How To Get Respiration Enchantment Minecraft, Respiration In Minecraft

This Minecraft tutorial explains the Respiration enchantment with screenshots and step-by-step instructions.

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Supported Platforms

The Respiration enchantment is available in the following versions of Minecraft:

PlatformSupported (Version*)
Java Edition (PC/Mac) Yes
Pocket Edition (PE) Yes

Xbox 360

Xbox One Yes


PS4 Yes

Wii U

Nintendo Switch Yes
Windows 10 Edition Yes
Education Edition Yes

* The version that it was added or removed, if applicable.NOTE: Pocket Edition (PE), Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows 10 Edition are now called Bedrock Edition. We will continue to show them individually for version history.


The Respiration enchantment extends how long you can breathe underwater. It also helps you see better underwater.

You can add the Respiration enchantment to any helmet or leather cap using an enchanting table, anvil, or game command. Then you will need to wear the enchanted helmet to gain the extended underwater breathing time.

The maximum level for the Respiration enchantment is Level 3. This means that you can enchant an item with up to Respiration III. The higher the level, the more powerful the enchantment.

Enchantment Name

Min Level

Max Level


Applies To

How to add Enchantment

Level 1 (Respiration I)
Level 3 (Respiration III)
Extends how long you can breathe underwater (it also helps you see better underwater)
1. Enchanting Table2. Anvil3. /enchant command

Items to Enchant with Respiration

In Minecraft, you can enchant the following items with Respiration:

How to make an Enchanted Book

How to make a Diamond Helmet

How to make a Golden Helmet

How to make an Iron Helmet

How to make a Leather Cap
How to make a Chain Helmet
How to make a Netherite Helmet
How to make a Turtle Shell
How to make a Dyed Leather Cap

Wear the Enchanted Helmet

Once you have a helmet/cap that is enchanted with Respiration, you need to wear the enchanted helmet. You will not gain the extended underwater breathing time until the helmet is worn.

Move the helmet/cap with Respiration from your inventory to your character”s helmet box.

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You will see your character”s appearance change as the helmet is worn.

Now that you are wearing the enchanted helmet on your head, you will be able to breathe underwater for longer without running out of air.

Congratulations, you just learned all about the Respiration enchantment in Minecraft.

Enchantment ID and Name

In Minecraft, Respiration has the following enchantment ID and Name values:

Enchantment(Minecraft ID Name)Max LevelMinecraft IDPlatformVersion
Respiration(respiration) III 5 Java Edition (PC/Mac)
Respiration(respiration) III 6 Pocket Edition (PE) 0.16.0
Respiration(respiration) III 6 Xbox One 1.4.0
Respiration(respiration) III 6 PS4 1.14.0
Respiration(respiration) III 6 Nintendo Switch 1.5.0
Respiration(respiration) III 6 Windows 10 Edition 0.16.0
Respiration(respiration) III 6 Education Edition 1.0

DefinitionsMax Level is the maximum level that you can apply for this enchantment.Minecraft ID is the Internal number for the enchantment.Platform is the platform that applies.Version is the Minecraft version number that the enchantment was introduced for the name and ID, if applicable.

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See a complete list of Minecraft Enchantments that is interactive and searchable.

Enchant Command for Respiration


Enchant Command in Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac)

Respiration I:

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