How to make every potion in Minecraft and enhance them
- To make
potionsin Minecraft, you'll need a BrewingStand, Blaze Powder, and Water Bottles.
- Potions can give your Minecraft character super-strength, speed, invisibility, and more.
- You can also use spider eyes to make "corrupted" potions, which will hurt instead of heal.
From living skeletons to entire dimensions filled with demons, Minecraft is filled with magic. And luckily, it's not hard to harness some of that magic for yourself.
Not only can you power up your armor and weapons with enchantments, but you can also brew potions to give yourself powerful new abilities. These potions can enhance your speed, strength, health — you can even make yourself invisible. If you're going to invade a pillager outpost, or step into a no-holds-barred multiplayer battle, you'll want some potions in your inventory.
But potions can do more than help you — they can hurt others as well. Normal potions will hurt enemies, and "corrupted" potions will hurt other players. And with a little bit of gunpowder, you can turn any potion into a bomb.
Here's how to brew potions in Minecraft, including recipes for every kind of potion.
What you'll need to make potions in Minecraft
Before you can brew any potions, you'll need a place to make them, fuel, and bottles. Let's start from the top.
You'll brew your potions using a Brewing Stand, which you can craft by combining one Blaze Rod with three cobblestone blocks. Place the Blaze Rod in the middle of the crafting table, and put one cobblestone block in each of the bottom row slots. You can get Blaze Rods by killing Blazes, fire creatures that live in The Nether.
You can also find Brewing Stands out in the world in village churches, igloos, and end ships, but it's much easier to craft one yourself.
You'll also need fuel for the Brewing Stand: Blaze Powder. It only takes one Blaze Rod to craft a Brewing Stand, but you should pick up as many as possible, since placing one Blaze Rod onto your crafting table will earn you two units of Blaze Powder. Every unit of Blaze Powder lasts for about 10 potions, so you'll want a healthy supply.
Next, you'll need Water Bottles to turn into potions. You can get bottles by combining three pieces of glass, by killing witches, or randomly when fishing. Once you've got a bottle, just use it on a water source block to fill it up.
Quick tip: If you plan on brewing a lot of potions, you'll want a water source nearby to quickly refill bottles. Consider building your lab near a pond, lake, or ocean.
Finally, you'll need Nether Warts. You can find these growing in any Nether Fortress, and they're what you'll use to turn regular Water Bottles into potions.
Once you've got all that, you're ready to get started.
How to make potions in Minecraft
There are a few steps you'll need to take to make a potion. First, we'll turn your regular water bottle into an "Awkward Potion."
Place down your Brewing Stand and open up its menu. Place your Blaze Powder in the top-left fuel slot, place your Nether Warts in the slot on top, and place your water bottle in one of the three slots below.
It'll start brewing automatically, and you'll see the arrow icon next to the slots start to fill up with white. Once it fills up all the way, you'll lose one Nether Wart and your Water Bottle will turn into an Awkward Potion.
The Awkward Potion doesn't have any effects on its own. But it's what you'll use to make nearly every other potion in the game.
Open your Brewing Stand back up and refuel it with Blaze Powder if you need, then place your Awkward Potion in one of the bottom slots. You'll then need to fill the top slot with a certain item, depending on what kind of potion you want to make.
Here's a list of every "positive" potion in the game, and what ingredient you'll need to make it.
|Type of potion||Effect||Ingredient you'll need||Where to find it / How to make it|
|Potion of Healing||Instantly heals two hearts of health||Glistering Melon Slice||Combine a Melon Slice with eight Gold Nuggets|
|Potion of Fire Resistance||Become immune to fire, lava, magma, and blaze damage for three minutes||Magma Cream||Kill Large or Small Magma Cubes (25 percent chance), combine Blaze Powder and a Slimeball, or raid Bastion Remnant treasure chests|
|Potion of Regeneration||Restores a half-heart of health every 2.5 seconds, for 45 seconds||Ghast Tear||Kill Ghasts (30 percent chance)|
|Potion of Strength||Increases your melee damage by 1.5 hearts, for three minutes||Blaze Powder||Place Blaze Rods onto a Crafting Table|
|Potion of Swiftness||Increases movement speed and jump length by 20 percent, for three minutes||Sugar||Place Sugar Cane onto a Crafting Table|
|Potion of Night Vision||Lets you see the entire world (including underwater) at the maximum light level for three minutes||Golden Carrot||Combine a Carrot with eight Gold Nuggets|
|Potion of Invisibility||Makes you invisible for three minutes, but weapons and equipped items are still visible||Fermented Spider Eye AND Potion of Night Vision*||Combine a Brown Mushroom, Sugar, and Spider Eye|
|Potion of Water Breathing||Lets you breathe underwater for three minutes||Pufferfish||Kill Pufferfish|
|Potion of Leaping||Increases your jump height by a half-block for three minutes||Rabbit's Foot||Kill Rabbits (10 percent chance)|
|Potion of Slow Falling||Makes you float to the ground instead of falling for one minute and 30 seconds||Phantom Membrane||Kill Phantoms|
|Potion of the Turtle Master||Reduces movement speed by 60 percent and raises defense by 60 percent, for twenty seconds||Turtle Shell||Combine five Scutes|
*In this case, you'll use a Potion of Night Vision in place of the Awkward Potion
Put the ingredient you need into the top slot of your Brewing Stand, and in a few moments you'll have the potion you picked.
You can make up to three potions of the same type at once — just fill each of the bottom slots with a different bottle. You'll also need at least three units of whatever ingredient you're using.
How to make 'corrupted' potions
Potions aren't always good. Minecraft also offers a variety of "corrupted" potions, each of which comes with negative effects instead of positive ones.
The main ingredients (what you'll put in the top slot) of corrupted potions are Spider Eyes and Fermented Spider Eyes. You can get Spider Eyes by killing Spiders, and you can ferment them by combining the eyes with a Brown Mushroom and Sugar.
Here's a list of all four corrupted potions, and how to make them.
|Type of potion||Effect||What you'll need|
|Potion of Poison||Drains health by a half-heart every 2.5 seconds, for 45 seconds||A Spider Eye and Awkward Potion|
|Potion of Weakness||Decreases melee strength by two hearts, for one minute and 30 seconds||A Fermented Spider Eye and Water Bottle|
|Potion of Harming||Instantly inflicts three hearts of damage||A Fermented Spider Eye and Potion of Healing or Potion of Poison|
|Potion of Slowness||Slows movement speed by 15 percent, for one minute and 30 seconds||A Fermented Spider Eye and Potion of Swiftness or Potion of Leaping|
How to enhance your potions
Once you've brewed your potions, there are a few different ways to enhance them. In general, enhancements can either make your potion stronger or last longer.
Place Redstone Dust in the top slot of your Brewing Stand, and place your potion in one of the bottom slots to extend how long the potion's effect lasts. This works for:
|Type of potion||Change in duration|
|Potion of Fire Resistance||Goes from three minutes to eight minutes|
|Potion of Regeneration||Goes from 45 seconds to one minute and 30 seconds|
|Potion of Strength||Goes from three minutes to eight minutes|
|Potion of Swiftness||Goes from three minutes to eight minutes|
|Potion of Night Vision||Goes from three minutes to eight minutes|
|Potion of Invisibility||Goes from three minutes to eight minutes|
|Potion of Water Breathing||Goes from three minutes to eight minutes|
|Potion of Leaping||Goes from three minutes to eight minutes|
|Potion of Slow Falling||Goes from one minute and 30 seconds to four minutes|
|Potion of the Turtle Master||Goes from 20 seconds to 40 seconds|
|Potion of Poison||Goes from 45 seconds to one minute and 30 seconds|
|Potion of Weakness||Goes from one minute and 30 seconds to four minutes|
|Potion of Slowness||Goes from one minute and 30 seconds to four minutes|
On the flipside, you can put Glowstone Dust in the top slot to make your potions stronger, but usually last for less time. This works for:
|Type of potion||Change in effect||Change in duration|
|Potion of Healing||Goes from healing two hearts to four hearts||No change, instant|
|Potion of Regeneration||Goes from healing a half-heart every 2.5 seconds to a half-heart every 1.2 seconds||Goes from 45 seconds to 22 seconds|
|Potion of Strength||Goes from increasing melee damage by 1.5 hearts to increasing melee damage by three hearts||Goes from three minutes to one minute and 30 seconds|
|Potion of Swiftness||Goes from increasing movement speed by 20 percent to increasing movement speed by 40 percent||Goes from three minutes to one minute and 30 seconds|
|Potion of Leaping||Goes from increasing jump height by a half-block to increasing jump height by 1.25 blocks||Goes from three minutes to one minute and 30 seconds|
|Potion of the Turtle Master||Goes from reducing movement speed by 60 percent and raising defense by 60 percent to reducing movement speed by 90 percent and raising defense by 80 percent||No change, stays at 20 seconds|
|Potion of Poison||Goes from draining health by a half-heart every 2.5 seconds to draining health by a half-heart every 1.2 seconds||Goes from 45 seconds to 21 seconds|
|Potion of Harming||Goes from draining three hearts to draining six hearts||No change, instant|
|Potion of Slowness||Goes from slowing movement speed by 15 percent to slowing movement speed by 60 percent||Goes from one minute and 30 seconds to 20 seconds|
You'll find Redstone Dust by breaking a Redstone Ore block with an Iron Pickaxe or better. To get Glowstone Dust, just break a Glowstone.
Finally, you can transform any potion into a Splash Potion, and then into a Lingering Potion.
A Splash Potion is like a bomb — throw it at an enemy or another player, and they'll take its effects instead of you. To make a Splash Potion, use Gunpowder as your ingredient in the top slot.
Lingering Potions take it to the next level. If a potion is Lingering, once you throw it, it'll explode into a cloud of smoke. Anyone who stands inside of the smoke will gain the potion's effects for a short amount of time. You can make Lingering Potions by using Dragon's Breath as your top slot ingredient.
Quick tip: Creepers, Ghasts, and Witches drop Gunpowder. To find Dragon's Breath, you'll need to use an empty Glass Bottle on the Ender Dragon's flame breath or fireballs.
Of course, Splash and Lingering Potions are great to use on other players. But be careful when using them on undead enemies like Zombies — undead enemies take damage from healing potions, will heal from harming potions, and are unaffected by poison.
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