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Breathing Reed
  • Breathing Reed item spriteold Breathing Reed item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage10 (Melee)
Knockback4 (Weak)
Critical chance4%
Use time27 (Average)
TooltipIncreases breath time and allows breathing in water
RarityRarity level: 1
Research1 required
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Ocean CrateOcean CrateOcean Crate120.25*81/400 (20.25%)
Seaside CrateSeaside CrateSeaside Crate120.25*81/400 (20.25%)
Water ChestWater ChestWater Chest122.75*91/400 (22.75%)
31.11*14/45 (31.11%)
23.33*7/30 (23.33%)
Diving equipment
any of the following:
Diving Helmet Diving Helmet
Diving Gear Diving Gear
Jellyfish Diving Gear Jellyfish Diving Gear
Arctic Diving Gear Arctic Diving Gear

Using the Breathing Reed to restore oxygen, and as a weapon.

The Breathing Reed is an item which aids underwater travel. It can be found in Water Chests and Ocean Crates. On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, Mobile version Mobile version, and Nintendo Switch version Nintendo Switch version, it is also a melee weapon.

For the Breathing Reed to take effect, it must be held, i.e. selected in the hotbar or being attached to the cursor. When held, the reed appears above the player and the rate at which their breath meter depletes as well as the rate at which they lose health while drowning is halved. The reed's tip does not need to be above the surface of the water for this to take effect. Additionally, the breath meter refills as soon as the tip of the reed is outside of water, but not within a block.

Its best modifier is Legendary.


  • Holding the Breathing Reed prolongs the underwater breath to 46.67 seconds or, if paired with diving equipment, to 3 minutes and 6.67 seconds. In addition, the rate at which health is lost while drowning is reduced to 1/2 or 1/8, respectively.
  • Though the Breathing Reed can have modifiers that change its size, this is only applies to combat, and does not increase the depth at which the player's breath meter can refill underwater.
  • Holding it while having a Fish Bowl in the armor slot will prevent the player from drowning.


  • Desktop Turned into a melee weapon. Still retains its previous functionality, however.

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