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


Absorption adds 4♥♥ additional health points per level to the player, displayed as yellow hearts above the normal health bar. If the player takes damage while under this effect, the absorption health points are depleted first, followed by the standard health points. Absorption health cannot be replenished by natural regeneration or other effects, and vanishes when the effect ends. Negative absorption levels do not appear to have an immediate effect when applied, but give 4♥♥ additional health points per level to the player when the status 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 activated

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
Advancement-fancy-raw.pngHow Did We Get Here?
Have every effect applied at the same time A Furious CocktailHave all of these 26 effects[note 1] applied to the player at the same time. Beacon effects also count for the purposes of this advancement. Other status effects, if any, may be applied to the player, but are ignored for this advancement.
Note: This is a hidden advancement, meaning that it can be viewed by the player only after completing it.

Data values[edit]


This section is about the effect IDs. For the IDs on potions, see Potion § Item data. For for the IDs on tipped arrows, see Arrow § Item data.

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key


Java Edition
1.6.113w24b Added Absorption, obtainable from eating either tier of golden apples, replacing the original effect, Health Boost.
1.915w37aThe Absorption level given by enchanted golden apples has been increased from I to IV.
15w49a Changed effect icon texture.
1.1116w39aAdded the totem of undying, which gives the player Absorption.
1.1418w43a Changed effect icon texture again.
1.1720w49aThe abosrption hearts when withered or when poisoned now show the textures for the effect instead of looking blank.
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 of undying now grant Absorption.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0Enchanted golden 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.


A player with the maximum number of Absorption and Health Boost hearts possible in Java Edition.
  • Through use of commands, the player can achieve 1064♥ × 532 health points — the maximum amount possible to obtain without attributes — using a combination of Absorption and Health Boost.