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Absorption is a status effect which pads the health bar with extra hearts.


Absorption adds 2♥ levels of extra health to the player, displayed as yellow hearts above the normal health bar. If the player takes damage while under this effect, just the "absorption health" decreases; the player starts losing "normal" hearts once it has completely depleted. Absorption health cannot be replenished by natural regeneration or other effects, and vanishes when the effect ends. Negative levels do nothing initially, but give 4♥♥ . (-level-1) (that do not vanish) when the effect ends.


Cause Potency Length Notes
Golden Apple I 2:00 When eaten
Enchanted Golden Apple IV 2:00 When eaten
Totem of Undying II 0:05 When revived by it

Immune mobs[edit]

The only completely immune mob is the Ender Dragon. The Wither, while being immune to the /effect command, can be given absorption hearts using the /data command.‌[Java Edition only]


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID


How Did We Get Here?
Have every effect applied at the same timeA Furious CocktailHave all of these 26 effects applied to the player at the same time. Other status effects, if any, may be applied to the player, but are ignored for this advancement.
This is a hidden advancement, meaning that it can be viewed by the player only after completing it.

Data values[edit]

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Absorptionabsorption 22effect.minecraft.absorption


Java Edition
1.6.113w24b Added Absorption, obtainable from eating either tier of golden apples, replacing the original effect, Health Boost.
1.915w37aThe Absorption given by enchanted golden apples has been increased from I to IV.
15w49a Changed effect icon texture.
1.1116w39aAdded totem of undying, which gives the player Absorption.
1.1418w43a Changed effect icon texture again.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.11.0build 1 Added Absorption, which was unobtainable at the time.
0.12.1build 1Absorption is now obtainable from eating either tier of golden apples.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha can now be obtained from totem of undying.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0Enchanted apples now give Absorption IV, instead of I.
1.8.0beta Changed effect icon texture.
1.10.0beta Changed effect icon texture once again.


Issues relating to "Absorption" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


The player with the maximum number of Absorption and Health Boost hearts possible
  • Through use of commands, the player can achieve 1064♥ × 532 health points using a combination of Absorption and Health Boost, which is the highest health obtainable.