Minecraft potions and brewing guide

If you’re new to Minecraft brewing and want to get to grips with the basics – including what on earth you should do with your phantom membranes – we’ve created a simple guide on how to make potions in Minecraft. Our guide includes how to use a brewing stand, equipment, key ingredients, and some of the most powerful mixtures you can concoct.

Minecraft brewing can be used to create a vast array of consumable potions that will cause various status effects, such as healing buffs, strength enhancers, and elemental cures for when you take on Minecraft mobs and monsters. All Minecraft potions created from brewing require a base ingredient, which can then be adapted and enhanced using a secondary ingredient and/or modifier.

We’ve broken down exactly what you’ll need in this Minecraft brewing guide below, including some of the most common ingredients and their effects and some of the Minecraft potions you can expect to make. We’ll start by breaking down the key equipment you’ll need to get started on your journey to become a brewing pro before moving onto the ingredients you’ll be combining. So, without further ado, here’s your brewing primer for beginners.

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EquipmentHow to use a brewing standpotions

Minecraft brewing equipment

Brewing stand: used to add and combine ingredients into water bottles
Cauldron: holds one bucket of water or three bottles of a single potion. The cauldron equates to three glass bottles
Blaze powder: the fuel for brewing, an essential to fuel the brewing stand
Glass bottle: used at a water source to create a water bottle. Is also the potion container
Water bottle: the starting base for all potions, created from filling a glass bottle at a water source or cauldron

Minecraft brewing stand

Minecraft brewing stand

Here’s how to use a Minecraft brewing stand:

Fill 1-3 glass bottles with water from either a cauldron or a water source
Place the water bottle(s) into the bottom three slots
Fill the top spot with the base ingredient
Use Blaze Powder for the brewing process
Repeat these steps until you have the desired potion

Minecraft brewing potions

Base ingredient

The base ingredients are the first ingredient added to the brewing stand in the process. Every potion requires a base ingredient, which determine the potion’s type. The base ingredients are listed below, along with the type of potion each ingredient creates. The modifier effect is when the ingredient is used at the end of the brewing process, to enhance or adapt potions.

Ingredient
Potion type
Modifier effect
Nether Wart
Awkward Potion
None
Redstone Dust
Mundane Potion
Extends potion duration
Glowstone Dust
Thick Potion
Enhances potion potency
Fermented Spider Eye
Potion of Weakness
Corrupts a potion, reversing its effects
Gunpowder
Splash Water Bottle
Explodes on impact
Dragon’s Breath
Lingering Water Bottle
Explodes on impact, leaves a damaging cloud

Secondary ingredient

The secondary ingredient, also known as the effect ingredient, is to be added to the base one. This ingredient will influence the type of potion created.

 Ingredient
Effect
 Sugar
Swiftness
 Rabbit’s Foot
Swiftness
 Glistering Melon
Healing
 Pufferfish
Water breathing
Magma Cream
Fire resistance
 Golden Carrot
Night vision
 Blaze Powder
Strength
 Ghast Tear
Regeneration
 Turtle Shell
Water breathing
 Phantom Membranes
Slow falling
 Fermented Spider Eye
Poison

Element ingredients

An addition to Minecraft brewing can be found in the Minecraft Bedrock and Education Editions and includes the elemental ingredients below that can cure nausea, weakness, poison, and blindness.

Element
Effect cured
Bismuth
Nausea
Cobalt
Weakness
Silver
Poison
Calcium
Blindness

If you’re excited to venture out from the confines of your mining sanctuary, brewing in Minecraft is a great skill to have. Now you’re familiar with the basics and how to make potions in Minecraft, you can experiment with brewing recipes to create potions to suit your combat needs. Eventually, you’ll be able to take these recipes and start making tipped arrows that’ll make you a master archer at taking down Minecraft phantoms.

Best Minecraft potions

These useful Minecraft potions are ones you’re going to want to have handy when you’re roaming the many biomes and encounter hostile mobs. So if you’re about to take on the Minecraft Wither, you’ll want to come prepared and fully stocked with some of the best potions in Minecraft.

Potion of Healing

Effect – Restores health
Ingredients – Nether Wart, Glistering Melon

Potion of Fire Resistance

Effect – Immunity to fire and lava
Ingredients – Nether Wart, Magma Cream

Potion of Strength

Effect – Increases melee damage
Ingredients – Nether Wart, Blaze Powder

Potion of Night Vision

Effect – See in the dark
Ingredients – Nether Wart, Golden Carrot

Potion of Swiftness

Effect – Increases speed
Ingredients – Nether Wart, Sugar

Some of the potions created from Minecraft brewing include poison, fire resistance, and healing, but ingredients can be combined and manipulated to create a wide range of potions using brewing recipes.

How to make a Potion of Invisibility

While it’s not particularly useful, it’s very fun to turn yourself completely invisible for three minutes and a lot of Minecraft players want to do just that. The recipe is pretty simple. Start with adding the Blaze Powder, then take a Potion of Night Vision and place it in the bottom left of the brewing stand, and finally, pop a Fermented Spider Eye at the top.

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But, for now, best of luck on finding the materials you need to help you in your future endeavours. As well as potions, learn how to craft a Minecraft shield and use an enchanting table in Minecraft to defend yourself in battle against the weird and wonderful Minecraft mobs.