How to make an Awkward Potion in Minecraft 1.18 - Minecraft Tutorial

The most important and useful potion in Minecraft is the Awkward Potion. It doesn't do anything directly, but it's the basis for almost every other potion recipe that you'll want to make. So you will make them often :)

This tutorial works for both Java edition and Bedrock edition. It also works for all recent versions of the game (including Minecraft 1.18.1).

If you prefer a video version, you can find that here on my YouTube channel.

What you need

To get started on an Awkward Potion, you will need:

  • Brewing Stand
  • Blaze Powder
  • Nether Wart
  • Bottles of Water

How to make a Brewing Stand

You can craft a Brewing Stand using 3 Cobblestone and 1 Blaze Rod.

How to make a Brewing Stand

I'll explain where you can get a Blaze Rod from shortly.

How to make Blaze Powder

Blaze Powder in Minecraft is also made using a Blaze Rod.

How to make Blaze Powder

The Blaze Rod can be found in a Nether Fortress, which is part of the next section.

Where to find Nether Wart in Minecraft

Nether Wart is a farmable item, that can only be found in the Nether. Nether Wart is also essential if you need to make an Awkward Potion in Minecraft.

You can find some Nether Wart in a Nether Fortress:

This is what a Nether Fortress looks like in Minecraft

The Nether Wart will be in a dedicated room with a set of stairs in the middle of the room:

This is where you find Nether Wart within a Nether Fortress

How to find Nether Wart when the Nether Fortress is empty or looted

Sometimes on a multiplayer server, the Nether Fortress will already be looted and you can't find any Nether Wart.

In that situation, you can also find Blaze Rods in a Bastion in the Nether.

Bastions can be quite dangerous, because they have Piglins that will attack you if you're not wearing gold armour (or Piglin Brutes, that attack you regardless of what armour you're wearing).

Piglins spawn in the Bastions, making them dangerous.

But if you can find Nether Wart in the middle, at ground level, of many Bastions:

Some bastions have a central area at ground level that contains a small amount of Nether Wart

WARNING: Bastions are a lot harder to tackle than a Nether Fortress. So if all you want is Nether Wart, definitely try going after a Nether Fortress first. It will likely be easier to survive.

Where to find a Blaze Rod in Minecraft

The Blaze Rod is used to make the Brewing Stand and Blaze Powder in Minecraft, as mentioned above.

You can get a Blaze Rod by killing the hostile Blaze mob, which can be found in the Nether Fortress I showed you above.

WARNING: The Blaze will shoot fireballs at you, and can be very dangerous - especially in the open and when there are many of them. So use extreme caution when approaching them.

This is what a Blaze looks like:

This is what a Blaze looks like in Minecraft

If you have the Looting enchantment on your sword, you can get extra Blaze Rods for every Blaze that you kill.

Looting enchantment gives you more Blaze Rods from each Blaze that is killed

You want to make sure you get TWO Blaze Rods, before you leave the Nether Fortress. One will not be enough.

If possible, get several of them. 10 Blaze Rods will last you a while and is a good goal to aim for.

Craft the items together

Now it's time to start crafting a few things together:

  • Make a Brewing Stand, using the recipe above in the section titled "How to make a Brewing Stand"
  • Make some Blaze Powder, using the recipe above in the section titled "How to make Blaze Powder"
  • Make 3 Glass Bottles, using Glass. You can smelt Sand in a Furnace to get Glass.

Once you've done that, hold the Glass Bottles in your hand and right-click on water, to collect it. Fill up all three bottles.

Now, it's time to make the Awkward Potion!

Place the Brewing Stand that you crafted on the ground. Right-clicking it lets you open it's user interface.

Next, put the three bottles of water that you created into the bottom slots, like this:

Place the 3 bottles of water into the Brewing Stand

NOTE: You can put less than 3 bottles of water in here if you like, but there is no extra cost to make three Awkward Potions at the same time - so why not do it anyway? :)

Add your Blaze Powder into the top left slot:

Add Blaze Powder into the Brewing Stand that you made

Finally, add a piece of Nether Wart into the top middle slot:

Add Nether Wart into the Brewing Stand that you made

Once it has finished brewing, you'll end up with an Awkward Potion. As in the tooltip when you hover over it, it has "No Effects".

The reason for this is that an Awkward Potion is the building block for other potions in Minecraft, like the Fire Resistance potion!

Well done! You just made your first Awkward Potion. Well, three of them, actually! :P

Your next steps

If you're not sure what potion you would like to make next, watch this video:

The 11 Best Minecraft Potions To Make

Alternatively, I would suggest you start by making a Fire Resistance potion. That way, you will be able to more easily travel into the Nether without burning in lava, and it will be easier to fight Blaze if you have a Potion of Fire Resistance:

How to make a Potion of Fire Resistance in Minecraft

Have a great day! :)

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