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This article is about the enchantment that provides the ability to breathe underwater. For the status effect, see Water Breathing.

Respiration is a helmet enchantment for extending breathing time underwater. It can be applied to other armor pieces using commands.


Respiration extends underwater breathing time by +15 seconds per enchantment level in addition to the default time of 15 seconds. It also grants a chance of not taking drowning damage each second by level / (level + 1). The maximum level that can be obtained without commands is level 3, resulting in a total time of 60 seconds underwater (including the base time without enchantments) before drowning begins. Wearing a turtle shell extends this time by an additional 10 seconds.

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Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3Added Respiration.
1.1318w08bRespiration no longer grants enhanced vision underwater.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.12.1build 1Added Respiration.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta no longer grants enhanced vision underwater.
Legacy Console Edition
TU7CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Added Respiration.


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