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Mining Fatigue

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Mining Fatigue
Mining Fatigue.png

See § Causes


 #4A4217 (dark khaki)



Mining Fatigue reduces mining and attack speed, opposite to the Haste effect. However, the attack speed change is purely visual.


The effect decreases attack speed by 10% × level, equivalent to the attack speed attribute decreasing by 0.2 x level. Time taken to destroy blocks is multiplied by 3 ^ level.

Negative levels increase attack speed, but still act as level 4 with respect to mining.

Note that attack speed decreases are purely visual.

While afflicted, a player can still craft and ride entities as normal, but cannot remove most vehicles due to how slowly the vehicle can be broken.

The affliction is cured by drinking milk, although milk does not prevent a subsequent affliction by an elder guardian.


The only natural cause of Mining Fatigue is from affliction by an elder guardian, and the only natural effect level is III. Once per minute, elder guardians in the vicinity search for any player within 50 blocks to afflict with Mining Fatigue III. A player cannot defend from this attack. Concealment behind blocks, underground, or by a potion of Invisibility offers no defense.

Other levels can be achieved via commands.

Cause Potency Length Notes
Elder Guardian III 5:00 Only when the player is not affected.


  • The effect does not affect block breaking in Creative mode, or blocks that are broken instantly.
  • Other conditions which reduce mining speed include: being underwater; riding a horse, pig, being on a ladder, or in a boat or minecart.
  • Mining Fatigue III is unaffected by the Haste effect (such as from Conduit Power), although lower levels of Mining Fatigue can be overcome by higher levels of Haste.


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. 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 only be viewed by the player after completing it.

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Mining Fatiguemining_fatigue 4effect.minecraft.mining_fatigue

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Mining Fatiguemining_fatigue 4potion.digSlowDown


Java Edition Beta
1.8Pre-releaseAdded Mining Fatigue.
Mining Fatigue is currently unobtainable.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2Milk now cancels the Mining Fatigue effect.
Mining Fatigue now has its own icon.
1.814w25aMining Fatigue mechanics have been adjusted; speed no longer reduces at 20% per level.
1.915w34bMining Fatigue now affects the new attackSpeed attribute.
1.1418w43a The effect icon texture of Mining Fatigue has been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.11.0build 1Added Mining Fatigue.
Mining Fatigue is currently unobtainable.
0.16.0build 1Mining Fatigue III has been made obtainable via elder guardians.
Legacy Console Edition
TU31CU191.22Patch 31.0.1Added Mining Fatigue.
Mining Fatigue is obtained from elder guardians.
1.90 The effect icon texture of Mining Fatigue has been changed.