Minecraft has become a huge phenomenon over the years. Millions of players from all over the world enjoy building their own worlds with blocks and other elements. If you want to get into Minecraft, you’ll need to know some basic terms and concepts, like mining and building. However, once you master these basic game mechanics, you will likely start to take an interest in some of the more advanced parts of the game. One of those aspects is charming. Enchantments are magical enhancements that you can give to your tools, weapons, and armor. Each enchantment has its own unique properties that will enhance an item in a certain way.
Breathing is a helmet enchantment that allows you to breathe underwater. It is one of the most useful enchantments for underwater exploration because it allows you to stay underwater much longer than normal. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at how breathing works and how you can apply it to your game.
How does breathing work?
The first thing to note about the Breathe enchantment is that it can only be applied to helmets (without the use of commands). Canonically, this makes sense as the helmet covers the player’s head. Therefore, you could easily imagine some sort of magical bubble forming around your head as you swim underwater!
As with many other enchantments, Breath comes with a number of levels that determine how effective it is in the game. Specifically for Breath, these enchantment levels range from I-III, with ‘I’ being the lowest and ‘III’ being the highest, meaning you can stay underwater longer with Breath III.
How long can you breathe underwater with Breathing in Minecraft?
Breathing extends a player’s underwater breathing time without taking damage by 15 seconds per level. Therefore, the levels of Breathing enchantments also affect the amount of time a player can spend underwater without taking drowning damage.
For starters, the default time for a player without enchantments is 15 seconds underwater before they start to drown. A player wearing a Breathing I helmet can swim underwater for 30 seconds without taking damage from drowning. With Breath II, the player will gain 45 seconds without taking damage from drowning, and Breath III extends this time to 60 seconds!
Interestingly, wearing a tortoise shell in conjunction with a breathing helmet can increase this duration by an additional ten seconds.
It is possible to use a game command to increase a helmet’s breath level to virtually any number. This means that you could theoretically cheat to have unlimited underwater breathing abilities. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone if you want to try it!
Getting breath on a helmet is something most Minecraft players try to get for their ‘end game’ armor set. There are a few different ways to get one:
You might be lucky enough to find a helmet with the enchantment already in place, in which case, you don’t have to do anything else!
You can find them in loot chests scattered around the world (in Shipwrecks, for example), but you’re more likely to find them in End City chests.
Of course, that method is entirely up to luck, so you may want a safer way to get Breath on a helmet you’ve crafted yourself.
Take a look at this minecraft wiki page If you want a full list of minecraft loot chests you can get an enchanted helmet.
One way to do this is by using an enchantment table. An enchantment table is a special tool that gives you access to a variety of enchantments.
You simply need to create it using a book, some obsidian and a couple of diamonds. Then, to get the best enchantments out of it, you should surround the table with shelves when you place it in your world.
Then place your crafted helmet on the table, along with some lapis lazuli, and upgrade it at the expense of a few experience levels.
The only problem with this method is that you won’t necessarily know exactly which enchantments you’ll get.
Another method is to use an anvil to get the breathing enchantment on your helmet.
You’ll first need to acquire an enchanted book of breath, which you can get from a loot chest, by fishing, by trading with a librarian villager, or by placing a book on an enchantment table.
Once you have the Enchanted Book, simply place your Helmet on the Anvil in the first slot with the Enchanted Book of Breathing in the second slot and combine them at the expense of a few experience levels.
Is breathing or aquatic affinity better in Minecraft?
There is no correct answer here as both items offer unique benefits. The main difference between the two is that the Aqua Affinity enchantment increases the speed at which you can mine blocks while underwater, while Breathing allows you to stay submerged longer.
Both of these enchantments allow you to be more effective when mining underwater because you can mine more blocks faster per trip or spend more time mining blocks per trip.
Ultimately, no upgrade is better or worse than the other because the answer depends on what you want to use your helmet for.
If you’re trying to mine things like clay or sand underwater, you might be better off with Aqua Affinity. However, if you just want to be able to explore underwater for longer, or maybe even take down some sea temples, the Breath will be much better for you.
Of course, the best way to get the most benefit from your helmet is to apply both enchantments at the same time.
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