How to make a brewing stand and create potions in Minecraft: Pocket Edition (0.12 tutorial)

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How to make a brewing stand and create potions in Minecraft: Pocket Edition (0.12 tutorial)
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The latest version of Minecraft Pocket Edition adds the ability to brew potions which, when drunk, momentarily give you special abilities like faster running and fire resistance.

Potions are not easy to make, though. The crafting requirements and brewing ingredients are hard to come by, and a require a trip into the scariest place in the game: The Nether.

So grip our hand tight, and let us take you through it - step by perilous step.

Step 1 - Get a bottle of water Sand

Potions have such humble beginnings: a simple bottle of water. To start, go the beach and get three blocks of sand.


Use a furnace (crafted from 8 cobblestone blocks) to turn the sand into glass. Put the sand in the top slot, and fuel - such as wood or coal - in the bottom. When three glass blocks have been created, take them.


Now use the crafting table to craft a bottle.

Water in bottle

Go find a body of water and tap and hold the bottle on it to fill the bottle up.

Step 2 - Enter The Nether

Your next goal is to enter the nightmare hellscape that is The Nether. Before you do, make sure you are kitted out in high powered armour, and have a sword. You don't want to go in unprepared.


To make a portal to the Nether you will need to pour water on lava source to make Obsidian. Then mine that with a Diamond Pickaxe. Place them in the shape shown above, and then use Flint and Steel to power up the portal.

For more info, see this article on The Nether.

Step 3 - Get Blaze Rod and Nether Wart Nether Wart

We need to find two things in The Nether: a Blaze Rod and some Nether Wart. Both can be found inside Nether Fortresses, which look like large dark brown buildings.

Inside you should find some Nether Wart growing. Take it, and also grab the Soul Sand that is is growing in. You can grow your own Nether Wart back above ground, and as this stuff is essential for potion brewing you'll want an endless supply.


Also: kill a Blaze. They fight in groups and throw fireballs. But if you kill one, it should drop a Blaze Rod. Grab it, then high tail it out of the Nether.

Step 4 - Make a Brewing Stand Craft

You should now be able to craft a Brewing Stand at a crafting table. You just need three cobblestone blocks to go with your Blaze Rod. Once you're done, plop the stand down and use it.

Step 5 - Make a base potion Awkward

Pretty much all potions start as an Awkward Potion. To make this base potion, put a water bottle in the left slot and a Nether Wart in the top. Out will pop: an Awkward Potion! Huzzah.

Step 6 - Make a potion Potions

Now, put your Awkward Potion in the left slot, and your ingredient in the top. The easiest ingredient to get, if you're just starting out, is sugar. You can get this by chopping down sugar canes and turning it into sugar.


Put those together and you'll get a speed potion which makes you run faster. Just drink the potion and your top speed will increase for several minutes.

Here are the other potions in the game, courtesy of the MCPE Wikia.

Name Effect Ingredients
Potion of Regeneration Restores health over time Awkward Potion + Ghast Tear
Potion of Instant Health Restores health instantly Awkward Potion + Glistering Melon
Potion of Fire Resistance Immunity to fire and lava Awkward Potion + Magma Cream
Potion of Night Vision Improved vision in dark Awkward Potion + Golden Carrot
Potion of Underwater Breathing Ability to breath underwater Awkward Potion + Pufferfish
Potion of Strength Increases attack power Awkward Potion + Blaze Powder
Potion of Swiftness Increases movement speed Awkward Potion + Sugar
Potion of Poison Drains health over time Awkward Potion + Spider Eye
Potion of Leaping Increases jump height / distance Awkward Potion + Rabbit's Foot

Step 7 - Make it even better

Potion better

A few different ingredients can be used on an existing potion to make it even better.

Glowstone, which can be found in The Nether, make potions stronger. Redstone, which can be found underground, makes them last longer.

Speed up

A fermented Spider Eye (a spider eye mixed with brown mushroom and sugar) corrupts the potion effects, making them harmful to monsters. Then, use gunpowder (dropped by Creepers) to create splash potions, which can be thrown at enemies to pass on the effects.

Here are the recipes for that:

Name Effect Ingredients
Potion of Harming Does instant damage Potion of Instant Health + Fermented Spider Eye
Potion of Weakness Lowers attack power Water Bottle + Fermented Spider Eye
Potion of Slowness Lowers speed Potion of Swiftness + Fermented Spider Eye

Let us know how you get on in the comments below.