The golden apple is a special food item that can be eaten by the player to restore hunger points and provide beneficial effects, fed to zombie villagers to convert them into villagers, or used to tame, breed, and grow horses.
There are two types of golden apples, both called “Golden Apple” in-game, but one provides greater benefits than the other. For discussion purposes, this article refers to the lesser golden apple as “regular” and the greater golden apple as “enchanted” (because it has the visual effect associated with enchanted items, not shown here on the wiki). The upcoming “Overpowered” achievement refers to the enchanted golden apple as a “Notch apple”.
Golden apples are crafted from gold and an apple.
Dungeons and strongholds
- See also: Hunger management
Eating either golden apple restores 4 () points of hunger and 9.6 hunger saturation.
In addition to nourishment, golden apples also provide beneficial effects. The regular golden apple provides an Absorption effect for 2 minutes (providing 4 () points of absorption health), and a Regeneration II effect for 5 seconds (long enough to heal 4 () points of damage). The enchanted golden apple provides an Absorption effect for 2 minutes, a Regeneration V effect for 30 seconds, a Fire Resistance effect for 5 minutes, and a Resistance effect for 5 minutes (greatly reducing damage taken by the player).
Unlike other foods, golden apples can be eaten even when the player's hunger bar is full.
Curing zombie villagers
To "cure" a zombie villager, first throw a splash potion of Weakness on it. Then, while it is still affected by the weakness effect, right-click on the zombie villager with a regular golden apple. After about three minutes the zombie villager will turn into an ordinary villager.
To improve the chances of taming a horse, right-click on the horse with a golden apple. Each golden apple increases the probability of taming the horse by +10%.
To breed horses, right-click on two adult horses with golden apples. Hearts will appear, the horses will move together, and a baby horse will appear.
To speed up the growth of foals, right-click on a foal with a golden apple. Each golden apple will add 4 minutes to the foal's age/growth.
As a crafting ingredient
|1||Enchanted Golden Apple|
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Prerequisites||Actual requirements (if different)||Version restriction||Xbox points earned||Trophy type (PS)|
|Build a Notch apple||Getting an Upgrade||Pick up an enchanted Golden Apple from a Crafting Table output.||PC||N/A||N/A|
Note: This video is outdated; since 13w23a, golden apples now require gold ingots and blocks of gold instead of golden nuggets and gold ingots
|A player named JTE put a crafting recipe for golden apples as a joke at the bottom of a crafting guide he made. The recipe used gold ingots instead of gold blocks, like the golden apple recipe introduced in 1.6.|
|February 27, 2010||Golden apples added. They healed a full 20 ( × 10) health points, making them the single best food in the entire game, despite being not yet obtainable.|
|Seecret Friday Update 2||Golden apples can now be rarely found in dungeons.|
|1.8||Golden apples can now be crafted, with an apple and eight blocks of gold.|
|Due to the addition of hunger, golden apples were changed so that they restored instead of 20 ( × 10) health points, but also gave Regeneration for 30 seconds.|
|1.0.0||1.9pre2||Golden apples gained a purple glow when viewed from the player's inventory, and its tooltip was changed from the standard white to a magenta color. However, Potions of Regeneration were also added, the effects of which lasted longer than that of the golden apple.|
|1.1||11w48a||Golden apples became easier to craft. Standard apples became able to very rarely drop from oak leaves, meaning that players no longer have to venture into Strongholds/Dungeons to find one. This caused the golden apple to decrease in value but also made them easier to obtain.|
|?||Golden apples were changed so that they restored and only gave 4 seconds of Regeneration. Their crafting recipe was also modified, requiring 8 gold nuggets instead of 8 blocks of gold to craft. Although its natural spawn is rare, it is easier to obtain through crafting. With more common availability of apples and a cost of 1.24% their former cost in gold, they are for the first time a practical source of healing in Survival.|
|1.3.1||12w21a||Added enchanted golden apples. Highly resembling the golden apple prior to 1.1, it has Regeneration IV (30 seconds), Resistance (5 minutes), and Fire Resistance (5 minutes). Crafted with 8 blocks of gold, it shines like an Enchanted item and has a purple tooltip instead of the standard golden apple's blue one. The standard golden apple remained unchanged.|
|1.4.2||12w32a||Golden apples can be fed to a Zombie Villager with the Weakness debuff causing them to revert to Villagers after a delay of about 3 minutes.|
|1.6.1||13w23a||Normal golden apples use 8 gold ingots instead of 8 gold nuggets, and the Regeneration effect was slowed down.|
|13w23b||Normal golden apples give the player Health Boost for 1:30 and Regeneration II for 0:10. This temporarily gives the player 4 () extra base health points, and it heals a total of 4 () health points.|
|13w24b||The Health Boost effect was replaced with Absorption, lasting 1:30. Enchanted golden apples gave the player Absorption as well, and Regeneration IV was increased to Regeneration V.|
|1.8||14w06a||Crafting an enchanted golden apple will give you the achievement "Overpowered".|
|TU1||Added golden apples.|
|TU5||Due to the addition of hunger, Golden Apples were changed so that they restored instead of 20 ( × 10) health points, but also gave Regeneration for 30 seconds.|
|TU14||Added enchanted golden apples.|
- Due to this item being able to heal the player a large amount, they are commonly found as rewards in custom adventure maps, or are given as prizes on servers.
- A total of 180 ( × 90) health points can be restored by eating an enchanted golden apple. The healing speed is enough to endure nearly any damage except from the Void.