A lingering potion is a type of throwable potion in Minecraft that creates a cloud of potion particles when thrown. The cloud lingers on the ground for a period of time, allowing the potion effect to impact any entity that walks through it . Lingering potions are made by adding dragon's breath to regular splash potions, which gives them the ability to leave behind a billowing trail of potion particles. These potions can have a variety of effects depending on the base potion, from dealing damage to mobs with a Lingering Potion of Harming or healing allies with a Lingering Potion of Regeneration. To make lingering potions, you'll need access to a brewing stand, blaze powder, glass bottles, nether wart, and the base potion ingredients. The key extra material is dragon's breath, which is collected from ender dragons in the End.
Before you can make a Lingering Potion, you'll need to gather the required ingredients. The key items needed are blaze powder, glass bottles, and dragon's breath. Here's how to get each one:
Blaze powder is obtained by killing Blazes in Nether fortresses and collecting Blaze rods. You can then craft the rods into Blaze powder using a crafting table. Blaze powder is required to activate the brewing stand and allow for brewing (https://minecraft.fandom.com/wiki/Blaze_Powder).
Glass bottles can be easily crafted from glass blocks made from sand. Just place 3 glass blocks vertically in a crafting table to get 3 glass bottles. Bottles will be needed to collect and hold potions (https://www.digminecraft.com/basic_recipes/make_glass_bottle.php).
Dragon's breath is obtained by collecting breath particles from Ender Dragons in the End dimension. Use glass bottles on the dragons to scoop up the particles. Each dragon will provide only a limited number of bottles per fight. Respawning the dragon is the only way to farm unlimited dragon's breath (https://minecraft.fandom.com/wiki/Dragon%27s_Breath).
Brewing the Potion
To brew a Lingering Potion, you first need to activate the brewing stand. Place 3 Blaze Powders in the fuel slots at the bottom of the stand to provide heat for brewing. Next, add Water Bottles and your chosen Nether Wart to make an Awkward Potion, the base for most potion brewing recipes. Once you have the base Awkward Potion, add the ingredients for the specific potion effect you want. For example, add a Fermented Spider Eye to make a Potion of Weakness. At this point you will have a regular potion.
To convert the regular potion into a splash potion, simply add Gunpowder. The Gunpowder causes the potion to be throwable like a grenade. Finally, to make a lingering version of the splash potion, add Dragon's Breath. The Dragon's Breath lingering potion effect works by leaving particles behind after impact, creating a temporary potion cloud.
Now that you understand the brewing process, you can make any lingering potion by starting with a regular potion, converting it to splash with Gunpowder, and finally transforming it into a lingering potion by adding Dragon's Breath. Just be sure to have all the necessary ingredients before you start!
Making a Lingering Potion of Harming
One of the most useful lingering potions to make is a Lingering Potion of Harming. To brew this, you will first need to make a regular Potion of Harming by adding a fermented spider eye to an awkward potion. This will invert the potion into one of harming. Then, add gunpowder to turn the Potion of Harming into a Splash Potion of Harming. Finally, add dragon's breath to the Splash Potion of Harming to convert it into a Lingering Potion of Harming .
The Lingering Potion of Harming creates a poisonous cloud that damages any enemies inside it. Try making a Lingering Potion of Harming II for even more devastating effects, inflicting increased damage to mobs and players . This can be a very effective weapon for fighting bosses or mob spawners.
One downside of lingering potions is that the effect cloud dissipates shortly after being thrown. The default duration is only around 30 seconds. To get more value out of lingering potions, players will want to find ways to extend the duration of the effect.
Using commands, players can modify potions to increase their duration. The /effect command can be used to give a potion a longer duration before converting it into a lingering potion. Modifiers like Redstone can also extend potion durations when added during brewing. Using a Redstone modifier increases the duration by 20% per Redstone added.
By extending the duration, the lingering potion cloud remains active for longer. This is especially useful for potions that deal damage over time, like Lingering Potions of Harming. More duration allows the potion to keep damaging enemies for longer periods. Overall, manipulating duration is key to getting the most out of lingering potions in Minecraft.