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
Research1 required
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Ocean CrateOcean CrateOcean Crate122.5*9/40 (22.5%)
Seaside CrateSeaside CrateSeaside Crate122.5*9/40 (22.5%)
Water ChestWater ChestWater Chest122.5*9/40 (22.5%)
23.33*7/30 (23.33%)

The Breathing Reed is an item which aids underwater travel. It can be found in Water Chests and Ocean/Seaside Crates. 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.

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 3 minutes 6 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.
  • 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 20.25*81/400 (20.25%) to 22.5*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".