Potions or healing items in Minecraft are some of the most common items that players need to use in the game. They are a crucial source of sustain in fights, both PVE and PVP. In this article, we are going to analyze Minecraft Potion of Regeneration vs Healing to see which one of them is better.

You can also find the detailed guidelines of how to make a potion of regeneration or healing, along with their variants in the later section of the post.

1. What is the difference between healing and regeneration?

Before we analyse the differences of Minecraft potion of regeneration vs healing, let's answer the general question of how to regenerate health in Minecraft. Briefly, there are two ways to regenerate health in Minecraft: food and potions (particularly potions of regeneration and potions of healing).

While players can easily recognize the best food items in the game via the number of hunger and saturation points they provide, it's more difficult to weigh the effects of Minecraft potion of healing vs regeneration.

In summary, healing potion gives you health instantly while regeneration potion gives you health over a duration. Overall, healing potions are just as good as regeneration potions. These two potions have different purposes and each of them is better in a specific situation.

Minecraft Potion Of Healing
Potion of Healing in Minecraft

Regeneration vs Healing in Minecraft PvE

Minecraft is a fairly easy game overall, in comparison to other offline PvE games. Mobs are rather easy to predict and deal with. Overall, they are only dangerous in large numbers or if you get caught off guard.

When venturing into a dangerous area that you know there would be mobs, the potion of regeneration is better. You can just drink it in advance to get the effect in combat. Healing potions, on the other hand, need to be used in combat, which can be a distraction.

However, if you are taking a lot of damage because of a dangerous attack, a healing potion would be better to prevent the mobs from finishing you off.

Regeneration vs Healing in Minecraft PvP

PVP in Minecraft is fairly fast and a fight could be decided in a matter of seconds. Therefore, Minecraft healing potion has an edge here, as you can instantly regain HP.

However, drinking a regeneration potion right before the fight is also an option. In fact, both are needed, as you will need every advantage you can get.

Minecraft Potions
Potion of regeneration is necessary in both situations.

Both potion's splash versions can be used to help teammates in PVP or multiplayer. Regeneration potion II is the best method to regenerate health in Minecraft.

Minecraft potion of regeneration vs healing stats

Below is the detailed stats of healing and regeneration so that you can have a vivid look of how much these potions heal:

Potion  Effect
Potion of Healing Instantly heals 4 HP.
Potion of Healing II Instantly heals 8 HP.
Potion of Regeneration Restore 0.5HP every 2.5 seconds. Lasts 45s. Heals a total of 9HP.
Potion of Regeneration + (extended) Restore 0.5HP every 2.5 seconds. Lasts 90s (Java) or 120s (Bedrock). Heals a total of 18/24HP, respectively.
Potion of Regeneration II Restore 0.5HP every 1.25 seconds. Last 22s. Heals a total of 9HP.

2. How to make potions of regeneration and healing

Generally, both potions have similar process of crafting, but with different recipes.


To create potions of regeneration and potions of healing, you will need the following items:

  • A Crafting Table (craft with 4 Wood Planks)
  • A Brewing Stand (craft with 1 Blaze Rod and 3 Cobblestones)
  • Blaze Powders (craft with 1 Blaze Rod)
  • Netherwarts
  • Ghast Tear (for regeneration potion) / Glistering Melon Slice (for healing potion)
  • Water Bottles
brewing stands
Brewing stands for Minecraft potion of regeneration vs healing

Furthermore, if you want to brew variations of the potions, the following materials are also needed:

  • Gunpower
  • Dragon's Breath
  • Redstone Dust
  • Glowstone Dust

You can also create other potions recipes in Minecraft using the brewing stand.

Steps to craft potions of regeneration and healing

The steps to make these two potions are mostly identical - the only difference is the final component.

  • Firstly, activate the brewing stand by placing a blaze powder into the upper-left box.
  • Add a Water Bottle to one of the boxes at the bottom of the brewing menu. You can make up to three potions at once with three bottles.
  • Add a Nether Wart to the top box of the brewing menu and wait for the brewing process to finish. The result would be an Awkward potion, which carries no effect.
Create Awkward potion
Create Awkward potions using Nether Wart
  • Potion of regeneration recipe: Ghast Tear + Awkward Potion.
  • Potion of healing recipe: Glistening Melon Slice + Awkward Potion.
Place ghast tear
Place ghast tear into a brewing stand. Replace it with Glistening Melon Slice for a health potion.
  • Wait for the brewing process to finish to get the final product.
The final product - you can craft three potions for each piece of ingredient.

How to make all variants of regeneration and healing potions

There are 4 extra effects you can add to your regeneration potions: Extend, Enhance, Splash and Lingering. Meanwhile, healing potions cannot be extended.

  • Enhance

To enhance a potion of healing or potion of regeneration to level 2, you need to place the potions into the brewing stand and add glowstone dust into them. The effect of the potion would become stronger (heal more HP).

  • Extend

To extend the duration of potions of regeneration, players need to add redstone dust into them.

  • Splash

To make a splash potion of healing/regeneration that you can use on others, add gunpowder into them. You can use level 2 of the potions as the base.

Splash potion
Splash potion of regeneration vs healing can be created using gunpowder.
  • Lingering

To make a lingering potion of healing, you need to further add Dragon's Breath to the splash potion. If you throw a lingering healing potion, it will create a cloud of healing effect. If someone runs through the cloud, it will give them the healing effect and they will get instant health.

The process of making a lingering potion of regeneration is the same.

Lingering potions are the best, as you can just run into the zone to get healed.

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