Minecraft potions guide: every potion and its use

Minecraft potions are a great addition to your survival loadout, with some of the best even able to save your life in the trickiest of situations

Best Minecraft potions: player drinks a potion

Minecraft potions exist in the blocky survival game to aid you in difficult moments or give you interesting and useful status effects. For example, the potion of fire resistance can stop you dying to lava. Meanwhile, a potion of night vision can not only help you see in the dark, but also underwater. Then, there’s the very important potion of weakness, which does what it says on the tin, but is also used to cure a Zombie Villager of its… undeadness.

While you might think Minecraft enchantments are all you need to boost your survival rates in the middle of a Minecraft night, don’t underestimate the power of a well-timed splash potion, or the chug of a strength potion. Here, we’re going to tell you every potion, its use, and its ingredients, but you’ll also want to check out our guide to the Minecraft brewing stand to find out how to make them.

Best Minecraft potions: brewing stand

All Minecraft potions:

  • Awkward potion
  • Mundane potion
  • Thick potion
  • Splash potions
  • Lingering potions
  • Enhanced potions
  • Potion of Fire Resistance
  • Potion of Invisibility
  • Potion of Harming (+)
  • Potion of Healing (+)
  • Potion of Leaping (+)
  • Potion of Night Vision
  • Potion of Poison (+)
  • Potion of Regeneration (+)
  • Potion of Slow Falling
  • Potion of Slowness (+)
  • Potion of Strength (+)
  • Potion of Swiftness (+)
  • Potion of the Turtle Master (+)
  • Potion of Water Breathing
  • Potion of Weakness

Awkward potion

Ingredients: Nether wart, water bottle.
Use: The Awkward potion is crucial to potion-making, as it is the base to every useful potion below. Rather than putting your ingredients straight in the brewing stand with a water bottle, which could result in the useless mundane or thick potions, you need to make sure you have brewed an awkward potion first then add your ingredients to that. By itself, the awkward potion has no effect. Awkward.

Minecraft mundane potion

Mundane potion

Ingredients: Blaze powder, ghast tear, redstone dust, rabbit’s foot, glistering melon slice, sugar, spider eye, or magma cream, and a water bottle.
Use: There isn’t one. While putting these items together in a brewing stand will result in a “potion”, this is essentially a warning to say don’t do it – it’s just a waste of items. These are, however, items that are used in some of the recipes further down, so make sure you don’t put them in to brew without making an Awkward Potion first.

Thick potion

Ingredients: Glowstone dust, water bottle.
Use: As above, really. Only, instead of being a normal ingredient, glowstone – as you’ll discover further down – is added to change the performance of a potion. Again, get it in the right order or you could end up with a pointless thick potion.

Minecraft splash potions: splash potion of the turtle master recipe

Splash potions

Ingredients: Gunpowder, any potion.
Use: Placing a potion back into the brewing stand and adding gunpowder will turn a standard potion into a splash potion. Rather than being consumed from the bottle, splash potions must be thrown, either at your own feet to give yourself the effect, or at someone else. This is much quicker than drinking, but comes with the risk of inflicting the wrong entity or wasting it, but is the only way to affect another player or mob.

Lingering potions

Ingredients: Dragon’s breath, any splash potion.
Use: Add the rare Dragon’s breath, obtained from the Ender Dragon, to any splash potion to brew a lingering potion. This will cause the particles from a smashed potion bottle to remain on the ground for a certain time, inflicting the status effect upon any entity who passes through it. Lingering potions have a quarter of their normal duration.

Enhanced Minecraft potions: Healing Instant health II

Enhanced potions

Ingredients: Glowstone dust, any potion with (+) listed above.
Use: Adding glowstone dust to your potion after brewing can enhance it, but not all potions have this ability, so check the list above for a + icon, or use trial and error in-game if you’re willing to lose a bit of the yellow dust. Any that can be enhanced will see an improvement to their effect, but will also reduce its duration.

Extended potions

Ingredients: Redstone dust, any potion (except harming or healing).
Use: Adding redstone dust to your potion after brewing will extend its duration, quite significantly in most cases, which is much cheaper than brewing multiple potions, and saves space in your hotbar. However, you can’t extend and enhance your potion, so make sure you know which you want to prioritise.

Minecraft potion of fire resistance brewing recipe

Potion of Fire Resistance

Ingredients: Magma cream, awkward potion
Use: If you’re going to mine in the Nether, or take on some fiery Blazes, it’s a no-brainer to take a few potions of fire resistance with you if you can. And they’re even handy when mining the very depths of the overworld, too. One of the best potions by far, the potion of fire resistance gives immunity to damage from blazes, campfires, fire, lava, and magma blocks for three minutes. Mine into lava by mistake? Chug some fire resist potion before your health runs out. Tackling a Blaze spawner? Chug some fire resist potion before you head into the battle zone.

You can extend your potion from three to eight minutes of resistance. You do this by taking one to three fire resistance potions, and placing them back into the brewing stand with fuel and redstone dust. You also have a chance of getting a potion of fire resistance when trading with a Piglin.

Potion of Invisibility

Ingredients: Fermented spider eye, potion of night vision.
Use: Add a fermented spider eye to a potion of night vision to reverse the vision effect, instead rendering the user invisible for three minutes. It’s worth noting, though, that this only applies to your avatar, not items, equipment, or effect particles. If you’re using this in multiplayer, you can crouch to hide your name tag, otherwise this, too, could give you away.

You can’t enhance invisibility – you either are or you aren’t – but you can extend the potion duration to eight minutes by adding redstone dust after brewing.

Minecraft potion of harming recipe

Potion of Harming

Ingredients: Fermented spider eye, potion of healing, and a potion of poison.
Use: One of the few potions you want to aim at others, and not drink yourself, the potion of harming inflicts instant damage equal to three hearts.

You can enhance this potion to make it deal a massive 12 health points of damage by adding glowstone dust.

Potion of Healing

Ingredients: Glistering melon slice, awkward potion.
Use: Gives the recipient the Instant Health effect, which restores health instantly by eight (four hearts).

Enhanced with glowstone dust, this potion will instantly restore 16 health (eight hearts) with Instant Health II.

Potion of Leaping

Ingredients: Rabbit’s foot, awkward potion.
Use: This potion gives the recipient the jump boost effect for three minutes, increasing jump height by half a block. Of any of the potions, this one is not particularly useful in a standard survival situation, unless enhanced.

Enhancing this potion allows the player to jump over an additional block extra, so you can leap up mountains two blocks at a time. Instead, you could extend the effects to eight minutes, but, again, it’s not really worth it in a normal, single-player world.

Minecraft night vision potions: the Deep Dark biome with and without night vision

Potion of Night Vision

Ingredients: Golden carrot, awkward potion.
Use: Allows the player to see everything at maximum light level, even underwater. Great for when you’re heading down to ocean ruins or monuments.

You cannot enhance the night vision potion, so don’t add glowstone dust as it will do nothing, but you can extend the potion’s duration to eight minutes by adding redstone dust.

Potion of Poison

Ingredients: Spider eye, awkward potion.
Use: The potion of poison, as you’d expect, inflicts the poison status effect on whomever consumes it. This is the same status effect you can get from eating raw chicken, and gradually reduces the affected entity’s health by half a heart every 1.25 seconds, to a minimum of half a heart (not actually killing them). The effect lasts 45 seconds, meaning that when you reach half a heart, once you start regenerating health, it will continue to be lost during the duration.

By adding redstone dust, you can extend the effect of the potion of poison to two minutes, or you can enhance the effect, with poison II depleting health by half a heart every 0.4 seconds, for 22 seconds, by adding glowstone dust instead.

Potion of Regeneration

Ingredients: Ghast tear, awkward potion.
Use: Restores health by one (half heart) every 2.5 seconds, and lasts 45 seconds. Whether you want regeneration or instant health depends on the situation – regeneration is better if you know you’re going into a prolonged attack, for example against the Wither.

You can extend the potion of regeneration to last two minutes by brewing with redstone dust, or you can enhance it with glowstone dust to restore one health (half heart) twice as fast, at every 1.2 seconds. This, however, will reduce the potion’s duration to 22 seconds.

Minecraft potions: slow falling into lava

Potion of Slow Falling

Ingredients: Phantom Membrane, awkward potion.
Use: Phantom membranes are a rare item and hard to gather in Minecraft, only obtainable from killing Phantoms, and they can also be used for repairing damaged elytra. However, if you happen to have one or two spare, a potion of slow falling could help you if you’re exploring the epic new Minecraft world height. Fall with this effect, and your falling will be slowed, preventing you from taking damage when you land.

Extend the slow falling potion with redstone dust if you’re going to keep throwing yourself from great heights, from one and a half minutes to four. Slow falling cannot be enhanced.

Potion of Slowness

Ingredients: Fermented spider eye, potion of swiftness, and a potion of leaping.
Use: If you find yourself in a manhunt, being chased down by mobs – or multiplayer tricksters – slow them down with this potion. The potion of slowness reduces the inflicted’s speed to 85% for a minute and a half.

Brew again with glowstone dust to enhance the potion to slow the recipient down to just 40% for 20 seconds, or extend its normal effect to four minutes with redstone dust instead.

Minecraft potions: strength brewing recipe

Potion of Strength

Ingredients: Blaze powder, awkward potion.
Use: The strength effect increases the damage dealt by melee attacks by three (one-and-a-half hearts) for three minutes, great against a powerful opponent.

Extend the potion’s duration by putting it back in the brewing stand with redstone dust for eight minutes of strength. Alternatively, enhance it with glowstone dust to increase damage dealt by six (three hearts), but for only a minute and a half.

Potion of Swiftness

Ingredients: Sugar, awkward potion.
Use: Get that sugar high and increase your movement speed, sprint speed, and jump distance by 20% for three minutes.

The potion of swiftness can be extended to eight minutes by adding redstone dust, or enhanced with glowstone dust to increase those stats by 40%, reducing the effect’s duration to a minute and a half.

Potion of the Turtle Master

Ingredients: Turtle shell, awkward potion.
Use: This potion is unique in that it has two very different effects: one positive, one negative. The positive effect, resistance III, is so good that you are also slowed down with slowness IV, as a counter balance, both for 20 seconds. Overall, you’ll be reduced to 60% speed, while also reducing any damage taken by 60%. Still, if you’re being hit hard, that resistance could be worth it.

When enhanced, the effects increase to resistance IV and slowness VI, slowing you down by a massive 90%, but reducing any damage by 80%, while the duration remains at 20 seconds. Instead, you can extend the duration of the standard effects to 40 seconds.

Minecraft potions: water breathing brewing recipe

Potion of Water Breathing

Ingredients: Pufferfish, awkward potion.
Use: Allows you to completely breath underwater for three minutes, stopping the oxygen bar from depleting. Use the potion of water breathing with the potion of night vision (and the aqua affinity enchantment) to be able to adventure underwater without a care.

You can extend the water breathing effects to last eight minutes by adding redstone dust, but you cannot enhance this potion.

Potion of Weakness

Ingredients: Fermented spider eye, awkward potion.
Use: One of the most popular potions in the game, despite having a negative effect, the potion of weakness is the only potion to have a specific in-game purpose, as well as its standard effect on any player or mob. Using the potion on an enemy will cause its melee attack to be reduced by four (two hearts), for a minute and a half. However, you can also use a potion of weakness to cure a zombie villager, bringing them back to life and returning them to their normal villager status.

For its usual use, you can extend the duration of the potion of weakness to four minutes, but this isn’t necessary for curing a zombie villager.

The best Minecraft potions

Of course, with each potion doing something very different, the best potion depends entirely on your situation, and the adventure on which you are planning to embark. However, it is easy to take a look at some of the overall better bottles of ominous liquid, and those which you’re more likely to need in a standard survival world.

  • Splash Potion of Weakness – useful in its ability to heal zombie villagers when thrown at them, alongside feeding them a golden apple.
  • Extended Potion of Water Breathing – explore underwater ruins and monuments with ease with one or two eight minute water-breathing potions.
  • Extended Potion of Night Vision – not only useful with a water breathing potion for underwater exploration, but also to see better in the Deep Dark and avoid those Wardens.
  • Extended Potion of Fire Resistance – a must-have when mining in the Nether, or around Y-level 53 in the overworld, or when fighting Blazes.
  • Enhanced Potion of Healing – take some of these in against the biggest bosses to improve your chances of survival.

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That’s everything you need to know about every brewable potion and its effects. While you’re not curing zombie villagers with potions and apples, take a look at what other Minecraft mobs like to eat, research how to find an Ancient City and prepare yourself with a night vision potion, and find some amazing Minecraft seeds for exploring vast oceans with your newfound ability to breath under water after you drink the potion.