How To Make A Speed Potion In Minecraft: A Step-By-Step Guide

Tired of running slow while exploring or killing enemies? Make a Potion of swiftness in Minecraft and never go back to running slow ever again.

Updated on Nov 09, 2023
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How To Make A Speed Potion In Minecraft: A Step-By-Step Guide

Minecraft players drink potions or use a splash potion for quality of life improvements or to defeat the various bosses within the game.

Most potions provide the player with useful buffs or positive effects to improve their gameplay, such as having increased strength, immunity to fire using a fire resistance potion, and so on.

Gathering The Materials Needed To Make A Potion of Swiftness

Here is a quick summary of all the needed materials a potion of fire resistance requires:

  • Glass Water Bottle, at least 1 (3 Sand Blocks/3 Glass Blocks)
  • A Brewing Stand (3 Blocks of Cobblestone or its other variants + 1 Blaze Rod)
  • Nether Warts
  • Blaze Powder (Blaze Rods)
  • Sugar (Sugar Canes)

Note: Some of the items included in this list require you to go to the Nether dimension. You will need other items such as obsidian blocks to create a portal to go to the Nether.

Craft At Least 1 Glass Water Bottle

  1. Go to your nearest source of sand blocks such as riverbanks, beaches, and deserts.


  1. Dig up at least 3 blocks of sand.


  1. Then, place these sand blocks into a furnace to smelt them into glass blocks.


  1. Place the glass blocks on a crafting table in a V-shaped pattern to get glass bottles.


  1. Using the glass bottles, right-click any source of water to fill them up.


  1. These water bottles will serve as your potion bottles. Having 3 of them will allow you to brew up to three potions at the same time.

Obtain Sugar From Sugar Cane

Sugar canes are very easy to find in any Minecraft world. They can be found in almost any rivers, lakes, and even near the ocean.

  1. Go to the nearest body of water from your base.


  1. Follow the shoreline until you find a green, reed-like plant near the water. Those are sugar canes.


  1. Break and take the sugar canes.


  1. Place 1 sugar cane in the craft grid in your inventory or on a crafting table and craft sugar.


Quick Tip: Save at least 1 Sugar Cane and plant it in your base to have an infinite source or to make a farm, since they grow relatively quickly.

Travel To The Nether Dimension

  1. Build a portal and go to the Nether dimension.


  1. Then, locate a Nether Fortress.


  1. After which, kill some Blazes to get blaze rods to craft blaze powder and a brewing stand as well. Blaze powder is also used to craft magma cream, which is essential in crafting a fire potion.

Note: Be alert and careful since Blazes deal a lot of fire damage. Remember to drink a fire resistance potion or wear your best enchanted armor whenever you go to the Nether.


  1. Once you have secured these items, find some Nether warts, the red fungus, that are usually found on soul sand near staircases within the Nether Fortress. They will be used to make the awkward potion needed in brewing various potions.


  1. Then, you can also get glowstone dust by mining glowstone blocks found near the Nether's ceiling as they can be used to enhance the potion you are brewing.


  1. Finally, go back to the overworld to continue making a speed potion.

Using A Brewing Stand To Make A Speed Potion

Finally, the next part is the point where we start brewing a potion of swiftness.

Remember to just follow these easy steps:

  1. Make sure that you already have a brewing stand ready to use. Right-click on it to open the brewing stand interface.


  1. Add blaze powder to the box that corresponds to the same shape in the brewing stand interface to add fuel to it.


  1. Place the 3 water bottles that you crafted earlier in the brewing stand menu.


  1. The first potions you need to brew are awkward potions. It is the most basic potion required to brew other potions. Make an awkward potion by adding a nether wart in the ingredient slot in the brewing stand interface and wait for a few seconds for it to finish brewing.


  1. Once done, this process will turn each of the water bottles into an awkward potion. Do not remove the awkward potions from the brewing stand.


  1. After which, place a sugar in the ingredient slot of the brewing stand.


  1. Wait for a few seconds. Then, you now have a regular Potions of Swiftness.


How To Make A Splash Potion Of Swiftness

After brewing, you can further enhance a Potion of Swiftness by adding these optional ingredients:

  • Gunpowder
  • Dragon's Breath
  • Redstone Dust
  • Glowstone Dust

These ingredients enhance the potion effect by either turning them into splash potions, more duration, increased speed, or creating a lingering effect.

To make a splash Potion of Swiftness, simply add gunpowder into the ingredient slot right after brewing a regular Potion of Swiftness. The gunpowder turns potions into splash potions, which have a distinct shape with a pointed top.



Furthermore, if you add a dragon's breath as an ingredient to a splash Potion of Swiftness, it will turn into a Lingering Potion of Swiftness which will have a similar effect as the Ender Dragon's breath attack. The buff will apply as long as you stand on its area of effect (AOE) when thrown to the ground.



On the other hand, adding a redstone dust in the ingredient slot after brewing the regular Potion of Swiftness, it will brew into an extended Potion of Swiftness which has a longer duration buff. It will have 8 minutes instead of the regular 3-minute version.



When redstone dust is added to a lingering potion of swiftness, the area of effect will have a longer duration instead of the buff. The duration will extend from 45 seconds to 2 minutes.

Lastly, adding glowstone dust as an ingredient in the brewing stand upgrades a regular Potion of Swiftness into a Potion of Swiftness II, which will give 40% additional speed instead of the normal 20%. However, the duration will only be 1 minute and 30 seconds.



Note: You can only choose to add a redstone dust or a glowstone dust to any of the Potions of Swiftness variants. You cannot add both to have a longer duration and faster speed.

You can now brew your own Speed Potions or Potions of Swiftness in Minecraft. Keep in mind to add more blaze powder if you run out of fuel while brewing.

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