In Minecraft you can drink potions that give powerful buffs or apply negative effects. But why would anyone drink a concoction to intentionally weaken their character? You would not. Potions that inflict debuffs on your character also work on mobs.
Sure, you won’t find a mob in Minecraft who will willingly pick up and drink a potion. But you can squirt on it to induce all kinds of debilitating effects. For this you need a splash potion. And while these potions can provide significant benefits in combat, they’re not theoretically difficult to make. Here’s what you need to know.
Ingredients required for Splash Potions
You need three ingredients to make splash potions.
- A potion
- Blaze Powder
Almost all potions can be brewed back into Splash Potions, which apply an AoE debuff in a small radius. You can even create splash versions of uncraftable potions.
However, the effect (potency) of the potion is reduced if you miss your target. The distance to the splash center can affect how much of the effect (healing or damage) an affected entity takes or how long the effect lasts. Splash potions in Bedrock Edition last 25% shorter than their regular counterparts.
How to brew a splash potion
If you know how to brew a potion, you can probably figure out how to cook a spritz potion by looking at the ingredient list. But let’s go through the process anyway:
- Open the brewing station.
- Add Blaze Powder into the fuel slot or the top-leftmost box.
- Place your gunpowder in the top center slot of the brew station UI.
- Add a maximum of three potion bottles in the bottom row of the UI.
- Wait for the brewing to finish and add the splash potions to your inventory.
Always aim the potion at a mob or player’s head to maximize the splash potion’s radius and duration. For reference, the splash zone is an 8.25 x 8.25 x 4.25 block area that expands outward from the point of impact.
How to get Splash Potion ingredients
If you want to turn your potions into projectiles, you’ll need to do mob farming. Gathering gunpowder is easy enough to get. You can get it from Chests, Creepers, Witches, and Ghasts.
Then each potion has its own list of ingredients, with growing methods ranging from easy to hard. But one of the most difficult components to farm for Splash and regular potions is Blaze Powder.
Flame Powder is crafted from Flame Sticks at the Crafting Bench. However, Blaze Rods only drop when Blazes are killed in the Nether. This is one of the most challenging mobs in the game, especially for new or under-equipped players.
Blaze mobs are agile, shoot high damage fireballs, and only have a default Blaze rod drop rate of 50%. Since one Flame Staff only yields two Flame Powders, players will need to farm a lot of Nether Fortresses to craft multiple potions and eventually gain access to the ending.
How splash potions work
It’s important to understand that each splash potion in Minecraft applies only one effect to its targets. And both positive and negative potion effects can interact with monsters.
For example, a splash health potion can heal or damage monsters. Mobs that spawn in the world like spiders and other passive creatures will be healed by this potion. However, undead-type mobs, such as zombies and skeleton archers or warriors, take damage.
The exact opposite happens with damage potions.
Due to the wide range of interactions available in the game, it’s worth studying some Minecraft lore and gameplay mechanics before investing time and resources in the wrong potions.
As previously mentioned, not all potions can become splash potions. You cannot turn a normal potion into a splash potion after you have already altered it with redstone dust. Brewing Redstone increases the duration of a potion, making it a player-only consumable.
Note that this may differ between different game versions.
However, brewing Glowstone Dust amplifies the positive and negative effects of the point. Take the default damage potion, the damage potion. This brew has two stages – Instant Damage and Instant Damage II. The latter can be made by adding Glowstone Dust to the potion in the brewing booth instead of gunpowder.
After brewing the Instant Damage II version of the damage potion, you can add gunpowder to turn it into a throwing squirt bottle that deals nine points of damage to mobs.
The best spritz potions for brewing
Minecraft has a long list of potions, but not all are good splash potions. The following options are worth considering in PVE and PVP scenarios.
- Splash Potion of Weakness – This explosive potion reduces the attack damage of affected targets by four (two hearts) in Java Edition and has a variable effect in Bedrock. It can have a significant impact on low-damage mobs.
- Splash Potion of Damage – A splash potion of damage deals damage to normal mobs, but does not affect undead mobs such as skeletons, zombies, and all their variations.
- Squirt Poison Potion – Poison damage is a great way to attack tough mobs that you aren’t well prepared to deal with. The poison effect is also a nice way to reduce a target’s ability to heal.
- Splash Potion of Healing – Splash Potion of Healing can damage undead mobs found in all areas of Minecraft, much like damage potions damage normal mobs.
- Splash Potion of Swiftness – Splash Potion of Swiftness grants targets a speed bonus of up to 40%. In PVP, you can throw it at yourself and your allies to escape from shady situations. You can also throw it at opposing players and force them to make mistakes e.g. B. falling off a cliff or walking in lava.
- Splash Potion of Invisibility – Throwing a Splash Potion of Invisibility at yourself and other players can render you invisible for up to three minutes, depending on the strength of the brew. It’s great for navigating mob-dense areas or sneaking into other players’ bases.
Note that the Wither and Ender Dragon can still see players even if they are affected by the invisibility buff if they take aggressive steps. You can use it to build fortifications before starting a fight, but not to attack endgame Minecraft bosses while undetected.
- Splash Potion of Decay – Splash Potion of Decay applies a Wither debuff, which is a more dangerous version of Poison. It dyes hearts black and deals damage to the affected target every two seconds. Unlike Poison, Wither can kill mobs and players.
- Splash Potion of Slowness – This potion slows down other players and mobs by up to 15%. It’s a great tool when fighting agile or large mobs.
Other ways to find Splash Potions
Players who can’t survive Nether Blaze battles or don’t want to trade with others for Blaze Powders can still get Splash Potions.
For example, Splash Potions of Weakness can be created in Brewing Stalls in Igloo Cellars. You can also get them from End Cities and Ancient Cities.
Additionally, players can trade Piglins for Fire Resistance Squirt Potions. However, if you give a Piglin a Gold Ingot, there is only a 1.74% chance that you will receive a Splash Potion of Fire Resistance.
Another way to get splashing potions without brewing them is to steal them from a cauldron. Cauldrons can contain all kinds of splash potions. Adding one of your bottles to the cauldron will create a bottle of Spritzer of the same variety. You’ll also remove a third of the cauldron’s contents with this method. Killing wandering merchants and witches has a chance to drop potions as loot.
Can I use a Splash Potion on myself in Minecraft?
Although Splash Potions are throwable versions of normal potions, you can still apply their effects to your character. To do this, aim the potion a block or two in front of you and throw it on the ground. It should be close enough that you’ll be engulfed by the colored swirl animation and gain the buff or debuff associated with the potion.
How many types of potions are there in Minecraft?
In Minecraft, players can craft three types of potions. Normal potions are categorized as edible items and can be consumed by players from their toolbar. Splash potions are thrown weapons, while persistent potions create an effect cloud on the ground that can apply their effects to players and mobs.
How to stop the effects of a potion?
Drinking a bucket of milk removes positive and negative potion effects in Minecraft.
What modifiers can you apply to potions in Minecraft?
Players can modify potions in four ways. You can make them squirt with Gunpowder, last longer with Redstone Dust, get stronger with Glowstone Dust, or give them a sustained AoE effect by adding Dragon’s Breath.
Midgame crafting for endgame readiness
Many Minecraft players can start gathering ingredients and brewing potions during midgame. Using fire resistance potions or squirt potions is a great way to make yourself more resilient in the nether for more consistent farming of flaming rods.
But potions are by no means mandatory to kill the ender dragon and beat the game. Many YouTube videos will show you that if you have solid game mechanics, beating Minecraft in Survival mode is possible with minimal equipment.
However, potions can make your life easier in PVP and PVE content, allowing you to explore the deepest, darkest, and most dangerous game biomes.
Do you think they are worth the investment? If yes, what is your favorite thing to use? Tell us in the comment section below. Feel free to share some tips on how to use splash potions for maximum efficiency in Minecraft Survival and Hardcore.