How to Breathe Underwater in Minecraft?

Are you playing Minecraft but don’t know how to breathe underwater in Minecraft? If yes, then this article is for you. Below we have shared the complete method to breathe underwater in Minecraft.

Among the numerous other adventures that you face every time you play Minecraft, exploring the underwater world is one in the lists, accompanied by the endless hills, caves, dungeons, and plains scattered all around the Minecraft world.

No matter where in Minecraft, exploring has its benefits in visiting new places and discovering some valuable treasures. Like somewhere in the water depths, you may encounter creatures capable of dropping a trident – A rare weapon that you can use to enchant and use to your heart’s content.

However, the world underwater requires the sole will to explore and a sufficient amount of Oxygen supply! Every time you dive into the water, you have very little time, to be exact, 15 seconds before you start running out of your Oxygen requirements and start to lose your health.

There are ways by which you can prolong the diving periods of your character by equipping it with the correct gears. However, to save you from all that breathing and diving loop, I will show you exactly how you can prolong your time underwater in Minecraft in today’s guide.

How You can Breathe Underwater in Minecraft?

1. Water Breathing Potion:

To create potions in Minecraft; you need a Brewing Stand. A Brewing Stand can be made by using a Blaze Rod and 3 Cobblestones. You will also need Glass Bottle for storing potions, and for making a glass bottle, you need 3 Glass Blocks.

It always a good idea to have a Cauldron around, a cauldron is a small human-made water source nearby the brewing stand to fill the bottles with water, which is needed frequently.

Once you have your brewing, stand ready, place the Blaze Powder, the only fuel you can use in the brewing stand. The top slot of the brewing stand is for the item that you want to distil. The bottom 3 slots are for the Water Bottles or potions that you want to distill the item placed in the top slot into.

Now, to create the Water Breathing Potion, you will need to place the fuel in the first slot at the top left side, Nether Warts into the top slot beside the fuel slot, and then place the Water Bottle in the bottom slots.

After you distill the Nether Warts into the Water Bottle, this will create an awkward potion, which is the base potion that will help you to create effects on that potion. After that, you’ll have to distill a Puffer Fish in that same water bottle.

The easiest way to catch a Puffer Fish is by fishing with an unenchanted fishing rod. To be exact, there is an 11% chance to catch one. This Water Breathing Potion will give you a status effect for 3 straight minutes.

Pro tip: To increase the underwater breathing effect of the same potion, you can distill Redstone Dust into the potion of water breathing, which will increase the duration to 8 long minutes.

2. Respiration Enhancement:

Another way you can increase the length of your underwater breath is by using a special Respiration Enchantment. This is an enchantment for the helmet and the turtle shell, which increases your character’s breathing time by 15 seconds per level of the enchantment. 

The maximum level of the Respiration Enchantment is Level 3. At level 3, the breathing time increases up to 45 seconds.

3. Turtle Shell:

Turtle Shell

The Turtle Shell Helmet can be crafted from Scute. Scute is an item that turtles shed when they go from being babies to adults. You can’t get Scute from killing the turtles.

You need 5 Scutes to create one Turtle Shell Helmet. The helmet, when worn, gives you 10 additional seconds underwater. However, when enchanted with respiration could give you 70 seconds of breathing underwater.

4. Bubble Columns:

Bubble Columns are the columns created underwater from Soul Sand or Magma Blocks. Magma Blocks create a whirlpool that drags your character down and has a range of up to 86 blocks. On the other hand, Soul Sand creates an upward bubble column that pushes your character up.

The Soul Sand bubble columns are underwater, and when you enter them, they replenish your air at the same rate as if you were out of the water. The air bubbles inside this column allow you to breathe.

Bubble columns are best used for mob or item transportation. It isn’t the best way to replenish your air but better than losing your health in challenging situations.

5. Conduit


The recipe for making a Conduit is the Heart of the Sea and eight Nautilus Shells. The Heart of the Sea can be found in the Buried Treasure, the Map to buried treasure can be found in a Shipwreck. On the other hand, the Nautilus Shell can be found by Fishing, killing Drowned, or trading with Wandering Traders.

Fishing with the Luck of the Sea has a 1.9% chance of catching a Nautilus Shell and a 3% chance of Drowned spawning with a Nautilus Shell, which they drop after getting killed.

The Conduit has to be placed in a square 3x3x3 area of water to be activated. The Conduit:

  • Pauses you Oxygen
  • Gives underwater vision
  • Emits 15 light level
  • Increases your underwater mining speed
  • Deals damage to hostile mobs like drowned or guardians within 8 blocks.

You can extend the range of the conduit by putting 3 – 5×5 frames around the conduit. The frames have to be made of Prismarine, Prismarine Bricks, Dark Prismarine, or Sea Lanterns.

With the 16 blocks around your conduit, you will have a range of 32 blocks for the conduit. The maximum range can go up to 96 blocks given that you have all 3 frames, which equal to 42 blocks.

So, now you have a foolproof guide on how to breathe underwater in Minecraft. In this handy read, you have known all the techniques required to survive underwater. All methods have different timestamps ranging to your needs to stay underwater for however long required. Being underwater can be extremely exciting, but not so much when you have to constantly manage your breath meter. Once you find your preferred way to stay underwater long enough, you can spend time in this environment without it being so hostile.

With the help of this guide, you will be able to do a multitude of things in Minecraft, making your experience more exciting.

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