Minecraft: Respiration and breathe underwater

In Minecraft, respiration is a helmet enchantment for extending breathing time underwater.

Respiration extends underwater breathing time by +15 seconds per enchantment level (in addition to the default time of 15 seconds). This is especially useful for looking for shipwrecks and ocean monuments, mining blocks, or just long dives.

How can you get the respiration enchantment?

The respiration enchantment in Minecraft works in three levels (I, II and III) and each level guarantees an extension of 15 seconds for underwater breathing in addition to the normal 15 second. Per level you get the following respiration:

  • Level I: 30 seconds
  • Level II: 45 seconds
  • Level III: 60 seconds

Drowning damage is also reduced with the enchantment, depending on the enchantment level.

minecraft underwater sea plant
Dive into the Minecraft underwater world with the “respiration” enchantment.

You can get the enchantment through a helmet enchantment with an enchantment table and the anvil or directly with an enchantment table. Other pieces of armor can also be enchanted. However, many players find it easier to connect two level I (Respiration) enchantment books to achieve a level II (Respiration) enchantment book (same path for level III).

The respiration enchantment has the enchantment weight 2.

Enchantments in Minecraft

Enchantments in Minecraft are basically power-ups that can help the player in a variety of ways. They can be applied to tools, armor, and weapons. An enchantment takes place at the enchantment table or can be made with an anvil and enchantment book.

minecraft underwater squid
Discover animals living in the water, like the squid.

Need more stamina underwater? No problem!

In addition to the respiration enchantments, there are two other helpful methods to achieve extended underwater stamina:

  • Method 1: The aqua affinity enchantment. It makes breathing underwater and mining blocks easier.
  • Method 2: The use of a turtle shell helmet, which also gives another 10 seconds of extra breathing endurance underwater.

Together with the breathing spell, a total underwater endurance of 70 seconds can be achieved. Enough time to mine a few blocks, defeat underwater monsters, or pick up items from the ocean floor. Or just to take long dives and explore the Minecraft world!

minecraft underwater
Explore even more parts of the world with the respiration enchantment in Minecraft.

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