How to Make a Water Breathing Potion in Minecraft

Breathe underwater in Minecraft

Before you explore the depths of the ocean, you should know how to craft a water breathing potion in Minecraft. With the Potion of Water Breathing, you can mine the seafloor without fear of drowning.

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

What You Need to Make a Water Breathing Potion

Here's everything you need to make a Potion of Water Breathing:

  • 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 Nether Wart
  • 1 Puffer Fish

To make variants of this potion, you'll also need:

  • Redstone
  • Gunpower
  • Dragon's Breath

Witches will sometimes drop Potion of Water Breathing as well as other types of potions.

How to Make a Water Breathing Potion in Minecraft

Follow these steps to craft an underwater breathing potion:

  1. Craft Blaze Powder using 1 Blaze Rod.

    Craft Blaze Powder using 1 Blaze Rod.
  2. Make a Crafting Table with four planks of wood. Any type of wood is fine.

    Make a Crafting Table with four planks of wood.
  3. Place the Crafting Table on the ground and use it to open the 3X3 crafting grid.

    Place the Crafting Table on the ground and use it to open the 3X3 crafting grid.
  4. Make a Brewing Stand by placing a Blaze Rod in the middle of the top row and three Cobblestones in the second row.

    Make a Brewing Stand by placing a Blaze Rod in the middle of the top row and three Cobblestones in the second row.
  5. Place your Brewing Stand on the ground and use it to open the brewing menu.

    Place your Brewing Stand on the ground and use it to open the brewing menu.
  6. Add the Blaze Powder to the box in the upper-left corner of the brewing menu to activate the Brewing Stand.

    Add the Blaze Powder to the box in the upper-left corner of the brewing menu to activate the Brewing Stand.
  7. Add a Water Bottle to one of the three boxes at the bottom on the brewing menu.

    Add a Water Bottle to one of the three boxes at the bottom on the brewing menu.

    Brew up to three water breathing potions at once by putting Water Bottles in the other two bottom boxes.

  8. Add the Nether Wart to the top box of the brewing menu. When the brewing process is complete, your Water Bottle will contain an Awkward Potion.

    Add the Nether Wart to the top box of the brewing menu.
  9. Add a Puffer Fish to the top box of the brewing menu.

    Add a Puffer Fish to the top box of the brewing menu.
  10. When the brewing process is complete, the Awkward Potion will be replaced by a Potion of Water Breathing.

    Water breathing potion in Minecraft

    If you want an underwater breathing potion that lasts longer, add Redstone to the Potion of Water Breathing.

How to Make a Splash Water Breathing Potion

If you want to make a water breathing potion that can be used on other players, add Gunpowder to your Potion of Water Breathing.

Add Gunpowder to the top box of the brewing stand.

How to Make a Lingering Water Breathing Potion

To make a Lingering Potion of Water Breathing, add Dragon's Breath to the Splash Potion of Weakness.

To make a Lingering Potion of Water Breathing, add Dragon's Breath to the Splash Potion of Weakness.

What Does the Potion of Water Breathing Do?

Using the Potion of Water Breathing will allow you to temporarily breathe underwater. The Splash Potion of Water Breathing will have the same effect on any player you throw it at. The Lingering Potion of Water Breathing creates a cloud that gives the effect to anyone who steps inside it. The way to use a potion 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.