Water Breathing

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Water Breathing
Water Breathing.png
Potion of Water BreathingSplash Potion of Water BreathingLingering Potion of Water Breathing

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Water breathing is a status effect that prevents or delays drowning, and allows waterlogged beds[Bedrock Edition only] to be used. It also prevents or delays squid, salmon, cod, pufferfish, and tropical fish from taking suffocation damage from being on land.‌[Bedrock Edition only][verify]

In Bedrock Edition, the player's oxygen meter refills even when underwater.


Cause Potency Length Notes
Potion of Water Breathing I 3:00 Witches drink this potion when underwater.
Potion of Water Breathing (extended) I 8:00
Splash Potion of Water Breathing I 3:00
Splash Potion of Water Breathing (extended) I 8:00
Lingering Potion of Water Breathing I 0:45
Lingering Potion of Water Breathing (extended) I 2:00
Arrow of Water Breathing I 0:22
Arrow of Water Breathing (extended) I 1:00
Turtle Shell I 0:10 Only counts down underwater. Instantly replenishes in air.
Conduit Power indefinite Area effect 32–96 blocks radius from an activated conduit, depending on activation level.

Immune mobs[edit]

Boss mobs are immune to Water Breathing.[verify]


Helmets with the Respiration enchantment provide a similar effect, granting an extra 15 seconds of underwater breath per level. However, this is not done through the Water Breathing effect.

Data values[edit]


Potion Namespaced ID[JE only] Numeric ID‌[BE only]
Water Breathing water_breathing 19
Water Breathing (extended) long_water_breathing 20
Effect Namespaced ID Numeric ID
Water Breathing water_breathing 13


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
Free DiverStay underwater for 2 minutesDrink a potion of water breathing that can last for 2 minutes or more, then jump into the water or activate a conduit or sneak on a magma block underwater for 2 minutes.20GSilver


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID


A Furious Cocktail
Have every potion effect applied at the same timeLocal BreweryHave all of these 13 potion effects applied to the player at the same time. Beacon effects also count for the purposes of this advancement. Other potion effects, if any, may be applied to the player, but are ignored for this advancement.nether/all_potions


How Did We Get Here?
Have every effect applied at the same timeA Furious CocktailHave all of these 26 effects applied to the player at the same time. Other status effects, if any, may be applied to the player, but are ignored for this advancement.
This is a hidden advancement, meaning that it can be viewed by the player only after completing it.


Java Edition Beta
1.8Pre-releaseAdded unobtainable Water Breathing.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2Potions which grant the Water Breathing effect are added.
Milk now cancels the Water Breathing effect.
Water Breathing now has its own icon.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3Water Breating no longer has any associated potions.
1.7.213w36aDedicated Water Breathing potions added.
1.915w31aAdded the Arrow of Water Breathing.
Potions no longer use damage values to determine their effect, the effects moved to the Potion NBT.
1.1318w08bThe Water Breathing status effect no longer gives the player enhanced underwater vision.
1.1418w43a Changed effect icon texture.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.11.0build 1Added water breathing, which was unobtainable at the time.
0.12.1build 1Water breathing is now obtainable via Potion of Water Breathing and splash potion of water breathing.
0.14.0build 1Witches can now grant water breathing effect when drinking a potion underwater.
0.15.0build 1AddedArrow of Water Breathing.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha Lingering Potion of Water Breathing.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta breathing no longer gives enhanced underwater vision.
1.5.0beta breathing can now be obtained by wearing turtle shells.
1.11.0beta Changed effect icon texture.