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Healing is the mechanic of regaining lost health.

Natural regeneration[edit]

Natural healing can be deactivated using the command /gamerule naturalRegeneration false.


Whenever a player's hunger is 18 (Hunger.svgHunger.svgHunger.svgHunger.svgHunger.svgHunger.svgHunger.svgHunger.svgHunger.svg) or higher, they regenerate 1Half Heart.svg every 5 seconds. This increases the player's exhaustion by 6, of which 4 cost 1 (Half Hunger.svg) hunger. If existing, the player's saturation is used up first.


If the player's hunger bar is completely filled and they have left over saturation, this saturation gets drained, healing at a rate of 2Heart.svg every second. Just as with the hunger-based regeneration, every 1Half Heart.svg regenerated will deduct 1.5 saturation. With the maximum amount of 20 saturation, the player can rapidly regenerate up to 13Heart.svg × 6.5.

Peaceful difficulty[edit]

When the difficulty is set to Peaceful, the player regenerates at a standard rate of 1Half Heart.svg per second, additionally with 1Half Heart.svg every 4 seconds as the player's hunger bar is filled. Chorus fruit and golden apples, which can be eaten even when the hunger bar is full, can increase the player's regeneration even further. On the other hand, this also causes the player to lose saturation even when they change from other difficulty levels to Peaceful mode.

Artificial regeneration[edit]


The player can drink a potion to immediately or over time regain health.

Potion of Healing[edit]

The potion of Healing instantly regenerates 4Heart.svgHeart.svg. If it gets amplified with glowstone, this value increases to 8Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg.

Brewing scheme:

Potion Ingredients Scheme Effect Duration
(in minutes)

Potion of Healing
Glistering melon slice
Awkward potion

Regenerates 4Heart.svgHeart.svg per potion. Instant

Such potions are used by witches as well, making them one of the few mobs being able to heal themselves.

Potion of Regeneration[edit]

The potion of Regeneration heals 1Half Heart.svg every 2.5 seconds over 45 seconds, resulting in 18Heart.svg × 9 in total. Amplifying the potion with glowstone increases this rate to 1Half Heart.svg every 1.25 seconds, whereas redstone increases the duration to 1:30 minutes.

Brewing scheme:

Potion Ingredients Scheme Effect Duration
(in minutes)

Potion of Regeneration
Ghast tear
Awkward Potion

Regenerates health over time. Regeneration 0:45

Golden apple[edit]

A golden apple can heal the player in different ways:

  • Both golden apples refills 4 (Hunger.svgHunger.svg) hunger.
  • It provides 9.6 saturation, which can be drained for 6Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg very quickly if the player's hunger bar is filled.
  • Similar to a potion, a golden apple provides the Regeneration status effect. A normal golden apple gives Regeneration II for 5 seconds, and an enchanted golden apple for 20 seconds, resulting in 4Heart.svgHeart.svg regenerated from a normal golden apple and 16Heart.svg × 8 from an enchanted one. The enchanted golden apple also gives the status effects Fire Resistance and Resistance.
  • A normal golden apple can be crafted by 8 gold ingots, and a regular apple. The enchanted golden apple can be crafted by 8 gold blocks and an apple.‌[Legacy Console Edition only]


When a beacon is upgraded to the highest level, it can be configured to provide the Regeneration status effect. As long as a player is within the radius of such a beacon, they regenerate 1Half Heart.svg every 2.5 seconds.

Mob healing[edit]

In contrast to the player, most mobs don't heal by themselves. Nevertheless, there are several ways to heal animals and monsters.


Most mobs are healed by potions of Healing and Regeneration just like the player.

On the other hand, undead mobs take damage from these potions, and healing them requires a potion of Harming. Potions of Regeneration or Poison don't affect undead mobs at all.


Rideable animals like horses, donkeys and llamas automatically regenerate at a very slow rate of about 2Heart.svg per minute.


Some animals can also be fed in order to recover a set amount of hitpoints. The following animals can be fed:

Animal Maximum Health Food Healing
Tamed Wolf 20Mob Heart.svg × 10 Raw Chicken
Cooked Chicken
Raw Porkchop
Cooked Porkchop
Raw Beef
Rotten Flesh
Raw Mutton
Cooked Mutton
Raw Rabbit
Cooked Rabbit
1Mob Half Heart.svg
1Mob Half Heart.svg
2Mob Heart.svg
2Mob Heart.svg
2Mob Heart.svg
2Mob Heart.svg
2Mob Heart.svg
2Mob Heart.svg
2Mob Heart.svg
2Mob Heart.svg
2Mob Heart.svg
15Mob Heart.svg × 7.5 to 30Mob Heart.svg × 15 Sugar
Golden Carrot
Golden Apple
Hay Bale
1Mob Half Heart.svg
2Mob Heart.svg
3Mob Half Heart.svgMob Heart.svg
4Mob Heart.svgMob Heart.svg
10Mob Heart.svgMob Heart.svgMob Heart.svgMob Heart.svgMob Heart.svg
20Mob Heart.svg × 10
Llama 15Mob Heart.svg × 7.5 to 30Mob Heart.svg × 15 Wheat
Hay Bale
2Mob Heart.svg
10Mob Heart.svgMob Heart.svgMob Heart.svgMob Heart.svgMob Heart.svg

Feeding wolf pups not only restores lost health, but can also increase their total health from the usual 8Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg up to a maximum of 20Heart.svg × 10.

Boss healing[edit]

Ender dragon[edit]

The ender dragon gets healed by the end crystals on the obsidian pillars in the End. If a crystal gets destroyed during the healing phase, though, the dragon takes damage instead.


The wither permanently regenerates its health. If an undead mob (including a wither) gets hit by a blue wither skull, they also get healed by the provided Wither effect.


Java Edition Infdev
February 27, 2010Added the golden apple, which heals 20Heart.svg × 10.
Java Edition Beta
1.8Pre-releaseAdded hunger and saturation. Food now refills the hunger bar, instead of directly recovering health.
Golden apples now give Regeneration I for 30 seconds instead of 20Heart.svg × 10.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2Added potions of Healing and Regeneration.
1.3.112w21aAdded a second kind of golden apples that can be crafted using blocks of gold. It provides Regeneration IV for 30 seconds and Resistance I and Fire Resistance for 5 minutes.
1.4.2?Added beacons. They can be configured to provide Regeneration I.
1.6.113w16aAdded horses, which regenerate slowly by themselves.
They can be fed using sugar, wheat, apples, golden carrots and golden apples.
13w23aRegenerating health now takes up more hunger.
1.814w26cHay bales can now be fed to horses, healing them by 20Heart.svg × 10.
1.915w37aThe enchanted golden apple now provides Regeneration II instead of Regeneration V, as well as Absorption IV instead of Absorption I.
15w40aHealth now regenerate based on your saturation.
15w44aEnchanted golden apples can no longer be crafted, but only found in desert temples, strongholds and mineshafts.
1.1116w32aExhaustion values changed, Healing now takes even more Hunger.
16w39aAdded llamas, which regenerate health very slowly.