[Top 10] Minecraft Best Potions And How To Make Them

Minecraft Best Potions
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While playing vanilla Minecraft, you’ll likely encounter situations in which your character needs a boost. You will want to explore the darkest caves, the deepest oceans, and fight the toughest bosses. No need for fancy mods or add-ons: all of these potions can be brewed on whatever form of Minecraft you’re running with only minor stat changes between versions. Brew some potions to make yourself harder, better, faster, stronger.

10. Potion of Night Vision +

What could be hiding down this spooky corridor?

If you’ve somehow run out of torches but have plenty of potion materials, Night Vision is here to help. Explore caves (both above ground and underwater) without leaving a trail of torches. 

Potion Stats:

  • Positive effect
  • Duration: 8:00
  • Increases perceived light level to 15

What makes Night Vision + awesome:

  • Sprint through the dark without bumping into anything. No need to light your way.
  • Night Vision also works underwater. Combined with Water Breathing +, you’ll have eight minutes to explore Davy Jones’ locker.

How to make Night Vision + :

Get the recipe HERE

9. Potion of Slow Falling +

That'd be quite a fall...

They say it’s not the fall that kills you, it’s the landing. If you enjoy building at great heights but don’t have the sure-footedness of a mountain goat, Slow Falling will keep you alive even if you crash-land. . 

Potion Stats:

  • Positive effect
  • Duration: 4:00
  • Reduces rate of falling
  • No damage when hitting the ground

What makes Slow Falling + awesome:

  • Not only do you essentially have an invisible parachute, you’ll take zero damage when you land. Neither will your crops if you land on top of them.
  • You’ll also be able to sprint farther. A gap of 5 blocks is just a little hop for you with the Potion of Slow Falling +.

How to get Potion of Slow Falling +:

Get the recipe HERE

8. Potion of Fire Resistance +

Come on in, the lava's fine!

Nether fans need not fear burning after drinking the Potion of Fire Resistance. Feel free to dive into that pool of lava! Dig straight down if you want to! Set the forest on fire, if that’s your thing.

Potion Stats:

  • Positive Effect
  • Duration 8:00
  • Immunity to all heat damage

What makes Fire Resistance + awesome:

  • Lava means nothing. Fire means nothing. For eight glorious minutes, you can indulge your inner pyromaniac with absolutely no ill effects.
  • Plow your way through the Nether without burning or worrying about Blaze attacks.

How to make Fire Resistance +:

Get the recipe HERE

7. Potion of Weakness +

Look how happy he is!

Although not recommended for the player to drink, this is an especially useful potion in Minecraft. Splash it on mobs or players to reduce their melee damage, or use it to cure zombie villagers if you’re feeling altruistic.

Potion Stats:

  • Negative Effect
  • Duration: 4:00
  • Decrease melee damage by 4 (2 hearts)

What makes Weakness + awesome:

  • Gain the upper hand for 4 minutes when you reduce the amount of damage a mob or player can deal.
  • Use the splash version of this potion to cure zombie villagers. Splash them, then feed them a golden apple. Your new best friend will offer you a steep discount on trades.

How to make Potion of Weakness +

Get the recipe HERE

6. Potion of Strength II

Look out mobs, Strength II is about to destroy you

The opposite of the Potion of Weakness, Strength II will give you an extra boost of damage dealt. Combined with an enchanted sword, you’ll be up for any challenge.

Potion Stats:

  • Positive effect
  • Duration 1:30
  • Increases melee damage by 6 (3 hearts)

What makes Strength II awesome:

  • Although Strength + lasts longer, it only provides a boost of 3 damage. If you’re really in a tough spot, go for Strength II and crush your enemies.
  • Drink this potion and grab your best sword. It’s time to go hunting!

How to make Potion of Strength II

Get the recipe HERE

5. Potion of Healing II

Ouch! Let's pretend that damage never happened.

Didn’t manage to finish brewing your Potion of Strength before going into battle? Did you take some nasty damage? Potion of Healing II will bring you back from the brink of death!

Potion Stats:

  • Positive Effect
  • Duration: instant
  • Increases health by 8 (4 hearts)

What makes Healing II awesome:

  • Four hearts is a lot of damage restoration. It can take quite a long time to restore that much health from eating, so if you’re in a hurry, take a swig of Healing II.
  • This can also be brewed as a splash potion if you’d like to rescue a friendly player who’s taken some damage. 

How to make Potion of Healing II:

Get the recipe HERE

4. Potion of Invisibility 

Totally invisible! Never mind the particles...

If you need to sneak past your friends, Invisibility can help. It’s not foolproof, since mobs can find you if you’re too close and any held items or armor are still visible, but it’s better than nothing. Just don’t let anyone see the particles floating around you.

Potion Stats:

  • Positive effect
  • Duration: 3:00
  • Makes player invisible, except to mobs at close range

What makes Invisibility awesome:

  • Although your character is invisible, armor, held items, and protruding arrows are not. It may not be the most useful potion, but it is a lot of fun.
  • Splash Invisibility potion can be used on other players and mobs, but certain attributes (such as a llama’s blanket and spiders’ eyes) remain visible.
  • Try brewing Invisibility + if you need to remain incognito for eight minutes at a time.

How to make Potion of Invisibility:

Get the recipe HERE

3. Potion of Water Breathing

Let's go swimming!

There is a ton of cool stuff to explore underwater! You’ll need more than just a few seconds to explore it all, so brew up a potion to buy yourself some time. Potion of Water Breathing + is as close as your Minecraft character can get to scuba diving.

Potion Stats:

  • Positive effect
  • Duration: 8:00
  • Prevents oxygen bar from decreasing

What makes Water Breathing + awesome:

  • You can hold your breath much, much longer with Water Breathing + than without. Feel free to explore that Ocean Monument. Follow those dolphins and find shipwrecks. Look at a fish!
  • If you find yourself trapped under the ice, take a swig of Water Breathing until you can chip your way out.

How to make Potion of Water Breathing +:

Get the recipe HERE

2. Potion of Swiftness II

Pedal to the metal!

In a hurry? Can’t wait to get to the next place? Need to escape? Swiftness II can help you! It’s even faster than Swiftness +!

Potion stats:

  • Positive effect
  • Duration: 1:30
  • Increase speed by 40%
  • Increased FOV 

What makes Swiftness II awesome:

  • If you need to make a hasty retreat, Switftness II can’t be beat. Swiftness + may last longer, but this one is much faster.
  • Zoom around the chunk at top speed to map out your area in a hurry.

How to make Potion of Swiftness II:

Get the recipe HERE

1.Potion of Regeneration +

It's just a flesh wound

If you can only bring one potion into battle, make it this one. When you’re in a sticky situation, it can be tough to stay alive without some sort of health regeneration. This potion is strong enough to keep your hearts filled and lasts long enough to get you through most fights. 

Potion Stats:

  • Positive Effect
  • Duration: 1:30
  • Restores health by 1 (0.5 hearts) every 50 ticks up to 36 (18 hearts).

What makes Regeneration + awesome:

  • Your hearts will slowly tick up over the course of a minute and a half. If you take damage, just wait 2.5 seconds for a half heart to regenerate.
  • Crawl through caves and plow through zombie hordes knowing that your hearts can take the hit.

How to make Potion of Regeneration +:

Get the recipe HERE


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