There are many dangerous and unique places to explore in Minecraft. To make that trek easier, you will want to prepare. That not only means getting arms and armor, but also having potions and food on hand. You can help heal your wounds, as well as reduce the damage you take. There are many reasons why you want to brew potions. If you’re trekking through the Nether, Fire Resistance is nice to have. Maybe you want to go for a nice long swim, Water Breathing can help. Maybe you need to cure that Zombie Villager? Whatever the reason, you’re very likely to need a brewing stand.
How to make a brewing stand
The Brewing Stand is key to making potions. You will need to put the receptacle and the ingredients in the slots on the stand to make your potion. To make one, you need one Blaze Rod, and three of either Cobblestone or Blackstone.
These items can be found pretty easily if you know where to look. The Blaze Rods are the hardest part, as you need to head into the Nether. That’s the hellish fire dimension, the one with the Obsidian portal you need to access it. You will want to find the fireball-spewing Blazes around the battlements of a Fortress. Always bring along good armor, and weapons, and be sure to enchant them if you can. You will want to harvest quite a few as the Brewing Stand in Minecraft also needs Blaze Powder to work.
Once you have your rods, go back and make the Brewing Stand using the Recipe book. Just place the stones on the bottom row, with the Blaze rod above it, in the center. Use the image below as a guide if you get stuck.
Now it’s time to start making potions. The Brewing Stand in Minecraft needs a few different components based on the potion you want to make. You need to start with the basics.
There are three steps to making a Potion:
- Make an Awkward Potion (Water Bottle + Netherwart) in the Brewing Stand.
- Add an effect ingredient to specify the Potion effect.
- (Optional) Add one or more modifier ingredients to change the nature of the Potion.
The brewing process takes time, so don’t try to rush it. Add one unit of an item to the brewing stand for each Water Bottle, following the process outlined above. It’s the last few additions that really matter. Adding different items at the final stage of brewing can affect two elements. You can create different effects once you use something like Glowstone or other items on the potion. Finishing the potion with something like Redstone can also improve its duration.
Potion Modifiers and Recipes
Below you will find a few different lists.
- Adding Glowstone Dust to certain Potions will increase the potency of the concoction, turning it into a “II” variant.
- Adding Redstone Dust to certain potions will turn them into a “+” variant, extending the duration.
- Adding Gunpowder to any Potion will turn it into a Splash Potion, allowing it to be thrown at enemies and other players.
- Adding Dragon’s Breath to any Splash Potion will turn it into a Lingering Potion. A lingering potion can be used to taint the area affected with the potion effect. It’s great for area traps.
Depending on the type of effect you want, you can add the following ingredients to the brewing stand in the listed order to make the potion effect you want:
- Awkward Potion: Water Bottle + Nether Wart
- Potion of Healing: Awkward Potion + Glistering Melon
- Potion of Poison: Awkward Potion + Spider Eye
- Potion of Harming: Potion of Healing/Poison + Fermented Spider Eye
- Potion of Regeneration: Awkward Potion + Ghast Tear
- Potion of Strength: Awkward Potion + Blaze Powder
- Potion of Swiftness: Awkward Potion + Sugar
- Potion of Leaping: Awkward Potion + Rabbit’s Foot
- Potion of Slowness: Potion of Swiftness/Leaping + Fermented Spider Eye
- Potion of Night Vision: Awkward Potion + Golden Carrot
- Potion of Invisibility: Potion of Night Vision + Fermented Spider Eye
- Potion of Fire Resistance: Awkward Potion + Magma Cream
- Potion of Water Breathing: Awkward Potion + Pufferfish
- Potion of the Turtle Master: Awkward Potion + Turtle Shell
- Potion of Slow Falling: Awkward Potion + Phantom Membrane
- Potion of Weakness: Water Bottle + Fermented Spider Eye
The community has been pretty great about making this process streamlined. Now that you know how each potion is made, here’s an easy way to remember everything. Included below is a community-made chart that allows a reader to understand the exact sequence of ingredients to use to make any potion. It’s super useful when you first start tinkering with the Brewing Stand in Minecraft.