screenshot of the brewing interface in Minecraft.
  2. Place a Blaze powder in the upper left box of the interface.

    A screenshot of the Minecraft brewing interface.
  3. Place a Luck potion in the bottom left slot of the brewing stand interface.

    A screenshot of the minecraft brewing interface with a luck potion.
  4. Place Gunpowder into the upper input of the brewing stand.

    A screenshot of brewing a throwing luck potion
  5. Move the Splash Potion of Luck to your inventory when it finishes brewing.

    A screenshot of a splash potion of luck in Minecraft.

How to Use a Luck Splash Potion in Minecraft

The splash potion of luck, like other splash potions, is designed to be thrown rather than drank. That means you can throw it at animals, mobs, or even your friends to impart a little bit of short term luck.

Here's how to use a Splash Potion of Luck in Minecraft:

  1. Equip the Splash Potion of Luck, and choose a target.

    A cow in Minecraft with a luck potion ready to throw.
  2. Throw the potion with the use item button.

    • Windows 10 and Java Edition: Right click.
    • Pocket Edition: Tap the Fish button.
    • Xbox 360 and Xbox One: Press the left trigger.
    • PS3 and PS4: Press the L2 button.
    • Wii U and Switch: Press the ZL button.
    A thrown luck potion.
  3. When the potion hits, you will see green swirly effects.

    A screenshot of a thrown luck potion in Minecraft.
  4. Examining anything hit by the potion will reveal that it emits green swirly effects as well.

    A lucky cow in Minecraft.

How to Get Gunpowder in Minecraft

Gunpowder is a crafting item in Minecraft that's essential to the process of brewing splash potions. If you don't have any already, you can obtain some by defeating creeper mobs. These mobs will explode if they see you, so you need to sneak up on them and kill them quickly before they can self-detonate.

  1. Locate a creeper.

    A creeper in Minecraft.

    Creepers come out at night, but they sometimes linger during the day. If you can't have one, you can enable Minecraft cheats and use the command /summon creeper to spawn one.

  2. Attack the creeper until it dies.

    Fighting a creeper in Minecraft.
  3. Gather the gunpowder that it drops.

    Gunpowder in Minecraft.

How to Get Blaze Powder in Minecraft

Blaze powder is made from blaze rods, and blaze rods are obtained by killing Blaze mobs. These flying mobs are found exclusively in the Nether, where they can often be found guarding fortresses. Make sure to gather one rod to build your brewing stand if you haven't already done so, and additional rods to make blaze powder to fuel the brewing stand.

  1. Locate a Blaze in the Nether.

    A Blaze in the Nether.

    If you can't find one, you can use the cheat command /summon blaze to spawn one.

  2. Fight the Blaze until it dies.

    Fighting a Blaze in the Nether.
  3. Gather any blaze rods that it drops.

    A blaze rod in Minecraft.
  4. Place a Blaze rod in your crafting interface.

    A screenshot of making blaze powder in Minecraft.
  5. Remove Blaze powder from the crafting output, leaving at least one Blaze rod to make your brewing stand.

    Blaze powder in Minecraft.

How to Make a Brewing Stand in Minecraft

The brewing stand is a special Minecraft item that allows you to create potions from water and a variety of ingredients. While there is no recipe to craft a luck potion yet, you do need a brewing stand if you want to turn a luck potion into a splash potion of luck.

Here's how to make a brewing stand in Minecraft:

  1. Open the crafting table interface.

    The crafting interface in Minecraft.
  2. Place three cobblestone in a row like this.

    Cobblestone placed for making a brewing stand.
  3. Place a single Blaze rod above the cobblestone like this.

    The brewing stand recipe in Minecraft.
  4. Move the brewing stand from the crafting output into your inventory.

    A brewing stand in Minecraft inventory.
  5. Place the brewing stand wherever you want, and it's ready to start brewing.

    A brewing stand in Minecraft.