Hunger (status effect)

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Hunger causes the hunger bar to deplete faster than normal.


Hunger increases food exhaustion by 0.005 × level per game tick (removes per 80/level seconds if target has no saturation). It also turns the hunger bar a yellow-green color(). Negative levels decrease food exhaustion, although they do not increase saturation or the hunger bar.

The status effect does not decrease hunger level on Peaceful mode, although it does re-color the hunger bar.

Hunger inflicted by eating rotten flesh, raw chicken or by being attacked by a husk adds 3.0 to the player's exhaustion level over the course of 30 seconds, draining × 38 (if target has no saturation). When a pufferfish is eaten, 4.5 exhaustion points are added over the course of 15 seconds, draining × 916 (if target has no saturation).


Cause Potency Length Notes
Husk I (7 x regional difficulty) seconds Attack
Pufferfish III 0:15
Rotten Flesh I 0:30 80% chance of receiving.
Raw Chicken I 0:30 30% chance of receiving.

Affected mobs[edit]

Only players are affected, as all other mobs do not have hunger.


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. This is a hidden advancement, meaning that it can be viewed by the player only after completing it.nether/all_effects


Java Edition Beta
1.8?Added Hunger.
It can be obtained through eating raw chicken and rotten flesh.
Java Edition
1.1418w43a Changed effect icon texture.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.11.0build 1Added hunger, which did not work due to the hunger bar not being implemented.
0.12.1build 1Hunger now works.
Hunger can now be obtained from eating rotten flesh.
0.15.0build 1Added husks that inflict hunger.


  • In Legacy Console Edition, both raw chicken and raw beef are described as "can make you ill. Cook in a furnace." However, of these two, only raw chicken actually causes "illness".