Water Breathing is a Status Effect which temporarily allows a Player to swim underwater without drowning for a longer duration than they would without it, and consequently taking no damage. This effect will also slightly increase visibility underwater.

The icon for the Water Breathing effect.

Like all other status effects, it can be removed by drinking Milk.


This status effect can be gained from four sources:

Similar Effects

  • The Respiration enchantment allows a player to breathe longer underwater before dying to drowning, but it does not make them completely immune to it. This enchantment does not grant enhanced visibility underwater (after Minecraft Java version 1.13.0), unlike Night Vision.