Breathing Reed

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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
Sell20 SC
Research1 required
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Ocean Crate(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Ocean CrateOcean Crate(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)19/40 (22.5%)
Seaside Crate(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Seaside CrateSeaside Crate(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)19/40 (22.5%)
Water ChestWater ChestWater Chest19/40 (22.5%) (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
7/30 (23.33%) (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)

The Breathing Reed is an item which aids underwater travel. It can be found in Water Chests and Ocean(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)/Seaside Crates(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions). On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile 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 is slowed and 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.

(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Its best modifier is Legendary.


Using the Breathing Reed to refill the breath meter, and using it to attack a Target Dummy.
  • Holding the Breathing Reed prolongs the underwater breath to 46.67 seconds or, if paired with diving equipment, to (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 4 minutes 40 seconds / (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) 3 minutes 6 seconds. In addition, the rate at which health is lost while drowning is reduced to (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 1/2 or 1/12 / (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) 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 from the Fish Bowl.
  • Attacking with the Breathing Reed will cause it to no longer function for the duration of the attack.


  • Desktop 1.4.4: Drop rate in Water Chests and Crates increased from 81/400 (20.25%) to 9/40 (22.5%).
  • Desktop 1.2: Tooltip changed from "'Because not drowning is kinda nice'" to "Increases breath time and allows breathing in water".
  • Desktop 1.0.5: Tooltip is now contained in single quotation marks.
  • Desktop 1.0.4: Added tooltip "Because not drowning is kinda nice".